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Tortilla Pizza – A Lot Sadder Than Regular Pizza But It’ll Do


I’ve never met a person who doesn’t like pizza.

I know they are out there but I personally have not met anyone.

Maybe because for the past 29 years, I have lived in the Chicago area which is loaded with pizza options so it doesn’t give a person a chance not to like pizza.

As I sit in my house, there are AT LEAST four pizza places within walking distance.

That’s not even counting the pizza places that suck.


Baked Pizza on Top of Black Surface Near Filled Glass Tankard


Even with a plethora of pizza establishments at our fingertips, for some reason, we just aren’t order a pizza on a Tuesday night kind of people.

Pizza from outside of our home is a special occasion.

It’s when you have company.

Or when celebrating a birthday.

Or a friend from out of state is in town and wants to eat Chicago-style pizza.

But for our own little family, ordering pizza on a Wednesday? That’s fancy-like.

And a deep-dish Chicago style pizza on a Wednesday night? That’s for rich people.

Side note- for those who don’t live in the Chicago area and are getting “Chicago style deep dish” places near you (COUGH Giordano’s COUGH), please, don’t judge Chicago deep dish style on that establishment alone until you have had Lou Malnati’s.


End rant. 

So over the years, I have come up with homemade pizza options like making the crust in the breadmaker.

Or making Weight Watchers friendly pizza with Boboli crust.


Yummy, gooey pizza. AND IT'S LOW FAT TOO!


But my favorite pseudo pizza is the tortilla pizza that I have made since the 90s.

I don’t exactly remember where I got this recipe, but I know I made it when I was a newlywed (the first time around), poor, and working a solid 40 plus hours a week on my feet in retail.

It didn’t cost a lot of money, it didn’t take hardly any time to prepare, and it was yummy.

Was it as good as takeout pizza?

Lord no.

But it would do.




I have used this recipe ever since and it has become a family staple.

Over the years, it evolved into a fun pizza night with the kids, as they could make their own pizza because of the create your own nature of the recipe.

Each tortilla could be personalized for everyone’s tastes.

I would put a tortilla (or two) in front of each child and give them dip spreaders and toppings.

I even had a Camp Rock party for Anna and her friends one summer with make your own tortilla pizza being the dinner of choice.

The kids from outside our family loved it but it was just another weeknight in our home.

Then a few weeks ago, we had some friends over for lunch and I had the make your own pizzas again and my adult friend was like OMG THIS IS A GREAT IDEA,

How I never shared this idea with her before, I don’t know but it got me to thinking that you might love this recipe too and blog post topics in the winter can be hard, so here we are!


Tortilla Pizzas

  • Flour Tortillas (I usually use the small ones but the burrito size would work too) (as many as you need)
  • Shredded Mozzarella (I usually use 1 cup per tortilla)
  • Green Pepper (chopped)
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Black Olives (sliced)
  • Fresh Broccoli (cut up)
  • Pepperoni
  • Tomato Sauce (or Pizza Sauce)
  • Spices (I use basil, garlic powder, and oregano)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste )
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place your tortilla (s) on a greased cookie sheet. Add your tomato sauce (or pizza sauce), then layer your toppings on! The possibilities are endless.

Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes.


I use low-carb flour tortillas but you can use what you like best.

I have never used corn tortillas but I don’t think they would taste well with the ingredients nor would they bake well, but you do you.

What are your favorite pizza toppings? 





18 thoughts on “Tortilla Pizza – A Lot Sadder Than Regular Pizza But It’ll Do”

  1. Don’t knock corn tortillas until you’ve tried the WHITE corn tortillas from Aldi. Make sure to check the freshness date when you shop; freshness is key. These tortillas are excellent!!


  2. I feel like i’ve met people who don’t like pizza, but I must have blocked them out of my memory, cause who needs that kind of negativity in their life. I grew up in New York, so the Chicago deep dish was an unspeakable thing. The pizza that shall not be named. When I was pregnant with my son, I went on a road trip with my brother and we stopped in Chicago for some deep dish, and holy moly. It was glorious. Like a cheese and sauce village, surrounded by a sturdy crust foundation.

    Also, I don’t know why I never thought to make pizza on tortillas, it’s such a great idea! Plus I have this low fat mozzarella cheese that is zero points for 1/4 cup, which is kind of great. I mean, it’s got no fat in it, so when it cooks it becomes a sort of impenetrable surface. But zero calories, amiright?!


    1. Glorious is a great word. I mean, how can you not love a pizza with a SLAB of sausage on it??
      This is a WW staple for me because the low carb tortillas are the only thing in it that has points! I load it up with veggies and I feel so full after!


  3. I don’t remember the last time we ordered pizza. It’s also a special occasion thing for us.
    Come to think of it, we don’t eat pizza that often. Anyway, love, love the tortilla pizza! It’s a nice variation!


  4. We are naughty. We eat pizza often – the takeout kind. By often, I mean 1-2x/month. I know it’s bad for us and we should cut down, but it’s our downfall. And we have this place right by us – not a chain – that makes THE best pizza around. Plus, it’s 50% off a large on Monday nights. Umm…it’s Monday right now. 🙂

    PS – I’ve made homemade pizzas using different breads for crusts, but have never used a tortilla because I thought 1) they’d be too thin to hold sauce, toppings and cheese…they don’t fall apart? and 2) the tortilla wouldn’t get crisp. Let me know!


    1. I want to know the name of this chain. I think I might know it but I don’t want to give away your location here in the comments LOL.
      It’s funny you said crisp up because one of my other friends just said to crisp in the pan BEFORE baking the pizza so it isn’t soggy!
      So I am doing that from now on.
      Also, you aren’t naughty for ordering pizza. You are making smart life decisions. 🙂


  5. OMG, I haven’t had these in ages! I’ll have to put one together this week to get out of a food rut. I usually crisp mine in the skillet first for like 2 mins on one side and 1 min on the other because mine always soggy if I don’t. (That could be the kind of tortilla I use though. Tumaro’s Low Carb.)

    Oh and Pequod’s FTW. 😀


    1. THAT IS BRILLIANT. I am doing this the next time I make them because I don’t like soggy either.
      I haven’t ever been to Pequod’s but I have heard of it and now need to try it.
      My friend, who grew up on Chicago’s south side, and I are going to do a pizza tour of the Chicago area.
      There are two other places I want to try: Aurelio’s and Ferrentino’s.
      Ferrentino’s was John Hughes’ favorite pizza place and I can’t believe I have never tried it.
      Maybe you should come out to Chicago and do the food tour with us?


  6. Well now I want pizza…ok, yes, I pretty much always want pizza! We like to make them on pitas (multigrain if you’re feeling extra jazzy). Sometimes my friend makes the cauliflower crusts and we can each go wild with the toppings nobody else in our families like to have—such as artichoke hearts! Yum!


    1. I have had a cauliflower crust pizza once when I was out to dinner with friends and it was really good!
      But you’re right about picking toppings no one else likes which is why I love these tortilla pizzas.
      I love onions and peppers on my pizza but no one else does so these are perfect for that!


    2. This looks yummy. We do not eat/order pizza very often.

      I am the worst pizza orderer. I always order about 3.5 times more than is necessary and Coach is like WTF?
      I have celiac disease. I cannot eat pizza that is called ‘gluten free’ but made in a regular pizza place kitchen. Flour is inescapable in those places. I do eat frozen gluten free za now and then.
      Eddie is a health food addict (meaning: he chooses to live a sad existence at the sad age of 18), so I would still have to find something for him to eat.

      Lately my kids minus Ed have been begging for pizza: frozen or delivered. They weren’t being fussy. For the Oscars Sunday night, we had pizza!


  7. Wow. This is going to be lunch tomorrow when my DIL and the littles come over to sew Indian Princess outfits for their school fundraiser. Thank you so much! We could make a quesadilla/pizza crossover. Salsa is a big favorite here. Would that offend your Chicago-ness?


    1. Right?? It is BRILLIANT and it doesn’t cost a lot either. A perfect lunch!
      Also, I love a good crossover meal, I even made a dessert with quesadillas.
      And I don’t have any Chicago-ness to offend, so no. 🙂


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