Taco Grande Pizza (Copycat Papa Murphy's)

Taco Grande Pizza (Copycat Papa Murphy's)

A homemade knockoff of Papa Murphy's Taco Grande Pizza: Buttery pizza crust topped with salsa-pizza sauce, taco-seasoned meat, mozzarella cheese, black olives, green onions, and diced tomatoes


12 slices


Pizza crust ingredients:

1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups (approximately) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
Butter, for greasing the pan

Taco meat* ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin (I like to use freshly ground cumin!)
1 teaspoon ground chili powder
Tapatio, or your favorite hot sauce, to taste

Pizza toppings:

1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup salsa or picante sauce of your choice
12-16 ounces (3-4 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup thinly sliced black olives
1/2 cup diced green onions
1/2 cup diced Roma tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional


1. To make pizza crust, combine warm water and salt in a mixing bowl. Add about 1.5 cups of the flour along with the yeast and stir. Add remaining flour and knead into a smooth dough (add enough flour, beyond the 2.5 cups if necessary). Knead for 5-10 minutes and then set aside, covered, in a warm place.**

If you have a bread machine or stand mixer, this process is even easier. Use the dough cycle (bread machine) or dough hook (stand mixer) to knead the water, salt, flour, and yeast until a smooth dough is formed. Cover and set in a warm place (or allow the dough cycle on your bread machine to continue to run). See this post for more info about using a bread machine for dough.

2. Fry ground beef with garlic and onion. Drain well. Return to pan and stir in the salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and some hot sauce. set aside.

3. Liberally butter a 16-inch round pizza pan. With buttery hands, spread dough evenly on pan. Mix the pizza sauce and salsa together and spread over crust.

4. Sprinkle meat over sauce; evenly spread cheese over meat and then add olives, green onions, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese (if using). Allow pizza to rest for at least 10 minutes, but up to 30 minutes before baking. (A longer rest will produce a fluffier crust.)

5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bake pizza for 10-12 minutes, depending on the kind of pizza pan and your oven. I've found that it's best to use the bottom rack of the oven for a thicker/heavier pizza pan (like stainless steel) and the top shelf for a thinner pan (like non-stick or a perforated pizza pan). See more tips on making perfect homemade pizza here!

6. When pizza is done, remove from oven and let set for ~5 minutes. Slice into 12 slices and serve hot!

Taco Grande Pizza

Taco Grande Pizza

Additional Notes: 

*Feel free to use leftover seasoned taco meat for this recipe! Meat just needs to be seasoned and drained and approximately 2-2.5 cups in volume (about 1 pound before cooking).

**You can use the dough as soon as it's kneaded (without allowing a first rise to occur) but we like the crust best if I've allowed plenty of time for the dough, so I do recommend a first rise of at least 20 minutes or so. :)

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This is my version of Papa Murphy's Taco Grande Pizza! :)

We've also re-created Papa Murphy's Mediterranean Herb Chicken Pizza, and Papa Murphy's Thin-Crust Chicken Bacon Artichoke Pizza.


Taco Grande Pizza

I've also shared tips for making and serving homemade pizza to guests. We frequently make pizza for company, as it's always a huge hit!

Preparation Time: 

45-60 minutes

Cooking Time: 

10-12 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This is easier to make than it sounds (I just like to be thorough in my instructions!). ;) It got a lot of praise when I served it to my family. I love the toppings!

Taco Grande Pizza

We have a number of other yummy pizza recipes we've created. Homemade pizza is one of our favorites!!


This is my husbands favorite pizza so far. The crust comes out so delicious everytime - I use it for all our pizzas and have had quite a few people ask me for the recipe!


I confess, I made this recipe a little while ago and am just now getting around to posting a review.

But it's not because the pizza isn't delicious - it is SO good! My husband and I love taco pizza, and we would frequently buy one frozen brand in WI that was really good (for frozen, c'mon). :) I couldn't wait until Tammy posted this recipe and I wasn't disappointed! The pizza sauce and salsa mixed together are perfect, as are the 2 different cheeses on top. Everything about the pizza was spot-on with a Papa John's, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We will be making this often! I've passed it on to several of my siblings already. :)

Thanks, Tammy! :)


This was fantastic.. the crust and toppings were just right. Thanks Tammy!


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