Kids in the Kitchen: Tortilla Pizzas

Kids in the Kitchen: Tortilla Pizzas

I think it’s great to get kids in the kitchen early and even to arm them with recipes so that once they’re a little older, and staying home alone, you know they can take good care of themselves in the kitchen (without you having to worry about the house exploding while you’re gone).

I first came up with this idea just before we moved. Our house was becoming more and more depleted of ingredients and we had some leftover pizza toppings and an opened package of tortillas. My hubby was gone on a business trip so I wanted to make something quick for me and Max. This was the first thing that popped into my head and I must admit, I didn’t expect us to like it so much.

This is a great recipe for kids to learn to make on their own – my son had so much fun and was so proud to make a pizza all by himself. And, they won’t be the only ones enjoying it, it makes a yummy quick lunch for us adults too. :)

It’s also a great project to do to when the kids are bored out of their minds, being stuck inside all winter. Take a little extra time on lunch and watch them get excited about making their own creations and then eating every last bite.

Kids in the Kitchen: Tortilla Pizzas

A Few Topping Ideas

These personalized pizzas are a great way to use up those leftover scraps of veggies and meat that you’re not sure what to do with. Here are a few ideas.

  • pizza sauce
  • pesto
  • dressing (such as southwestern ranch)
  • salsa
  • leftover bolognese/pasta sauce
  • cream cheese
  • refried beans
  • leftover chicken
  • sandwich meat
  • taco meat/fajita filling
  • leftover ham
  • vegetarian: beans
  • bell peppers
  • mushrooms
  • green onions/onions
  • pineapple
  • corn
  • spinach
And don’t forget the cheese!

Tortilla Pizzas How-to

A step-by-step guide for the kiddos.

Kids in the Kitchen: Tortilla Pizzas

Step One:

Assemble ingredients and place a tortilla on a baking sheet. Top with pizza sauce.

Kids in the Kitchen: Tortilla Pizzas

Step Two:

Put on desired toppings – be as creative as you like. :)

Kids in the Kitchen: Tortilla Pizzas

Step Three:

Top with cheese. (Mom and Dad – avoid the urge to help them make it perfect.) :)

Kids in the Kitchen: Tortilla Pizzas

Step Four:

Place the baking sheet in a preheated oven. Bake at 450ºF (or under a broiler) until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crisp. Make sure to keep your eye out for the “boiling” cheese! :)

P.S. If you’ve got one, you could make these in a toaster oven to be more kid-friendly.

Kids in the Kitchen: Tortilla Pizzas

Step Five:

Remove from the oven, cut into slices and enjoy!