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Keto Pizzadillas

When I first started keto, I was living on little pita pizzas for lunch time.  They’re fast to make and tasty.  And my husband has a pizza addiction.

Later on, I decided I wanted a real pizza, and created a damn good low carb pizza crust.  Also because, you know, my husband has a pizza addiction.

But one of my friends, Liz, mentioned eating “pizzadillas,” and I was intrigued.  I like pizza.  I love quesadillas.  Sounds like the perfect combo!

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And it totally is.  I now make pizzadillas far more often than I make pita pizzas or full-size pizzas.  They’re really simple to make and I love the crunch when I bite into them!  Also, my local Walmart has gotten hit-or-miss at stocking the Joseph’s Bakery low carb pitas, but I can find low carb Mission tortillas at any grocery store in town.  CB and I seriously eat these a couple of times a week, and we are both still sustaining weight loss.

Ingredients

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  • your favorite low carb tortilla – I prefer Mission Carb Balance flour tortillas
  • 1/4-1/2c mozzarella cheese, depending on how cheesy you want it
  • 1/4c marinara sauce
  • pepperoni – 8 sandwich pepperoni or 12 or so little pepperoni
  • coconut oil – I use 1T to fry up 3 of these bad boys, so adjust for however much you are making

Assemble your pizzadilla!

Spread half of your cheese on one half of your tortilla.

Spread half of your cheese on one half of your tortilla.

Layer your pepperoni equitably on top of your cheese.

Layer your pepperoni equitably on top of your cheese.

Top pepperoni with the rest of your cheese. Now would be a good time to add any optional seasoning, like crushed red pepper.

Top pepperoni with the rest of your cheese. Now would be a good time to add any optional seasoning, like crushed red pepper.

Fry that bad boy up!

The “secret” to making an excellent pizzadilla is in the frying.  You don’t want to just throw it in the microwave and melt it together… ugh.  You want to pan-fry it in coconut oil to make it crispy and melty and delicious.  While you’re assembling your pizzadilla, heat your griddle or skillet and melt coconut oil on it.  I usually cook 3 with 1T of oil, so you won’t need very much at all if you are just fixing one.

The oil is ready when a droplet of water will bounce off of it.

Carefully fold the pizzadilla in half and lay it in your hot oil.

Carefully fold the pizzadilla in half and lay it in your hot oil. You may need to rest the spatula on top of it to keep it folded.

Watch carefully and when the edges begin to brown/crisp up, flip it over. You can also lift the tortilla a bit to peek under it to see if it needs to be flipped.  I got distracted and waited a bit too long witjh this one.

Watch carefully and when the edges begin to brown/crisp up, flip it over. You can also lift the tortilla a bit to peek under it to see if it needs to be flipped.

Aaaaaand that’s it!  I like to serve mine with a quarter cup of marinara/pizza sauce.  The Publix brand is my favorite, but the Ragu and Prego ones aren’t bad either.

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Nutrition

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Coming in at 12g net carbs, this can be a pretty good chunk of your daily load if you stick to 20g or less.  But many people don’t… and it’s also fairly easy to add into your routine even if you do.  Pair it with some bacon and eggs for breakfast and some broccoli and chicken thighs for dinner and voila, less than 20g carbs with this delicious treat still on the menu for midday.  You can save yourself some more carbs if you shred your own cheese, also, but I prefer the ease of the pre-shredded.  Whichever you prefer!

Again, this is not a ground-breaking recipe.  I don’t tend to do those here.  But it is very simple, very fast, and very delicious.  It’s solidly keto, but close enough to “normal” food to hit that craving dead-on.  I can’t even take the credit for coming up with this – I’ve seen a lot of people make them – but time and time again, my pizzadilla posts on my instagram get the most comments and questions about my cooking technique.  So I hope this inspired some of you all to try it!

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11 comments

  1. Where are your heading on the nutrition table?

  2. I love you, like I used to love biscuits and gravy. You have granted me this thing here, this thing that has made both of my man children happy at the same time in the same day. And I can haz it too!

    • Aww, thank you!! Aren’t they great? I like the pizzadillas better than actual pizza, honestly. And pizza just happens to be my husband’s favorite food, so this is a good compromise! Glad they work for your whole household, too :)

  3. I am completely in love with this recipe. I’d been craving pizza like crazy for a couple of weeks, and this is by far my best keto substitute for it! One of these days I’ll make my guy try it, since I know he’d love it. He’s too hesitant to try any “of those keto foods”.

    • But pizzadillas aren’t necessarily keto! Put em in a regular tortilla and they’re just straight up trashy junk food, lol. I bet your guy will like them. My husband’s obsessed.

  4. I use the foreman grill to make these. Just spread a bit of butter on the wrap before throwing it on. The get a nice crust on them! Makes cleanup a cinch as well.

    • I got rid of my Foreman years ago, but that does sound like a great use for it! I remember making paninis on it back in college. Thank you for the tip!

  5. Hey you! Did you know that Mission has a newer tortilla that is 4g of carbs now? I was STOKED when I saw them. It warranted a happy dance.

    Thanks for your blog- it’s like having a friend whos doing it with me. :D

    • I have not seen that, but it’s exciting! I’ll look specifically for those when I go grocery shopping later this week!

      Thank you for your kind comments on my blog :)

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