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1 Lb. Pizza dough (or one can of pizza dough)
3/4 Lb. Ground turkey
2 Tbsps. Shawhan Taco Seasoning
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ Small onion, finely chopped
1 Garlic clove, finely minced
1 Cup Fresh salsa
1 Cup Mexican cheese blend or cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 Cup Queso Fresco cheese, crumbled
TOPPINGS (use some or all of your favorites)
Sliced black olives
Thinly sliced onions
Jalapenos, finely chopped or sliced
Crushed taco chips for crunch
Sour Cream or Greek yogurt
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the dough into a rectangle. Press down in the middle of the dough with your fingers creating a one-inch rim around the dough. This will be your crust. Put it to the side.
2) In a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray, add the chopped meat, onion, garlic, taco seasoning, and a large pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is browned, and the veggies are soft. (About 8-10 minutes) Put to the side to cool.
3) Top the pizza dough with the salsa. When the meat has cooled, evenly distribute it over the salsa. Top with two cheeses. Put in the oven and bake until the crust is brown and crispy, and the cheese is melted and brown in spots. (About 25 minutes)
4) Remove the pizza from the oven and carefully remove the pizza from the baking sheet to a cutting board. Top with your favorite toppings: olives, onions, crushed taco chips, Greek yogurt or sour cream, avocado, jalapeno, crema, shredded lettuce and/or chopped tomatoes. Drizzle with taco sauce or serve on the side. (All toppings are optional…use your favorite.)
5) Slice into large wedges and serve with a knife and fork. Enjoy.
NOTES: Love tacos? Crave pizza? Well, you are going to love this Ground Turkey Taco Pizza mashup. What’s not to love? A crispy and chewy crust topped with all your favorite taco flavors. This is easy to pull together and if you prep all your toppings and put them out in small bowls, your family or guests can build their own taco pizza.
Taco Pizza Ingredients
In this taco pizza, you can use either a ball of pizza dough you purchase at the store or a can of pizza dough from the chilled section in your local store. The can is about 13 – 14 ounces but that is just fine. Of course, if you make your own dough, use that.
Whole wheat pizza dough would work, as would, gluten-free dough. So, use your favorite. I’ve also used this taco meat mixture and all the toppings on store bought pita breads and even toasted English Muffins when serving kids. Use the base vehicle of your choice.
In this recipe, I’ve used ground turkey. Feel free to use ground beef, lamb or pork. They all work. Ground turkey vs. ground chicken? You can use either, but the chicken tends to be very lean and without much flavor, so I prefer the turkey. If you are watching your saturated fat intake, you can also get 99% fat-free ground turkey. If you use this or the ground chicken, I’d saute the meat in a tablespoon of olive oil to add some moisture to the meat.
I really like the Shawhan Taco Seasoning. It is the perfect taco seasoning for ground turkey. It has all the right spices and isn’t too hot. If you have your own favorite taco seasoning, feel free to use that but give this one a try.
When it comes to toppings, the sky is the limit. I’ve given you a lot of choices but feel free to add your own favorites. Some of my favorite taco toppings are:
Shredded Iceberg lettuce
Sour cream or Greek yogurt or Fat-free Greek yogurt
Crushed taco chips
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
Queso Fresco, crumbled
How to make the ground turkey taco pizza
Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the dough into a rectangle and press into a rectangle baking sheet.
Prepare your taco meat. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and add the chopped onion, garlic, meat and two tablespoons of the taco seasoning. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon or spatula. Sprinkle with a large pinch of salt and black pepper. Stir and cook for about 8-10 minutes until the meat is brown and the vegetables are soft. Let cool completely.
Top your pizza dough with the salsa just like it was tomato sauce. Top that with the cooled taco meat mixture. Top that with the two cheeses and put in the oven to bake. Bake until cheese is melted and brown in spots and the pizza dough is cooked through. About 25 minutes.
Remove the pizza from the oven and cut into six large wedges. Serve with all the toppings on the side and let your family and guests top their pizzas with what they like. Serve with a knife and fork. Enjoy.
Do you like Mexican flavors? Try some of my other Mexican inspired recipes: