A SPICY TWIST ON PIZZA

Happy Friday folks!

Back in the day when I was in high school, Fridays were most often pizza night.  So, what better way to reminisce than to post a pizza recipe for this Friday night right?! Well, I'm always looking for new and different recipes to try and share and this spicy taco pizza seems to fit the bill quite nicely!  It got four stars on vegweb and HeyIt'sMikeyJ the inventor of it got some major props at the vegan potluck he took it to, so it sounds worth a shot to me!  Who says you can't have your Italian and Mexican too?

SPICY TACO PIZZA

INGREDIENTS (use vegan versions):

2 (15 ounce) cans black beans

1 (16 ounce) jar salsa (medium or hot)

1 handful cilantro, diced

1 lime

cayenne pepper, to taste

salt and pepper, to taste

1 (12 ounce) package vegan burger crumbles (I use Boca or Morningstar)

1 (1.25 ounce) pouch vegan taco seasoning

olive oil

2 pre-made (about 22 ounces) vegan thin crust pizza doughs (I use Pillsbury thin crust pizza dough in the tube)

1 green pepper, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 yellow onion, diced

3 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced

1 head lettuce, optional

taco sauce for drizzle, optional


DIRECTIONS:

Start with a small pot on low-medium heat and get a saucepan on another burner on medium heat. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In the small pot, mix together the 2 cans black beans and the salsa. Heat that up and mash up the black beans with the salsa, and add juice of 1/2 lime. Add spices and cilantro. This will be the sauce.

In the saucepan, heat the crumbles and the taco seasoning. Use a little olive oil to prevent sticking. Heat the crumbles until the seasoning mixture is absorbed. Don't worry about cooking it completely, because it'll be going in the oven eventually. Turn off the burners and put the black bean/salsa mixture and crumbles to the side.

Spread the pizza dough onto two cookie sheets and get that pre-baking for about 4 minutes. Take out the pre-baked crust and spread the black bean/salsa mixture in an even layer as the "pizza sauce". Next, sprinkle a layer of the taco seasoned crumbles. Toss on the red peppers, green peppers and onions over the top and then decorate it with the jalapeno slices.

Throw it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the crust looks crispy on the bottom. After it's done, you can throw some shredded lettuce on the top if you wish, and juice the other half of the lime over the pizza! Drizzle some hot sauce/taco sauce on the top if you wish.

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