My family has a variety of traditions. We go crazy for holidays, we have family game nights and food wise, we almost never miss a Pizza Friday.
While I love having a great food tradition to share with my close people, there are some weeks where the thought of another pizza with sausage, pepperoni or even one of my fun tweaks (links can be found below “Tips” at the end of the post) is just. too. much. pizza.
But the silver lining to the same type of food each week is that it forces me to really work my creative juices to create good food that is not boring. Which is probably why I have a cooking website ;) I have always loved a local pizza place’s version of Taco Pizza so one Friday I decided I would whip up an at home spin on this tasty pizza. After making a few sauces and even considering regular pizza sauce, I hit the nail on the head with this tasty and flavorful sauce. Toss on some seasoned ground beef and cheese and it’s a winner! Take your pizza night to new places this week with this fun and tasty pie.
Taco Pizza with Mexi-Pizza Sauce
Prep Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes | Serves: 4-6
For the Sauce
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 can Mexican style diced tomatoes, divided and drained with juices reserved
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- a pinch crushed red peppers
- pepper to tate
For the Pizza
- 1 pizza crust, pre-made or homemade
- 1/2 lb. ground beef
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- Remainder of can of Mexican style diced tomatoes from the Sauce
- 2 cups Mexican Blend shredded cheese
- desired toppings (sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, avocado)
- In a small saucepan, combine tomato sauce, cumin, pepper, 1/2 cup of the Mexican style diced tomatoes, crushed red peppers and 1/4 cup of the reserved tomato juices and heat on medium until sauce begins to just boil
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from heat and set aside
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Warm a skillet over medium heat and add ground beef and cook until no pink remains, breaking the beef apart so no large chunks remain
- Add taco seasoning to the beef and water and mix well to combine. Allow to simmer until some of the water evaporates and beef is well coated in seasoning
- Cover a large baking sheet or pizza pan with cornmeal and place rolled pizza dough on it
- Cover dough with sauce, cheese, seasoned ground beef and remaining Mexican style diced tomatoes
- Bake in oven for 12-14 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden
- Top with crushed tortilla chips (optional) and serve with favorite Mexican style toppings
- The sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead or leftover sauce can be stored for up to three days in the refrigerator. If you like a little less heat, feel free to omit the crushed red peppers from the sauce to tone it down a bit.
- I prefer a from scratch pizza dough but if time is short, a pre-made crust from the store will work just fine.
- Crushed tortilla chips are optional and not preferred by some of my people, but to me they make the pizza great! If you are unsure, serve the tortilla chips with the toppings and top single slices with the chips to determine what you like best. But no matter what this is super yum!
- If you are feeling super adventurous, give my pizza dough a try and while you are at it, whip up a big batch of homemade taco seasoning so you can make this pie again and again!