So when I found a recipe that combined the two, the clouds parted and I rejoiced! Okay, maybe a little dramatic. It was probably more of a fistpump and a "heck, yes!!"
The good news: it's quick and easy. The better news: it tastes fantastic. The best news: it's a crowd pleaser. Check out the recipe below -- keep this one in your arsenal!
Sidenote: I would have had pictures but it was eaten before I could even try/remember!
- 1lb ground beef or turkey
- 1 envelope taco seasoning
- 1, 10 oz. can refrigerated pizza dough
- 1, 16 oz. can refried beans (I use the vegetarian ones)
- 2 to 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese or colby jack
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 4 green onions, chopped
- shredded lettuce
- sour cream
Let the pizza dough come to room temperature (makes it easier to deal with). Preheat oven to temperature provided on can. While preheating oven, cook ground beef until done. Drain all but about 2 tbsp of fat. Mix taco seasoning in with the ground beef and fat (not using water gives it more flavor.)
Lightly spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Roll out pizza dough onto the cookie sheet and gently push out the dough until the bottom and sides are covered. Bake in the center of the oven for 8 - 10 minutes.
Remove from oven, and lightly brush with olive oil. Top with refried beans first. Then evenly top with remaining ingredients, except for the shredded lettuce and sour cream. Put back in the oven for about 8 more minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit for about two minutes. Slice and garnish with lettuce and sour cream.
This recipe always perks up our sometimes boring menu -- hopefully it will do the same for you!