Sunday, January 1, 2012

Chicken Taco Pizza

Yes, baby!  You read that right!  Lately, I have been craving Mexican food and pizza.  Like seriously craving.  So, last night I was laying in bed and thinking about what I was going to make for dinner tonight and this came to mind!

So simple to make... and this recipe is so versatile.  You can use whatever ingredients you like to make it your own style!

Here's how mine came together...

*Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees

1 lb ground chicken
1 medium onion, chopped
1 whole wheat pizza crust
1/2 small can fat free re fried beans
1/2 cup taco sauce (about)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
2 roma tomatoes, diced
2 cups shredded lettuce (about)
1/2 cup taco seasoning
light sour cream for topping (or plain greek yogurt)
calorie free olive oil cooking spray

Start by pre-heating a pan and spray it with olive oil cooking spray.  Chop the onion up and get it started in the pan.  Cook the onion just a couple of minutes by itself and then...

Add in the ground chicken...

Meanwhile, as the chicken is cooking you can get some other things going...

Measure out a 1/2 cup of taco seasoning....

So, I get that 1/2 cup of seasoning may seem like a lot...
but I like a deep flavor. 
 You can use as little or as much as you prefer!

And prep the crust by spraying it with olive oil cooking spray.  Place it in your pre-heated oven at 450 degrees for about 4 minutes, just to get it going...

And prep your veggies.  For my pizza I only used lettuce and tomato, but you can use whatever veggies you like: green onion, red onion, olives, peppers, etc. 

Then, once the chicken is cooked through, add the 1/2 cup of taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water (maybe a little more if you think you need it)...

Incorporate the seasoning really well and let it cook into the chicken, about 5 minutes. Be sure to keep stirring it constantly so it doesn't stick.

By now your crust is out of the oven and ready to be loaded!  Start by adding about 1/2 a regular sized can of fat free re fried beans...

Spread the beans all around the crust.  The crust is warm so that will help smooth the beans out and make it easier to spread them all around the crust...

Next, spread taco sauce on top of the beans...

In all honesty, I didn't measure the sauce...I just poured a bit out of the jar and spread the love all around...If I had to guess, I'd say it's about a 1/2 cup... give or take a bit...

Next, top the pizza with the cooked and seasoned chicken...

Then, spread about 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese atop the yummy deliciousness & pop it in the pre-heated oven (450 degrees) for about 8-10 minutes.  Watch it carefully!  For the last 2 minutes I turned the oven off and the broiler on HI to get the cheese all bubbly and brown and gooey!

And THIS ladies and gentlemen is the result of all that work...!!

Look at all that golden brown cheesy delicousness, just waiting to be devoured!

And again... YUUUUMO!

Let the pizza cool of a bit and then slice it up however you wish.  Then, top it with your veggies and serve!

Confession time:  I learned the hard way that you should
slice the pizza FIRST and then add the veggies! 

Add a dollop of light sour cream and enjoy!!

Okay, those look like unusually large "dollops", don't they?!?! 

So, here's to you all...wishing you a happy, successful, and loving 2012 filled with lots of yummy & better for you food!

BIG bite!  I am convinced there is no way to try and be cute
 while at the same time stuffing your face for a picture!!

My little sister, Cortney...she says it was good! Her critique
 was that it would have been better with green onion...
Oh, and doesnt she look thrilled to be taking a picture for my blog!!  LOL.
Love you, sister. :)

Give this one a try.  Play with it...make it yours!  I gurantee you won't be disappointed!  Not only is it really uber good, but it's VERY filling too.  WIN!!

So, till next time...

Lots of Love,