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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tricia's Week 34 Recipe: Taco Pizza

Yes, I've posted pizza recipe before.  No, this is not cheating.  Why?  Because I was trying for a quick, slightly less calorie pizza option.

Taco Pizza

1 Pillsbury thin pizza crust
1 lb ground turkey
taco seasoning
1/3-1/2 cup salsa (medium or hot)
1/3-1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup red pepper
1 jalapeño
1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
1-2 handfulls lettuce
1 small tomato, diced
1-2 handfulls taco chips or shells, crunched
olives, sliced and black
sour cream

Cook and drain ground turkey and make into taco turkey according to directions on taco mix.  set aside.  Open pizza crust and spread on cookie sheet or pizza baking pan.  Bake according to directions for 5 minutes and pull out of oven (I think at 400 degrees).  Let cool for 1 minute.  Mix salsa and pizza sauce together and coat on crust.  add cut up red pepper and jalapeño.  Add all of meat.  Top with cheese (I say 1-2 cup b/c I grab handfuls from bag until it looks right and have BIG bag mozzarella at home.  You do want to go lighter on the cheese than you normally would for a pizza.  Put back in oven and cook about 11 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.  Remove from oven.  **Note, for the next topping instructions, you can choose to top the whole pizza, or if like us you will only end up eating maybe half, you can cut the pizza first and just top the slices you intend to eat.  Up to you **  Top pizza or slices with lettuce,  tomato, olives, crunched shells and sour cream to taste.  Eat.

I will be making taco pizza again!  The ground turkey instead of ground beef was a winner.  The Pillsbury pizza crust wasn't.  It never became crispy in the middle, and we despise soggy thin crust.  It might work OK on a regular Pillsbury rising pizza crust.  I guess we just like my homemade crust recipe too much, so we'll make it on that next time.  Also, the jalapeño was sooooo hot, the bites with it overpowered everything else.  I will either need to chop it up better next time, or leave it off when they get that hot from the garden.

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