I’m not sure I could count how many times I’ve had Mexican food in the last week, mostly tacos, but I’m certainly not complaining. I think tacos are something I could eat every day for a month, maybe longer. I made about 4 lbs of taco meat for one of our fantasy football draft parties, and I was happy (and kind of surprised) to see that we put down more than half. But, of course that left me with about a pound of leftover beef.
I normally use turkey or chicken to make tacos, but seeing as though I was feeding a bunch of men, I thought beef would be best. Plus, it was cheaper – on sale even! Of course it still tastes delicious, but I prefer turkey or chicken as it’s a bit leaner.
I had been craving taco pizza for a few weeks, so this was my perfect chance to make it! I threw together a whole wheat dough, minus the herbs, threw it on the grill with my taco ingredients, and viola! After Nate took his first two bites, he said, “I could eat this until I throw up!” I said, “Please don’t, ” to which he responded, “It’s a compliment, honey!” And so it was, and I knew it, but it was a pretty funny way to give someone a compliment, I thought.
Anyway, the point is that this pizza was super good. My whole wheat crust couldn’t have turned out any more perfect. It was crisp enough to hold all the taco ingredients, and believe me, Nate’s pizza was packed full of meat and cheese, but still soft and chewy inside. I’m so happy to have leftovers, and will continue my streak of eating “Mexican” food. They have pizza, right?
Source: Pigzilla Original
Servings: 8 (makes 4 small pizzas)
whole wheat pizza dough/pizza dough (or use your favorite recipe or pre-made crust)
1 cup marinara
2 tbsp hot sauce
2 cups taco seasoned meat* (I used lean ground beef, but turkey or chicken would work great)
1/2 cup bell peppers, diced
2 tbsp jalapenos, diced fine
2 cups shredded cheese, Mexican blend
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, diced
salsa, sour cream, hot sauce as desired for garnish
1. Cook crust to specified instructions.
2. Combine marinara and hot sauce. Spread 1/4 cup marinara/hot sauce mixture on each crust. Top each with 1/2 cup taco meat, bell peppers, jalapenos (if desired), and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Heat until cheese is melted and crust is browned and crisp. Remove from grill/oven.
3. Top pizza with lettuce, onion, tomato and cilantro. Slice and garnish with salsa, sour cream, and hot sauce as desired.
*I make my own taco seasoning using a blend of chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika, oregano, black pepper and salt. You can certainly use the pre-packaged kind if you like.