Taco Pizza



Taco Pizza

Taco Bell isn't the only place where you can get your tacos right. In your own home, you can have the salty taste of a taco pizza with the guidance of Goudamonster's recipe. 

Ingredients:
1 premade pizza crust (I used the one by Pizza Romana)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1/2-1 jalapeño pepper, diced (remove seeds for less heat)
1 mini sweet red pepper, diced (or 1/2 bell pepper)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 package or 1 1/2 cups vegetarian burger crumbles, thawed (I used Morningstar Farms)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
8-10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 avocado, sliced (or cubed depending on your preference)
Chopped cilantro & green onion for garnish

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450F (or whatever temperature your packaged crust suggests.)
  2. Using half a teaspoon of your olive oil, rub it along the outer edge of your prepared pizza crust. Lightly sprinkle with salt if desired. I find this gives a nicer texture and flavor to the crust when it comes out of the oven.
  3. Heat the remaining half teaspoon of olive oil on medium high heat in a nonstick skillet.
  4. Put onions, peppers, and garlic in the oil and let cook for a few minutes until soft and fragrant.
  5. Add burger crumbles, tomato paste, water, and seasonings to the pan. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle about half of the cheese onto your pizza crust. Since there is no sauce the cheese will act as a “glue” to hold your toppings in place. Evenly distribute the taco crumbles over the top of the cheese and then top with the remaining shredded cheddar.
  7. Place pizza directly on the oven rack and bake for 6-8 minutes or until the edges of the crust are crisp and golden. Use your crust’s package instructions as a guideline for cooking time.
  8. Remove from oven and top with fresh tomato, avocado, and herbs


Variations
Non vegetarians can brown 1/2 a pound of ground beef in place of the crumbles. Make sure to drain off excess grease before seasoning. I calculated the calorie info subbing in 80% lean ground beef and the calories/protein content were almost exactly the same as the original.


Posted by Diane Araga, on October 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM