Pizza is a staple here at my home and I make it often because I know my picky eaters won't turn their noses up at it and because it doesn't require me too spend much time in the kitchen. It is the perfect entree to serve on a busy weeknight! However, making the same kind of pizza can get old and boring so I enjoy looking for different pizza recipes to use in my dinner rotation. I recently came across this recipe online and I had to give it a try. It is very easy to make and can be assembled with several staples in your pantry/freezer like tomato paste, taco seasoning mix, ground beef and re fried beans. You can also make your own pizza crust if you desire but I used a store bought D'igorno Crust to cut down on time. This pizza recipe took me literally 30 minutes to make and place on the table. With school starting next week for my little boy, this is the perfect pizza to make on a busy school night. My kids, husband and I love Tex-Mex inspired dishes so this was a huge hit at our home. I hope you enjoy this delicious Mexican Inspired Taco Pizza.
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
3/4 c. water
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix, divided
1 t. chili powder, or to taste
1/2 t. cayenne pepper, optional
1 (16 ounce) can fate free refried beans
1/3 c. Salsa
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/2 lb. ground beef
4 c. Cheddar or Mexican Blend Cheese, shredded
2 Premade Pizza Crusts, I used DiGorno Brand
1. In a small bowl, combine tomato paste, water and 3/4 of the package of taco seasoning mix. Stir in chili powder and Cayenne pepper; set aside. In another bowl, mix re fried beans, salsa and onion; set aside. In a large skillet, cook ground beef until evenly brown; drain excess fat. Season with the remaining 1/4 package of taco seasoning and a small amount of water. Simmer a few minutes, then remove from heat.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using two baking pans, place both of your pizza crusts on pan and spread an equal amount of bean mixture on each crust, followed by a layer of tomato mixture. Sprinkle with seasoned beef and top with cheddar cheese.
3. Bake in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Turn pizzas halfway through baking. After pizza has cooled slightly garnish with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, olives, and sour cream.
Makes 2 pizzas.