Back in the 80's my mom used to love the Mexican Pizza from Pizza Hut. Unfortunately, it didn't last as a permanent fixture on the Pizza Hut menu so I decided to recreate it for her. You could use store bought pizza dough or make your own favorite dough recipe. I actually made this pizza dough in our bread machine, you just put the ingredients in and let the machine do all the work.... brilliant!
To season the meat we just used a taco spice packet since that was on hand, but you could easily make it without. Just cook up the meat in a skillet with any combination of mexican spices you have (cumin, cayenne, chili powder, salt, pepper, a pinch of oregano). Here is how I made it, and feel free to make it your own with your favorite mexican toppings.
- 1 package or 1 recipe of pizza dough
- 1 can refried beans
- 1 lb of cooked taco seasoned ground beef
- 4 oz mozzarella, shredded
- 4 oz shredded Mexican cheese blend, (cheddar, monterey jack, queso fresco)
- 2 cups shredded romaine or iceberg lettuce
- 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup onions, diced
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp of your favorite hot sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out pizza dough to desired thickness (I like it on the thinner side for this pizza) and place on pizza pan or sheet pan. Bake in oven until crust just begins to turn a golden brown (about 8-10 minutes).
Remove from oven and spread on refried beans, then sprinkle with taco meat and mozzarella cheese. Place back in the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until toppings are hot and cheese is melted.
Remove from oven and top with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and mexican cheese. Combine sour cream with hot sauce and place in empty squeeze bottle, then drizzle over the top of pizza. If you don't have a squeeze bottle you could just serve on the side.
Cut pizza into slices and serve!