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Easy Taco Pizza

Easy Taco PizzaWeeknight easy, weekend worthy. This recipe combines two kid favorites - pizza and tacos. Invite children to help prepare the pizza or substitute mini pizza crusts and let family members create their own pizzas. Serve with a simple side of seasonal fruit kabobs.

Recipe Ingredients:

Seasoning Mix:*
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic granules or powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Cooking spray
1/2 pound ground pork
1 (6.5-ounce) package pizza crust mix
1 cup mild salsa, or your taste preference
2 cups colby Jack cheese
2/3 cup coarsely crushed tortilla chips
Shredded lettuce
Sliced ripe olives
Diced or sliced avocado (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine all seasoning ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and cook ground pork with seasoning mixture over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes or until pork is crumbly and no longer pink**. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare pizza crust according to package directions.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  5. Spread the pizza dough onto a greased 12-inch pizza pan and top with the salsa. Evenly distribute taco meat, cheese and tortilla chips on top.
  6. Bake pizza for 18 to 22 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  7. Serve topped with shredded lettuce, olives and avocado (if using).

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

*Seasoning mix can be substituted with 1/2 of a 1.25 ounce package of taco seasoning (approximately 2 tablespoons).

**Ground pork is normally very lean and cooks without having excess grease to drain.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Pork, Be Inspired®.