Kids In The Kitchen: Taco Pizza



I decided this week's Kids in The Kitchen Series would make good use of leftovers. Since everyone seems to be making tacos these days, I figured that if your house is like mine, you might have a little extra filling every once in a while. Since most kids love tacos and pizza, why not have your little chef combine the two? Here I started with premade pizza dough. If you don't have any, it's easy enough to make in advance. Then your kids need to roll out the dough into a roundish, shape though any shape will do. Then top with some leftover taco filling, cheese, and bake. Once cooked, have your kids top the pizza with lettuce, tomatoes, and a little more cheese, and Taco Pizza is ready! It's so yummy and delicious all of the kids in your house and grown-ups will love this pizza.

Ingredients for Taco Pizza:

1 premade pizza dough, room temperature

1-2 cups leftover taco filling,

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1-2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican Blend cheese

2 cups of shredded lettuce


Ideally, you will have a pizza stone, peel, and a rolling pin. If you don't have a stone, place the dough on top of a parchment-lined sheet pan and then add the toppings and bake.


I have the Old Stone Oven Rectangular Pizza Stone. Click HERE to learn more about the pizza stone I use.








I have the Pizzacraft Pizza Peel. Click HERE to learn more about the peel.








Time - Saving Tip: This recipe calls for premade pizza dough which saves a lot of time.


Let's see what we need.


Time to cook.



If your junior chefs are using a stone, help them place it on the bottom rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Then have your kids place the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and cover with plastic wrap. And bring to room temperature.

When the dough is at room temperature, it is easy to shape. Have your kids use their hands to flatten dough. If there are a few chefs in the kitchen, they can take turns shaping the dough. Starting with one section of the dough, start pressing gently with your fingers, turning the disk as you flatten. By now, the disc will be larger and flatter. Use a rolling pin to flatten it into a pizza shape. If needed, have your kids sprinkle a little flour on the dough, so the rolling pin doesn't stick. Please tell your cooks not to worry if it doesn't look like a perfect pizza round.


Sprinkle a little cornmeal on the peel. Move it around a bit to make sure there is enough cornmeal on the peel so that the dough will not stick.


Have your chefs place one piece of dough on top of the peel and spread with the leftover taco meat. Please remind them that it doesn't have to look perfect and to have some fun. A grown-up will probably have to help with the next step. Using the peel slide the pizza with a quick jerk reaction with your hand and wrist slide the pizza onto the heated stone. When the dough looks golden, it's ready.


Try to help your chefs to use the peel and transfer the pizza to a rack and top with a little cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and a bit more cheese.


It's ready! Taco Pizza is delicious. Your kids will have a great time shaping the dough and building this yummy pie. It tastes so good that you'll be making taco filling just o your junior chefs can get back in the kitchen. The taco filling is from my Essential Taco.


Enjoy!


Taco Pizza:

  • 1 premade pizza dough, room temperature

  • 1-2 cups leftover taco filling,

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican Blend cheese

  • 2 cups of shredded lettuce

  • Ideally, you will have a pizza stone, peel, and a rolling pin. If you don't have a stone, place the dough on top of a parchment-lined sheet pan and then add the toppings and bake.

  • If your junior chefs are using a stone, help them place it on the bottom rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

  • Then have your kids place the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and cover with plastic wrap. And bring to room temperature.


  • When the dough is at room temperature, it is easy to shape. Have your kids use their hands to flatten dough. If there are a few chefs in the kitchen, they can take turns shaping the dough. Starting with one section of the dough, start pressing gently with your fingers, turning the disk as you flatten. By now, the disc will be larger and flatter. Use a rolling pin to flatten it into a pizza shape. If needed, have your kids sprinkle a little flour on the dough, so the rolling pin doesn't stick. Please tell your cooks not to worry if it doesn't look like a perfect pizza round.

  • Sprinkle a little cornmeal on the peel. Move it around a bit to make sure there is enough cornmeal on the peel so that the dough will not stick.

  • Have your chefs place one piece of dough on top of the peel and spread with the leftover taco meat. Please remind them that it doesn't have to look perfect and to have some fun. A grown-up will probably have to help with the next step. Using the peel slide the pizza with a quick jerk reaction with your hand and wrist slide the pizza onto the heated stone. When the dough looks golden, it's ready.

  • Try to help your chefs to use the peel and transfer the pizza to a rack and top with a little cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and a bit more cheese.

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