My children love taco night. When I say “taco” I mean the ones you buy in the box that have crispy and soft taco shells, a taco seasoning packet and some taco sauce. They don’t want adventurous fish or chicken taco’s. And that’s okay, because I can enjoy that ground meat mixture in a corn shell taco just as much as an elaborate one.
I ended up with leftover taco meat and toppings and decided to switch it up and throw it on top of some pizza dough. It made my children happy not once but twice this week when dinner was served.
It also made my life a little easier knowing dinner would be quick and easy to throw together.
You don’t need to have leftovers from taco night to make this, you can just follow the basic recipe below and make the pizza by itself. Yum!
Fresh Pizza Dough (either homemade or purchased) *please do not use the one in the can in the refrigerated section. Many grocery stores now sell fresh pizza dough if you don’t want to make your own.
1 lb. lean ground turkey or beef, browned and drained
1 Packet of Taco Seasoning (follow packet directions for adding to the beef or turkey mixture)
2 Medium Tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 Cups Freshly Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Taco Sauce (I buy the bottle in the taco section of your grocery store)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
In a skillet, begin browning your meat. Drain of all fat, add the taco seasoning packet and the amount of water instructed on the packet. Stir together, remove from the heat and set to the side.
Add a little olive oil to a sheet pan and some to the outside of the pizza dough. Work your dough into a rectangular shape on the baking sheet. If you use a pizza stone, which is an even better choice), work the dough out to fit the size stone you are using. I used a standard size sheet pan and worked my dough to fit the size of the pan.
Using a slotted spoon, cover the top of the pizza dough with the ground meat mixture. Top that with the cheddar cheese.
Place on the bottom rack of the oven and bake until the bottom is nice and crusty. If the top of the pizza dough is not browned enough, move it to the top rack and place it under the broiler for a minute or two to make it the color/crispness you are looking for. Be sure to watch it closely since it takes only seconds to burn!
While the pizza is baking dice up your tomatoes and shred some lettuce.
As soon as the pizza is done, remove the oven and place on a cutting board. Top with the tomatoes, lettuce and sprinkle with over some taco sauce, using just enough so that it doesn’t make it too soggy. You don’t want it dripping in the sauce!
Add whatever other toppings you like such as sliced black olives, diced onion, avocado, cilantro, or sour cream.