The Taco Pizza Was Invented Right Here In Iowa, And You Can Grab One From Happy Joe's In Ottumwa
By Raymond Goldfield|Published July 15, 2022
Raymond Goldfield is a life-long New Jersey resident and an avid traveler and foodie who can be usually found on the Jersey Shore during the offseason or checking out the latest seasonal flavors at The Bent Spoon in Princeton. He has been working for Only In Your State for since early 2022, where he writes for New Jersey and Iowa and edits the Mid-Atlantic region. He can also be found writing about pop culture for GeekDad. When at home, he enjoys reading comic books and is part of The Rabbitt Stew podcast team. While New Jersey is his home base, he travels regularly and has visited Virginia, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, and Canada as well as all of NJ's border states. Ultimate travel goal? Visit all the best buffets in the United States.
There are quite a few places to get great taco pizza in Iowa if you’re addicted to the salty, greasy, crunchy Mexico-meets-Italy treat. But did you know this strange fusion dish didn’t have its origin in any foreign country – but right here in the Hawkeye State? The midwestern chain Happy Joe’s, known for its pizza, ice cream, and fun environment, claims to have invented the dish in the 1970s. Today, you can get it at any of their locations, but the Ottumwa location is one of the best for that classic Happy Joe’s atmosphere.
Have you enjoyed a meal at Happy Joe’s? Do they still have the best taco pizza in Iowa? Let us know in the comments section. If you want to find out more about their specials, make sure to visit their website and Facebook page. If you’re looking for another iconic Iowa meal, why not visit Canteen Lunch in the Alley?
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