How to make tortilla pizzas

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Tortilla pizza are a quick and easy way to make homemade pizza and are ready in just minutes. Grab a tortilla, pile it high with your favorite toppings, then enjoy family pizza night!

If you love homemade pizza you should also give these BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza, Apple Cheddar Bacon Pizza and this delicious Breakfast Pizza recipes a shot.

How to make tortilla pizzas

Easy Tortilla Pizzas

Pizza night is always a favorite in our house. Normally we’ll just order out but that can get expensive and inevitably, someone isn’t happy with the toppings we chose. That’s where these tortilla pizzas come in.

My kids are always thrilled when I let them make their own pizzas. They get to choose exactly what they want on them, even though they are totally boring and only like cheese and pepperoni. The rest of us will pile on a variety of delicious toppings.

To speed things up, we used tortillas for the crust, and they were a hit! Not only does this make them cost effective but you can have them prepped in no time. If you’ve never tried a tortilla pizza, now is the time to do it.

How to make tortilla pizzas

Ingredients You’ll Need

The best part about tortilla pizzas is that you only need 3 basic ingredients plus any toppings you want.

  • Tortillas – I’ve used flour, wheat and corn tortillas for this recipe. When I have extra time, my favorites are the Homemade Flour Tortillas. You can even use flatbread if you want.
  • Pizza sauce – Just use your favorite brand.
  • Mozzarella cheese – Or a blend of cheese is always delicious.
  • Pepperoni – Or other toppings of you love on your pizza

How to make tortilla pizzas

How To Make Tortilla Pizza

It really doesn’t get any easier than these tortilla pizzas. They only take 5 minutes to prep and just a few more to cook.

Prep – Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You’ll also want to line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.

Compile – Spread the pizza sauce over the tortilla and then cover it with cheese. Then add your favorite pizza toppings on top of the cheese.

Cook – Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted. If you want your tortilla pizzas a little crispy, bake closer to the 12 minute mark.

Cool – I let the pizzas cool for about 5 minutes before cutting them and serving.

How to make tortilla pizzas

Pizza Topping Suggestions

If you need a little inspiration, here are some of our family’s favorite pizza compilations.

  • My cheese-loving kids enjoy a 5 cheese blend
  • Bacon, onion and sausage
  • Hawaiian ham, pineapple and chicken
  • Meat lovers with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, chicken and salami
  • Substitute the tomato sauce with BBQ sauce and top with chicken and onions for a BBQ chicken pizza

Learn how to make thin-crust pizza in less than 10 minutes by using store-bought or homemade tortillas! The crust is perfectly crisp, the taste is delicious, and it’s the easiest pizza recipe around.

How to make tortilla pizzas

If you love pizza and want a recipe that makes it quicker and easier than EVER – here ya go. 8-minute tortilla pizza is all the things you could want in a pizza. Crispy browned crust, SO much cheesy goodness, and results that taste like you’re eating a flatbread pizza rather than a flour tortilla! I was surprised at how much I loved this recipe that I had to share with you all.

Once you make these crispy tortilla pizzas I guarantee you’ll be making them on REPEAT.

Ingredients You need

Flour tortillas – use your favorite store-bought tortillas or make your own! Corn tortillas will not work for this recipe.
Cheese – I recommend a pizza cheese blend or mozzarella and some parmesan cheese for a salty taste!
Pizza sauce – use your favorite store-bought or homemade pizza sauce.
Toppings – top your pizza with fresh basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese!

How to Make Tortilla Pizza – Step by Step

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Arrange tortillas on a baking sheet and spread with a thin layer of pizza sauce.

How to make tortilla pizzas

  • Then sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for 7-8 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is browned. Sprinkle with fresh basil and desired toppings before serving!

Homemade or Store-Bought Tortillas

I wouldn’t recommend corn tortillas due to the taste and texture – this recipe requires 100% flour tortillas. When I made this recipe I used a simple homemade tortilla recipe that I found here. Homemade tortillas are super soft, taste amazing, and are a game-changer. To make it simpler, you can also buy authentic high-quality flour tortillas at your local grocery store.

How to make tortilla pizzas

Add Pizza Toppings

If you want to level up your pizza, add some toppings such as pepperoni, Italian sausage (cooked), or roasted vegetables like bell peppers, red onion, broccoli, cauliflower, and mushrooms. You can also sauté some greens like asparagus, kale, and spinach.

If adding vegetables to these pizza’s I recommend using cooked over topping with raw to help get the best flavor and texture. We like either sautéing or roasting veggie toppings!

Extra Tips For This Recipe

Sauce: for this recipe, you can use your favorite pizza sauce or marinara sauce.

Extra flavor: Use your favorite toppings like oregano, red pepper flakes, and fresh parmesan.

Make it vegan: use your favorite vegan cheese or enjoy it without cheese and top with vegetables instead!

How to make tortilla pizzas

Serving Suggestions

These pizzas go perfectly with a big salad like our Italian salad, summer farro salad, or this Tuscan artichoke salad. For colder weather, we love serving these alongside a warm soup like our 30-minute leek and potato soup, Italian minestrone soup, or pasta e fagioli!

More Pizza Recipes to Try

  • 10-Minute Naan Pizza
  • Homemade Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
  • Gluten Free Pizza Crust

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Why It Works

  • Using flour tortillas as the base for the pizza means you don’t have to spend time making, stretching, or rolling your own dough.
  • The cast iron skillet is the ideal pan for baking this pizza, catching all of the little bits of cheese that melt out around the edges, forming a crisp, browned edge.

Bar pies are the pizza for those who love thin crusts, and while making them from scratch is doable, sometimes you just need that pizza NOW. Far from being a compromise, tortilla-based pizzas are in fact the ideal quick and easy-way to make a super-crisp, extra-thin crust for a full-on pizza experience in under 15 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 (10-inch) flour tortilla
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) store-bought or homemade pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45g) shredded whole milk low-moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ounce (30g) finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, roughly torn

Directions

Adjust oven rack to 6 to 8 inches below broiler element and preheat broiler to high. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat until shimmering. Reduce heat to medium-low and wipe out excess oil with a paper towel.

How to make tortilla pizzas

Place tortilla in skillet with the rougher textured-side facing down. Spread sauce evenly over tortilla all the way to the edges. Spread mozzarella and half of Parmesan evenly over tortilla all the way to the edges. Season lightly with salt. Scatter with basil and drizzle with olive oil.

How to make tortilla pizzas

Place skillet under broiler and broil until cheese is melted and starting to brown in spots, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Using a small metal spatula, gently pry edges of pizza loose, releasing the cheese from the skillet. Peek under bottom. If more crispness is desired, place skillet over medium heat and cook, swirling pizza and peeking occasionally, until desired crispness is achieved. Slide pizza out onto a cutting board. Cut and serve immediately.

How to make tortilla pizzas

“I’ve been craving pizza something fierce ever since leaving NY and shipping over to the West Coast. There are quite a few decent Neapolitan options, but thin, crisp, by-the-slice stuff? Forget about it. This bar-style tortilla pizza made in a cast iron skillet is thin, crisp, greasy, and packed with flavor—in other words, a pretty darn decent pizza fix, and it goes from fridge to table in 12 minutes to boot.” —J. Kenji López-Alt, Managing Culinary Director

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

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I’ve gotta tell you: In the catalog of easy, cheaty pizza recipes that start with some form of pre-baked bread base, flour tortilla–based pizzas have historically ranked pretty low on my list. Certainly lower than French bread pizza, lower than English muffin pizza (my first love), and even lower than matzo pizza. They always seemed a little too far removed from pizza for me, tasting more like pizza-flavored open-faced quesadillas. Not a bad thing, but not what I’m looking for when I need a pizza fix.

Well, I’m happy to report that all that has changed, and I’m now going to take the position that, given the proper technique, a couple of tricks, and the aid of a cast iron skillet, flour tortillas are actually the best way to make quick thin-and-crisp, bar-style pizza at home, producing results that are worlds better than any frozen product out there, and a good deal better than the majority of delivery options as well.

Super easy individual pizzas made with flour tortillas, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and basil, in a cast iron skillet on the stovetop.

Elise founded Simply Recipes in 2003 and led the site until 2019. She has an MA in Food Research from Stanford University.

How to make tortilla pizzas

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How to make tortilla pizzas

When I was a kid, Home Ec was a required course in junior high, and we all had to learn how to make English muffin pizzas in a toaster oven.

Did you make English muffin pizzas? Or bagel pizzas?

A tortilla pizza is the same thing, but made with a flour tortilla, or “wrap” as they are called in some parts. Easy peasy!

  • Want to make your own tortillas? Try this recipe: Homemade Flour Tortillas

A cast iron skillet works best for the stove top, as it has a more even distribution of heat and holds the heat well. Once the tortilla is bubbly, sprinkle on the cheese first, and then spread with sauce. This way the thin tortilla bottom is more likely to stay crisp.

How to make tortilla pizzas

In this recipe we are using the most basic of ingredients—shredded mozzarella, tomato sauce, basil.

But you could easily use other favorite pizza toppings, such as caramelized onions or basil pesto. Just use a light touch. The tortilla is thin and can be easily weighted down.

Do you like making tortilla pizzas? If so, please tell us about your favorite version in the comments.

Skillet Tortilla Pizza

Ingredients

  • Flour tortillas (about 8-inches diameter)
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato sauce
  • Fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

Method

Heat a large cast iron skillet or griddle on medium high to high heat. Place a flour tortilla in the center of the skillet.

When the tortillas begins to puff up or form air bubbles, flip it and turn the heat down to medium low. Pierce the air bubbles with a knife tip or the tines of a fork to deflate them a bit.

How to make tortilla pizzas

Sprinkle the top of the tortilla with a thin layer of grated mozzarella cheese. Once the cheese is about half-way melted, spoon on a thin layer of tomato sauce, using the back of the spoon to spread over the cheese. Sprinkle the top of the tomato sauce with a little more cheese.

How to make tortilla pizzas

How to make tortilla pizzas

Once the edges of the tortilla are browning, indicating that the bottom of the tortilla is getting nice and brown, remove the pan from the heat.

Cover the top of the pan with a cover for about a minute or so, so the cheese on top can melt with the residual heat from the pan.

Remove to a plate and cut with a pizza cutting wheel or sharp knife.

Before two kids were in the house, there was a lot more time to plan out and prepare a weeknight dinner. So finding ways to cook something everyone likes (e.g. pizza), that’s healthy and kid friendly….and can be ready in under 30 minutes is a never-ending quest.

How to make tortilla pizzas

Oh, one more thing. No compromising on quality.

The idea of a tortilla pizza was nothing new. In fact, I vaguely remember during my senior year of college, there was a bar in downtown Peoria called Sully’s that had some sort of Thursday night special involving cheap beer and cheap pizza. The secret to their crispy, crackery crust that came out so quickly was large flour tortillas.

How to make tortilla pizzas
Alex helping put the sauce on the tortillas

That fleeting memory may have influenced my decision to never try making my own tortilla pizzas.

How to make tortilla pizzas

So now here I am one night with a 2-year old that wants pizzas, no time for making dough and no frozen crusts. Yet I had plenty of whole wheat tortillas. I also had just enough of my homemade pizza and pasta sauce on hand as well as some mozzarella.

There’s really no recipe here….just a few helpful tips I’ll share:

  • 425 degrees is the magic temperature. Start checking after about 8 minutes
  • Use a pizza stone for a crispy crust. The toaster oven will disappoint you.
  • You can get your stone raging hot by preheating with the broiler
  • If you use a peel, dust it with corn meal to keep the tortilla from sticking
  • Go easy on the sauce and spread it thin. This is not a “sauce lovers” pizza, unless of course, you love soggy pizza
  • Put thinly sliced mozzarella on after the sauce
  • Sparsely topped ingredients are best so that the slices aren’t weighed down

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Flatbreads are the perfect platform for homemade pizzas.

Pizza night usually leads to one of two extremes: Either you’re working with fresh pizza dough — rolling it, stretching it, and cranking up your oven — or you’re going with frozen or delivery. Flatbread pizzas are the best of both worlds.

By starting with fully baked, store-bought flatbreads, you cut prep and cook time to under 15 minutes. Individual flatbreads also let you customize every pizza and make as many as you need. Use this guide as your flatbread pizza blueprint for a super crispy crust, perfectly cooked toppings, and melty cheese every time.

Choose Your Base

This Indian-style flatbread comes with the air bubbles and fire-kissed edges of an actual pizzeria because they’re cooked in a traditional tandoor oven. We love the oval-shaped naan from Stonefire. Keep it classic or try a beautiful, summery Grilled Prosciutto and Peach Flatbread Pizza, or go island-style with Mini Naan Hawaiian Pizza.

Thin, round pitas are the perfect size for individual pizzas. You’ll notice that one side dips inward slightly — that’s ideal for chunkier toppings. Because pitas are so thin, the pizzas can be made right in your toaster oven. Try user favorites like Veggie Pita Pizza and Individual Greek Pita Pizzas.

Flatbread

These flatbreads can be fluffy (think of the wrap for a gyro sandwich) or thin, like Flatout’s Artisan thin crust flatbreads. Whole-wheat versions have a noticeably sweeter flavor; we recommend sticking to classic white for pizzas. Go simple or get creative with toppings, like this Flatbread Breakfast Pizza or this Grilled Prosciutto and Peach Flatbread Pizza.

Tortilla

Yes, even these wafer-thin wraps make fantastic pizza crusts. Reviewers love that tortilla pizzas are easy to assemble and quick to bake, and that they feel like a real pizza experience without the carb-heavy crust. Start with top recipes like Easy Tortilla Pizza or BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza.

Choose Your Toppings

Any vegetables, meats, and cheeses will work. Remember to use fully-cooked proteins like sliced pepperoni or shredded rotisserie chicken. Slice veggies thinly and toss drier ingredients like mushrooms with a little olive oil first.

Sauce isn’t always necessary since the crusts cook so quickly. Use a scant amount (1 to 2 tablespoons per pizza) or skip it and add a couple slices of fresh tomato instead.

Crisp Your Crust

Par-baking the flatbreads gives them the crispy edges we love and makes them sturdy enough to support the toppings. Brush with a very thin layer of olive oil, then bake at 350°F or 375°F for 3 to 7 minutes depending on the thickness of your flatbread (you can skip this step for tortillas).

You can also grill the flatbread for a couple minutes on each side. Add even more flavor by seasoning the oil first: Stir in minced garlic, dried oregano, or crushed red pepper before brushing.

Build and Bake

Less is more when it comes to topping flatbread pizzas. Keep meat and veggies to a single layer so they cook evenly. Finish with a thin layer of cheese (drier cheeses like Parmesan work especially well).

While pizzas made with fresh doughs call for scorching hot ovens, flatbread pizzas need a relatively low heat (350°F to 400°F) so toppings won’t burn or dry out. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the crust is completely crisp and the cheese is melted.

How to make tortilla pizzas

Tortilla Pizzas make a quick and easy meal idea. Use your favorite toppings for the perfect for lunch, dinner, game day grub, or delicious snack any time!

How to make tortilla pizzas

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Tortilla Pizza

Today, I’m sharing a super easy Tortilla Pizza recipe. It may be a recipe you’ve forgotten about … and luckily, I’m here to remind you of just how much you really need this in your life!

Although we home-school, after-school snacks are still a part of our day most days. I like to serve my kids things that are quick and easy – and let’s be honest – usually stuff they can prepare themselves.

I don’t know about your family, but our family LOVES pizza. We eat pizza on a rare occasion for lunch or snacks and occasionally on Friday nights!

Two of my favorite Tortilla Pizza flavors are pesto with sliced black olives, diced tomatoes, chopped spinach … or Alfredo sauce with spinach and tomatoes (sometimes I add chicken, too)! My kids prefer plain old pepperoni and cheese!

Feel free to play around with the ingredients – use pesto, salsa, BBQ sauce, or Alfredo sauce in place of the pizza sauce. Use whatever meats and veggies your family prefers! Go crazy … or keep it simple. The choice is yours! 😊

How to make tortilla pizzas

Recipe for Tortilla Pizza

  • taco or fajita-sized flour tortilla
  • pizza sauce
  • shredded cheese, any melty cheese is good – I like a mix of Mozzarella and mild Cheddar
  • Toppings of choice (I used a few chopped pepperoni)

How to make tortilla pizzas

How to make Tortilla Pizzas

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to make Tortilla Pizzas

Preheat oven to 425° F.

Top tortilla with toppings of choice.

Place tortilla on an ungreased baking sheet. Top with pizza sauce, then cheese. Add whatever toppings you prefer.

Place in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until tortilla is golden and cheese is bubbly.

How to make tortilla pizzas

Tortilla Pizza: FAQs

If you run into any problems or if you would like some suggestions, be sure to read this section before leaving a comment.

Sure! I especially enjoy spinach tortillas from time to time.

I probably wouldn’t. They’re so easy to put together – it’s best to make them right before baking.

Yes! Place the pizzas on the baking sheet, allowing room for each one without overlapping.

I don’t think corn tortillas don’t cook the same way flour tortillas do. I would probably stick to flour tortillas for this recipe.

How to make tortilla pizzas

How did you like this recipe?

Isn’t this the simplest recipe ever? Especially when you’re craving pizza but you don’t feel like messing with a homemade crust! And let’s not forget that it’s the perfect size!!

How did this recipe turn out for you? Did you run into any problems? Leave a comment below if you need help – I’ll try my best to help you troubleshoot!

If you tried this recipe and absolutely loved it – I would like to know that too! What toppings did you use? Other readers sometimes read through the feedback before trying a recipe and your comment could help them!