Looking for a quick, easy pizza-inspired appetizer idea? Baking mini tortilla pizzas in a 12-cup muffin tin couldn’t be more simple. The secret is in how long you allow the pizza bites to bake! Recipe yields 24 mini tortilla pizzas.
Everyone loves pizza especially a cast-iron skillet pizza, but for those times when you want that great taste but in an appetizer form, try these mini tortilla pizzas. Not only are they as quick and easy as baked Buffalo chicken bites but you can adapt them in so many ways to address dietary issues or just picky eaters.
Kids and adults will love pizza flavor. Everyone can get in on the preparation and customize their personal muffin tin pizza bites, they are so quick and easy to throw together.
It’s great to have some party appetizer ideas that are so quick and easy. If you have a bit more time, try some pear and shallot pizza bites or get messy with a brie pull apart bread. Add a dip to the party like a warm bacon cream cheese dip or a cold sour cream dip with caramelized onions.
I first made muffin tin pizza bites as an appetizer to munch on while the girls were home and we were watching a favorite show. All of us like our pizzas completely different, I don’t like red sauce but love cheese, Natalie doesn’t like cheese, Taylor likes pineapple on hers and thank goodness Mike is easy to please. This can make ordering pizza somewhat difficult.
That is not an issue with these mini pizza bites. Everyone can choose their flavors or choose a multiple of toppings. They are a mini bite size appetizer, so you can easily eat a handful and experiment without having to commit to an entire slice of pizza.
You’ll be surprised at how well they stay together even after taking a bite. The tortilla will stay crisp as long as you bake it long enough, which is only about 5 minutes.
Also, don’t go overboard on the toppings or it will weight the tortilla crust down. These were just as good at room temperature as they are hot out of the oven.
I put a little pancetta and black olives on mine, Taylor went with no red sauce but pineapple and ham, and Natalie went traditional with red sauce and pepperoni.
They’re a great appetizer to serve when you have different dietary concerns like gluten-free, dairy free, vegetarian, low-carb, or just picky eaters. You can use a low carb or gluten-free tortilla and have multiple topping choices so that no one feels left out.
Why you’re going to love muffin tin pizza bites
- All the pizza flavors in 1 bite
- Quick and easy
- Easily adaptable
- Kid friendly
- Perfect finger food
Favorite mini pizza toppings
- Mini pepperoni
- Black olives
- Sauteed veggies
- Red Sauce
- Alfredo sauce
- Red pepper flakes
The basics for making a pizza appetizer
Flour Tortillas – Flour tortillas will crisp up when baked and hold the toppings. You can use a low-carb or gluten free variety.
Sauce – A tomato based sauce like Rao’s is my favorite but I also love to use a little pesto instead.
Cheese – I’m a cheese lover so my pizza always has some type of cheese. I use some mozzarella because it melts so well and then some parmesan for flavor.
Toppings – Use what you would normally put on your pizza, just chop it smaller. You can add mini pepperonis or just cut the regular sized pepperoni. It’s only going to cook for 5 minutes, so if adding vegetables, saute them first.
Quick and easy steps for making mini tortilla pizzas
Step 1 – create the base
Spray the bottom of a muffin tin with cooking spray. Then use the cap of the cooking spray or a 2 inch biscuit cutter to cut circles out of a flour tortilla. You want the circles to be the same size as the bottom of the muffin tin.
Step 2 – add the filling
Assemble the mini pizza bites in the muffin tin. Add about ½ teaspoon of sauce, any more and it will be to heavy. Add your filling and top with cheese.
Step 3 – bake
Bake for about 5 minutes, until the edges are brown and the cheese has melted.
These are best served right out of the oven, but are almost as good at room temperature.
Pizza appetizer FAQs
What type of tortilla can use use for mini tortilla pizzas?
You will need to use a flour tortilla. Corn or whole wheat tortillas or other types of tortillas will still work but they may not give you the same texture.
How long do you need to cook a tortilla pizza?
Since the tortilla is so thin, it will only take 5 minutes for it to become crisp.
How do you store pizza bites?
These are best right out of the oven but if you have some left over, store them in an airtight container and to reheat, place them back in the oven for just a few minutes on a baking sheet to melt the cheese.
More party appetizer ideas to try
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Baked MIni Tortilla Pizzas in a Muffin Tin
- 3 flour tortillas 8 inch
- 12 teaspoons tomato sauce
- 4 ounces mozzarella chese ½ cup grated
- 2 ounces parmesan cheese ¼ cup grated
- Preheat oven to 425º. Spray two 12 cup muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray
- Use a 2 inch biscuit cutter or cut a circle about the size of the bottom of the muffin tin in the tortillas. You can use the lid to the cooking spray. You should get about 8 circles per tortilla. Place each circle into the bottom of the muffin tin.
- Top the tortillas with about ½ teaspoon of sauce, whatever topping you like and finish with about a teaspoon of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
- Bake for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and they have started to brown slightly.