Pizzadillas

5 from 4 votes

Pizzadillas are a quick, easy weeknight dinner or fast lunch that the whole family will enjoy. They take no time to make and are sure to hit the pizza spot!

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What do you get when you cross a quesadilla with a pizza? Why a Pizzadilla of course! A warm flour tortilla makes the perfect pocket for rich marinara, ooey-gooey cheese and all the toppings your heart desires. It’s a great dinner or lunch to get the kids into making as well!

Recipe cut into hand held sizes on a round white plate with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.

This tortilla-based pizza/quesadilla dish is simple to make and can be customized with your favorite toppings. It hits the spot when you’re craving pizza but don’t have any pizza dough on hand. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in some veggies!

what is a pizzadilla?

A pizzadilla is essentially a quesadilla that has been filled with pizza ingredients, such as marinara sauce, cheese, and toppings. It is a quick and easy dish to make, and can be customized with your favorite toppings. It became popular when it was added to Papa Johns menu as a “Papadia”. While the orgins of this tortilla stuffed pizza may seem like the comes from below the border it’s actually a play on an Italian flatbread sandwich called a ‘piadina’.

why you’ll love this pizzadilla recipe

  • Uses pantry staples. You probably already have most, if not all, of the ingredients on hand making it a quick and easy weeknight meal for when you are stumped on what to cook.
  • Endless possibilities. You can really put anything you want inside your pizzadilla. Get creative with the toppings or use up whatever leftover veggies you have in the fridge.
  • Great for meal prep and leftovers. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make ahead for quick lunches or dinners throughout the week. Simply reheat in the microwave or oven until warm and cheese is melted.
  • A fun meal the whole family will love. Pizzadillas are always a hit with kids and adults alike. They are easy to customize so everyone can build their own perfect little pizza pocket.

Ingredients to make a veggie pizzadilla

  • Flour tortilla: Buritto size tortillas work best for this recipe. They are large enough to fit all the toppings but not so large that they are difficult to eat.
  • Marinara sauce: You can use your favorite jarred marinara or make a quick homemade sauce.
  • Cheese: I like to use mozzarella, but you can really use any type of cheese that you like.
  • Veggies: I like to use chopped bell peppers, onions, and black olives. You can really use any type of veggies that you like or have on hand.
Ingredients for recipe before being prepped: marinara, half a red onion, sliced black olives, shredded cheese, green bell pepper, and tortilla shells.

How to make a pizzadilla

If you’ve ever made a quesadilla the process is almost identical, the only difference is what you put inside.

Fill Tortilla

  1. Spread pizza sauce over half of each tortilla.
  2. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
  3. Top with the green peppers, red onions and black olives.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the toppings.
4 image collage adding ingredients to half of a tortilla shell.

Grill Quesadilla

  1. Carefully place the pizzadilla in a preheated skillet cook until brown and crispy on the bottom.
  2. Carefully flip the pizzadilla over and cook until brown and crispy on the other side.
Before and after image of filled quesadilla on a grill pan.

Tips for making veggie pizzadillas

  1. Keep the toppings thinly sliced and to a minimum. Because you’ll be folding the tortilla in half and transferring it from a plate to a skillet and then flipping it, it’s much easier to handle if the toppings are not bulging out.
  2. Shred mozzarella cheese from a block. Store-bought shredded mozzarella cheese has anti-caking agents to prevent them from sticking together in the bag. I find that this also inhibits how melty the final cheese looks for that ultimate cheese pull!
  3. Don’t forget the double layer of cheese. You’ll want to add cheese first, then any toppings you want, and then another layer of cheese on top. That helps the pizzadilla adhere well together so it’s not falling apart.
  4. Use the oven in a pinch. If you don’t have a grill or griddle you can bake your pizzadilla in the oven. Just place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350F for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

popular substitutions & additions

  • Use flatbread, pita or even naan. If you don’t have tortillas on hand any type of flatbread will work. If the flatbread you’re working with is not large enough to fold over you can just leave it open-faced.
  • Try a different cheese. If you’re not a fan of mozzarella, try using cheddar, provolone or even goat cheese.
  • Make it meaty. Add cooked ground beef, beef or turkey pepperoni, or shredded chicken.
  • Make it a breakfast pizzadilla. Add scrambled eggs, turkey bacon or sausage and serve with hot sauce.
  • Add some spice. Sprinkle on some red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning or your favorite spice blend.
Pizza quesadillas on a cutting board with one cut in half next to a bowl of marinara sauce.

what to serve/pair with your pizzadillas

how to store & reheat pizzadillas

Leftover pizzadillas can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave or oven until warm and cheese is melted.

how long will pizzadillas last in the fridge?

Pizzadillas will last in the fridge for up to five days.

can i freeze pizzadillas?

Yes! Pizzadillas freeze well. Place in a freezer safe container or bag and freeze for up to three months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat as directed above.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to precook the veggies?

No, you don’t need to precook the veggies. The veggies will cook while the pizzadilla is grilling.

Do pizzadillas hold up well in lunchboxes?

Yes! Pizzadillas are a great lunchbox food. They can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer. Just reheat before packing in a lunchbox.

Can I use a different type of tortilla?

Yes, you can use a different type of tortilla. If you’re looking for a low carb option you can use a low carb tortilla. If you’re looking for a gluten free option you can use a gluten free tortilla.

What if I don’t have a grill or griddle?

You can use a standard frying pan or bake your pizzadilla in the oven. Just place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350F for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

A pizzadilla half being dipped into marinara sauce on a plate with more slices.

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to enjoy pizza, look no further than the pizzadilla. This tortilla-based dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or as a portable lunch. You can customize your pizzadillas with your favorite toppings, making them perfect for any taste. Plus, they’re easy to store and reheat, so you can always have a tasty snack on hand. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and enjoy! What’s your favorite way to top a pizzadilla? Let me know in the comments below!

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Pizzadillas

Pizzadillas are a quick, easy weeknight dinner or fast lunch that the whole family will enjoy. They take no time to make and are sure to hit the pizza spot!
5 from 4 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course lunch, Sandwich
Calories 206
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 16 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 4 8 or 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • ½ green pepper thinly sliced
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • 2.25 oz can sliced black olives drained
  • 4 tablespoons pizza sauce plus more for serving

Instructions

  • Spread about 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce over half of each tortilla. Sprinkle about ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Top with the green peppers, red onions and black olives. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the toppings.
  • Fold over the other half of the tortilla over the toppings to form half a circle and press down.
  • Carefully place the pizzadilla in a preheated skillet over medium heat and cook until brown and crispy on the bottom, about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip the pizzadilla over and cook until brown and crispy on the other side, about 2-3 more minutes.
  • Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Slice each pizzadilla into thirds. Serve with the remaining pizza sauce for dipping.

Notes

Tip: Spray a little cooking oil onto the grill pan for a crispier pizzadilla crust. 

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 679mg, Potassium: 141mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 561IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 299mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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Recipe cut into hand held sizes on a round white plate with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.

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