Homemade Pizza Dough + Taco Pizza

Happy Monday! Since most of us need a little pick-me-up on Mondays, I thought we could talk about some delicious food….PIZZA!

I love pizza, it has always been one of my favorite foods, but when I became more aware of the food I was putting into my body, I knew I needed to find a healthier alternative to the typical take out and delivery pizza joints.

My dad worked at a pizza place in high school, so growing up, we often made our own dough at home and got to top it with our favorite things. As a kid, this was such a cool experience that we always looked forward to. I never really paid attention to how the dough was made. When I moved out and craved my beloved homemade pizza, I was initially intimidated by the concept of making dough from scratch. There was no way could possibly make dough…that is way too hard!

Today I’m here to tell you, its not that hard to make! The end result is so delicious it is worth the extra few minutes it takes to make from scratch. Disclaimer: it may take a few tries to get it just right, but once you master the technique, you won’t go back to the typical pizza you once ate.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that there are only 6 ingredients (all of which you can easily pronounce), and you likely already have in your pantry. This recipe can be tweaked with different types of flours and spices depending on your liking.

For a fiber rich crust, use whole wheat flour in place of white flour. For a gluten free crust, use a gluten free flour of your choice. To decrease the calories, use 2 tbsp of oil instead of 3 tbsp. For an Italian herb crust, add 1 tbsp Italian seasoning and 1 tbsp oregano. For a spicy crust add 2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes. As you can see, there are so many different variations you can try!

First, you add 1 cup of flour, 1.5 tsp sugar, 3/4 tsp salt, 1 packet of rapid rise yeast, 3 tbsp olive oil and any spices you like into a mixing bowl.

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Next, add 2/3 cup of warm water and mix all ingredients until a wet dough is formed.

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Add another 1/2 cup flour to the counter where you will be kneading the dough. Pour the dough mixture on top of the flour on the counter. Sprinkle an additional 1/2 cup flour on top of the wet dough and begin kneading the flour into the dough mixture with your hands.

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Continue mixing until all of the flour is incorporated and the dough is no longer wet or sticky.

Sprinkle the counter with cornmeal, place the dough in the center and begin rolling it into the desired shape.

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Transfer onto your baking pan, stone, or cookie sheet into a warm oven to let it rise. Let stand for 20-30 mins in the oven. You can skip this step if you are rushed for time, though I find the crust gets thicker if it is allowed to rise.

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Take the dough out of the oven and top with your favorite toppings.

For this pizza, I was inspired by Mexican Pizza via The Fitnessista. I tweaked her recipe slightly to make it my own. I first added the enchilada sauce, then the shredded chicken, then the cheese.

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Once the pizza is topped with ingredients, bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

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Remove from the oven. For the taco pizza, we topped it with freshly chopped romaine, sliced avocado and a dollop of sour cream.

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Slice your pizza and enjoy!

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Homemade Pizza Dough
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • ⅔ cup water- warm but not hot
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal (for the counter top to prevent sticking)
  • Optional: oregano, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Mix 1 cup flour with all other ingredients in a mixing bowl. Transfer wet dough onto counter top and incorporate remaining 1 cup flour into mixture to form dough. Roll dough into desired shape. Let rise in a warm oven for 20-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with your favorite toppings. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

 

What are your favorite pizza toppings? 

Our typical pizza includes pesto, fresh grated mozzarella, chicken sausage, bell pepper, onion, mushroom and sundried tomato.

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