Easy Thin Crust Pizza Tutorial

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Everyone needs a super easy and universally-loved dinner idea up their sleeve. This Easy Thin Crust Pizza Tutorial wants to show you how to make shatteringly crisp, outrageously delicious pizza in 20 minutes!

I'm happy to present you this 20-minute, Easy Thin Crust Pizza Tutorial, as I know it will make your life more fun, delicious and easy! I've been making this pizza for months now and it's been a life saver on those busy days when I forget about dinner until 5 or 6 o'clock. Pizza with whatever I can scrounge up in the fridge and pantry. Shatteringly crisp crust pizza, with minimal time and effort involved. I can not wait for you to try it!

Closeup side photo of an easy thin crust pizza with basil and pepperoni.

Pizza, universally beloved!

It seems to me that (almost) everyone loves pizza. It's one of those entrees that's popular with kids and grownups alike and it can be served for lunch or dinner, depending on the toppings. Here at The Café, we never tire of pizza as it's an infinite number of varieties!

The cons of pizza

The problem with pizza, as I see it, is twofold. First of all, a good pizza takes a fair amount of time to put together. Even a super easy crust recipe takes forethought, planning and at least an hour to mix up, roll out, allow to rise and finally, bake. It makes a delicious dinner with a crisp green salad but it's definitely not one you can whip up on a moment's notice.

The second problem with pizza, both homemade and purchased, is that it's usually pretty high in calories and carbs, making it a delicious slurge but perhaps not the most healthy choice for frequent indulging.

But what could you possibly have pizza with just about any kind of toppings and have it decently low in calories and carbs?

The crust accounts for most of the carbs and a good portion of the calories in pizza According to Eatingwell.com, "a medium (12-inch) thin-crust pizza topped with sauce, vegetables, cheese, and meat that's 20-25 grams of carb per slice ". A regular-crust 12-inch pizza averages 25 grams of carbs per slice. Calorie-wise, we're talking about 300-380 calories per slice (depending on the toppings)!

But, what if you could have a pizza that was decently low in carbs and calories with a super crunchy crust and your favorite topping for just 8 carbs and around 139 calories per slice? A pizza that would take 20 minutes, start to finish!

That's why we're here today, friends! To introduce you to this 20-Minute Easy Thin Crust Pizza Tutorial!

Thin and sliced ​​pizza with basil and pepperoni.

The secret ingredient for this Easy Thin Crust Pizza …

Okay, so what's the secret? It's something you can find at any grocery store. Big flour tortillas. Flour tortillas ?? Flour tortilla pizzas are nothing new. People have been making them for as long as flour tortillas have been around. But honestly, most flour tortilla pizzas taste like a flour tortilla with pizza toppings. That's not what we're going for here.

We are going for a shatteringly crisp, super delicious crust that will make the perfect blank canvas for an endless variety of toppings. I have it all in the prep. Yes, if you're ready to eat Mexican-inspired flatbreads can produce fabulous thin-crust pizza!

How does it work? Prepping a tortilla for pizza will take less than 2 minutes. Start by preheating your oven to 375˚F. Place a large flour tortilla (I like to use the 12-inch size) on a sheet of oil on a white background flour tortilla and transform it to a thin, super tasty, shatteringly crisp pizza crust.

The next step is a 3 minute stint in the oven. When you take a peek after 3 minutes, the flat tortilla just wants to be golden and want to have puffed up in areas. At this point, simply remove the pan from the oven, flip the tortilla over and flatten any puffy areas with a metal spatula. Back into the oven it goes for 2½- 3 minutes more. Flip it one more time and flatten out any puffiness.

How-to tutorial collage of photos demonstrating the process of making an easy thin crust pizza.

Finish off the pizza with cheese, sauce and your favorite pizza toppings and you're just about done! Bake until the cheese is bubbly and the crust golden and shatteringly crisp. Now, wipe the drool off your mouth as you call the gang for dinner. Do not be surpised if the pizza disappears faster than you can say "Easy Thin Crust Pizza "!

Ultra crust pizza topped with fresh basil and pepperoni.

For the classic pepperoni pizza featured in the image above. Then I topped it with 6 ounces of shredded mozzarella, ¼ cup of super easy pizza sauce and 1¼ ounces of boarshead thin-sliced ​​pepperoni. A fresh seasoning and lots of fresh basil leaves. DELISH!

Café Tips for Making this Easy Thin Crust Pizza

  • To ensure a crisp crust, use the lowest shelf in the oven for all the baking steps in this recipes.
  • I like to use these big 12-inch flour tortillas. If you can not find the large 12-inch tortillas, smaller tortillas will work.
  • You can find the 12-inch flour tortillas at most larger grocery stores. Sometimes they are sold off the shelf and sometimes in the refrigerator section near the pie crusts and rolls of biscuits. You might have to check with your grocer if you have trouble finding them.
  • If I'm watching calories, I sometimes make Scott's Taco Tortillas. They're only 75 calories each and perfect for helping control.
  • 12-inch tortillas on hand I'm not using in the freezer. Tortillas freeze beautifully and once thawed, you'd never know they were frozen.
  • In the prep for these pizzas, it's important to brush the tortilla with oil, especially around the edges. Take your time and be sure to cover the whole tortilla. It usually takes only 1 teaspoon per side but if you feel like it's a little skimpy and not covering the surface completely, just drizzle a few more drops of oil on each side.
  • The order of ingredients is important in this Easy Thin Crust pizza recipe. To make the crust nice and crisp, layer the cheese on first, then dollop the cheese with your favorite sauce, followed by the topping / s of your choice.
  • This is a thin crust pizza. Do not top it too heavily. 6 ounces of cheese is plenty for a 12-inch tortilla.
  • Every oven is different so watch your pizza the first time you make it. You may require just a bit longer or shorter baking times. Just make a note of the times and you'll be good to go for future pizzas.
  • The final baking should be about 3-5 minutes (less with smaller tortillas). Look for the edge of the crust of golden brown and the cheese just beginning to bubble.
  • This pizza is eaten soon after it comes out of the oven when the crust is nice and crisp. The pizza does not take long to make, so plan to enjoy it right away!
  • If you need to reheat this pizza, place a pizza stone or a sheet of bread on the lowest oven rack and preheat to 350˚F. When the oven reaches 350, place the pizza on the hot stone or sheet pan and warm for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Easy Thin Crust Pizza

Everyone needs a super easy and universally-loved dinner idea up their sleeve. This Easy Thin Crust Pizza Tutorial wants to show you how to make shatteringly crisp, outrageously delicious pizza in 20 minutes!

Author: Chris Scheuer

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook time: 12 mins

Servings: 8th slices

calories: 139 kcal


  • 1 12 inch flour tortilla
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces cheese
  • ¼ cup Pizza sauce
  • toppings
  • fresh herbs if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚ with one rack set at the lowest level. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, if desired for easy cleanup. To ensure a nice crisp crust, do not use foil.

  2. Place the flour tortilla on the sheet pan and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Brush to oil over the entire surface of the tortilla with the edges. If the surface is not coated, drizzle a few more drops of oil and brush again.

  3. Flip the tortilla over and repeat the oil and brushing.

  4. Place the sheet pan in the oven and heat for 2½ minutes. Remove pan, flip the tortilla to the opposite side and flatten out any puffiness with a metal spatula.

  5. Return to the oven for another 2½ minutes. Remove from oven and flip the tortilla over to the opposite side.

  6. Top pizza, starting with the cheese. Dollop the sauce evenly over the cheese, then add pepperoni (or other toppings).

  7. Bake for 3-5 minutes or more.

  8. Remove from oven and top with fresh herbs, if desired.

  9. Cut pizza into slices and serve.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips and more detailed tips.

This is a technique more than a specific recipe. Use whatever kind of cheese, sauce and toppings you prefer.

6 oz. Of mozzarella cheese, 1 cup of pizza sauce and 1¼ oz. Of sliced ​​pepperoni.

Smaller tortillas take a bit less baking time. Adjust as needed.

Nutrition facts per serving (1slice)

calories 139kcal

Fat 9g

Saturated fat 4g

cholesterol 21mg

Sodium 349mg

Potassium 76mg

carbohydrates 8g

Fiber 1g

Sugar 1g

protein 7g

Vitamin A 03.05%

vitamin C 0.7%

calcium 02.12%

Iron 4%

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