Taco Grande Pizza

Papa Murphy Copycat Recipe

12 slices

1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
butter, for greasing the pan

Taco Meat
1 pound ground beef
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground chili powder
hot sauce, to taste

1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup salsa or picante sauce of your choice
3-4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup thinly sliced black olives
1/2 cup diced green onions
1/2 cup diced Roma tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional

To make pizza crust, combine warm water and salt in a mixing bowl. Add about 1 1/2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and stir. Add remaining flour and knead into a smooth dough (add enough flour, beyond the 2.5 cups if necessary). Knead for 5-10 minutes and then set aside, covered, in a warm place.

Fry ground beef with garlic and onion. Drain well. Return to pan and stir in the salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and some hot sauce. set aside. Liberally butter a 16 inch round pizza pan. With buttery hands, spread dough evenly on pan. Mix the pizza sauce and salsa together and spread over crust. Sprinkle meat over sauce; evenly spread cheese over meat and then add olives, green onions, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese. Allow pizza to rest for at least 10 minutes, but up to 30 minutes before baking. (A longer rest will produce a fluffier crust.)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bake pizza for 10-12 minutes, depending on the kind of pizza pan and your oven. When pizza is done, remove from oven and let set for ~5 minutes. Slice into 12 slices and serve hot!

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