Deep Dish Taco Pizza
Make tonight a taco…err, pizza…night! This Deep Dish Taco Pizza is a fun way to enjoy your favorite taco toppings in pizza form!
I’ve got a weakness for potato chips. In fact, I have to be careful about keeping a bag of chips open in the pantry. More often than not, that bag disappears way too fast. I was doing my normal grocery store run last week, and I stumbled across a bag of taco-flavored chips. Ok, I’m all about the unique flavors of potato chips that seem to be popping up. (Ahem, I’m looking at you Canadian All-Dressed.) But taco chips? Eh. I’m not so sure about taco flavors on my potato chips.
Speaking of chips, I noticed a bag of buttered popcorn right there next to that bag of taco chips. For some reason, that reminded me of one of my best friends from high school. You see, he worked part-time at a movie theater. One day, he stopped by my house with a bag of movie theater popcorn. This wasn’t just any bag. This was a gigantic bag. It had to have been at least 4 feet tall. And it was packed with movie theater popcorn! Talk about a dream come true!
In actuality, I have to admit that it was just too much popcorn. We gave that bag a valiant effort, and I continued to work on it for several days after that…but I barely made a dent in the thing. I think we ended up just tossing it out as the popcorn got a bit stale. Seriously, though. Who ends up with a 4-foot tall bag of popcorn in their house? Apparently I do. I’m pretty sure it was still about 3.75-feet tall when we threw in the towel.
Deep Dish Taco Pizza
While I might not want taco flavors on my potato chips, I’m totally ok with taco flavors on my pizza. This Deep Dish Taco Pizza is a fun twist on a classic pizza, and it’s super easy to make! Instead of traditional pizza sauce, refried beans mixed with taco sauce form the base for this taco pizza. Add in seasoned ground beef along with your favorite taco toppings, and you’ve got a fun dinner for the whole family!
I love making my own pizza dough, however it does requite a bit of advance planning. For this Deep Dish Taco Pizza, I cheated and used a tube of refrigerated pizza dough from the store. The key to making this a deep dish pizza (or pan pizza) is using a 9″x13″ cake pan. The dough puffs up and stays a bit thicker than traditional pizza. (If you like a thinner crust, then just use a rimmed cookie sheet instead.)
So if you’re in the mood for a fun twist on pizza, then I highly recommend this Deep Dish Taco Pizza. Serve this one up with a couple cold beers on a Friday night, and I promise no-one will be sad about it. Enjoy!
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Deep Dish Taco Pizza
For the Pizza
- 1 Tbsp cornmeal
- 1 13.8-oz. can refrigerated pizza crust dough
- 16 oz. lean ground beef
- 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
- 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
- 1 cup refried beans
- ⅓ cup taco sauce
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomatoes
- diced avocados
- sliced olives
- sour cream
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Lightly spray a 9”x13” cake pan with nonstick baking spray. Sprinkle cornmeal evenly onto pan.
- Unroll pizza dough and press into bottom and 1” up sides of the pan; set pan aside.
- Using a medium skillet, add ground beef and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes, or until beef is fully cooked.
- Drain skillet and then add diced tomatoes, taco seasoning and ⅔ cup water; stir until well combined. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, or until most of the water has evaporated. Remove skillet from heat.
- Using a small bowl, stir together refried beans and taco sauce. Spread this mixture evenly on top of pizza dough. Spread beef mixture on top of refried beans. Finally, combine the two cheeses and spread evenly on top of beef.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until cheese has fully melted.
- Let stand for 5 minutes before adding optional toppings and slicing.
Looking for other fun pizza recipes? Check out these other tasty ideas, too:
Broccolini and Goat Cheese Pizza
Meatball Parm French Bread Pizza
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And now I’m craving movie popcorn. . .how do they make that stuff so delicious? I’m also craving pizza, looking at your pics. LOVELOVELOVE the sound of taco pizza! This looks awesome!
You know what’s funny, Kelsie? I’ve been craving movie theater popcorn like no other lately. In fact, I’ve been debating just going in and buying some popcorn and bringing it home as a snack. No movie. Just popcorn. 🙂
I am the same with potato chips. I could eat the whole bag by myself, so I try not to have them around too often. I love making homemade pizza and lately have been thinking about making taco pizza. This one looks yummy and now I want to make it even more.
Potato chips are definitely another weakness, too, Dawn. I love salty snacks. Then again I love sweet snacks, too. Let’s just call it what it is – I love snacks! 🙂 I also love pizza, and this taco pizza is quite a fun way to mix things up. (And you can even pull it off on a weeknight!)
I love potato chips and cheezies and popcorn and all that stuff too! And a 4 feet tall bag of popcorn? Whoa! Now, that’s a lot! And this pizza? AMAZING! I’m sure I could take a good dent out of this one all by myself! Pinned! Too bad you couldn’t deliver 😉
Yeah, this bag of popcorn was absolutely insane, Dawn! Heck, I still remember it…and that was 20+ years ago now. 🙂 I also love pizza, and this taco pizza is a fun and tasty way to mix things up. (Plus, you can make it on a weeknight!)
Well this sounds wonderful! I love that you put avocados on the pizza, to make it healthy!!!
Right. Healthy. 🙂 Thanks, Mimi!
Can’t go wrong with pizza night or taco night, so why not combine them!? This is fantastic, David!
My thoughts exactly, Marissa! Pizza? Tacos? Let’s make both! 🙂
Two of my favorite foods – pizza and tacos! This looks perfect for a change for taco Tuesday! Now about those chips – I have my favorites, but I must admit they are pretty standard. Although I do love a good salt and vinegar chip!
I was thinking the same thing, Kathy. Taco (Pizza) Tuesday sounds like a pretty delicious way to mix things up. (Plus, you can make this one on a weeknight, too!)
a can of pizza dough?? that sounds fascinating. this looks delicious david. i am starving just looking at it. talking about potato crisps/chips – apparently they’re great in an omelette; like a spanish tortilla. who knew?:-)
Do you guys not have refrigerated pizza dough down there? It’s the same as refrigerated breads, cinnamon rolls, etc. I mean you could always make your own (and it would probably taste better), but the simplicity of refrigerated dough is perfect for busy weeknights!
as far as i know, we don’t have any of those things:) no pizza dough in a can, no frozen cinnamon rolls etc…
Well I guess you’ll just need to take a trip to the States, huh? 🙂
Ok first of all, YES to Canadian All-Dressed Chips! Aren’t they amazing and addicting?!!!!! I am also such a fan of all these unique flavored potato chips that are popping up!
Your Deep Dish Taco Pizza is such a fabulous idea David! I absolutely love the idea of using the refried beans and taco sauce as the base sauce of the pizza. I can almost taste this amazing pizza as I look at your gorgeous photos! This is a pizza that would be very popular in my house, can’t wait to give it a try!
You’re the first person to comment on the Canadian All-Dressed! Those things are insane. We’re heading up to Canada in a couple of weeks for a curling tournament, and you better believe we’ll be stocking up on All-Dressed! 🙂
In other news, this pizza is super tasty. The refried beans and taco sauce bring so much flavor…and this entire pizza is super easy to make. You can totally pull this off on a busy weeknight, so that means it scores extra points in my book. I hope your week is going well so far, Shannon…thanks for the comment!
Well I love tacos, and I love pizza. So I’m in. I especially love the avocados on top. A super delicious touch, and I love how the green brightens the whole pizza. 🙂 ~Valentina
Yup, this pizza is calling your name then, Valentina! And I bet it would work with that tofu that you just posted about, too. 🙂
Taco pizza, the perfect fusion of two great foods. I’ll have to make this for our upcoming Taco Friday dinner.
David, you ever tried Swedish Cheez Doodles, they are totally addictive. Over here we’re (not me) obsessed with flavored potato chips, the newest being Grill & Cheddar. It’s a play on BBQ chips with cheddar flavoring. But my all-time favorite flavored chip is in India and called Lay’s Mastana Mango. They are sweet and spicy.
Taco Friday, eh? You’re bucking the trend there, Ron. It’s supposed to be Taco Tuesday! 🙂 Of course, I’m not going to complain if we start Taco Friday, too. Haha!
Swedish Cheez Doodles? I can’t say I’ve tried those…or even heard of them. We have regular cheese doodles here, but I’m guessing the Swedish version is slightly different. Also, it must be pretty hard when your favorite flavored chip is only made in India!
Love it David! As you say it’s a fun twist on pizza, and would definitely go down well with a couple of beers (or 3!)
You said it, Neil! A couple cold beers and a slice (or two) of this pizza is all I need for a good weeknight night! 🙂