Tacos and pizza are both favorites at our house, so one evening we decided to try to combine them! And no, it isn’t just getting beef on a regular pizza. I wanted it to truly combine the best of both meals.
My favorite part of a pizza: the doughy crust. Not the edge-of-the-pizza-with-no-toppings crust, but the under-everything-else crust. My least favorite part of a taco: the shell because they always fall apart.
Taco Pizza uses a pizza crust with typical taco fillings on top. Instead of red sauce, I used a combination of cream cheese and sour cream. The cream cheese helps to thicken up the sour cream without adding too much flavor. I was worried that having only sour cream would be too thin and the toppings would fall off.
Other than that, we made the rest of the toppings for this Taco Pizza in the same way we would make it for a regular taco night. Similar to tacos, you can make this pizza customized for each person depending on which toppings they prefer.
The pieces you see photographed were Justin’s because he will eat it with everything on top! I don’t like fresh tomatoes, so mine didn’t have that. For the boys, we did only a very small amount of each vegetable in an attempt to get them to eat something new. Spoiler alert: they still weren’t very fond of this meal. But, we are working on it.
For simplicity and time management, I used a prepackaged pizza dough. When I don’t make my own dough, I buy the one canned near the biscuits at the grocery store. It isn’t quite as fluffy and delicious as homemade, but it’s much quicker when I don’t have time for the bread machine to make the dough.
The one thing I have been using that is not prepackaged lately is homemade taco seasoning. The flavor is a bit different from the store-bought, but it’s much cheaper and saves on a lot of packaging waste. I make this in a large amount and then use what I need. The rest stays stored with all of my herbs and spices.
Taco Pizza makes a great dinner for the family, or can be used as an appetizer. Also, if you don’t like ground beef, you could also sub in other taco fillings such as shredded chicken or beans.
Step by Step
Preheat the oven to 375F. Roll the pizza dough out onto a baking stone or cookie sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes, or according to the directions.
Remove the pizza crust from the oven when it is finished baking and let it cool for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until it is cooked through.
Drain the ground beef and return it to the pan. Stir in the water and taco seasoning, then bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until most of the moisture has evaporated.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sour cream and cream cheese. Stir until they are completely combined and most of the lumps are removed.
Once the crust has cooled, spread the sour cream “sauce” over the pizza crust, covering it all the way to the edges.
Sprinkle the cooked taco meat over the sauce. It may not completely cover, which is ok. Just try to spread it out as evenly as possible.
Top the ground beef with your favorite taco toppings, such as cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, etc. Cut into pieces about 2-inch square and serve immediately.
- 1 can pizza dough (refrigerated)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
- taco toppings
- Preheat the oven to 375F
- Spread the pizza dough out on a baking stone or cookie sheet and bake according to the directions
- Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, brown the ground beef until cooked through
- Drain, then return to the pan
- Add the water and taco seasoning and bring to a boil
- Lower the heat to medium and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until most of the moisture has evaporated
- In a medium mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the sour cream and cream cheese
- Once the pizza crust has cooled for about 20 minutes, spread the sour cream mixture over the entire crust
- Evenly spread the ground beef on top of the sour cream sauce
- Top with your desired taco toppings, such as tomatoes, onion, peppers, etc.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the entire pizza
- Cut into pieces about 2-inch square and serve immediately
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