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Carnitas Pizza Recipe

Carnitas Pizza

If you can manage it, save your leftover carnitas to try this Carnitas Pizza. The dough is super simple to whip up and is really quite quick for a yeast dough!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dinner recipes, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 237kcal


For the crust:

  • 3/4 cup warm water about 110 degrees
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the toppings:

  • 1/2 cup salsa verde or more to taste
  • 2 handfuls Monterey or pepper jack cheese
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1-2 cups leftover Carnitas to taste


  • To prepare the dough, place the warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast and sugar 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.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 20.5mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1.7mg