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This easy homemade Taco Pizza is a family friendly recipe with delicious Mexican flavors! It’s a simple weeknight dinner made with refried beans, seasoned ground beef, and fresh vegetables.
Favorite Family Dinner Recipe
This Taco Pizza was one of my favorite family dinner recipes my Mom made growing up. Mexican flavors were always a big hit in our home and this easy recipe was no exception. Like most Midwest families, we enjoy recipes that would perhaps be considered more Tex Mex such as Taco Wraps or Beef Tacos.
I never claim this type of food is authentic, and neither does Taco Bell, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste great! Now that I’m all grown up, I enjoy lots of Mexican recipes like Pork Street Tacos and Sopes, but nothing can beat the comfort food from childhood like this Taco Pizza. It will always be one of my most loved family dinners!
Easy Recipe For Kids
If your kids can’t decide whether they want homemade pizza or tacos for dinner, combine them into one easy meal that is the ultimate compromise.
It’s an easy recipe for kids to help make. As much as it can strain your patience to let kids help while trying to get dinner on the table, it really is great to let them help in the kitchen once in awhile.
The only things my kids enjoy helping me cook more than pizza are cookie recipes. Not only are they obsessed with using my stand mixer, but no matter what we are making they are sure to steal some bites before it bakes. Let’s be real, nothing beats cookie dough when you are a kid.
My toddlers request this taco pizza because they love pressing the dough out on the pan and sprinkling the ingredients on top. There really isn’t much they can mess up in this kid friendly recipe… other than eating all the cheese before it gets on the pan!
Taco Pizza Variations
This recipe takes about 15 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake. I make this Taco Pizza quick and easy like my Mom always did with a can of refried beans, pizza dough mix, and ground beef with a packet of taco seasoning.
Quick and easy is what works for my family, but you can take it to the next level with homemade ingredients like fresh salsa, refried beans from scratch and a homemade yeast pizza crust you can make from this Jalapeno Popper Pizza.
No matter how you top your pizza, it will quickly be a favorite recipe on your weeknight rotation!
How to Make Homemade Taco Pizza
- The first step in this homemade pizza is making your crust. While you could use pre-made pizza dough for a faster option, I use a packet of pizza dough mix. Simply add the dough mix to a bowl with water, stir and let rest for at least 10 minutes. I typically prepare my dough an hour or two before I make my pizza for the best results. It only takes 2 minutes to make the dough, so it is something quick and easy you can do ahead of time and set out on your counter.
- While the dough is resting, add the lean ground beef to a hot skillet and break it up using your meat chopper. If you don’t already own one of these, I highly recommend it! It is such a simple kitchen tool, but it is crazy how much easier it makes preparing hamburger. Once your meat has cooked for a few minutes, add the taco seasoning to your pan. I always use lean ground beef so I don’t have to drain any fat off. If you are using a fattier meat, add the taco seasoning after you strain off the fat so you don’t lose all the flavor. Let the meat simmer with the seasoning and thicken for 5 minutes.
- After your dough has rested, spread it out evenly over a well greased sheet pan. Spread the refried beans over the crust. If you are using canned beans or refrigerated refried beans, you may want to soften them first by warming them just a little in the microwave. This will make them easier to spread over the crust.
- Top the beans with the taco seasoned ground beef and shredded cheese. I usually just grab a bag of shredded Mexican blend at the grocery store for the quickest option. If I have extra time I buy my favorite cheese, Manchego and shred it up myself for amazing flavor.
- Bake the Taco Pizza at 350° for 20 minutes, or until the crust is baked through. While the pizza is baking, chop up your tomatoes and lettuce to serve on top.
- Top your finished pizza with the fresh vegetables and any other favorite taco toppings. Black olives, avocado, and green onion would all make great additions to the lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle the pizza with taco sauce or salsa and serve with a dollop of sour cream.
- If you have some picky eaters in your family, serve the baked pizza with the toppings on the side. This allows everyone to choose how spicy of salsa they want or what vegetables work for them.
- This recipe serves a large family, so you may have leftovers which are great reheated. In this case, it’s best not to put all the fresh vegetables on the pizza right away.
- Serve to your family however it works best for you and enjoy! Just be careful to cool it off a little for your little kids. Those refried beans stay really hot, so don’t let them burn little mouths. I slice the taco pizza into small pieces and pop it in the freezer for a minute before serving to my toddlers.
More delicious Mexican inspired recipes!
- Easy Mexican Lasagna
- Baked Salsa Chicken
- Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
- Mexican Breakfast Casserole
- Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers
- 6.5 ounce package pizza dough mix
- 15 ounces refried beans
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 ounce packets taco seasoning 2 tablespoons
- 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 3 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
- 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- optional toppings: taco sauce or salsa, sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, stir the dough mix together with the required water (check the package) until well combined. Let rest for at least 10 minutes, or up to 2 hours (one hour or more is ideal).
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, breaking it up with your spoon. Add the taco seasoning and cook until the meat is cooked through. If using a fattier meat, add the taco seasoning after draining off any grease and cook for a couple of minutes more.
- Spread the dough out over a well greased pizza pan. Spread the beans over the dough and top with the taco meat and shredded cheese.
- Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, or until the crust is cooked through.
- Let cool 5 minutes, then top with lettuce, tomatoes, taco sauce or salsa and a dollop of sour cream.