Mexican Pizza

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I know I’m Italian, but that doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to eat other types of food. Mexican is my husband’s favorite, so I try to incorporate it into the weekly menu whenever I get the chance. It is a good change from the chicken and pasta that usually is our go-to. This Mexican pizza was so tasty and easy to put together. It essentially has all the elements of creating a taco dinner except that you create a pizza instead. It’s a fun and different way to eat the same old taco stuff.

For this Mexican pizza I actually used ground venison. My brother-in-law is a hunter and when we were visiting my husband’s family a few weekends ago we acquired several pounds of venison. It really tastes just like beef only better for you. Now, if you do not have access to venison or the idea weirds you out (I understand, it took me some time to get used to it also), you can definitely substitute with ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, or any other ground meat of your choice. And the meat is seasoned in a homemade taco seasoning, probably seasonings you have on hand and didn’t even know you could put together. Everything is fresh and homemade (besides the tortillas), and tastes great. So take your taco night and revamp it a little by making some Mexican pizzas instead. Make the first bite count!

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Mexican Pizza

Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:
Cooking spray
1 pound ground meat (venison, beef, turkey, etc.)
Taco Seasoning (Recipe follows)
3/4 cup Taco Sauce, divided (I used Ortega Original in Medium)
4 (8 inch) tortillas (I used whole wheat)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
toppings of your choice (lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, etc.)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ground meat and break up with a spoon. Stir occasionally until no longer pink and cooked through. If using beef, you may want to drain off any excess fat.

3. Add the taco seasoning and 1/4 cup of the taco sauce to the meat and stir. Cook another 2 minutes.

4. Place 2 tortillas on the baking sheet. Place half of meat on each tortilla and spread out to cover. I left about a 1-inch border around the edge so it would not spill out. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over top each meat-covered tortilla. Place a tortilla on top of each pizza. Bake for 10 minutes.

5. Remove from oven and spread a 1/4 cup of taco sauce on top of each pizza. Sprinkle each with another 1/2 cup cheese. Bake another 5-6 minutes or until cheese is melted.

6. Remove from oven and top with your favorite toppings. Use a spatula and transfer each pizza to a plate. After allowing to cool for 2-3 minutes, use a pizza cutter and cut into 4 slices.

Taco Seasoning

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Pinch of red pepper flakes

Directions:
1. Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl.

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