By Kelly Bogard

Tex-Mex is a way of life here in Texas. I can’t think of many times I have gone more than a few days without having a taco, enchilada or at least chips and salsa. But I like to mix things up, too. Keeps my family on their toes!

If I tell them we’re having pizza, they expect hamburger and pepperoni. So I decided to add a little Tex-Mex flair, along with some fresh veggies since spring has sprung around these parts.

For Tex-Mex Pizza, you will need…tex-mex-pizza
1 lb. ground meat
1 pkg. prepared pizza dough
2 c. Colby Jack cheese
1 c. salsa
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
1 avocado, diced
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
sliced jalapenos, optional

This pizza gets put together just like any other homemade pizza. I just added some zest to the ingredient list.

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Spread and cook the pizza dough for about eight minutes so it will be good and crisp. While the dough is baking, go ahead and brown the ground meat with all of the powdered seasoning. I like to mix all of the seasonings up and then pour them over the meat so the flavor is even.
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Once the dough has finished its pre-bake, spread the salsa over the crust.
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Follow that up with most of the cheese. Just a nice thin layer. You can always put the rest on after the veggies. There is enough meat for two pizzas or one really meaty one. I like to save the leftovers for a taco for lunch the next day.
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Add the sliced bell pepper and onion. Then sprinkle on the avocado and the remaining cheese.
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Bake your pizza for 10 minutes more or until the crust is golden. Serve with fresh or pickled jalapenos.
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Spice things up and get those fresh veggies in. If you don’t like the ones I used, you can always go for tomatoes, corn and black beans. It really is all about the seasonings and the love you put into it. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bake pizza crust for 8 minutes.
  3. Cook ground meat with all powdered seasonings.
  4. Spread salsa over the baked crust.
  5. Top with a thin layer of cheese.
  6. Next, add a layer of ground meat.
  7. Add on the bell pepper, onion and avocado.
  8. Sprinkle on remaining cheese.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  10. Serve with jalapeno peppers for added heat.
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Kelly Bogard

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Kelly Bogard is the official Texas Table Top food editor, chef, food stylist/photographer and more. When she’s not busy cooking up a delicious recipe for Texas Table Top, she and her husband “D” are busy trying to keep up with their daughter “Butters” and enjoy anything outdoors

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