Taco Pizza Recipe

Taco Pizza Recipe

Laurel Randolph

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

What happens when you combine two family-favorite dinners into a single dish? A delicious taco pizza that everyone will love, that's what.

Store-bought or homemade pizza dough is topped with taco sauce, spiced ground meat, melty jack cheese, and fresh lettuce and tomato. It's a quick and easy one-dish dinner or a fun appetizer.

This recipe goes from prep to baked to served in under 30 minutes, making it ideal on a weeknight. It also includes meatless and vegan variations, both of which are just as tasty. Serve with hot sauce if you like your tacos (and pizza) spicy.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 3/4 lb. lean ground beef (can substitute ground turkey or vegetarian ground beef, see variations below)
  • 2 tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 lb. pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce (shredded and loosely packed)
  • Optional: 1/2 lime
  • 3/4 cup tomato (diced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 475 F.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add half of the oil followed by the ground meat and taco seasoning. Cook, breaking the meat up into small pieces with a spatula or spoon, until cooked through. Remove from the heat and drain off any excess fat.

  4. Dust a baking sheet or pizza stone liberally with the cornmeal.

  5. Sprinkle a clean counter with flour. Dust the top of the dough with flour and roll out into a large circle, adding small amounts of flour as needed to prevent sticking.

  6. Carefully fold up the circle of dough and spread out on the cornmeal-covered baking sheet.

  7. Brush the edges of the crust with the remaining oil. Top the dough with taco sauce, spreading evenly and leaving about an inch bare around the edge.

  8. Sprinkle evenly with half of the cheese. Then top with the cooked ground meat, followed by the rest of the cheese.

  9. Bake for about 10 minutes in the bottom rack of the oven, or until the crust is crisp and the cheese is melted.

  10. Squeeze the lime over the shredded lettuce and toss (if using).

  11. Top the pizza with the lettuce and diced tomato. Slice and serve.

Recipe Variations

  • Replace the ground beef with ground turkey or chicken
  • Vegetarian Version: Swap the ground beef for vegetarian ground beef. Combine with the taco seasoning and heat in a skillet with the oil and 2 tablespoons of water. Stir until well combined and hot. Follow the remaining steps as written.
  • Vegan Version: Use vegetarian ground beef (above) and swap the cheese for vegan cheese.
  • Another Vegetarian/Vegan Option: Replace the ground "beef" with refried beans. No need to heat up the beans before adding them to the pizza. Simply combine about 1 cup of refried beans with the taco sauce and spread on the pizza. Top with all of the cheese and bake.

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