June 04, 2011

It's Saturday! Pizza Night! Homemade Taco Pizza

It's Saturday and around here that means pizza night.  The pizza's I make are different week to week but we usually have pepperoni as a standby as it's so popular with everyone.  The other 1-2 pizza's I make along side it have been featured on my website many times over the years but could be a Chicken Ranch or Sausage or Garlic Chicken, Greek Spinach with Feta or if my youngest daughter has her way, plain Cheese Pizza. 

Are you in the mood for Taco Pizza?  This is one of those fun recipes that you can play with to make it your own;  adding the toppings you want and leaving off what you don't care for.  Also, it's so fun to let the kids help as it's an easy recipe which parents or Grandparents can make the crust and top with the refried beans, then let kids have their way, going crazy with the lettuce, meat, tomatoes, onions, salsa, chips and more.  Kids like to eat what they help make so this is a great way to get them to try a new food or to eat their vegetables.

An American Housewife - Pizza Dough

1 pkg. (2 1/4 t) dry active yeast
1 T sugar
1/2 t salt
1/4 c dry powdered milk
1 1/3 c warm water

Put into the bowl of a mixer or mix by hand. Wait 2 minutes.

2-3 T olive oil
4 c flour

Knead in a Kitchen Aid style (heavy duty) mixer 5 minutes or knead 10 minutes by hand. If the dough is too dry add a tiny bit more olive oil.  Let rest 10 minutes. 

Use in up to 3 greased, average large pizza pans or 1 extra large and 1 large. Let raise about 1 1/2 hours and top with your choice. Bake at 400 approximately 16-25 minutes depending the size of your pan and how many toppings you have on it. Bake until golden brown.

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An American Housewife:  TACO PIZZA

1 pizza crust  - baked or partially baked
1 Can refried beans (any style, regular or fat free)
1/4 lb. ground Italian sausage, browned (OR can use ground beef flavored with taco seasoning)Lettuce
Red onion sliced and pulled apart into rings
Shredded cheddar cheese or a cheddar cheese mixture
Tomatoes - sliced or diced
Black olives (optional of course)
2 handfuls Doritos or tortilla chips, slightly crushed
Taco Sauce/salsa
Sour Cream

Pre-bake your homemade crust (or even use frozen, thawed bread dough pressed into a pizza pan and let set about 10-15 minutes before baking) for 15-20 minutes until it starts to turn golden brown, or use a store bought Boboli or similar crust.

I usually bake my pizza crusts around 400-410 degrees. Spread refried beans over the crust, covering all. Sprinkle the sausage or taco meat on top. Place in the oven and turn the oven off while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Remove the pizza from the oven and slice it with a pizza cutter before you add the 'cold' toppings (to make serving easier).

Add chopped lettuce followed by the optional toppings that you love;  onions, black olives, chopped tomatoes, cheese and more. Finally top with crushed Dorito's. Sprinkle with taco sauce or salsa and serve additional taco sauce along with sour cream along side the pizza.Print Friendly and PDF