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Taco Pizza

This delicious and simple Taco Pizza is homemade, and a perfect change-up to your typical taco Tuesday. Also a favorite of mine to turn that leftover taco meat into something new.

Homemade Taco Pizza on a blue plate with lettuce and sour cream on topTaco Pizza

This Taco Pizza is delicious with big bold Mexican-inspired flavors, and bubbly cheese. We can’t wait until we get to have this again.

Homemade Taco Pizza is a quick leftover recipe or a from-scratch masterpiece, so it can fit into everyone’s time schedule! Using ground beef for the taco meat and Mexican blend shredded cheese, you can go wild with toppings and everyone can really make this their own.

Taco Meat for Pizza browning in a skillet with a wooden spatula in the pan

What kind of crust do I use?

I personally always prefer homemade crust, and I have a great recipe for Perfect Pizza Dough that I’d love you to try. If you prefer to buy store bought pre-made crusts, you could also use those for this pizza.

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Whichever crust you decide on, it’s best to pre-bake the crust for a few minutes as your toppings basically just need enough time in the oven to melt the cheese and heat the meat. So pre-baking prevents your toppings from becoming overcooked. 

Pizza dough for taco pizza in a bosch mixer

What goes on Taco Pizza?

I use ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning and a blend of shredded Mexican cheeses in this version. You can use whatever you’d like though.

Shredded Chicken Tacos would be great as the protein on this pizza. I’d also definitely eat one of these with a bunch of shrimp from our Traeger Grilled Shrimp Tacos on the top too.

Taco pizza on blue plate with lettuce and sour cream

Other Topping Ideas for Taco Pizza

  • Jalapenos
  • Refried beans
  • Black Beans
  • Green Salsa for sauce
  • Spicy hot salsa for sauce

After-the-oven Toppings for Taco Pizza

You can set out a wide variety of cold toppings to add after baking. Just like a taco bar, put out bowls items so people can customize. Some options are:

  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped tomato
  • onion
  • sliced black olives
  • sliced pickled jalapeño peppers
  • sour cream
  • hot sauce  

Whole pizza on pan with melted cheese.

What can I serve with this Taco Pizza?

There are so many great options for side dishes here, but really because this pizza includes an entire meal in its design, none are really necessary.

You already have the bread, meat, and vegetables if you top it with lettuce or other greens, so feel free to take a time-out on the 4-course meal if that’s how you’re feeling.

If you really like multiple options at dinner, a great tossed salad is always a winning option. My Greek Freak Dressing would be perfect here.

It’s fun to get the kids involved and pick a theme for dinner one night a week, and then get them to try different kinds of foods!  Every food has a story, so it can be a great way to start a dinner conversation. Keeping them involved in the menu also gives them an incentive to actually eat the food. 

Taco Pizza

Delicious Desserts to Serve with Taco Pizza

Cocktails with a twist

Blackberry Margarita

This easy Taco Pizza is perfect for any night of the week. You can keep it super simple on a busy weeknight, or you can make it an OCCASION with decorations and themed drinks to make it super fun and interesting for everyone involved!

Can I use leftover taco meat for taco pizza?

This is also a GREAT way to use up leftovers!  I hate throwing food away. It’s wasteful and costly, so I try to think of different ways to use up what I already have in the fridge, and this pizza is a perfect way to do just that!  

With a little creativity and imagination, we can cook delicious meals and feel good about doing it at the same time!  

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Homemade Taco Pizza

Yield: 2 pizzas

Homemade Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza

Homemade taco pizza will really hit the spot, whether it is taco Tuesday or any night of the week.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 pizza crusts, homemade or store-bought
  • 2 cups taco sauce
  • 4 cups shredded taco-blend cheese


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning


  • sour cream
  • hot sauce
  • sliced avocados
  • jalapenos


  1. Prepare the crusts and par-bake if using homemade crust. If using store-bought crust you can just get on with the toppings.
  2. Preheat your oven to 425°.
  3. While the oven is preheating, brown the ground beef with the taco seasonings, and drain all the grease when your are done.
  4. Add in the tomatoes with the juice, and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Top the pizza with a layer of taco sauce, a layer of ground beef, and a layer of cheese. Repeat on the other pizza.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and melted.
  7. Serve with garnishes while still hot.


Note: If you have leftover taco meat, feel free to use that in place of the meat mixture listed above.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 663Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 1605mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 34g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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