Now, I wouldn’t call a recipe the best thing ever if I didn’t truly believe it, but one bite into this taco pizza and I think you’ll agree with me.
Taco pizza is exactly what you think it is – a layer of refried beans topped with taco flavored ground beef with all of the taco accessories (black olives, lettuce, cheese and taco sauce) on a bed of pizza dough.
It is, literally, heaven on a pizza.
Pizza is such a versatile food. You could go Hawaiian with ham and pineapple, get funky by using dip as a pizza sauce, or even throw the dough away and use french bread instead. So why not try a taco-flavored pizza? Exactly. WHY NOT.
And I’m so glad we did.
People have given me flack about not making my own taco seasoning. Yeah yeah yeah, I get it, but I’m lazy and enjoy the flavor of McCormick’s Seasoning so that’s what I use. I gave MYSELF flack for thinking that lettuce on a pizza could actually work. It does, but you only need a little of it and you don’t put it on until after the pizza has cooked and cooled so it doesn’t wilt and get all gross. Consider only putting lettuce on the pieces you are going to eat right at that moment so that you can top reheated pizza with lettuce later.
Refried beans take the place of traditional pasta sauce. One can be more than what I needed for my pizza. Just go thin with it because it starts to make the pizza really heavy.
And don’t forget – this is what Rahul and I love tacos, but YOU probably have a different version. Use your favorite taco toppings and look at this recipe simply as a guide to help you put it all together.
- Easy PizzaCrust
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 cup salsa
- One can of refried beans
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- Your favorite taco seasoning (I used McCormicks Mild Taco Seasoning)
- 1/2 cup chopped black olives
- 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
- 1/4 cup taco sauce
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Make the Easy Pizza Crust per directions.
- Roll out to a 10 x 17 square or just make it fit for whatever baking sheet or pizza pan you are using. Is it a square pizza day or a round pizza day?
- In a medium size skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat.
- Add the onion and let cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until brown.
- Drain, then add it all back to the skillet and sprinkle with the
- taco seasoning per directions. (Or, sprinkle in seasoning and let cook for a few minutes if you’re using your own seasoning).
- Pre-bake the pizza dough in the oven for two minutes. While the pizza is in the oven, put the refried beans in a small bowl and microwave for one minute.
- Use a spatula and spread it on the pre-baked pizza dough in a thin layer (you won’t need the whole can).
- Layer the salsa on top of the refried beans. Add the ground beef crumbles, spreading throughout. Then top with the cheese and black olives.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until pizza dough is slightly brown underneath and the cheese has melted.
- Top with the shredded lettuce and drizzle with taco sauce. Cut into squares or triangles and enjoy!