TACO PIZZA

Taco Pizza is a unique culinary fusion that brings together the zesty flavors of Mexican tacos and the classic comfort of Italian pizza. This innovative dish starts with a base similar to traditional pizza dough, yet it’s often infused with spices like cumin or garlic powder to give it a distinctively Mexican twist. The dough is rolled out and baked until it achieves a perfect balance of crispy and chewy textures.

Instead of the usual tomato sauce, the base of the taco pizza is often spread with a layer of refried beans or a spicy tomato salsa, adding a robust and piquant flavor profile. This is topped with seasoned ground beef or shredded chicken, which has been cooked with a blend of taco spices such as chili powder, paprika, and onion powder, infusing the meat with a deep, complex flavor.

In place of traditional Italian cheese, taco pizza is typically sprinkled with a blend of shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack, which melts beautifully and adds a creamy, slightly tangy taste. After the initial baking, the pizza is then adorned with classic taco toppings. This can include chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, diced onions, and sliced jalapeños, offering a fresh and slightly spicy kick.

Once the pizza is out of the oven, it’s often finished with a scattering of crisp shredded lettuce, a drizzle of sour cream, and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro. These toppings add a cool, creamy contrast to the warm, spiced base and toppings. For an extra layer of flavor, some versions also include a sprinkle of crushed tortilla chips, adding an additional crunchy texture.

Taco pizza is typically served in slices, just like a traditional pizza, allowing the melange of flavors and textures to meld together in each bite. The result is a delightful combination of the hearty, meaty flavors of tacos with the satisfying crunch and versatility of pizza, making it a popular choice for those looking to enjoy the best of both worlds in one innovative dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 2 (8 oz.) cans Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 1 (16 oz.) can refried beans (I used the jalapeño kind)
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican blend
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.

How To Make TACO PIZZA

Brown ground beef and drain. Add taco seasoning to the ground beef according to the package directions
Unroll crescent rolls into rectangles. Place in ungreased 11 1/2 inch x 16 1/2 inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet. Press dough over the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust. Bake at 375 oven for 11 to 13 minutes or just until golden brown.
Microwave beans in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Carefully spread beans over warm crust creating a thin layer.
Top with cooked beef mixture, sprinkle with cheese followed by tomatoes, black olives and green onion. Return to oven for 3-6 more minutes until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Makes 12 main dish servings or 48 appetizers.

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