Quick and easy meals are definitely a favorite of mine. Meals that I can whip out quickly once I get home from work are great because then I’m not slaving away in the kitchen for hours after a long day at the office. Plus, the less time I spend in the kitchen, the more time the hubs and I get to spend with each other.
I’ve always enjoyed Mexican food and I’m pretty sure the hubby does as well, considering enchiladas are one of his favorite things I make. Taco pizza was something I thought would be great because it combines so many things…quick and easy meal, pizza (Jordan’s favorite type of food) and Mexican food.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 lb. of ground beef (we use 93% lean, though you can use whatever you want)
- 1 packet of taco seasoning (I use low sodium OR 2.5 tbsp of homemade seasoning)
- 1 pizza dough (I like Pillsbury’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough)
- 1 can of re-fried beans (pinto or black, though we prefer black)
- 2-3 cups of cheddar and/or mozzarella cheese (just use however much you like and of whatever kind)
- 1 can of diced tomatoes w/ green chilies (or jalapeños)
- Any other taco toppings you like (i.e. lettuce, sour cream)
Let’s Get The Party Started:
Set out your ingredients, more specifically the dough. You want the dough to be out of the refrigerator for about 5 minutes or so because you want it to not be freezing (it’s easier to work with then).
Next up on the to-do list, start browning your beef.
While the beef is browning, preheat your oven to 400° (that’s what the Pillsbury dough calls for, so if you are using a different dough with a different oven setting, use that setting). Also, spray a baking sheet (9×13) with non-stick spray.
While the beef is browning, open up your pizza dough and spread it on the baking sheet, making sure to cover it completely (push along all the sides and corners). After the oven has preheated, bake the dough for about 6-8 minutes.
While the dough is baking, and after the beef has been browned, drain the grease and follow the directions on the taco seasoning packet.
At one point, the oven timer should beep so you can take out the dough.
While the dough is cooling, put the refried beans into a microwavable bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Also, drain the can of tomatoes and add them to the beef.
Spread the refried beans onto the pizza crust. NOTE: I never use all of it, so just use your judgment. Then spread the beef and tomato mixture on top.
Last but not least, it’s time to add the cheese. I only used Mozzarella for our pizza and I actually only used about 1½ – 2 handfuls of cheese.
Put the pizza in the oven for another 7-10 minutes, depending on how you like your crust, though even at 10 minutes, the crust doesn’t get really crunchy.
Feel free to top your pizza with other taco toppings, like lettuce or sour cream or whatever. Unfortunately, I forget to grab other toppings at the store, so our taco pizza was completed. Enjoy!
Download the PDF recipe card for Taco Pizza here: Taco Pizza Recipe Card