Taco Pizza

Have you ever had a taco pizza?  If not, it probably sounds odd.  It’s actually quite popular around here.  Even the gas station makes one they’re kind of famous for.  I haven’t had a taco pizza in years.  But alas, with our recent pizza addiction, everyone was requesting taco pizza.  So, we made one the other night.  I mean come on.  Can you go wrong?  Pizza night clashing with Mexican night?? I think not.

Pizza night collides with Mexican night! Best of both worlds!

I had some pizza dough leftover from the weekend, so I used that for the crust.  First, I made a great spicy sauce for the top of the pizza.  Just hot sauce and sour cream.  Easy.  Then I cooked up some taco meat, I used ground chicken and taco seasoning.  You can use ground beef if you like.  After that, I made my own taco sauce using tomato sauce and taco seasoning.  That was my pizza sauce.  Taco pizza sauce.  Finally, I chopped up a bunch of veggies and shredded some cheese.  I did all that while my babe was napping.  I love when dinner is practically done and the day isn’t even half over.  I feel so accomplished!

 

When it was almost dinner time, I fired up the grill and put on my cast-iron pizza pan.  Then I left it all alone to heat up.  Except that it didn’t.  When the hubs got home he was like, you didn’t open the vents on the grill so your flame went out, you newb.  Well he didn’t say that exactly, but that’s what happened.  So anyway, he had to fix the error of my ways and I don’t know, maybe a 30 minutes later we were cooking with charcoal!
While the grill was heating up, I put my son to work rolling out the dough.  I had a run in with a mandolin slicer earlier in the day and my finger wouldn’t stop bleeding.  I figured it best that I not be involved with the pizza prep.  He did a great job and I think he kinda had fun!
After the dough was rolled out he topped it with the taco pizza sauce, cheese, and meat.  That’s what was put on the grill.  After it came off, we topped it with the veggies, crushed up taco doritos, and my special spicy sauce!  Oh man, it tasted better than it looked!
Make your family my taco pizza, won’t ya?!  They’ll think you’re amazing!
Taco Pizza
home-made or store-bought pizza dough, enough for one or two pizzas
1 lb ground chicken or beef
1 packet taco seasoning
8 oz tomato sauce
 
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup hot sauce
 
8 oz cheddar-jack cheese
1 heart of romaine lettuce
1 cup grape tomatoes
4 stalks green onion
1 bell pepper, any color
1 handful cilantro
Taco Doritos
For the taco pizza sauce: mix together the tomato sauce and 1/2 of the taco seasoning packet (about 2 1/2 tablespoons); set aside.
Make taco meat: Heat a skillet over medium heat with a little oil.  Brown the ground meat, drain any excess fat if necessary.  Stir in the other 1/2 of the packet of taco seasoning (about 2 1/2 tablespoons) and 1/4 cup water.  Simmer until water is evaporated, stirring occasionally; remove from heat and set aside.
Make spicy sauce: Whisk together the sour cream and hot sauce; set aside.
Toppings: Shred, slice and dice up the veggies, shred the cheese if necessary, lightly crush the doritos; set aside.
Pre-heat oven or grill to around 500°.  Place cast-iron pizza pan in center of oven or on grill grates.  Roll out pizza dough to desired thickness, brush with olive oil.  Place on pizza peel dusted with cornmeal or parchment paper. Spread a layer of sauce, then cheese, then meat.  Slide onto pre-heated pizza pan and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Don’t over cook the cheese.  Remove pizza to plate or cutting board.  Top immediately with veggies, crushed doritos, and spicy sauce.  Cut and serve while still hot.
*The toppings listed are the amounts I prepared.  I had leftover meat, spicy sauce, and veggies.  But that doesn’t bother me, I’ll make a quesadilla for lunch this week.  If you don’t want leftovers, you may want to use less of those ingredients to start.
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