Boost Your Snack Game With Stuffed Crust Tortilla Pizza

How many viral food trends have you tried that ended up being either total misses or full-on disasters? Thankfully, they're not all failures, and sometimes you come across one that blows your mind like stuffed crust tortilla pizza. Finding popularity on TikTok, this one's a real winner. Not only does it turn out as fantastic as promised, but it lends itself to infinite customizations and a variety of easy cooking methods. 

The concept is simple. Skip the pizza dough and grab a flour tortilla instead. Then, take logs of string cheese and roll the edges of the tortilla around them. That ends up forming the most amazing, melty stuffed crust once cooked. But first, fill the center of this bad boy with standard pizza accouterments — sauce, cheese, toppings, etc. It cooks up in only a few minutes and then you can slice it up like a regular pizza, eat it with a knife and fork, or just pick the whole thing up and have at it. 


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Not only does it result in a crispy, thin crust pizza, but it turns out that tortillas make an ideal base for whatever you can come up with; there's no limit to the different ways you can take this idea and run with it. If you're vegan, you can easily make yours without meat and with dairy-free cheese. Or, try whole wheat or corn tortillas, and if you're gluten-free, just swap in a gluten-free tortilla.

The many ways to customize your stuffed crust tortilla pizza

As you get ready to make your stuffed crust tortilla pizza, here are a few things to keep in mind. Plan to use a large, burrito-size tortilla since folding in the edges will make it smaller. You'll also need some pizza sauce, four pieces of string cheese (larger ones can be cut to fit), shredded cheese, toppings, and wooden or metal toothpicks (optional, but will help to hold it all in place). 

As for your sauce and toppings, it's a blank canvas to play with. While you can't get any more classic than pizza sauce, crumbled Italian sausage, green bell peppers, and mozzarella cheese, you could just as easily go Hawaiian-style with thin slices of ham, mushrooms, and chunks of pineapple. How about some unconventional California-style pizza toppings like grilled chicken, smoked gouda, and avocado on top of BBQ sauce? Or pesto? Maybe you'd prefer to just keep it classy with a Margherita pizza made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and a sprinkle of fresh basil chiffonade. 

To assemble, start with the stuffed crust. Place the pieces of string cheese along the four sides of the tortilla and roll the edges once around the sticks. You can use toothpicks to hold everything in place, or just squeeze down firmly to get it all squished together. You'll end up with a square-shaped canvas ready to be adorned with your pizza fillings. Brush some sauce into the center, add shredded cheese, arrange your toppings, and prepare to be wowed.

How to cook this DIY pizza

You've got choices when it comes to cooking this masterpiece. Many of the stuffed crust tortilla pizzas on TikTok were made in an air fryer. Cook times vary, though; try setting yours to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for four to six minutes. You'll want the cheese to become fully melted and the crust to turn crispy but not burnt. Keep an eye on it the first time you make it to find the best settings for your device. 

You can also do this in a standard oven. Place your pizza on a baking pan or pizza sheet, with or without parchment paper, and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes (for faster results bump the temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 8 to 12 minutes). Again, you'll want to watch and get that perfect timing to avoid overcooking. 

As long as it fits, you can also use a toaster oven. It can even be cooked in a pan on your stove top. Use a nonstick pan and cook on medium for about four minutes (covering with a lid can help the cheese melt faster).