Shredded Beef Taco Pizza

This time of year, I often start experimenting with different flavors of pizza.  Sure, I love traditional pizza with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, but once we start getting fresh ingredients from our CSA, I can’t resist using some of them on pizza.

It’s still early in the season right now, but we’ve already had a lot of beautiful baby lettuce and some greenhouse tomatoes.  While my husband is content to eat salad three times a day for a week, I am not. So, I decided to use some lettuce and tomatoes on pizza.  Of course, lettuce and tomatoes do not make a great pizza topping (not in my opinion, at least).  But, when I think lettuce and tomatoes, I think taco toppings. And, when I think tacos, there’s nothing better than shredded beef.

One of my favorite things about my shredded beef tacos recipe is that there’s always plenty of leftovers.  That’s the beauty of cooking for two.  So, with leftover beef on hand, and some pizza dough from the freezer, this pizza came together in just a few minutes!

This is one of those recipes where you can really incorporate all of your favorites (or what you have on hand).  I love avocado with my tacos, so I added some sliced avocado.  Grilled corn, black beans, and cilantro would all be wonderful additions, too!

Shredded Beef Taco Pizza
(Makes one large pizza, Serves 4)

  • Pizza dough (1/2 recipe, or enough for one large pizza)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups leftover shredded beef
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • Baby lettuce (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Chopped tomatoes (about 1 1/2 cups)

Preheat the oven to 475°F.

Roll out the pizza dough on a piece of parchment paper.  Top the dough with the salsa, and spread the shredded beef out evenly over the salsa and dough.  Arrange the sliced avocado on top of the beef, and sprinkle with the cheese.

Bake on a pizza stone for about 12 minutes, until the pizza is golden and the cheese is bubbly.

Let the pizza rest for a few minutes before slicing.  Top the pizza with the lettuce and tomatoes right before serving and slicing.

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20 Responses to Shredded Beef Taco Pizza
  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 8, 2011 | 5:34 am

    Absolutely love the idea of this pizza! The beef, the avocado – delicious!

  2. Nisrine M..
    June 8, 2011 | 6:15 am

    What a fun, (less messy) way to have tacos. Absolutely perfect!

  3. Nelly Rodriguez
    June 8, 2011 | 7:36 am

    wow..beef, avocado, cheese and a crust. you’ve got me dreaming, thank god I just had breakfast! :)

  4. Lori Lange
    June 8, 2011 | 7:57 am

    If there’s avocado in there, I’m in!

  5. Mama B
    June 8, 2011 | 8:09 am

    Oh now that looks like a wonderful summer recipe to adapt for the grill. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Paula
    June 8, 2011 | 8:24 am

    You really do make the best looking pizzas Jen and I know that they must be just delicious!
    Hope Yellowdog is feeling better today.

  7. Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    June 8, 2011 | 11:38 am

    This looks so good- I love all the different ingredients you incorporated!

  8. bridget {bake at 350}
    June 8, 2011 | 11:42 am

    Holy guacamole! That looks good!

  9. Tracey
    June 8, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    You had me at pizza :) I’m totally obsessed with homemade pizza right now and love your idea for shredded beef on top.

  10. kristy
    June 8, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    You just reminded me the taco spices that I received from my blogger. I’ll have to try on this! I’m drooling here. Yummmm…. Have a great day.
    Kristy

  11. Tracy
    June 8, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    Sounds perfect! I have never frozen my pizza dough before, but now I’m thinking I really need to start doing that. This looks delicious and I love how quickly it came together with the frozen dough!

  12. blackbookkitchendiaries
    June 8, 2011 | 8:50 pm

    i just book marked this:) it looks so delicious! thank you for sharing this.

  13. Mindy
    June 8, 2011 | 9:25 pm

    I made shredded beef tacos two nights ago and used leftovers for taco salad tonite. This just might have to be round three with the remaining meat. Looks fantastic!

  14. Jen H
    June 8, 2011 | 10:22 pm

    I love putting a salad mix on top of pizza and the way you reused the leftovers here is great. I also cook for 2 and often have tons of leftovers.

  15. Emily @Cleanliness
    June 9, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Umm. YES PLEASE?!

  16. Joy
    June 12, 2011 | 9:02 pm

    The pizza looks great. My husband would love this recipe.

  17. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite
    June 19, 2011 | 8:28 pm

    Two of my favourite things :)

  18. Amanda N - Wine and a Spoon
    June 20, 2011 | 12:51 pm

    I LOVE this pizza. I would never think to put avocado on it before cooking it, but I bet it’s delicious. We cook pizzas a lot on our grill. Our favorite is fig/arugula/prosciutto.

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