Black Bean Taco Pizza [Vegetarian]

My biggest food regret about living in Tallahassee is the absence of a California Pizza Kitchen. So when the Pioneer Woman claimed that her version of Taco Pizza tasted just like CPK’s, I was skeptical. But I tried it anyway, because I missed it. Thank God, she was right. Isn’t she always?

taco pizza

I love this pizza. I love any pizza that breaks out of the tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni box.

taco pizza

For the bulk of the pizza I followed TPW’s recipe – Seasoned black beans, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, fried tortilla.

fried tortilla I left the boyfriend in charge of frying the tortilla. I hate frying. Also, he helps me cook most things you see on this blog. True story. <3 I have a pretty sweet life. So does he. Each day he helps me cook is a day without Chick-fil-a dinner.

lettuce and tomatoLettuce on a pizza has got to be one of the best things.

Instead of covering it with sour cream, I drizzled ranch dressing over it. I’m pretty sure that’s how CPK did it, but it’s been years since I’ve been there.

pizza crust

I made my own crust. I’ve officially transitioned. The days of store-bought crust are gone forever. I’m even getting pretty good at throwing it up in the air and catching it.

Pizza Crust (for a  large pizza):

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
3/4 – 1 cup lukewarm water
2 Tbs olive oil

Mix all of your dry ingredients together. I like to rub the yeast in between my fingers. I’ve heard it helps activate them.

Add water and oil slowly, mixing ingredients with a wooden spoon. I was zealous and may have added too much water. My dough was soggy (see air pocket above) and I had to add a lot more flour. Start with 3/4 a cup and work your way up.

Create a dough ball with your mixture and place it on a floured surface to knead for one or two minutes.

Roll back into a ball and cover it with a few sprays of cooking spray. Place back into the bowl and let it sit for about an hour or two until it doubles in size.

I do a mixture of tossing it around and rolling it out. It seems to work well enough.

Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of pizza. Admittedly, too much. I have two more pizza recipes in my queue, but I didn’t want my readers to think I ate pizza all the time, but let’s just be honest…

But it’s cheap. It produces leftovers. It doesn’t take much time at all. I wake up and make the dough. I come home from work, top the pizza and in 13 minutes, it’s done and I have dinner.

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