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Tortilla pizza bakes fast – only about 5 minutes in my standard air-assisted oven. So pizza night just got quicker!
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Pizza Is Always A Hit
RancherMan loves pizza. I mean he LOVES pizza.
As in that man could eat pizza every day for days on end and be a happy boy indeed!
I’ve made homemade pizza crust and of course those pizzas are delicious. But our work here on the Homestead often finds us dragging in from the pastures after dark.
For a quicker homemade pizza I’ve made French Bread Pizzas in the past using french bread as the crust to speed things up. Although RancherMan loves them, there is an even easier (and FASTER) way to get some pizza in his belly.
Homemade Tortilla Pizza FAST!
Now hang onto your hats folks, this is one quick meal and certain to please everyone in the family – from RancherMan all the way down to our grandbabies!
We’re just layering a few simple ingredients:
Tomato paste seasoned with Italian seasonings,
Sprinkling of shredded mozzarella cheese,
Toppings (pepperoni, onion, bell pepper, etc),
Top with more shredded mozzarella.
What Are Good Pizza Toppings?
RancherMan prefers pizza to include meat such as pepperoni. But I prefer to pile mine high with veggies. So typical tortilla pizza toppings for us are:
Jalapenos from the garden,
Can You Bake Pizza On Cast Iron?
Cast iron is the perfect surface to use when baking these tortilla pizzas. I have a heavy 2-burner-sized cast-iron griddle that I often use to make up to 4 tortilla pizzas at a time.
I just place the griddle in the oven while it preheats so the griddle’s hot before placing our prepared tortilla pizzas on it.
But when it’s just RancherMan & me I use two single-serving *comal pans instead. (a comal is a small round nearly flat short-sided skillet/griddle).
So I place whatever cast-iron vessel I want to use for our tortilla pizzas into the oven while it’s preheating to 425 degrees using my speed-bake option (a fan-assisted convection feature that cooks food faster than traditional bake). That gets the cast iron surface good and hot.
Dehydrated Tomato Leather Makes Pizzas FAST!
Now I’m turning my attention to those pizzas. I start by adding a tomato-paste layer on top of the tortilla.
But once again, I’ve incorporated another shortcut. I’ve dehydrated several 5-6″ tortilla-sized dehydrated tomato leathers from some leftover pasta sauce.
They’re shelf stable & speed up this quick tortilla pizza even more! I kid you not – you roll them on top of your pizza crust (or tortilla in this case) and just start piling on toppings.
No other step is necessary to rehydrate the tomato leather. The tortilla pizza toppings rehydrate the Italian-seasoned tomato leather as the pizza is cooking.
I LOVE this shortcut!
Obviously you can just use tomato paste here if you don’t have seasoned tomato leather. But if using paste I’d sprinkle on a little Italian seasoning to give it a little pizza-flavored sumpin’.
Layering Ingredients On Tortilla Pizza
On top of the tomato layer I add a light sprinkling of cheese to anchor my toppings to the pizza. Then I start adding my toppings, pepperoni, diced veggies, etc.
I’m sure to dice all the veggies small. Since they’ll be in the oven such a short time I need them to cook quickly.
Finally I sprinkle a little more cheese on top to melt into the veggies and bring out my now-hot comal pans.
How Long Do You Cook A Tortilla Pizza?
I slide the tortilla pizzas from the plate on which I’ve prepared them to the hot cast-iron comals and put them both back in the oven.
Now the speed bake (air circulation) feature on my oven does a pretty quick job of the rest. I’m just looking for the cheese to get all melty.
It typically takes only about 5 minutes for the tortilla pizzas to be ready.
After that time I pull them out of the oven. RancherMan’s already hovering around me exclaiming that the kitchen smells delicious.
I slide those hot tortilla pizzas onto a plate and he digs in with relish!
The cast iron surface helps the tortilla pizza crust to get crispy. Just the way we like it!
And this quick & easy meal certainly helps me give him the pizza he craves while saving my sanity after a busy day on the Homestead.
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I love this idea and using tomato leather blows my mind! Plus, I try to eat low-carb as much as possible, so I could easily use low-carb tortillas. Thanks for the great ideas!!
The tomato leather blows my mind too Michelle. Now I always have some in my pantry for the quickest pizza meal EVER! ~TxH~
Easy and quick recipes are my favourite and I know everyone in my family would love this tortilla pizza! The perfect quick dinner! It looks great!
It goes over well in our Household that’s for sure, Katrin. 🙂 ~TxH~
Ooooo my hubby would so enjoy these. He loves pizza and tortillas, so this is perfect. Whoop, whoop, thank you
Oh yeah Michelle, pizza & tortillas are both at the top of RancherMan’s munchie enjoyment too. ~TxH~
Quick, simple and looks Delish. Yup; I’ll take one with all the works except for the hot peppers that is :}
LOL Colleen – One everything-sans-peppers, coming up! ~TxH~
Your pizza sounds tasty and quick. I have made tortilla pizza. When my son was in Afghanistan he wanted pizza and I found a packed tortilla pizza and I got it and sent it to him. It was basically a tortilla which they said to toast in a skillet, then add tomato sauce, toppings and cheese. Cook in the skillet covered until cheese is melted. I have done this at home with ingredients I have purchased separately at the grocery store or home grown. This is a quick and easy way to make dinner.
Love it, Cynthia! ~TxH~