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Pizza Night

Pizza night is a huge hit at our house. My guys LOVE pizza, but they especially love the variety we get out of making our own homemade pizza. It is fairly cheap to make and can be super versatile in topping. Some of our favorites include: Chili cheese tot, BBQ chicken, alfredo chicken, and meatlovers. To be perfectly honest, you can make just about anything in to a pizza topping. Below is a very simple recipe to our family favorite.

This was my husband’s brainchild. I would have never come up with this one. But amazingly, we all love it!


Chili Cheese Tater Tot Pizza


1 Can chili

½ bag of tater tots

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or more if you desire)

1 pizza crust


Preheat oven as directed by instructions on the tater tot bag. We need to cook these partially first, otherwise either the tots will be undercooked or the pizza crust will be burnt. The tots I buy say preheat to 450 degrees.

Place half the bag of tots on an oven safe pan. Put remaining tots in the freezer to use with a later meal.  Once the oven is ready, place the tots in to cook. *Please note: You will only be cooking the tots half way. The brand I buy states cook tots for 12 minutes, flip and cook an additional 10-12 minutes. We will only be cooking them for the first 12 minutes.

While tots are cooking, prepare your pizza crust. I use the refrigerated kind that is in the biscuit section at the grocery store. Unroll, dough and place on pizza pan. Stretch dough to desired thickness, making sure there are no holes were the dough is stretched.

Once you have the dough at its desired thickness, open your can of chili. (For easier spreading, heat chili in microwave for 1 minute) Form a thin layer of chili over the pizza dough. This will be your sauce. You don’t want your chili too thick as you run the risk of having soggy crust after cooking. It takes about half a can to cover my dough.

Once tots have baked for half their time, remove from oven. Turn oven to desired temperature for baking crust (usually 425). Place tots on pizza, taking care to flip them as directed by their original packaging.

Once tots are in place, add remaining contents of chili. Top with cheese.

Place pizza in oven for about 10 minutes or as directed by crust directions.

Remove from oven wen crust is desired crispiness. Slice and enjoy!

Join me in my next post and I will show you how to make Alfredo chicken pizza!

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