Carnitas Pizza

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Do y’all remember that carnitas recipe I shared a couple of weeks ago? Well, I do believe that I promised you a solution to the leftovers.

First, you grab one of those dry ice packs that fancy people use for shipping cold food. Then you pack that, along with the leftover carnitas, into a box. Next you drop it off at the post office and have the leftovers shipped directly to me.

Problem solved!

Carnitas Pizza recipe

Fine. Whatever. I’m scared of the post office too. I don’t have too many phobias, but bugs/spiders and the post office are up there at the top of the list, if you must know. So, I won’t blame you if you are also frightened of the post office and would rather just eat your leftovers yourself. It’s completely selfish of you, but I guess I can sort of understand.

Carnitas Pizza recipe

You’ll probably have a hard time not just eating the leftover meat in tacos, because honestly, those carnitas are fabulous, right? If you can manage it, though, try this Carnitas Pizza. The dough is super simple to whip up and is really quite quick for a yeast dough!

Carnitas Pizza recipe

I topped the dough with a nice layer of salsa verde, a couple handfuls of grated monterey jack (though pepper jack would be very nice too), and lots of meat. I also threw in some sauteed onions and peppers for extra flavor. This pizza was phenomenal and I hope you’ll give it a try!

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Carnitas Pizza recipe

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Carnitas Pizza

Ingredients:

For the crust:
3/4 cup warm water, about 110 degrees
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
For the toppings:
1/2 cup salsa verde (more to taste)
2 large handfuls Monterey or Pepper Jack cheese
1 onion, sliced in thin strips
1 red bell pepper, sliced in thin strips
1 to 2 cups leftover Carnitas, depending on how meaty you want it

Directions:

To prepare the dough, place the warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let bloom, about 10 minutes.
Add the flour, salt, and olive oil to the yeast mixture and turn the mixer (fitted with the dough hook) to medium. Knead until the dough comes together to form a smooth dough. Remove dough to an oiled bowl and place in the oven with the light turned on.
Let rise for one hour, or until doubled in bulk.
Heat a medium skill over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan. Add the onion and peppers to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and beginning to brown, about 5-10 minutes. Set aside.
When the dough has doubled, punch it down.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
Roll the dough out on a well floured surface to a 12 inch circle and place on a pizza stone or pan.
Spread the salsa verde in a thin layer of the dough, adding more salsa verde if desired. Sprinkle with the cheese and top with the meat and vegetables.
Bake on the middle rack for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the crust are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Pizza Crust lightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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26 Responses to “Carnitas Pizza”

  1. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos January 21, 2013 @ 9:09 am (#
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    I already love you for sharing the Carnitas recipe in the first place….it was SO GOOD!! And now when I make them again this week I’ll have something to do with the leftovers (besides eating them for breakfast ;))

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  2. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 21, 2013 @ 9:48 am (#
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    Carnitas on a pizza? Wow, you just created the BEST pizza, ever!

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  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets January 21, 2013 @ 10:38 am (#
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    I have enough phobias for everyone! Don’t even get me started….
    This pizza looks amazing. I wish I had a slice RIGHT NOW!!!!

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  4. Dalila G. January 21, 2013 @ 10:51 am (#
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    Loved your Carnitas recipes, we had NO LEFTOVERS that day!
    Plan on making another batch for more tasty tacos and gorditas, but I will be separating some of the meat to try this pizza recipe.
    Just one quick question……I live in a high altitude area, do I need to make any adjustments to the dough for this little problem?
    Thanks!!

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    • Karly replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 10:58 am

      We didn’t have leftovers after our first batch either. We ate the heck out of those carnitas! :)

      Since then I’ve had to separate it out, too. Totally worth it for this pizza!

      As for the high altitude, I’m afraid I have no experience with that. I did find this article, though. http://www.wikihow.com/Adjust-Bread-Recipes-for-High-Altitude

      Hope that helps!

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  5. Nicole, RD January 21, 2013 @ 11:01 am (#
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    Good carnitas can be good any which way…love this!

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  6. Jesica January 21, 2013 @ 11:39 am (#
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    Girl. You are scared of the post office? LOL

    Secondly. OMGAWD THIS PIZZA. I NEED IT!

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    • Karly replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

      No. I am not scared of the post office. Terrified would be a better description.

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  7. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 21, 2013 @ 11:52 am (#
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    Serious;y never had a leftover carnitas problem ;) But I would MAKE leftovers just for this purpose. mmmmmmm

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  8. Joanne January 21, 2013 @ 12:44 pm (#
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    I HATE going to the post office. So yeah…I’ll take this pizza instead!

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  9. sally @ sallys baking addiction January 21, 2013 @ 12:45 pm (#
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    like I just told you on facebook, I love you. Karly ooooooomg I need to make this STAT. Pretty sure this is the best pizza… ever.

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  10. Tricia January 21, 2013 @ 4:33 pm (#
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    This is so funny, I did this with my leftovers! :) It was so yummy.

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  11. Cassie | Bake Your Day January 21, 2013 @ 4:39 pm (#
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    This is such a great idea. I want a whole pizza to myself.

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  12. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts January 21, 2013 @ 6:46 pm (#
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    Oh, I want this now. Sadly, I have no carnitas leftovers either in my fridge or en route via the scary post office . . .
    But I do have salsa verde, because I overcame my fear of tomatillos in the farm share and put some up in the fall.
    So, next time I *do* have carnitas leftovers, I sure will make this. It looks amazing.

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  13. Dalila G. January 21, 2013 @ 6:56 pm (#
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    Hey Karly! :-)
    Just checked out the site you directed me to….it’s great!!
    It answered some of my questions….*THANK YOU*…….you rock!
    I have all the ingredients I need, I’m all set and ready for tomorrow. I was going to make it this weekend, but I figured, why wait?!
    Have a great evening! :-)

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  14. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies January 21, 2013 @ 8:23 pm (#
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    Carnitas + pizza dough = perfect food. The only thing I’d add here? Crema fresca after it comes out of the oven. Because all Mexican food is better with cheese and sour cream.

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  15. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 21, 2013 @ 8:30 pm (#
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    Oh Karly. This is calling my name. Can’t you hear it? It’s begging me to make it for dinner. :)

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  16. megan @ whatmegansmaking January 22, 2013 @ 6:03 am (#
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    oh wow does this look good! I never would have thought of this with leftover carnitas. Although I have to ask – you’re scared of the post office??

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    • Karly replied: — January 23rd, 2013 @ 10:44 am

      There are always so many people in there and parking is a nightmare and you have to drive down this freaky little alley to get out of the parking lot and the lines are long and the workers are unpleasant and I never know the cheapest way to mail something and what does first class mail even mean and ohmygod, that place just freaks me out.

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  17. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings January 22, 2013 @ 7:53 am (#
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    wow- looks so good!!!!

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  18. Tracy January 22, 2013 @ 11:44 am (#
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    This pizza looks phenomenal! Guess I need to go back and catch up on those carnitas, too. Yum!!

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  19. Noble Pig - Cathy January 22, 2013 @ 4:52 pm (#
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    Wow..I always buy so much carnitas meat I always have leftovers…brilliant idea.

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  20. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life January 23, 2013 @ 7:35 am (#
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    What a fabulous idea to throw your leftovers on pizza!! It looks fantastic and I’m sure my family would eat the heck out of this!!! And the post office? I’ve never heard of someone being terrified of that…I have to ask, why???

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  21. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl January 23, 2013 @ 9:46 am (#
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    I made your carnitas last week (um, no leftovers) and we’re making them again next week. It’s a new favorite around here! I’ll try to save some back next week so we can use it for this pizza. AWESOME.

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  22. Ashley January 25, 2013 @ 9:41 pm (#
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    Made extra pork just so I could have left overs for this….man my husband and his co works LOVE me bc of this recipe! LoL thank you!!

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  23. Kara March 14, 2013 @ 10:35 pm (#
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    I just came across this when I was searching for leftover carnitas recipes. I made two of these tonight, and they were awesome! I’m usually not a big fan of chili verde sauce, but it was the perfect sauce for this pizza. Can’t wait to check out everything else you’ve made.

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