19 Jun

Have you heard of such a thing? Well if you have lived in Eugene, the chances are you have at least heard of it! The taco pizza is a favorite at Papas Pizza in Eugene. I am sure there are other taco pizzas around but that was the first one I had seen. I had not experienced one until last year–not in Eugene.

Bird Legs and I were down in SoCal for the Long Beach 1/2 marathon. Her BFF Natalie lives in Redondo Beach and happens to be the daughter of the past(I think) owners of Papas Pizza.

We stayed the night at Natalie’s. She made us taco pizzas. She was so awesome and even made me a vegetarian taco pizza.

She made 3! 2 meat lovers and 1 veggie lovers.

I can eat pizza the night before a race…no biggie! But a taco pizza?! I was a little nervous but I have a pretty iron stomach so I thought it would be fine. I had not really thought about it until I sat down to write this post. That was one of our harder races of the year.

It was 1000 degrees that day. There were–too many people running on a too small of a beach path to have a marathon on. But maybe it had to do with our “pre” race meal! πŸ™‚

I decided to replicate the pizza. I did not really think about how I would make it and have lots of leftovers. You can not really put all the salad toppings on and be able to reheat the leftovers! 😦

I decided that I would make it anyway and just put the salad toppings on a 1/3 of the pizza to eat that night.



What you need:
1 ball of dough (I used whole wheat from Trader Joes)
1 can of beans (I used black beans) smashed up 1/2 way
1 package of faux beef (I used TJs Beef-less ground beef)
1 cup(ish) cheese
1/2 pint(ish) of cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 avocado
1/2 bag of salad greens
2 cups(ish) smashed tortilla chips
hot sauce

How to make it:
Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Use a pizza stone if you have one, if not a baking sheet will work! Whatever you use, put it in the oven while pre-heating!

Roll out the dough. Put the dough on the pizza stone. Add the beef, beans, and cheese. Put it in the oven for 15-17 minutes. It depends on your oven and dough you are using! Just check the bottom.

When the pizza comes out of the oven.

Top with greens, tomato, avocado, chips, and hot sauce.

I promise the pizza crust is under the salad!!

I promise the pizza crust is under the salad!!

Notes: Use whatever dough, beef, beans, greens, and cheese you want. This is just a template for you. If you like just a few toppings just don’t put as many on as me. πŸ™‚ After the 3rd time reheating, I ended up smashed the avocado on the crust cause it stays on better. I did not want a huge bag of chips lying around so I cut some strips of corn tortillas and fried them. Just enough for the pizza.

EAT!! I do not remember it being so hard to eat at Natalie’s. It is messy but DELICIOUS!

Have you had a taco pizza before?

What are your favorite toppings? I like a ton of garlic(like at least 10 cloves), mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, and bell peppers.

One Response to “Taco PIZZA”

  1. Nik. June 19, 2013 at 8:41 PM #

    Sweet, my two favorite meals in one! I am so excited to try this out. Well…..I am so excited for Erica to try this out. Ha.

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