My baby brother (one of them) was born when I was 14. Now while that was all very exciting, the part leading up to that was pretty cool too. That was the part where my mom was craving Godfather’s taco pizza and raspberry ripple ice cream. We ate a lot of taco pizza that summer. Ever since that time, I have loved it. These days, I hardly ever see it offered at pizza places, and when I do, it’s just not the same. So, as I am wont to do, when I was having a craving recently I just made up my own. I saw a recipe somewhere where the dressing was drizzled on top and I thought that was a pretty great idea so I copied that idea on mine. Added a nice spicy zip!
If you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s in the vicinity, check out their fresh pizza dough, which you can find in the produce section. Otherwise, use the brand you like best (or make your own).
Now…where can I find some raspberry ripple ice cream?
Spicy Homemade Taco Pizza
Pizza Crust (I use the fresh pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, but use your favorite)
1/2 pound ground beef
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
4 oz. can green chiles
1 cup crushed tomatoes (canned or fresh)
1/2 jalapeno, minced (leave out if you don’t like it spicy)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 large tomato, diced
Sliced black olives
1/2 cup sour cream
Juice of one lime
2 tbsp. hot sauce (I used Cholula)
Preheat oven to 425˚. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment. Press out pizza dough with your fingers until it’s the thickness you like.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and onion and cook until beef is no longer pink. Add beans, garlic, cumin, chili powder and green chiles. Stir and sort of mash the beans into the mixture. Cook until heated through. Set aside.
Mix crushed tomato and minced jalapeno. Spread over pizza crust.
Spread meat mixture over tomato sauce.
Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of the meat mixture. Bake for 10-15 minutes until crust is browned on the bottom, and crispy around the edges.
Remove from oven and spread lettuce, tomatoes and olives over the top. Whisk together sour cream, lime juice and hot sauce. Drizzle over the top of pizza (you can do this with a spoon or put in a ziplock bag and snip off a corner). Cut into squares and eat up!