Tortilla Shell Pizzas

Tortilla shell pizzas: Want pizza but don't want to mess with crust? Here's your answer! Repin to save.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love pizza. But it’s not always practical cost-wise or health-wise to go out for pizza once a craving hits. That’s why this meal – tortilla shell pizzas – works so well. These pizzas are completely adaptable, and you probably have all the ingredients you need to make them in your fridge right now. And the best part? Depending on the toppings, each pizza can cost as little as 50 cents.

The Cost:

  • Tortilla shells (8) = $.40 each (if using homemade) or $1.20 (if using store bought)
  • Sauce (1/3 cup) = $.40 (approximately)
  • Toppings (1/2 cup) = $1.20 (approximate cost – will vary depending on what toppings you use)
  • Cheese (1 cup) = $1.50 (approximate cost – will vary depending on what type of cheese you use)

Total cost of recipe (8 pizzas for 4 people): $3.50

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This recipe is part of my $10 Food Day series. This includes four recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack), enough to feed a family of four for less than $10 – for the entire day!

Tortilla Shell Pizzas Recipe

Prep Time:10 min

Cook Time:8 min

The trick to making really tasty tortilla shell pizzas is to keep the toppings light. Too much sauce, toppings, and cheese can overwhelming this thin crust.


For each pizza:

  • 1 tortilla shell (white, whole wheat, or homemade)
  • 2 teaspoons sauce (such as sweet chili sauce, tomato sauce, or salsa)
  • 1 tablespoon toppings (meat, vegetables, olives, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons cheese (Parmesan, smoked Gouda, or mozzarella)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Top a tortilla shell with desired sauce, toppings, and cheese.
  2. Bake for approximately 7 to 8 minutes. If you can do so safely, bake the pizzas directly on the oven rack for an extra crispy crust.

9 Responses to “Tortilla Shell Pizzas”

  1. 1

    Ellen — September 30, 2011 @ 4:56 am

    This is SUCH a good idea! And you know how much I love pizza 🙂

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    Bev Napurski — September 30, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    Get creative with your pizza sauces. We have tried almost everything in our fridge. BBQ, teriyaki, alfredo, garlic… You get the idea! Great way to use up that little bit left in a bottle.

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    Tom Morton — October 6, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Wow! This is a great idea! I’ll have to give this a try!

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    Medora Schou — January 5, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    Made 3 varieties tonight-what a great idea! I especially enjoyed a pear, walnut, spinach, onion combination. Thank you for the idea!

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    Annie — April 18, 2012 @ 3:16 am

    I just made these tortilla shell pizzas with pasta sauce, basil, mushrooms, and parmesan, DELICIOUS!!! I had two 😉

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    Rachel — August 29, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I just made a tomato, cheddar, parmesan and spinach tortilla pizza with some chilli powder for an extra kick. It was delicious – a really perfect light lunch!

    • Haley replied: — August 29th, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

      Sounds delicious! I like the chili powder idea 🙂

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    Kathy — March 5, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    What a great idea! I would have never thought to use a tortilla for the crust. Plus it is healthier for you than regular crust would be! I will be using this method soon! Thanks for a great idea!

    • Haley replied: — March 6th, 2013 @ 3:33 am

      Exactly! With the healthier crust, it’s easier to justify eating more 🙂

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