Saturday, April 11, 2009

Copycat Casey's Taco Pizza

I love taco pizza. I especially love Casey's Taco Pizza. Yes, pizza from a gas station.

Ask any Midwestern, and they'll tell you all about Taco Pizza and various random pizza chains that carry it. Casey's, Pizza Ranch, Happy Joe's, and my college favorite Pizza Pit all have their own twist on it.

We can get a version of Taco Pizza at Hungry Howie's but that chain really isn't my favorite pizza place, so I tried making it at home. I'm Just Beachy has a great recipe, too.

The verdict?
Close, but not exactly authentic since I followed my family's personal preferences. We like thin crust, and I didn't add any Taco Meat, but this was a fun new pizza to add to the rotation. I will still be ordering a Taco Pizza from Casey's the next time I'm in the Midwest, because it's still better to not make it yourself!

Taco Pizza

Prepared pizza crust (I used homemade)
approx half a 14 oz can Refried beans
Salsa (approx 1/2 cup)
Taco seasoned ground beef (I didn't add)
Shredded mozarella
Shredded cheddar

Lettuce, chopped
Tomatoes, chopped
Taco Chips (lightly crushed)
Taco sauce for adding later

Preheat oven according to prepared crust directions. Since I used a homemade crust, I preheated to 500 degrees.

Spread your refried beans on the crust, then a thin layer of salsa on top of the beans. Add your taco meat if you are using. Sprinkle with the two kinds of cheese (I went a little light on the cheese, obviously load up if you like it cheesey)

Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbly. While the pizza is baking, chop up your tomatoes and lettuce. I used grape tomatoes cut into thirds because that's what I had.

When your pizza is done, remove and slice it. (I didn't do this the first time, when taking these pictures, but during the second round, I found it much easier to cut the pizza before adding the cold toppings.)

Top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and taco chips. Drizzle with Taco Sauce to your preference on your plate.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking

1 comment:

  1. you are so right about caseys pizza. i think its all about the crust and the cheese. good for you for trying to make due.