Introduction: Make a Pizzadilla! Super Easy Meal

A pizzadilla is a rediculously easy to make meal, perfect for new cooks, kids, and college students.

Basically, we are going to make a quesadilla in a cast iron skillet, put our favorite toppings on top, and broil it to make the cheese all melty.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

The most basic version of the pizzadilla consists of the following ingredients:

  1. Flour tortillas that fit snuggly in your cast iron skillet
  2. A small amount of vegetable or olive oil
  3. Cheese (i'm using an Italian cheese blend)
  4. Pizza sauce (from a jar is totally fine)
  5. Pepperonis

You will also need a cast iron skillet, range, and oven with broiler.

There are infinite ways to gussy up the recipe, such as:

  • Adding chicken to the quesadilla portion
  • two different cheeses (one for the quesadilla and one for the pizza part)
  • add tons more meat to the top
  • I am a fan of red onions on my pizza

Step 2: Prep the Oven and the Skillet

Place a rack in your oven about 5-6 inches from the broiler, preheat the broiler, and put your cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Place about a teaspoon of vegetable or olive oil in the skillet and use a brush to coat the bottom of the skillet.

Don't make the mistake that I made of overheating your cast iron cookware. It conducts heat very, very well. Anything above medium heat will probably lead to burned tortillas.

Step 3: Make the Quesadilla

Before you get carried away making your delicious meal, make sure all of your toppings are prepped.

Now place a tortilla into the skillet. Add a nice layer of cheese on top of that, making sure not to get any cheese between the tortilla and the skillet (it will burn!)

Top the cheese with the second tortilla.

Check to see if the bottom tortilla is nicely browned after a minute or two, and use a large spatula to flip it over.

Step 4: Pizza Time

At this point you can kill the heat on the stove.

Now quickly top the tortilla with a layer of pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and whatever toppings your heart desires.

Immediately, plop your skillet in the oven under the broiler using a protective glove of some sort.

Step 5: Enjoy!

It will take anywhere from 45 seconds to 2 minutes for the top of your pizza to become hot and bubbly.

Make sure you check on it frequently! I have accidentally burned the pizzadilla in this step several times! I suggest checking in after 30 seconds to see if it is done or not.

Depan, cut, and enjoy your crazy simple meal!

I attached a video of me walking through the steps. Hope it helps. Enjoy your food!

Comments

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SchoolboySammie (author)2014-12-05

Hngggg looking so forward to trying this!!!!! It looks amazing! Brilliant recipe.

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Thank you so much!!

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lovethebackwoods (author)2014-11-23

Oh - my - goodness! Nothing but perfection! And on top of that, Jonathan (which is our oldest son's middle name), my husband likes 'em close to as much as I do! I stopped at the store after work, picked up everything I needed, & was astonished to learn that you are right - pizza sauce does come in a jar! I broke all known and possible speed records getting home and turning on the oven, then thoroughly washed hands, got to work - and here's our prize! We loved these two nights in a row! You Rock, Dude! I can't wait to see what you'll come up with next!

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Thank you so very much! I'm so glad you guys liked it that much, the one you made looks better than the one I made!

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rfhewitt (author)2014-11-18

Super excited about trying this one! Thanks for sharing!

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JonathanMalott (author)rfhewitt2014-11-18

you're very welcome!

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omnibot (author)2014-11-15

Made this .. today.

Can't .. move.

Breathing .. so heavy.

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JonathanMalott (author)omnibot2014-11-15

Glad you liked it!

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thats.mr.pig made it! (author)2015-02-25

I think I undercooked it, but it was still good! Thanks

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kimyokitten (author)2015-02-16

I'm hungry after watching this! LOL

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Thank you!!

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rixorts (author)2014-11-23

pizza sincronizada or pizza chimichanga

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rixorts (author)rixorts2014-11-23

but homemade tortillas is better

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JonathanMalott (author)rixorts2014-11-23

Certainly, or at least buy from your local tortillaria.

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JonathanMalott (author)rixorts2014-11-23

haha, those both sound pretty awesome!

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raul.biagi (author)2014-11-23

looks awesome I would add some olives

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Thank you! Olives would go really well in this dish!

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TheGeek1984 (author)2014-11-23

I wanna make this so bad.

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You should! :)

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kyle brinkerhoff (author)2014-11-18

finally a manly quesadilla

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haha, yes!

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Raiders757 (author)2014-11-18

Want to crank these up a notch? Sauce to the edges, and pile the cheese on beyond the edge onto the skillet so that when finished, you get a crusty crispy cheesy bonus. Cast iron offers the best results when doing this. There's a great article about it over at the foodie site Serious Eats explaining how to pull this off perfectly. I've been doing this for years, and the cheese running over onto the cast iron pan makes for a super tasty crispy yet gooey flavor bomb. I do the same with cast iron smash burgers as well.

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Cool, I'll have to give that a try!

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Here's address to the normal single layer version that shows a great example of what I posted. Defiantly try it sometime.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/10/cast-iron-skillet-tortilla-pizza-bar-pie-food-lab.html

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Raiders757 (author)Raiders7572014-11-19

Also a Link to the version like yours.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/10/this-is-what-happens-when-a-quesadilla-pizza-make-love-pizzadilla-quesadizza.html

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baomien (author)2014-11-18

Thanks for this Amazing idea! This is perfect for the fussy little eaters called kids who have a habit of getting to the dinner table and announce "I don't eat that". So quick & easy to make.

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lovethebackwoods (author)2014-11-18

Oh - good - grief! Somebody, quick! Throw a pillowcase over my head for even opening this before lunchtime - at a job where I literally do not get a lunchtime! But guess what, Jonathan - I know what we're having for dinner! Stay tuned for tomorrow's full report! It looks too good to wait another day!...

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Thank you so much!! Can't wait to see how you like it!

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julie.baker.585 (author)2014-11-18

does it have to be made in cast iron skillet only???

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Of course not! It would taste just as good in a non stick or anything you have! I used cast iron because I like the way it browns things, but it's not necessary.

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acabrera7 (author)2014-11-18

considering to make this if I remember the recipe for when I get a shared kitchen.

Just wondering though, is it possible to sandwich the pizza together to make a pocket quaesadilla?

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JonathanMalott (author)acabrera72014-11-18

I don't see why not! That would be awesome!

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namora (author)2014-11-18

I've made pizzas with large flour tortillas but they were too crusty and dried out but this grilled cheese sandwich as a crust looks to be the perfect answer.

I make my own spaghetti sauce and if you don't mind diced tomatoes on your pizza you can save a bit for a later meal and avoid all the unnecessary commercial additives.

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JonathanMalott (author)namora2014-11-18

That's what I've noticed about pizzas made with tortillas - the crust is too thin. But with the cheese layer you still get a chewy crust without having to make a pizza dough.

I like the idea of making your own pizza sauce!

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clewis21 (author)2014-11-18

Looks good!

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acoleman3 (author)2014-11-18

THIS IS BRILLIANT! one more item i'm adding to my "i'm hungry now what can i eat quick" list.

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beisema (author)2014-11-18

Ohh.....i am getting hungy already....can't wait to make this ...!!!

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thundrepance (author)2014-11-18

looks fantastic .... cannot wait to make it ;:^D ~~ & you, jonathan, have a WONDERFUL personality!! :D

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Mielameri (author)2014-11-15

Mmmm this looks super tasty

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JonathanMalott (author)Mielameri2014-11-16

thank you very much! I can definitely vouch for its tastiness.

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PavelT1 (author)2014-11-15

Thanks for making me hungry again.

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JonathanMalott (author)PavelT12014-11-15

Haha, you're welcome!

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MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-11-15

That's so clever and sounds delicious! You should think about entering our First Time Authors Challenge!

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PaleHorseRider (author)2014-11-14

To much wow :D

I might see if my mother would want to make this for my dad in the mornings.

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Thank you very much!

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Atrocitus (author)2014-11-15

woah! that is just too awesome

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JonathanMalott (author)Atrocitus2014-11-15

Thank you! It tastes even better than it looks.

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