If you live in Iowa (which most all of you don't, or for that matter even know where it is), you know of the pizza chain Happy Joe's. They claim to be the home of the 'taco pizza'. They invented it and now shout to the world that theirs is the best. In my family, we like to say Zeno's Pizza, my hometown's pizza joint, has the best taco pizza.
For whatever reason we love taco pizza here in the Midwest. I'm not sure if other places around the country even eat it?
Friday night, it was just the kids and I, and what better thing to do on a Friday night than make homemade pizza right? Not knowing if the kids would like this kind, I also made a much more plain version for them, although the little man was snagging the tomatoes off of my slice.
I also had some spinach in the fridge on the verge of death...so, I used that instead of the more traditional iceberg to top this pizza. If you love Mexican food and love pizza, we'll it's a no-brainer that you'll love this version.
Nacho Taco Pizza
1 pre-made pizza crust or homemade dough
1 c. taco sauce
1/3 c. refried beans
1/2 lb. cooked and drained ground beef
shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese
1 tomato, chopped
shredded spinach or lettuce
crushed nacho or taco flavored tortilla chips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees if using pre-baked crust, higher (usually 450) if using homemade dough. Assemble pizza on a pizza stone as follows: taco sauce, refried beans, ground beef and cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust and cheese is golden brown.
Immediately top with tomatoes, lettuce and additional taco sauce.
Then dig in. It's messy. Have a fork in hand to gobble up all the toppings that will inevitably fall back onto your plate.
Who likes un-traditional pizza like this?