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April 16, 2013

Taco Calzones


One of my favorite go-to meals is Calzones.  They are so quick and easy, tasty, and the possibilities are endless.  That being said, I always made the same ones over and over again.  Pepperoni, Sausage or Ground Beef/Bacon - just like we like our pizzas.  

Recently I purchased a Groupon for a discounted subscription to emeals.  Emeals is a service that sends you a weekly meal plan, complete with shopping list, based on your preferences (vegetarian, portion control, paleo, etc.) and preferred store.  I admit that I don't use emeals to the full purpose of it, but for the price I purchased a subscription for, it's a good jumping off point to plan my weekly menu.  Honestly, I just have so many recipes I want to try, so many favorites, etc. that meal planning for the week can get difficult.  I cannot survive without my meticulous meal plans though, so emeals helps me narrow it down - they tell me to make burgers, OK then I'll make one of the 10 recipes I want to try out! 

So, long story short though - one day I was "told" to make Taco calzones.  Taco calzones you say?!  That's a fun new twist!  So I did, and we loved them.  And just like all of the other calzones I make, they couldn't get any easier, plus they're totally adaptable to whatever you want them to be.  We like things a little more "plain" in our house, but I imagine most people would like salsa, sour cream, etc. with these.
Taco Calzones
Ingredients:
Pizza Dough (homemade or store bought - if I don't have time for homemade I use Pillsbury or Trader Joes)
1/2 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 cup/4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1-2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
(1/4 cup salsa)
(1/4 cup sour cream)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook ground beef.  Stir in 1/4 cup water and taco seasoning (2 Tablespoons if using homemade, half a packet if using store bought..  Cook a few minutes and set aside.  Roll out pizza dough, divide in quarters.

Evenly divide meat, cheese and cilantro and top one half of each dough quarter.  Fold over to make a packet, and seal using finger tips or fork tines.  Cut slits on the top, and brush with a little olive oil or spray with baking spray.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted.  Serve hot with sour cream and salsa if desired.

Source: adapted from emeals

2 comments:

  1. These are so pretty! I love the idea of a taco calzone, I am always in the mood for Mexican food.

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  2. Yum! 2 of my favorite things combined. These look easy for a weeknight, too.

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