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mexican pizza recipe

I am not a chef by any means, but I have to say of all the things I have made this is one of my favorites.

Serve's four people with no side dishes

Mexican Pizza

Ingredients:
Bouboli pizza crust
1 can of refried beans
1 package of cheese (Shredded cheese, Chedder or Taco / Mexican blend)
1 pound of ground beef (we use turkey)
entire can of diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, diced
1 small to medium green pepper, diced
1 package of cheese

start by combining the tomatoes onion and pepper into a bowl, be sure to drain all the excess water.

next pan fry the beef / turkey and add a package of taco seasoning (follow instructions on the taco season package)

take the bouboli out and spread the refried beans over the crust instead of using pizza sauce
spread the cheese over the refried beans
spread all of the vegitables over the top of the cheese
spread the entire pound of ground beef over the top of the vegitables

place in an oven at 350 degree's for approx 20 minutes. The meat will brown and it will also trap all the flavors of the vegitables as the moisture will be trapt between the cheese and the meat.


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Try adding Taco flavored Doritos to the top of it once it's done cooking, then put it back in the over just to warm the chips. Adds a little dimension to the texture and also some more flavor.

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F%ckin Yummy!!! I'm so making that




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Try adding Taco flavored Doritos to the top of it once it's done cooking, then put it back in the over just to warm the chips. Adds a little dimension to the texture and also some more flavor.
i will have to give that a try

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Instead of doritos I would use regular tortilla chips crushed up and some shredded lettuce




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That sounds good Chris!!

Happy Joe's has a pretty respectable Taco pie. They do use chips similar to Dorito's + lettuce. They also use black olives & sour cream if you order the Taco Supreme.
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A large pizza joint chain in OK serves a variation on their menu.

Refried beans and sausage on the pizza, cook that baby. Then they top it with lettuce tomatoes and cheese. oh and tortilla chips. good stuff.

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Instead of doritos I would use regular tortilla chips crushed up and some shredded lettuce
im not a lettuce on taco's fan, but you would probably want to put the lettuce and sour cream on after you cooked it.

we have done black olives and that is pretty tastey. You can also add some mild chili's

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That sounds good Chris!!

Happy Joe's has a pretty respectable Taco pie. They do use chips similar to Dorito's + lettuce. They also use black olives & sour cream if you order the Taco Supreme.
Happy Joe's taco pizza is my all time favorite pizza! Do they have one around here??

I made this the other night and just remembered to bring the camera into work with me today so here's how it turned out.





The only suggestion I would make to be sure you really drain the veggies. I had them all mixed in a bowl and just tried to pour the water out and the pizza ended up dripping water/grease onto the bottom of the oven. I used the thin crust pizza instead of the regular so maybe it doesn't hold liquids as well as the taller crust. Other than that, it turned out great and have been eating leftovers all week

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Happy Joe's taco pizza is my all time favorite pizza! Do they have one around here??

I made this the other night and just remembered to bring the camera into work with me today so here's how it turned out.





The only suggestion I would make to be sure you really drain the veggies. I had them all mixed in a bowl and just tried to pour the water out and the pizza ended up dripping water/grease onto the bottom of the oven. I used the thin crust pizza instead of the regular so maybe it doesn't hold liquids as well as the taller crust. Other than that, it turned out great and have been eating leftovers all week
I usually put the onions and green pepper into a strainer and pour the tomatoes over the top, and let it drain out over the sink for a few minutes. If you don't have a strainer, we have put them on a plate with paper towels.

I'm glad it turned out.

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Happy Joe's taco pizza is my all time favorite pizza! Do they have one around here??
The closest one I have found is in Rockford. Eva & I keep talking about a road trip. Happy Joe's is the one thing I get EVERY time I'm in Dubuque.

I've heard rumors about a possible new franchise in Crystal Lake but at this point that's all they are.

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The closest one I have found is in Rockford. Eva & I keep talking about a road trip. Happy Joe's is the one thing I get EVERY time I'm in Dubuque.

I've heard rumors about a possible new franchise in Crystal Lake but at this point that's all they are.

You za looks good!
Keep me updated! My dad used to be a manager of a Happy Joe's in Des Moines when he was right outta college and I request it every time I go back there to visit. I didn't get to experience the taco pizza until I was almost out of highschool (~2000) but now is at the top of my list. I should quiz dad and see what he has for ingredients/recipe changes to this one and see if I can make my own. Hmmm...

Rockford might make a decent bike destination some Saturday afternoon... Road trip anyone??

And thanks! It turned out great - leftovers for lunch again today and I'm pretty excited abt it.

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CPK has a tortilla pizza. Basically, they bake the dough and bean. Then add everything else on top fresh.
Varation, If you like you veggies soft. Saute the onion and peppers, then add you beef to the pan. This will draw the water out of the onion better and flavor you protein. Because you are already browning this in a pan, just add it to the top of your baked dough/beans/cheese.
Salting the tomatoes will draw more water out of them. Or go for fresh diced instead of canned.
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I'd be up for a Happy Joe's run. There's one in Galena too. Could always do a day trip & hit some roads in that area.

They've got several really good specialty and mexican pizzas. The BLT is just awesome!
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They've got several really good specialty and mexican pizzas. The BLT is just awesome!
Their BLT is my 2nd favorite.

Maybe it's the novelty, maybe it's the childhood taste memories, but every time I try to duplicate the taco pizza at home it just doesn't taste as good.

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I know what you mean. I've tried BLT & Taco in lots of other places. Nobody else seems to measure up.

Eva & I were stoked when we saw Sarpino's had a BLT, but it wasn't even close.

In the right suburb, I think a Happy Joe's could do well in this market. I'm surprised they haven't got a franchise around here somewhere.
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I just heard back from my dad about how it's made at Happy Joe's. It's not a recipe, but it might help for modifications to the OP recipe. Here's what I got from him:

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When we made taco pizza we did the following.

Added refried beans to the pizza sause and mix. Taco seasoning to raw beef and mix, do not precook beef. We also added the suasage to the pizza. Take crust, spead on the refried bean pizza sause, add taco beef in small pieces, the beef will cook in oven. Add onion if desired, hot peppers if desired. Add cheese and bake. When done pull from oven and add lettuce and cruched up taco flavored chips, cut and serve.

sorry forgot to add the chopped up tomatoes, add after lettuce and before chips.

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Thanks for sharing this recipe clearwaterms. We tried it last night, and was very happy with it. We used regular corn chips and lettuce on top as suggested.

One thing, you don't say what type of cheese, or the amount. We used 1-12oz Mozzarella and 1-8oz cheddar. (I think those where the sizes)

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I have soooo perfected this one, I'll post it up later.




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Thanks for sharing this recipe clearwaterms. We tried it last night, and was very happy with it. We used regular corn chips and lettuce on top as suggested.

One thing, you don't say what type of cheese, or the amount. We used 1-12oz Mozzarella and 1-8oz cheddar. (I think those where the sizes)

Again thanks. I can see this becoming one of our popular dishes.

my apologies, traditionally I use either Chedder or the mexican / taco blends available in the shredded cheese section. I have never tried mozzarella, however I would think it would be just fine.

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I've made this twice now.

boboli crust, I also use a pizza stone in the oven which makes the bottom nice and crispy.

I also use ground turkey, then Hot taco seasoning
el paso fat free refried beans (hot)

I warm the beans in a pot along with a handful of shredded cheddar, some Cholula hot sauce and some cayenne pepper, stir over fire till mixed and cheese is melted.

cook turkey in a pan, and break it up as much as possible, once browned add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water, cook uncovered till most of water is evaporated, once it's done, I like to spread the turkey over some paper towel to drain it a bit

grab your crust, spread beans evenly over crust, then spread turkey over beans and push down with spatula a bit to get the meat pushed into the beans a bit. crush some tortilla chips and spead them over the top, liberally sprinkle a little more cholula over the chips.

cover pizza with a mix of cheddar and monterey jack

cook for 10 minutes on pizza stone at 450.

remove from oven

cover with fresh chopped tomatoes and lettuce. slice up and serve.

I also still add a little more hot sauce




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I've made this twice now.

boboli crust, I also use a pizza stone in the oven which makes the bottom nice and crispy.

I also use ground turkey, then Hot taco seasoning
el paso fat free refried beans (hot)

I warm the beans in a pot along with a handful of shredded cheddar, some Cholula hot sauce and some cayenne pepper, stir over fire till mixed and cheese is melted.

cook turkey in a pan, and break it up as much as possible, once browned add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water, cook uncovered till most of water is evaporated, once it's done, I like to spread the turkey over some paper towel to drain it a bit

grab your crust, spread beans evenly over crust, then spread turkey over beans and push down with spatula a bit to get the meat pushed into the beans a bit. crush some tortilla chips and spead them over the top, liberally sprinkle a little more cholula over the chips.

cover pizza with a mix of cheddar and monterey jack

cook for 10 minutes on pizza stone at 450.

remove from oven

cover with fresh chopped tomatoes and lettuce. slice up and serve.

I also still add a little more hot sauce
do you skip the onion and green pepper?

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yes. Not a fan of green pepper, Onions are a personal choice it could be good with it, but I'm not a huge fan.




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