American Taco Pizza Cooking with Cocktail Rings

American Taco Pizza

This pizza mash-up creation is topped with seasoned ground beef, grilled avocado, cherry, onion, sour cream, tortilla chips and lettuce for a meal reminiscent of American ground beef tacos. It reminds me of “make your own taco nights” when I was growing up where we would make a big batch of seasoned ground beef, and put out bowls of tomatoes, salsa, sour cream and lettuce among other toppings. After I moved to California I realized that this is not how all tacos are served – this is an Americanized “boxed” version of tacos but the food remains comforting and delicious nonetheless.



3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

½ pound ground beef (85/15)

Kosher salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste  

1 teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon cayenne powder

1 medium Haas avocado, halved and pitted

½ pound pizza dough

½ cup canned diced tomatoes

¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

¼ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

½ cup halved cherry tomatoes

2 tablespoon sour cream

1 cup shredded romaine lettuce

1/3 cup crushed tortilla chips


Pizza peel

Pizza stone



Preheat oven to 500º. If you have a pizza stone then put it on the middle shelf and let it heat up with the oven.

Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and heat through. Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Sauté the beef, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 3 minutes. Drain the fat from the pan and discard. Stir in the chili powder and cayenne until combined. Set aside.

Heat a grill or grill pan to high heat. Brush the halves of the avocado with olive oil and place cut-side down on the grill. Grill until char marks appear, about 2 minutes. Remove and scoop the avocado from the peel and dice then set aside.

On a lightly floured surface roll out one the dough into about a 10-inch circle. The dough should be fairly thin. Place the dough on piece of parchment paper on top of the pizza peel. If you do not have a pizza stone/peel then prepare the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Rub the remaining olive oil over the pizza dough including the edges. Bake for 6 minutes so the crust is partly baked, then remove from the oven. Top the pizza with the canned diced tomatoes, followed by the cheeses and onion, leaving about 1” around the edge of the pizza for the crust. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted, for an additional 6 to 8 minutes.

Top the pizza with the cherry tomatoes, charred avocado, sour cream, romaine and tortilla chips. Cut into equal pieces and serve immediately.


Makes 1 (10-inch) pizza.





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