Tortilla Pizzas aka Poverty Pizzas

This recipe is a specialty of mine, and if you are my friend there is a high probability that I have made these for you at some point, most likely after a night out. I can’t take all the credit for this, because this recipe originated from my dad. He used to make these for my brother and I, and any friends we had over, when we were younger. Finding food that is fast to make and cheap enough to keep up with a teenager’s appetite isn’t always the easy.

Flash forward to my college years. The only thing my work-study paycheck covered was gas for my car, and the only food I could afford (not included in my meal plan) was ramen noodles. I made these one night for my roommates with left over ingredients from one of our few and far between roommate dinners. It was a few left over tortillas from taco night, and a jar of spaghetti sauce that someone’s mom probably sent back with us after a break (this is how we acquired a lot of our food). These are the years the pizza earned the name of “poverty pizzas”, because even a broke college student could afford the ingredients, or find them in the kitchen.

Over the years, I’ve kept these ingredients on hand for a quick lunch, or a late night (drunk) snack. Tortilla pizzas are great alternatives to regular pizza because they are healthier than frozen/delivery pizza, they are super simple to make, and it’s fun to for everyone to pick their own toppings!

I like to add additional ingredients to my pizzas, and added spinach and mushrooms to mine, but I’ll leave that decision up to you. I promise these pizzas will become a crowd favorite!


  • 1 Pack large Tortillas
  • 1 Jar preferred pizza sauce
  • 1 Pack shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ tsp Oregano


  • Traditional pizza toppings
  • Different cheeses
  • Different types of sauces (vodka cream, pesto, salsa)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray tinfoil or baking sheet with cooking spray
  3. Put tortilla on tinfoil/baking sheet and assemble pizza
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes

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