Taco Quesadilla Pizzas

Taco meat and cheese stuffed quesadillas made pizza style topped with salsa and even more melted cheese!

Taco Quesadilla Pizza

The basic idea behind this recipe is that a taco quesadilla is topped in a pizza like fashion and baked until the cheese on the top has melted. For the taco quesadillas I went with a filling of seasoned ground beef, refried beans, salsa and of course plenty of cheese and I grilled them in a pan until the tortillas were golden brown and crispy. These taco quesadillas are great all by themselves but I continued with the pizza toppings going with a simple salsa and a few more taco filling ingredients and of course lots more cheese! 

These taco quesadilla pizzas will disappear in a flash and each is pretty large, being big enough for 2 or more servings. One nice thing about this recipe is that you can either go for the convenience of all store bought ingredients or you can make one or more components from scratch and keep things a little lighter. I can't wait to experiment with a few more quesadilla pizza flavour concepts!


Taco Quesadilla Pizza

Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon homemade taco seasoning or 1/2 store bought packet
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 (8 inch) tortillas
  • 2 cups cheese such as cheddar and/or jack, shredded
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced

Directions
  1. Brown the meat in a pan over medium heat, drain the excess grease, mix in seasoning and water and simmer until most of the liquid is gone, about 10 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese evenly over two tortillas followed by the meat and the 1/4 cup of the salsa.
  3. Spread the refried beans over the remaining two tortillas and place them on top of the meat covered ones with the bean sides down.
  4. Place one of the taco quesadillas in a large pan and grill it over medium heat until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are lightly golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side.
  5. Place the taco quesadilla on a large baking sheet and repeat for the remaining taco quesadilla.
  6. Spread the remaining salsa over the tops of the taco quesadillas, sprinkle on the cheese, black olives and green onions.
  7. Broil in a preheated oven until the cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. (Keep an eye on them so they do not burn!)

Taco Quesadilla Pizza
Just look at all of that ooey, gooey, stringy melted cheese!


Taco Seasoning



Taco SeasoningTaco Seasoning

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (toasted and ground dried chilies)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Directions
  1. Mix everything thoroughly.