The Not-So-Pioneer-Woman Taco Pizza
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
pizza dough recipe
1 can (14 oz.) black beans
1 tsp. taco seasoning
1 lb. hamburger, browned
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 head green leaf lettuce, shredded thin
2 whole ripe tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup cilantro leaves (or to taste)
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tbsp. hot sauce (I didn't use all this)
4 whole corn tortillas, cut into thin strips (I didn't use)
1/2 cup canola oil for frying (I didn't use)
Make the pizza dough and let it rise as directed in the recipe. Pour black beans into a saucepan (or use a microwave-safe bowl and do this step in the microwave like I did). Add taco seasoning to taste and heat up beans over medium-high heat. Use a potato masher to mash the beans to desired texture. Continuing cooking/heating beans over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until no longer runny (should be the texture of refried beans). Set aside.
In a small skillet, heat canola oil over medium heat. When hot enough to fry, drop in the tortilla strips in batches, frying quickly and removing from oil with fork when crisp, about 30 to 45 seconds per batch. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Set aside. (Neither Jill and I did this step. We just used ready-made chips.)
Place oven rack in the bottom position in the oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
To assemble the pizza, spread dough on an oiled baking sheet, making sure it's relatively thin. Spread layer of refried beans all over pizza crust. Spread browned hamburger evenly over the bean layer. Sprinkle mixed grated cheeses over the top. (Instead of using the two different cheeses, I used 2 cups of already mixed and shredded cheese.)
Place pan in oven and bake for 9 to 12 minutes. Watch it to make sure crust doesn't burn.
Remove pizza from oven. Sprinkle on shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and cilantro leaves. Mix together sour cream and hot sauce, adding enough hot sauce to make the mixture pourable (I used salsa instead of hot sauce). With a spoon, let each diner add as much of the sour cream mixture as they'd like. Or if you want to be "fancy," you can put the sour cream mixture in a pastry bag and drizzle it. (You won't be able to do that if you've used salsa instead of hot sauce.)
Sprinkle with tortilla chips. (Both Jill and I just used crushed ready-made tortilla chips instead of frying the tortillas.) Cut into pieces and serve immediately with good quality salsa.
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