Here's a great appetizer or dinner you're going to love. Start with baked pizza dough, top with ground beef and pizza toppings and ta-da! You have taco pizza! Choose your favorite pizza dough frozen, fresh or Pillsbury. You can even use crescent rolls.
It’s a pizza and a taco all in one… Taco Pizza!
You can’t go wrong with this easy homemade recipe. Kid-friendly. Simple to prep. Easy to customize.
Taco Pizza made with Your Favorite Pizza Dough
Any pizza dough works here. And there’s a huge variety of pizza dough out there with differing opinions on each, I am sure. So I’ll break down a few of my go-to options and give you my cents on what’s best:
Fresh Pizza Dough – This is the option I recommend for the best tasting taco pizza. It does require a little planning though.
You can usually find fresh pizza dough in the refrigerator section at the grocery store for about $1 a bag. It’s hunk of fresh dough that needs to get used quickly or it will go bad in a day or two. It also needs to be stretched, shaped and oiled.
The taste though is excellent. Fresh dough has a really nice yeasty flavor and is chewy yet has pockets of air giving it some nice texture.
This is my favorite type of crust to use for both this taco pizza and for when we make regular homemade pizzas at our house. Once you master stretching (hint: be patient and use gravity to your advantage) and shaping the dough (shape some while you stretch then press out the thick parts to shape it the rest of the way) it’s really worth it. A small amount of oil oil is all you need to finish it off and keep it from sticking to the pan.
Pillsbury Pizza Dough – This is an easy and safe choice. The size is perfect for feeding a hungry family of 4 or cut into smaller slices and you can make this into an appetizer for a small party or shower. The rectangular shape fits perfectly on a baking sheet.
The taste is decent. It’s fresh-baked and chewy as you’d expect from pizza dough. It’s nothing special but its extremely convenient. No greasing of the pan or dough is required if you line your baking sheet but you can oil the dough if you’d like to give it a more crisp outer layer.
Crescent Roll Dough – Another Pillsbury refrigerated dough option that gives you a flakier, sweeter crust with all the same convenience of the pizza dough. It’s not as chewy or dense so is a popular choice if you’re looking for some added texture. No greasing of the pan or dough needed.
Other -There are others types of pizza crust such as those you mix up from a box, and baked pizza crust you can pick up fresh from the bakery or preserved in the pizza aisle. But none of those options are my own personal go-to so I would go with one of the three options listed above, as my personal preference and recommendation.
What topping go on this taco pizza?
We are starting with cooked ground beef, seasoned with taco seasoning, then layering shredded cheddar cheese or a Mexican blend of cheese, diced roma tomatoes, shredded iceberg lettuce, sour cream and salsa.
That is my favorite combination of ingredients, however, feel free to adjust to your liking.
Choose your meat.
You can substitute ground beef with ground chicken, or save time and grab pre-cooked and shredded rotisserie chicken. Just heat and add in taco seasoning.
You can also opt for steak. I’d just recommend cutting your steak into small pieces so that you have enough to spread out all over the pizza.
Other Topping Ideas
Try fresh avocado, guacamole, corn, corn salsa, black beans, refried beans and/or rice too!
- 1 roll pizza dough (see post for recommendations)
- 1 tbsp cooking oil (vegetable, corn or olive oil)
- 1 lb ground beef (or chicken)
- 1 oz packet taco seasoning
- ½ cup sour cream (more or less to taste)
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
- 2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
- 2 roma tomatoes, diced
- ½ cup salsa or pico de gallo (more or less to taste)
- hot sauce to taste
- Roll out pizza dough on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes at 400˚.
- While dough is baking, use a skillet over high heat to cook ground beef until browned. Add taco seasoning packet and toss. Set aside, removing from heat.
- When dough has baked for 8 minutes, remove from oven and layer on cooked ground beef. Return to oven and bake for an additional 6 minutes.
- Remove from oven again and top with dollops of sour cream (or try the squeeze container of sour cream), shredded lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, salsa and hot sauce if desired. Cut into slices and dig in!