Make it a fun Taco Tuesday dinner with this extremely easy and crowd-pleasing Taco Pizza! Simple ingredients with flavor bursting in every bite!
A FUN TWIST ON PIZZA NIGHT!
Are you a Taco Tuesday night kind of family? We definitely are. I make so many variations of meals for Taco Tuesday like Mexican Pizza, Layered Taco Bake, Taco Braid, Taco Pie, Taco Spaghetti (and the list goes on and on!) My family loves it but they are also easy meals for us to whip up on a busy weekday. This Taco Pizza is hands down one of our favorites. Its a simple dinner that is filling and easily feeds the whole family!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Taco pizza is just like a standard pizza (as it starts with a pizza dough crust) and is topped with a creamy salsa layer, taco seasoned ground beef and then topped with taco toppings.
Absolutely. We love to make this with chicken too. See my Chicken Taco Pizza recipe. I also have a special sauce I make to top that one with!
Use any of your favorite taco toppings on this pizza! You could even spread some refried beans on top of the pizza dough (after prebaking the dough) before you spread on the cream cheese layer. Pico de gallo, guacamole, black beans and jalapeños are all great options!
This recipe is completely customizable. You can make it as easy or as complicated as you would like. Yes, you can definitely make your own homemade pizza dough. Just make sure to prebake it first before adding on the ground beef and cream cheese layers.
This is a great idea if you are serving several people who all like different taco toppings? You can set all the toppings out in bowls and let everyone add on their favorites to their personal slices!
You can make your own homemade salsa or use store-bought. Normally my favorite store-bought salsa is the Herdez salsa. However, when I went to go photograph this recipe, they were out so I went with the Pace Restaurant Style salsa.
This is best stored without the toppings on top (as lettuce will wilt and tomatoes get soggy.) Leftovers should be put in a covered container and will keep for 3 days. This pizza can also be frozen (without toppings). Wrap in plastic wrap then in aluminum foil and it will keep for 3 months
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- pizza dough – I just used the Pillsbury pizza crust in the tube but you can make your own or use any store-bought pizza dough as I stated in the FAQ above.
- ground beef – you could also use ground pork, ground chicken or turkey with this.
- taco seasoning – use your favorite seasoning brand like Old El Paso or Taco Bell but you can also make taco seasoning homemade if you prefer.
- cream cheese – it’s really important that this is softened enough so that it blends up nice and smooth.
- sour cream – if you don’t have sour cream, you could also use plain Greek yogurt.
- salsa – use your favorite salsa, generally I prefer Herdez salsa but I will use Pace restaurant style as my backup. This is where you can spice it up too if you really like it with a bit of heat.
- sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses – you use your favorite cheeses here. These are just my suggestions. If you want more spice, try using a Pepper Jack Cheese.
- your favorite taco toppings – have fun with these! You can lay out all of the different toppings in a bowl and have everyone create their own pizzas!
HOW TO MAKE TACO PIZZA:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Open the can of pizza dough and press it into a 10×15 or similar-sized baking dish. Prebake for 8 minutes and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef, breaking it up into crumbles. Cook, occasionally stirring, until there is no pink left.
Drain off any excess grease and add the taco seasoning and water, stir it in until combined, and cook until most of the water has cooked out, about 4 minutes. Take off the heat.
In a small bowl, using an electric hand mixer, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, and salsa.
Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the parbaked crust, leaving a slight border along the edges.
Top with the taco meat.
Sprinkle on the cheddar and Monterey jack cheese evenly over the top.
Bake for 6-10 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
Add your favorite taco toppings, such as shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and black olives.
Cut and serve immediately.
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Taco Pizza (+Video)
- 13.8 ounce tube pizza dough
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 ounce packet taco seasoning
- ⅓ cup water
- 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup salsa
- 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- shredded lettuce, for topping
- diced tomatoes, for topping
- sliced black olives, for topping
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Open the can of pizza dough and press it into a 10×15-inch or similar-sized baking dish. Prebake for 8 minutes and set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef, breaking it up into crumbles. Cook, occasionally stirring, until there is no pink left.
- Drain off any excess grease and add the taco seasoning and water, stir it in until combined, and cook until most of the water has cooked out, about 4 minutes. Take off the heat.
- In a small bowl, using an electric hand mixer, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, and salsa.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the parbaked crust, leaving a slight border along the edges.
- Top with the taco meat. Sprinkle on the cheddar and Monterey jack cheese evenly over the top.
- Bake for 6-10 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- Add your favorite taco toppings, such as shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes.
- Please refer to my FAQ’s and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
- Use whatever taco toppings you prefer. A Taco Pizza bar would be excellent to let everyone top with their personal preferences.
- Any pizza dough will work with this so make your own or buy your favorite.
- Depending on the brand of pizza dough you use, there may be slightly different directions. Refer to the directions on your pizza dough when it comes to prebaking if it has something different to what I’ve written above.
- Chicken can be used instead of ground beef. See my Chicken Taco Pizza recipe.
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