Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Taco Pizza

When my family decided to start eating whole, natural foods, we knew that we were going to have to give up certain things. Some were easier than others, then there were those that brought tears and tantrums, usually from my hubby or me! One favorite that we could not give up was pizza. Now instead of ordering out (which is difficult when you live 12 miles from town and expensive to boot!), we make our own! This is our version of "Taco Pizza".

Taco Pizza

2 Tbl. yellow cornmeal
2 C. pkg. biscuit mix (try to find one that doesn't have hydrogenated fats, or make your own!)
1/2 C. cold water
1 lb. ground beef, turkey or chicken
1-15 oz. can refried beans (we use black!)
1 C. shredded lettuce
1 C. chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1-4 oz. can green chilies, chopped
1 envelope low-sodium taco seasoning (or make your own)
1 C. shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterrey jack, mozzarella, or a combination)
taco sauce to taste
tortilla chips
sliced olives

Generously grease a 12" pizza pan, or a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cornmeal. In a bowl, combine biscuit mix and the 1/2 cup cold water. Stir with fork until dough follows fork around bowl. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead 5 or 6 times. Roll to 14" circle or pat onto cookie sheet. Crimp the edges. In skillet, brown meat and drain off any fat. Add 3/4 cup of water, taco seasoning and chilies; bring to boil. Reduce heat & simmer uncovered for 15 min. or until thick. Spread beans on dough. Top with meat mixture. Bake 18-20 minutes. Top with cheese and bake 4 minutes more. Cut in wedges or squares. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, olives and onions. Drizzle with taco sauce. Crush tortilla chips and sprinkle over all just before serving!


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