Vegetarian Taco Pizza

November 6, 2013

If I smell tacos, I want tacos.  If you mention tacos, I want tacos.  Tacos. Tacos. Tacos?  The same thing goes for pizza.  This is a terrible, terrible problem when you’re at work and people are always doing things like eating lunch.  A week or two ago, the beautiful smells of tacos and pizza were co-mingling in the hallway, so I did what any other human would do and made taco pizza immediately upon my arrival home.

Vegetarian Taco Pizza

Fun fact: this was the first taco pizza I’ve ever eaten.  I’m fully aware that this has been a thing for a long time now, but there’s always meat on them and no beans, which would really just result in my eating a lettuce and tomato pizza.  Not the same (but that actually still sounds delicious).  After eating this, I declared that whoever made this sweet, sweet creative deserves a Nobel Prize. So. Get on that, people.

Vegetarian Taco Pizza

This pizza is FILLING.  Normally I would scoff at someone who calls 1 – 2 slices of pizza a meal, but that’s seriously the case here.  I loaded this bad boy up!  If you want to be able to eat more, I suggest reducing the amount of beans and taco filling by about half.  If you don’t have time to wait for crust to rise or have dietary restrictions (like gluten) – start with a premade crust, choosing a thicker one if possible.  Either way, this is really a fork and knife kind of pizza.

Vegetarian Taco Pizza
Serves: 8

  • Crust Ingredients or other homemade/premade crust to meet dietary restrictions or preferences
  • 1 ½ c warm water (not hot to the touch)
  • 4 tsp active dry yeast, typically 2 packages
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar, honey, or agave (no sugar free substitutions)
  • 3 c white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp vial wheat gluten
  • Pizza Toppings
  • 15 oz can Mexican stewed tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
  • 15 oz can refried beans (vegetarian or fat free)
  • TVP taco meat (or about 1 ½ – 2 c preferred taco meat)
  • ½ – ¾ c cheddar cheese (see note for vegan pizza)
  • Taco seasoning and garlic powder, optional
  • Lettuce, sour cream, taco sauce, olives, etc for topping

  1. (Skip to Topping and baking if using pre-made or homemade crust) Mix warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit 5 minutes until foamy (if it doesn’t get foamy, your yeast was dead or your water was too hot)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, salt, and wheat gluten.
  3. Using a stand mixer with a dough hook (or a lot of elbow grease!) slowly add the yeast mixture to the flour and stir until it forms a ball. Add additional water one tablespoon at a time, if necessary, to incorporate any flour remaining in the bottom of the bowl or extra flour if the dough is very sticky. You may need to knead by hand to incorporate all of the flour.
  4. Using the hook on a low setting or kneading by hand, knead for 5 minutes. I typically split the time between hand and hook.
  5. Cut the dough in half. Wrap one half in plastic and place in either the refrigerator or freezer– use this to make pizza later, cinnamon rolls, or other pastries (more recipes to come), simply thaw to room temp and then let rise.
  6. Spritz the dough with nonstick spray or a dizzle of olive oile and cover. Let rise for approximately 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400ºF and prepare a baking sheet with nonstick spray or heat a pizza stone.
  8. *If using other homemade or frozen dough, start here* Roll the dough out into a 14 x 14” square or approximately 14” circle. Pinch the edges to create the crust – spritz with nonstick spray and lightly sprinkle with taco seasoning and garlic powder, if desired, for a flavorful crust.
  9. Bake the pizza crust for 6 minutes (if using other homemade or frozen dough, cook until dough is almost done. If using a premade crust, skip this step) and remove from oven.
  10. Microwave the beans for 1 – 2 minutes onion hot and easily spreadable. Spread with a layer of beans and then top with taco meat and tomatoes. Cover with cheese. Bake until cheese is melty and pizza is hot all the way through, 10 – 15 minutes
  11. Cut into 8 slices and top as you would a taco. Use a fork and knife, this can get messy!

For a vegan pizza, use a vegan cheese or omit the cheese entirely. There’s a lot of deliciousness going on, so you won’t miss it. If serving to vegans, please note that not all vegans eat honey (in the crust).
Make sure you microwave the beans before topping the pizza – this makes them not only more spreadable but also helps the pizza cook a little faster as the toppings are thick!
For a lighter pizza, cut the taco filling and beans in half (leave the tomatoes and cheese the same). As is, one slice is a pretty hearty serving.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 300 Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 9g Protein: 23g


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    lauren Nov 08, 2013

    I have to agree with Annie, I would not have guessed this was vegetarian. Totally making this tomorrow. And yes, I NEED tacos in my life too 🙂

    Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes Nov 07, 2013

    Seriously, that’s vegetarian?? I would have never guessed that! It looks divine! I think I’m going to have to add this to my to-make list!!

    Nicole @ FruitnFitness Nov 06, 2013

    Oh a taco pizza sounds fun! Tacos and pizza are both foods that once I smell I want to eat. I love makin tacos and having the leftovers to eat throughout the week.

    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Nov 06, 2013

    I used to LOVE taco pizza back before I was a vegetarian. This sounds like an awesome veggie version! And honestly, you could have fooled me with the picture..looks like meat!

      Kelly Nov 06, 2013

      I only trust things like this that I make at home. When a restaurant meat swap looks too real, I get too uncomfortable to eat it, ha.

    Julia Nov 06, 2013

    Taco, taco taco! Pizza, pizza, pizza! My mouth is doing some serious watering over here. A fully loaded taco pizza sounds like the ultimate of ultimates. I want to put myself in a taco pizza coma as soon as possible!

    Em @ Love A Latte Nov 06, 2013

    This looks amazing! I think my husband would love this for sure as well. I will be trying this soon! 🙂

      Kelly Nov 06, 2013

      Prepare for leftovers! This is a VERY filling pizza — one left over slice makes for the BEST lunch.