Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Taco Pizza

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I have two kids.
We eat a lot of pizza.
We just do.  I apologize.
I don't love the mucho pizza eating.  It just keeps the kids happy, and well, it's easy...therefore, I am more pleasant when hubs arrives home from.  And good heavens, sometimes I just need a break from the kitchen!  So..the pizza...it works.
The regular pizza establishments suffice, but I much prefer something other than cheese pizza (for my girl, but we have to call it "plain" because she doesn't like cheese!) or pepperoni (for my boy).
I knew right away when I saw this lovely pizza on The Pioneer Woman that it would be the perfect "something other" sort of pizza for me-and it was! 
(Yes, I know, again with PW?!  Sorry...I just love her so very much.  Sorry.) 

So!  The Taco Pizza...it was really very good!  So many tasty things going on: a homemade crust, black bean & salsa base, and a drizzle of sour cream and hot sauce topping the whole affair!  Mmmmm...mmm...mmm!

Give it a try.  I made my favorite pizza crust using my bread machine, but I've made PW's crust before and it's really good.  Check out her post if you want to try her crust recipe.

Taco Pizza
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 1/2 tsp rapid rise yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 cups bread flour

For the pizza:
1 can (14 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup salsa
1 tsp taco seasoning
2 cups grated cheese (Monterey Jack and/or Cheddar)
1 head green leaf lettuce, shredded thin
2 whole ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
½ cups chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cups sour cream
3 Tbsp hot sauce (or more! I used Frank's Red Hot)

Prepare the crust:
Bread machine: Put all of the ingredients for the pizza dough into your bread machine, in the order directed by the manufacturer, put it on the "dough" cycle and let it go. :)

In a mixer: In a mixer bowl, hand whisk water and yeast and let stand 2-3 minutes to dissolve and bloom yeast. Briskly whisk in sugar, salt, oil and 2 cups flour and mix to make a very soft dough. Knead with dough hook, dusting in remaining flour as required to form a soft, elastic dough, about 5-8 minutes. Place dough in a large, well greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes, or until doubled in size.

Prepare the pizza:
Preheat the oven to 500F.  Let the oven heat for 20-30 minutes.
In a small sauce pan, stir together the black beans, salsa and seasoning.  Warm over medium-low heat and use a potato masher to mash the beans to desired texture. Continue heating beans, stirring occasionally, until no longer runny (should be the texture of refried beans). Set aside.
Remove half the pizza dough from the bowl (or bread machine). Save the other half to use later (you can wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it.) With hands, spread pizza dough on an oiled baking sheet, making sure it’s relatively thin. Spread layer of bean mixture all over pizza crust. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top. Place pan in the oven and bake for 9 to 12 minutes. Watch it to make sure crust doesn’t burn.
Remove pizza from oven. Sprinkle on shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and cilantro.
Mix together sour cream and hot sauce, adding enough hot sauce to make the mixture pourable. With a spoon (or you can put it in a pastry bag) drizzle mixture over finished pizza.
Cut into squares and serve immediately with good quality salsa.


This post is linked to:  Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Totally Tasty Tuesdays
Tasty Tuesday
Cast Party Wednesday
These Chicks Cooked
Mouthwatering Monday
What's Cooking Wednesday
Fun With Food Friday
Friday Food
Savory Sunday


carollinaheartstrings said...

Wow does that look wonderful. I am with you. This is the pizza for me! No one else in my family would like it, but I sure would love it. Come over and visit us. We have a great grilled fruit recipe.

Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos said...

This looks amazing!! I want some right now! I hear ya on the pizza-is-so-easy-and-they-love-to-eat-it story...sometimes we have it just so I don't have to hear anyone complain about what's for dinner :)

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

I love changing up regular pizza with this option! Looks so good, wish I had everything on hand to make it tonight! (maybe over the weekend)

Thanks for sharing!

Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It said...

no apologies needed because I know exactly what you mean about eating a lot of pizza!

BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} said...

This looks way good! Definitely going to try it one of these pizza nights. :)

Lisa said...

Yumm-O....I also made a recipe this week also from The Pioneer Woman. Would love for you to check it out.
I think I am going to have to put this PW's pizza on my menu for next week. Thanks!

Nicole Feliciano said...

Thank you so much for sharing this dinner treat on Momtrends Friday Food. This looks like something I would order at California Pizza Kitchen--now I can make it at home. Have a terrific weekend and stay cool.

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