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When tacos and pizza collide, we get this deliciously easy Taco Pizza!! With a flavorful sauce, taco meat, cheese and all the toppings you want, it’s a fiesta in the making!

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Taco pizza on a wooden cutting board with small bowls of sour cream and taco sauce on the side.

If you live in the Midwest, you’re likely familiar with Taco Pizza.  It’s a staple at pizza joints around here and a must-have when we go out for pizza!  Making it at home is super easy and the kids always end up asking for seconds!

Why I Love Homemade Taco Pizza

  • It’s an EASY meal the whole family loves!
  • It’s a fun way to change up Taco Tuesday or pizza night!
  • You can use store-bought or homemade pizza dough
  • It uses simple ingredients you might already have on hand
  • Everyone can customize their slice with their favorite toppings like sour cream, black olives, green onions, taco sauce, pico de Gallo, etc!
Ingredients needed to make taco pizza on a white background.

Ingredients Needed

  • Ground Beef – You could also use ground pork or ground turkey instead.
  • Taco Seasoning – Feel free to use a mild taco seasoning or use medium or hot for some heat!
  • Refried Beans – You can use regular refried beans (made with pinto beans) or refried black beans.
  • Taco Sauce – I use a mild taco sauce, but if you want some heat, you can use medium or hot taco sauce, too.  If you don’t have any taco sauce, red enchilada sauce works great, too.
  • Pizza Dough – I like using a can of pizza dough for convenience, but you can also use homemade!
  • Cheese – I like doing a combination of Monterey Jack cheese and cheddar cheese.  You could also use a Mexican or Fiesta cheese blend!
  • Lettuce – Shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce works best.
  • Tomatoes – You can use diced Roma tomatoes or diced cherry tomatoes.
  • Chips – Though these are optional, I love the crunch it brings!!  We always use nacho cheese Doritos.
  • Toppings – Whatever favorite taco toppings you have on hand!!  Sour cream, hot sauce, red onions, avocado, etc!
A slice of homemade taco pizza on a white plate with a bowl of taco sauce next to it.

How to Make a delicious Taco Pizza

Make the Sauce

To make the meaty sauce, you’ll begin by browning the ground beef.  Then, you’ll add the refried beans, taco seasoning and taco sauce.  

Parbake the Dough

You’ll stretch the dough to make a 14-inch circle OR press it out to a 15×10-inch rectangle.  Bake for 6 minutes.  Doing this will ensure that the crust doesn’t get soggy from the sauce.

Top the Pizza & Bake

Spread the sauce over the crust then sprinkle with cheese.  

Back into the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Taco pizza with beef and bean sauce and cheese.

​Finishing Touches

​And now for the best part – the toppings!  For me, lettuce, tomatoes and crushed chips are a must!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who came up with the idea of taco pizza?

Believe it or not, it actually originated in my home state of Iowa!  Joe Whitty owns the restaurant chain “Happy Joes.”  When a franchisee asked to add tacos to their pizza menu, Joe would not allow it.  Instead, he came up with a “Taco Pizza!”  Taco pizza is now a staple item at many midwest pizza chains including Caseys, Pizza Hut, Godfather’s and more!

How should I store leftover taco pizza?

Because of the cold toppings (lettuce & tomatoes) and the crunchy chips, it’s really best when it’s fresh.  However, if you do have leftover pizza, you can cover it with plastic wrap or keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.  

A taco pizza with sour cream and taco sauce drizzled on top.

Other Pizza-Inspired Dishes

A round taco pizza cut into slices with taco sauce and sour cream on the side.

Taco Pizza

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
8 people
When tacos and pizza collide, we get this deliciously easy Taco Pizza!! With a flavorful sauce, taco meat, cheese and all the toppings you want, it's a fiesta in the making!


  • One large baking sheet or pizza pan


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • One 1 ounce packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • One 13.8 ounce tube refrigerated pizza crust
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese cheddar, monterey jack or a Mexican blend
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup crushed nacho cheese tortilla chips ie. Doritos
  • sour cream and/or taco sauce for topping, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400℉ and grease a large baking sheet or pizza pan with cooking spray.
  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet; drain excess grease.
    1/2 pound ground beef
  • Stir in the taco seasoning, refried beans and taco sauce; set aside.
    One 1 ounce packet taco seasoning, 1 cup refried beans, 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • Unroll the refrigerated pizza crust onto the prepared pan, pressing it into a 14-inch round circle.
    One 13.8 ounce tube refrigerated pizza crust
  • Bake for 6 minutes.
  • Spread the beefy sauce over the pizza crust then sprinkle the cheese on top.
    2 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is all melted and golden brown around the edges.
  • Sprinkle the shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and crushed chips over the pizza.
    1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce, 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, 1 cup crushed nacho cheese tortilla chips
  • Serve with sour cream and taco sauce, if desired.
    sour cream and/or taco sauce


Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 19.3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.5g | Trans Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 1000mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 3.2g | Vitamin A: 1190IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 341mg | Iron: 1.2mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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