Turkey Taco Pizza

Tonight I was trying to decide what to make for dinner with the ground turkey that I bought.  My family likes Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, so I decided to make my own version of tacos.  The only problem was I did not have corn tortillas, but I did have flat bread.  When I took then out of the package the first thing that came to mind was pizza.

I do not claim that this recipe is in any way authentic Mexican or Tex-Mex, but I can tell you that it is delicious.  It is so much better to season the ground meat yourself instead of using taco mixes.  This way you can control the fat and salt content, and using the turkey meat instead of ground beef makes it a little healthier.

The taco pizza can be used as an appetizer or main dish. I kept it simple with cheese, tomatoes, cilantro and sour cream, but make them the way you like with your favorite toppings.

1 – medium onion
1 – lb. ground turkey
2 – cloves garlic
2 – tbls. tomato paste
1 1/2 – tbls. chili powder
1/4 – tsp. red pepper flake
1 – tsp. cumin
1/2 – tsp. salt
1/2 – tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 – tsp. Adobo seasoning
1 – cup chicken stock
1 – can black beans
1 – package of flat bread or pita bread

16 – oz. grated cheddar cheese or any cheese you prefer
2 – ripe tomatoes
Sour Cream

Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to a large skillet. Once the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic and red pepper flake and sauté until translucent, about 6 minutes. Push the onion mixture to one side and add the ground turkey. Break the meat up into fine crumbles and cook until the pink color is gone. Mix the meat with the onion mixture and then make a small space on one side of the skillet, and add the tomato paste, chili powder, and cumin. Mix together and cook about one minute. This helps to release the flavors of the spices.  Now combine with the meat mixture until the meat is well coated with the spices.

Add chicken stock, salt, black pepper, adobo, and black beans. Stir, reduce flame to a simmer and let cook about 25 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

Now it is time to assemble the pizza.

Preheat the oven to broil. Spread a thin layer of the meat mixture over the flat bread and sprinkle with grated cheese.

Place on a pizza stone or cookie sheet and place under the broiler until the cheese melts. Watch it closely so not to burn it.

Remove the flat bread from the oven and top with diced tomatoes, cilantro, and dollops of sour cream.

Serve immediately.

Makes 5-6 ten inch flat bread pizzas







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