Mexican Pizza with Cheese-Stuffed Double Tortilla Crust

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Two tortillas with Cheddar sandwiched in between make a flaky and flavorful crust.

We are calling it “The Desert Trip.” Our annual September vacation with good friends, Steve and Joan, consisted of a visit to several state and national parks in the southwest. We took pictures of God’s creation nearly every step of the way. And there were a lot of steps. Ask Steve. He was wearing a counter so he could keep track.

For those of you who enjoy looking at other people’s travel pictures, I picked out a few of my favorites.  If you’re not one of them, go straight to the pizza.


We traditionally celebrate my birthday on 9/11 at the nicest restaurant we can find wherever we are. This year it was the Whiptail Grill at Zion National Park. We tried several entrees–all of them delicious and presented so creatively. But it was their Mexican pizza that inspired me to come home and whip up my own version. Please forgive the rather uninspired photo. My husband was waiting to eat, so I shot it hurriedly and it turned out to be the best of the lot.

These little pizzas are as easy to make as a quesadilla.  No wait, even easier because you don’t have to flip them. I’ve listed the ingredients without amounts except for the cheese and even that is negotiable. Use however much you want but be warned that if piled too high with cheese and veggies, the pizza won’t cook in the middle. If you’re not a shrimp lover, substitute cooked chicken or thinly sliced steak.


Mexican Pizza with Cheese-Stuffed Double Tortilla Crust
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 1
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This recipe is inspired by a pizza we ate at the Whiptail Grill near Zion National Park during the Rhodes-Hastings vacation of 2011.
  • 2 8-inch flour tortillas (See notes)
  • ¾ cup shredded Sharp Cheddar
  • Salsa
  • ⅓ cup shredded Monterrey Jack
  • Peeled, cooked shrimp (I use about 3 large shrimp per pizza)
  • Fresh corn cut from cob
  • Fresh Roma tomato, chopped
  • Red onions, chopped (not for me)
  • Green chilies, chopped and canned
  • Fresh, chopped cilantro
  • Feta cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Lay 1 cooked tortilla in iron skillet, pizza pan or cookie sheet and distribute Cheddar cheese on top. Cover with second tortilla.
  3. Spread salsa over top of tortilla stack as you would pizza sauce. Be sparing.
  4. Sprinkle most of Jack cheese over sauce and layer remaining ingredients on top in order given and amount to your taste. End with remaining shreds of Jack cheese on top.
  5. Bake in 425 degree oven until browned which is about 10 minutes but will vary depending on the amount of ingredients and how brown you like your cheese and crust.
My very favorite tortillas in the whole world are the uncooked flour tortillas sold in quantity at Costco. They are quick to cook in a dry skillet and make the best crust. Of course, any flour tortillas from the grocery store will work.


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Pat April 28, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Tell people to shred their own cheese, better taste and better for you. Preshredded cheese contains powdered cellulose . . wood pulp . . cuts down on the taste and not sure it’s good to eat like a beaver . . it isn’t digestible and we get rid of it when we go to the bathroom . . no health benefits from eating it . . except to regulate bowl movements and no calories . . can’t say what it does to the body.


Paula April 29, 2015 at 4:42 pm

I agree that it tastes way better!


Cortney March 29, 2015 at 10:33 pm

I love the Costco tortillas! I can’t wait to make this recipe for my kids.


Angie October 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Made one last week, and needless to say, it was gone in less than 5mins 🙂
Thanks for an easy and yummy recipe.


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Such a great idea for an easy dinner! I’ve got some tortillas just waiting to be put to good use.


Der October 4, 2011 at 8:38 am

Yummy looking pizza!!!!!
You vacation pictures are beautiful!!!! We took the kids to the Grand Canyon this past spring. They loved it, but I wish you could have come with us to take pictures:+)


Susie October 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

oh, and your pizza looks good!


Susie October 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

great vacation pics! I’d love to see more of them sometime. Maybe not all zillion, but you got some great shots of your trip & of the beautiful creation!


Renata October 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

I love your idea of the double tortilla, very clever! Amazing photos, lots of fun :o)


Sam October 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Oh oh oh. I just had it. A minute ago. But that picture made me hungry. Damn. And my favorite are those uncooked flour Tortillas too. Love them.


Paula September 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

The photos are beautiful. Love the one titled *Looking Over the Grand Canyon* and the butterfly and family of birds were wonderful.

Love the idea of tortilla crusts for this pizza!


TheKitchenWitch September 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

Oh, those are pretty! And yet again, I’m reminded that I need to try those Costco tortillas! Argh! Why do I keep forgetting?


Paula September 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

Dana, it’s probably just as well you forget about those tortillas. Better than doing more sit-ups! 🙂 Paula


The Café Sucré Farine September 29, 2011 at 5:36 am

Paula, you made me laugh this morning because,again you are just like me, getting culinary inspiration from your travels! These sound delicious and I am already thinking of a bunch of variations for them. What a great idea but I am so sad as my Costco only carried those yummy fresh tortillas for a short time and then discontinued them
🙁 I LOVED seeing your photos, yes we certainly serve an amazing, creative, artistic, magnificent Lord!!


*Just Fran* September 29, 2011 at 1:17 am

The pizza looks delicious, and is just the type of meal I love. Gorgeous vacation photos and Happy (belated) Birthday to a fellow virgo! Thanks for sharing!


Kayte September 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm

This looks great…I will have one of the pizzas AND one of the vacations. Thanks! Loved the photos!


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