This Meal Prep Individual Taco Pizza is a healthy, fun twist on pizza – you can meal prep and freeze them for future meals too!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Pitas – you can also use any type of round pita, flatbread or pizza base that you prefer.
- Extra lean ground beef – you may use other ground meats like turkey, chicken, etc. You can also use black beans to make this a vegetarian dish.
- Taco seasoning or chili powder – store-bought or homemade seasoning mixes both work. You can also use cayenne pepper, crushed chili flakes, paprika, cumin, etc.
- Salt – use to taste.
- Jarred taco sauce – any brand works great. You may also use your favourite salsa, pico de gallo or can make your own taco sauce by spicing up your preferred tomato sauce.
- Grated cheddar cheese – bagged pre-shredded cheese or hand grated both work well. You can use any cheese of your preference or can omit it completely, if wanting a dairy-free dish.
- Red onion – shallots, chives, leeks, onion powder or flakes, white or yellow onion, etc. all work well, too.
- Corn – fresh, canned, or frozen can be used. Sweet potato, peas or even a drizzle of honey can both offer a hint of sweetness.
- Jalapeno pepper – serrano peppers work as a great substitute. You can also use your preferred hot pepper or red pepper chili flakes. This can be substituted with red bell peppers to omit the heat, if desired.
- Black olives – capers, pickled peppers or your preferred type of olive can all be used.
- Vine tomato – beefstake, roma, heirloom, cherry, grape, etc. all work great.
- Cilantro – fresh parsley, basil or ground coriander work as great substitute options.
- Sour cream – plain greek yogurt, dairy-free plain yogurt or smooth cottage cheese can be used, too.
- Lettuce – any type of lettuce can work, including pre-packaged shredded lettuce or other leafy greens like spinach, swiss chards or kale.
Storing and reheating
If you're planning on making a bunch of these pizzas ahead of time for the work week you'll want to store them properly. Typically I pack up my meal prep pizza in glass meal prep containers (linked below) or just in large ziploc bags already cut up and ready to eat.
Pull them out on a plate or paper towel at work and reheat them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and you're good to go! Bonus points if you can reheat in a toaster oven at the office – I like having that crispy crust and these pizzas definitely reheat well in the oven. 10 minutes at 400F is all you should need!
Freezing the pizzas
To freeze these pizzas after being cooked, allow them to cool completely then wrap them in plastic wrap, foil or put them in freezer-safe ziplock bags and store them in the freezer. These can be kept for up to 1-2 months. You can also freeze these pizzas without cooking them by assembling the pitas with sauce, cheese, and toppings then wrapping them up in plastic wrap or foil. You can keep these frozen for up to 1-2 months.
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Reheating from frozen
When your pre-cooked pizzas are ready to be eaten, thaw them in the fridge until no longer frozen. You can heat them in the microwave for 50-60 seconds or can broil them for 5-6 minutes or until hot. To heat your non-cooked pizzas, bake them in the oven at 425 F for about 25-30 minutes or until hot. You can also top these with freshly grated cheese or additional toppings before baking them in the oven.
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Meal prep tools
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on packing these pita pitaz in the freezer and defrosting in the microwave.
- I get all my grass-fed beef from Butcher Box!
Meal Prep Individual Taco Pizza
- 4 pitas
- 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef (or ground turkey/chicken)
- 2 tsp taco seasoning or chili powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup jarred taco sauce (I like the old el paso brand)
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese (I use the pre-shredded Mexican blends to save time)
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup Corn
- 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
- 1/2 cup black olives
- 1 medium-sized vine tomato, diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Other optional topping ideas
- sour cream
- hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 425 F and put down til foil on bottom of oven to prevent mess (optional). Cook ground beef in a medium-sized frying pan over med-high heat (you shouldn't need to drain if you use extra-lean ground beef; remember to drain before adding seasonings if using beef with higher fat). Add chili powder and salt and saute until fully cooked, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Toast pitas on directly on wire wrack in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes.
- Spread a thin layer of taco sauce over each pita (about 1/4 cup's worth on each). Top with cheese, ground beef, red onions, corn, jalapenos and black olives then bake each pita pizza directly on the oven wrack for 15-20 minutes. All four pizzas should fit on the same wrack (you may want to put down some tin foil before preheating oven to catch any toppings/cheese that may drip off).
- Remove from oven and top with fresh tomatoes and cilantro. Serve and enjoy!