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Monday, April 2, 2012

Taco Pizza

I think I may have mentioned before that my mom makes a killer taco.  Yep, that's right.. my Italian mother makes THE BEST tacos on the planet.  It's a two day, labor intensive project, but, bless her heart, she made and continues to make them for every birthday request, every special occasion request, every time I visit, every time she visits....   Man, I wish I had one of her tacos right now....Mmmmmmmmmm!!!!

Anyway, this is in no way a comparison to my mom's tacos.... I mean you can't really compare pizza and tacos anyway... can you? :)  No, this is pizza was nowhere near as good as my mom's tacos, it's just that if I am going to talk about tacos, I need to only mention my mother's!!  (enough kissing her butt, i know, but it's true, you will never find a better taco!!!)

Taco pizza is not a new invention, but it's the first time I actually made one, if you can believe that.  Funny how sometimes we don't even remember to try making the simplest of things!

Taco Pizza
Created by Jenn's Food Journey
Printable Recipe 
1/2 lbs ground beef
1 1/2 Tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
1 Tablespoon cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup taco sauce or salsa
1-2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
2-3 Tablespoons sliced black olives
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2-1 cup shredded lettuce
14 oz pizza dough ball

In a skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.  Cook beef until no longer pink, about 5-8 minutes.  Drain excess fat.  Add taco seasoning to beef and stir to coat.  Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and taco sauce or salsa; set aside.

Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.   Stretch out pizza to desired size and shape on parchment paper.  Spread on cream cheese mixture and top with cooked beef and cheese.  Add the olives and tomatoes.  Slide pizza onto preheated stove and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and cheese and melted and bubbly.  Remove from oven and top with lettuce.  Slice and serve.  Enjoy!

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Big Dude said...

Looks killer to me but I have two questions - 450* oven - is your grill broke? and when can we expect the post on Mom's tacos? Have a great day Jenn

Mary said...

ha ha ha, Larry's post cracked me up. Don't you know that the oven should only be used in case of emergencies??

This pizza looks awesome, but now I NEED to see your mom's taco recipe. Seriously, we aren't huge fans of tacos around here, so maybe we're doing something wrong!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Yeah where's mom's tacos???? Don't tease us with how awesome they are and then not share :) That's just not nice Jenn! LOL! The pizza looks really good, love the cream cheese salsa idea. Like you I've not made a taco pizza, which is strange seeing as how tacos and pizza are 2 of my favorite foods ever. Only makes sense to combine them, right??? Must make this soon!

Yenta Mary said...

This may not be Mom's, but it sure looks fabulous! An homage to Mom ... :)

StephenC said...

What about the pink slime?

Pam said...

Jenn, you just kill me every time I come here! It looks fantastic, and I bet if your mom saw it now, she would be drooling over it as much as I am!

Becki's Whole Life said...

Yes, you can't post all of that about your mom's tacos and then not follow up at some point with the recipe:-)...this pizza sounds incredible though. love the mix of the cheese and beef with all of the fresh toppings!

Michael Toa said...

Taco on a pizza? I'm not gonna argue with that! Yum I say. Wow, two days to make tacos? That must be intensely delicious.

Chris said...

This looks great, Jenn! I can just imagine all that taco flavor on a crispy pizza.