Chop It Like It’s Hot: Panini Taco Pizza

May 23, 2019

Panini Taco Pizza

Total prep time ~ 15-20 minutes 

This Panini Taco Pizza is a quick and simple way to keep pizza healthy and simple. This dish can be cut up into slices or even rolled up to eat more like a taco. Any way you want it you can have it! Adding different spices can make this dish anything you want it to be. Want something super spicy? No problem, add what ever kind of spice you want and you can change the salsa on top to and level of spice (mild, medium, or hot). This can be prepared with your family, so it is fun and healthy for everyone.


  • 1 Panini Bread (per pizza)
  • 2 Avocados– smashed
  • 1 Can of Black Beans
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper– diced
  • 1 Onion – diced
  • 3 pieces of Corn (could substitute 1 can of Corn)
  • Salsa – varied to preference
  • 1 lbs of choice Ground Beef 

Step by Step:

  1. Add diced vegetables into pan on stove to saute (used vegetable oil).
  2. Add choice meat.
  3. Add seasoning (as much as wanted): garlic powder, cayenne salt, red chili pepper flakes, oregano
  4. While vegetables and meat are cooking add corn into a pot to boil.
  5. At this time peel and mash the avocados.
  6.  Once corn is done boiling (around 5 minutes) take it our and cut corn off the ear.
  7. Add corn to mixture on stove.
  8. At this time the meat and veggies should be done.
  9. Once corn is added, add the black beans to the mixture (make sure you stir!)
  10. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  11. Add avocado mash onto the Panini.
  12. Add meat and veggie mix on top of the avocado.
  13. Add salsa on the very top (add as much as wanted).
  14. Put in the oven for ~5 minutes.
  15. Cut up/ Fold it and Enjoy!!

Comments and Ratings (1-10  : 10 being the highest):

Taste- 10   This dish gave a more Mexican play on the typical pizza. It had a nice crunch to it with all the vegetables in it. Adding the spices was a good call, because it gave it more flavor. Overall, you could add as many vegetables as you want and that is what makes this dish so good.

Mouth Feel/ Consistency- 10   This dish took a nice bread and added some avocado which gave it a nice sauce feel while the vegetables gave it a nice crunch. The salsa on top gave it almost a taco kind of feeling. Cannot go wrong with a taco inspired pizza.

Smell- 8   While this dish smelled good throughout the whole process adding even more spice could have made it smell better. With the smells of the sauteing vegetables and the meat gave a nice aroma.

Visual Appearance – 10   This dish was very nice to look at. It had a lot of color and it looked exactly like a taco pizza. Tacos and pizza are always appealing looking and this combined the two very well.

Creativity- 10  None of us had made this before, so we took a leap of faith. That leap turned out well, with a great option for a healthy dinner. You do not see this being made very often, although it should be.