Saturday, January 17, 2015

Taco Pizza with a Quesadilla Crust

My son had suggested "Quesadilla Tacos" and he had a plan to make them but we just never got around to tonight I decided to take his idea and expand it.

3 cups corn masa
1 3/4 cups water
1 tsp salt

2-3 oz cheddar
2-3 oz pepper or monterrey jack cheese


3/4 lb ground beef
3/4 cup water
3/4 packet taco seasoning (1 1/2 TB this recipe)
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup tomato salsa
6-8 oz shredded cheese(chedder, pepper jack, monterrey jack, or whatever mix you like)
1 cup crushed tortilla chips
1 large tomato, diced
shredded lettuce

Any other taco toppings you enjoy.

Preheat oven to 350
Mix corn masa and salt with the water(add the last 1/4 cup slowly it may or may not all be necessary) mix until it is holding some together but still a bit crumbly.

Gather it with your hands and knead into a smooth ball. 

Cut the ball in half


On a lightly greased 16 inch pizza sheet roll/press the 1/2 of the dough all the way out to the edges. I used a rolling pin then hand pressed the outer edges, if you get a hole, no big deal, just pinch some from a thicker spot and press it in.

Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on pan for 3 minutes

GENTLY transfer to a clean towel or parchment paper.
Repeat with the second ball of dough.

When the second tortilla is cooked add the shredded cheese(feel free to add more to taste) and top with the first tortilla.

Bake 5 minutes until the cheese is melted, remove from oven. Set aside.


Mix Black Beans with Salsa in a small sauce pan, over low heat, mash and stir together well.

Spread Black Bean mixture over the crust

In a deep pan crumble and cook meat until no pink remains, add seasonings and water, cook over medium heat until the liquid is mostly evaporated.
 Spread meat over bean mixture

 Top with cheese
 Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and it is hot all the way through.

Top with shredded greens, fresh tomatoes, crushed tortilla chips and any other toppings you like(I used banana peppers, sour cream and a splash of habenero sauce!

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