Use crushed tortilla chips and leftover taco meat for this simple Tortilla Chip Mexican Pizza. Serve with fresh salsa and a dollop of sour cream for a quick family meal.
Tortilla Chip Mexican Pizza Recipe
Our family had so much taco meat leftover from our Cinco de Mayo gathering on Sunday. My mom and I always plan too much for food for parties. Anyone else out there that plans way too much great food for a celebration? We always end up with a lot of food and end up eating that food for a whole week!
The beginning of this week I discovered that taco meat can look disgusting and unappetizing after sitting in the fridge for only one day. It wasn’t like the meat had gone bad, but it just didn’t look good. I had to force myself to heat it up and eat it. I’m not a huge fan of leftovers, so although I love tacos, eating the leftover meat can be a chore.
Let me just say I was ready for something better to eat.
I remembered a night at Grandma’s house when she made what she called Tortilla Chip Mexican Pizza.
The delicious crunch of the tortilla chips,
the gooey cheese topping,
and the unforgettable taco flavoring.
So I dug up all the remaining tortilla chips in the almost empty bags, took some cheddar cheese, and some of that old, boring taco meat, mixed in some tomato sauce, and made my own Tortilla Chip Mexican Pizza.
How to Make Mexican Pizza with Tortilla Chips
First, if you are making this from scratch, brown up some ground beef with your favorite taco seasoning. If you don’t have a favorite taco seasoning, you can try out our Homemade Taco Seasoning. Add an 8 ounce can of tomato sauce to the taco meat and heat through.
Meanwhile, cover a pizza pan with aluminum foil. This will make for an easy cleanup. Take a bag of tortilla chips and slightly crush them. Note: You do not want them smooshed into tortilla-chip dust. You can kind of tell in my pictures that you want a nice bite size. Spread 1/2 the bag of tortilla chips on the aluminum foil, and save the rest for later. On top of the tortilla chips, spread half the taco meat, then sprinkle on 2 cups of cheese. Then, use the other half of the tortilla chips, the rest of the taco meat (are you seeing a pattern here?) , and the remaining two cups of cheese. Plus a little more for good measure if you are a cheese lover like me! Broil on high for about 5 to 6 minutes, watching closely.
Pull this tasty dish out of the oven and get ready to enjoy.
You might like this with a little bit of Pico de Gallo and sour cream on top. My parents do, I don’t. I like the cheese and the taco flavor to burst into my mouth, not tomatoes and onions and peppers, my worst enemies.
Another simple, easy recipe that is sure to please!
Tortilla Chip Mexican Pizza
- 11 ounces tortilla chips slightly crushed
- 2 pounds ground beef browned
- 2 taco seasoning packets
- 8 ounces can tomato sauce
- 4 cups cheddar cheese
- Brown the ground beef and drain. Add the taco seasoning according to packet directions. Add tomato sauce and heat through.
- Cover an 11x17 cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
- Layer half the tortilla chips, ground beef mixture, and 1/2 the cheese.
- Repeat layers.
- Broil on low for 5-6 minutes, watching closely, until cheese is melted.
- Serve immediately.
Adapted from my Grandma’s recipe, which was adapted from Allrecipes.com