We eat a lot of pizza in our house. At least once a week we are throwing a pizza in the oven or ordering one up from one of our local pizza joints. It's a meal that everyone enjoys and will eat.
As I searched for my recipe pick for this month's Secret Recipe Club assignment I immediately settled on this fantastic pizza recipe. I knew my family would eat it and I would enjoy making it. I thank you, Anna of Cheese with Noodles for sharing this recipe with me!
Just as I suspected it was so much fun to make this pizza! It came together quickly and with simple, pantry ready ingredients. One of the best parts of this recipe is that the pizza dough is homemade AND the technique for allowing the dough to rise is done in the oven as it bakes. Completely brilliant! The dough is mixed up and then patted/rolled onto the prepared pizza pan and then placed into a cold oven which is only then turned on to 375 degrees F. As the oven heats up, the dough gently rises. Simple as that!
As you can see from the picture above instead of using the traditional pizza sauce, refried beans are used in it's place. Thus the foundation for this Mexican flavored pizza. I sprinkled a Mexican blend of cheese and then some chopped cherry tomatoes and sliced black olives. Once the pizza was baked to melt the cheese I then placed some avocado slices and chopped up cilantro for additional "taco" ingredients and color. This recipe is perfect for all taco toppings. It all depends on what you like and what you have on hand. I envisioned adding some lovely red onions, dollops of sour cream and a side of salsa on my next Taco Pizza. Yum!!
Definitely try out this Taco Pizza. It won't disappoint!! I was completely delighted with it and send Anna of Cheese with Noodles big hugs of gratitude for this recipe. I can't wait to make it again along with some of her other mouth watering recipes (I have my eye on her recipe for Triple Peanut Butter Cookies).
(recipe from Cheese with Noodles)
Pizza Dough Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp taco seasoning (my addition)
1 TBSP sugar
1 tsp salt
1 packet yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1 cup water
2 TBSP olive oil
1 can refried beans
2 cups shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
A variety of toppings from below.....
sliced black olives
cherry or plum tomatoes, cut into quarters or small pieces
red onions, chopped into small pieces
ground beef, cooked and seasoned with taco seasoning
dollops of sour cream
In a large bowl fitted for a mixer prepare pizza dough by whisking together flour, taco seasoning, sugar, salt and yeast. Add in water and oil and with your dough hook mix well all together. Dough should resemble a soft gum. Add in water or flour if need to be to obtain such a consistency.
Grease pizza pan and then gently pat dough out onto the sheet. Make sure there is rim of dough higher on the edges than in the inside. Place into a cold oven and heat to 375. Bake for 15 minutes - starting timer when you place the pizza in the oven. Remove from oven and then spread refried beans over the dough and sprinkle with cheese. Evenly scatter toppings that you wish to be baked such as tomatoes pieces and black olives. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Top pizza with remaining desired toppings, slice and enjoy!!
Happy Taco Pizza Baking!