Easy One-Bite Pizzas with Loaded Pizza Sauce

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 14, 2012

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I’m the type of person who racks my brain forever before I can think of anything decent to make my family and friends when we’re having a party or get together. Or better yet, I put off meal planning as long as possible until I find myself at the grocery store rushing around in a flurry, desperately throwing things into my cart. You’d think meal planning would come easy to me given how many hundreds of recipes I have made over the past few years, but unfortunately that’s rarely the case.

Plus, don’t people have expectations when you have a recipe blog? Bloggers, do you agree? Or maybe they don’t care and I stress about these made up things in my mind, which I like to do. It’s also possible that I’m just burnt out on the creative front by the time Friday evening rolls around and the thought of throwing a bag of chips on the table sounds very appealing.

Either way, I spent a long time thinking about what to make for my party this past weekend.

And you know what’s funny? These pizza bites weren’t on the menu. Nope. This was the product of my hungover creativity on Sunday morning. Go figure.

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Have you ever made your own tortilla bowls? It’s such a fun technique that looks impressive but is really easy to do. I saw this idea on Pinterest last year and filed it away for the perfecttime (note: a day late, but who’s counting). Basically, you can make all sizes of crispy tortilla bowls, depending on the mold used. For this one-bite pizza, I used a mini cupcake tin, but feel free to use regular-sized tins if need be. It might turn into a 3-bite pizza though! You can also make big bowls and homemade taco shells, both of which I plan on trying out soon. My mind is just spinning with ideas and thankfully no longer spinning from the tequila shots on Saturday night.

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I used a cookie cutter to make circles (I got 8 circles per tortilla) and then I pushed one circle into each cupcake mold. No need to grease the tin- they pop right out after toasting. I toasted them for 12 minutes at 375F and they were perfectly crisp and golden! If you want to use a regular-sized cupcake tin, just cut the tortillas into quarters.

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While those were baking, I got to work on my pizza sauce. Initially, I was going to use store-bought pizza sauce, but then I decided to make a “loaded” pizza sauce which was much more fun than anything I could’ve found at the grocery store.

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I loaded this pizza sauce with vegetables like red pepper, sweet onion, garlic, cremini mushrooms, and herbs like fresh basil, oregano, and thyme. It’s so good straight from the bowl!

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For the base, I used a 14-oz/398 ml can of Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes and a few tablespoons of tomato paste.

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Once the sauce was made, I scooped a bit into each toasted cup. Followed by a sprinkle of Daiya cheese. One of my homemade cheeze sauces would also be nice!

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Then, I broiled it on high for a couple minutes until it bubbled.

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You know, it’s a good thing I didn’t make these for my party because it would’ve been really hard to share. In no time at all, we devoured almost the entire batch, save for a few that I left in the fridge for cold “leftover pizza”. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds.

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Easy One-Bite Pizzas with Loaded Pizza Sauce

Vegan, nut-free, soy-free

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I suggest serving these warm out of the oven, but you’ll be happy to know that the crispy tortilla bowls didn’t turn to mush after sitting for a couple hours in the fridge. They hold up very well and taste incredible straight from the fridge, cold, like leftover pizza! Have fun playing around with the toppings and mix-ins. Just like a regular pizza, it’s very versatile depending on what you have in your fridge. Feel free to use the loaded pizza sauce on a regular pizza too!

Yield
24 one bite pizzas
Prep time
Cook time

Ingredients:

For the loaded pizza sauce
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • One (14-oz/400ml) can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 20 grams or 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt & pepper, to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt + some herbamare)
For the one-bite pizzas
  • large soft tortilla wraps (I used three 9-inch tortillas)
  • About 1 1/2 cups loaded pizza sauce or store-bought
  • Daiya cheese or homemade cheeze sauce

Directions:

  1. For the tortilla bowls: Preheat the oven to 375F and grab a mini cupcake tin or a regular sized tin. No need to grease it as they will pop right out.
  2. With a cookie cutter (or even kitchen sheers), cut 2.5-inch circles out of the wraps and push into the mini cupcake molds. Repeat for the rest & save the scraps for later.
  3. Toast at 375F for 10-12 minutes, watching very closely. They should be golden and crisp, but not too brown. If using regular-sized cupcake tins, cut your tortilla into quarters and push one into each mold. Cooking time may vary if using larger cupcake tins.
  4. For the sauce (skip if using store-bought): In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Now add in the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté for a few minutes, reducing heat if necessary.
  5. Add in the chopped mushrooms and red pepper and sauté for another 8-10 minutes over medium heat.
  6. Now stir in the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, along with the basil, oregano, and thyme. Reduce the sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. To assemble: Preheat your oven to the highest broil setting. Add a couple teaspoons of pizza sauce into the center of each bowl. Sprinkle with cheeze and place into the oven to broil on high for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheeze bubbles a bit. Watch very closely or it will burn. Serve warm!

Nutrition Information

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If you make the mini bites you will have leftover scraps of tortilla. I have a fun way that you can use them up:

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Rip the scraps up into small pieces and place into a bowl. Stir in 2 tbsp of maple syrup, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. Bake on a lined sheet at 350F for 8-10 minutes, stirring once halfway through.

You’ll be left with sweet chips that taste just like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Oh yeah!

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Liz May 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Ang,

What size was the cookie cutter you used to cut out the circles? What was the diameter?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm

2.5 inches :)

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Liz @ Southern Charm May 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

SUCH a cute idea!! I absolutely LOVE this!

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Danielle May 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

These look great! Totally remind me of my university days eating pizza bagel bites. These look MUCH better! :)

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Moni Meals May 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

ALRIGHT! These are the cutest and best things I have seen in awhile. Thank you! My Monday just got way more exciting! I will just use real cheese and I am good to go.:)

I love the idea… that we can finish it off with the idea of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal for those scraps, I totally get it and would do the same thing. :)

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Zestful Lou May 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

These are super-cute! And so pinterest-worthy…

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Shilpa Acharya May 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Hi Angela, can I use brown rice tortillas or corn tortillas? My daughter is gluten intolerant. Also, what if the broil doesn’t work, which is the case with my oven. Can I just bake it for a few more minutes?

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Lacey May 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

I used the brown rice, enjoy life brand and they worked perfectly.

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Shilpa Acharya May 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

Thanks Lacey

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Lisa May 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

oh that loaded sauce – looks so rich and vibrant!

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Alisha May 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

So what kind of tortilla shells did you use? Were they GF, corn ones? Would corn ones work?

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Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie May 15, 2012 at 12:50 am

Mmmm pizza.

What’s that?

And I repeat, mmmm pizza.

looks amazing!

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Lucy May 15, 2012 at 2:01 am

Oh, wow. That sauce looks amazing. I can imagine it going well with pasta too :)

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Maven in training May 15, 2012 at 3:16 am

That. Is. Awesome. yumyumyum i will totally be making these what an awesome idea!

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Stefania May 15, 2012 at 5:54 am

I get so nervous planning food for a get together at my house! These look so simple and easy to make ahead!:)

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Irini May 15, 2012 at 7:12 am

This is why I love your blog: even when nursing a painful hangover (ie tequila- triggered) you still come up with the most amazing ideas! I can’t wait to make these for dinner!

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Melissa May 15, 2012 at 8:04 am

Yummm these look awesome. Do you have calorie count for these?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

Im sorry I dont have the calorie count for these.

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Lacey May 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

I made these last night and they were sooo good!! I used wheat free tortillas and cut them with a measuring cup, and it worked perfectly! I also added meat to my sauce :0) my boyfriend had a permanet smile on during the whole meal! Thank you for inspiring dinner creations!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

glad to hear that!

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LizAshlee May 15, 2012 at 8:40 am

What a creative idea…love it!! :)

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Ann May 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

This looks wonderful! I love them snacky/healthy recipes.

I wanted to ask you, where did you get your treadmill? I don’t live in Canada, but I am getting into running and I wonder what I will do during those winter months….thanks!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes May 15, 2012 at 10:14 am

These look delicious!! Like healthy little bagel bites, but yummier! Fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!

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Catalina @ Cake with Love May 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

This is such a fun idea for a party!! I will definetely try the sauce!

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Lorraine Crespo May 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Can’t wait to make them for the fam. Look delicious.

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Brooks_25Years May 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Yum. I love this idea, especially the little tortilla bowls! Do you ever use Rice Cheese instead of Daiya? The guys at Whole Foods ALWAYS try and sway me to Daiya when they see me buying Rice but I think that it tastes SO much better! My omni-boyfriend loves it too, and he won’t touch Daiya!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

No I havent but I will have to check it out! Now im intrigued :)

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Jan May 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

What a wonderful idea… and tasty too. Think this would be a great project for my grandchildren and me to do together… They will like them! Thanks for great ideas.

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Melissa Michael May 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

These were so easy and so good. A great way to use up an extra bowl of roasted vegetables that were sitting in my fridge for a few days. I did find that since I refrigerate my tortillas, while they are awaiting meal inspiration, that they stayed in the mini tins better if I zapped them in the microwave for a second before forming them into little cups. My daughter gobbled these up. I’ve bookmarked this recipe into my “future lunchbox ideas” folder. Perfect for sending to school on a regular “pizza day” for my little plant-strong eater.

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Fanta May 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Oh … my … goodness! I love what you had for an idea with the left overs *stomach growl*

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Tracy May 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hi, is there somewhere I am missing on the recipe pages that lets you know the calorie/fat per serving on the recipes?

Thank you

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I occasionally post the nutritional info on recipes, but its not the norm Im afraid. Sorry about that Tracy!

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Mar May 18, 2012 at 5:26 am

I transplanted myself from the states to the UK to be with my husband. He’s a vegetarian, and so now too am I. It’s not as hard as I thought, but we love potatoes and bread – and without a large répertoire of vegetarian recipes I’m losing the waistline battle. I look for recipes everywhere, so I’m excited to find your blog. We’re always making each other snacks around 8 or 9 at night, as we cuddle up for a movie. Well! I plan on surprising him with these tonight. He’s going to be so impressed, and I’m going to reap lots of ooohh’s and awwww’s for my ingenuity and just plain awesomeness! Thank you!
Cordially,
Mar in Durham, UK

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

I hope you both enjoy them Mar!

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Susan May 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I have the same problem – it takes me forever to decide what to make for dinner parties and for guests. I sometimes wish that I had a standard “go to” dish that I was known for but I hardly ever make the same thing twice and am constantly woo-ed by new recipes that look good. Your blog only contributes to my problem btw – not that I’m complaining since everything I’ve made has turned out great! :) Looking forward to making these for my next cocktail party.

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jenn June 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm

i’ve made these twice now, so good and SO quick and easy. LOVE THEM!

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Jaime December 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

every make these with mexican style ingredients?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

No I havent but that sounds good!

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Janet December 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

Loved your website. Awesome easy ideas and I and I am gluten free. Thank You

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Megan July 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Just made and ate this. So amazing. Your recipes make my life so much better!! Thank you!!

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Jenn January 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

What kind of tortilla’s do you use? Trying to find a good gf one. Thanks! Love all your recipes! My family makes my make the “No bake Elvis bars” weekly!! Love them! :)

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Marissa March 1, 2015 at 10:41 am

I can’t wait to try these but do you know if they freeze well?

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sana May 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm

theses look great, I’d love to use them for my daughters lunch for school. Are they freezer friendly?

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Doreen March 5, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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I made this sauce for my homemade calzone and it was deeeee-licious!

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