We love Tacos.
We have a ‘Taco Night’ at least once a week, and have yet to grow sick of them.
The glorious thing about Tacos is that they are so versatile.
You can have them:
1. in soft or hard shells
2. with beef, chicken, or fish (gross)
3. with a large variety of toppings (sour cream, cheese, avocados, salsa, black olives, beans, rice…etc)
4. as a salad
5. or our family’s favorite, PIZZA
Yes, Pizza. And the beautiful thing is that it’s so easy to make (I guess easy depends on your laziness level. If you have never turned on your oven…this might be too involved for you).
I make my own crust, because let’s face it…homemade rocks. No added preservatives, sugar, or any of that unhealthy mumbo jumbo. Plus, it tastes amazing. This specific crust recipe comes from my mom, who is my baking/cooking hero.
Side note: I do have a confession. A few years back I could not get my yeast to rise. Finally, the yeast gods have forgiven me. So all is well in my world. I hope you have good luck with yeast, may the odds be ever in your favor.
Below is the crust recipe. It’s a thick crust, but you could also try this recipe with a thin crust.
1 package of active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt (I use ground sea salt)
2 1/4 cups flour
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together yeast and water and let it sit for 10 minutes
In a separate bowl mix the salt and flour together
Add the flour/salt mixture to the yeast/water mixture
Stir until combined, and add a splash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fold the dough a few times
Put the dough back in the bowl and let it sit for 20 minutes
Place dough on a floured surface and roll until it fits the size of the pan you will be using (I use a cookie sheet). *I sprinkle cornmeal on the cookie sheet to keep the pizza from sticking to the pan
Put the dough in the oven for 3 minutes to help firm it up so the toppings will go on easier. Oven should be set at 400º and after putting the rest of the toppings on, leave the pizza in for another 10 minutes or so.
And here is what I put on top of our pizza crust:
Re-fried beans (for me), Taco Sauce (for Isaac), Cheese, Avocados, Cilantro, and Beef.
You could also use Bell Peppers, Black Olives, Chicken, Diced Tomatoes, jalapeno, etc. The combinations are endless!
After removing the dough from the oven, I spread the beans on my side and taco sauce on his side of the dough. After that, I added the Beef (which I had saved from the last time we made Tacos. I make 2 lbs. of Taco meat and save it for Taco Pizza) which was cooked with one of those Taco Seasoning packets (I am planning on making Taco Seasoning from scratch at some point, but for now it’s just one less thing to do).
Next comes the cheddar cheese, and sliced avocado. Finally, I top it off with cilantro.
Let me know what you think after trying this recipe. I’m always looking to improve my baking/cooking skills, and hearing new ideas.