The inspiration to make mini pizzas came from these adorable individual pizza pans that I bought at Michael’s. When I saw them in the store, I just had to have them!
Making pizza from scratch is kind of a pain (in my opinion), but this is such a delicious pizza, it is worth the hassle! It is also a great way to stretch a little bit of leftover steak into another complete meal.
The recipe is at the bottom of the post, but first the step-by-step photos for those that like them!
I made my own pizza dough, but you could purchase pre-made pizza dough to make it simpler.
One of the keys to successfully making pizza at home is to par-bake the crusts. If you put the ingredients directly on the raw dough, the toppings will burn before the dough cooks completely.
For these mini-pans, I cooked them for 8 minutes at 500 degrees. You want them almost cooked through, but not browned.
As I mentioned above, making pizza at home can be a pain because there is a lot of prep work involved: making the dough, par-baking the dough, prepping the ingredients, etc. If you want to have a fun Make-Your-Own pizza party, you can do the par-baking and prep work ahead of time so that the assembly is all that is left.
My kiddos don’t appreciate “adult” food yet, so they stuck with cheese and pepperoni. That just means more delicious carne asada for the rest of us!
To assemble, spread on the cilantro cream sauce, top with thinly sliced steak, then add diced tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and a little cheese.
Bake at 500 degrees for approximately 5 minutes, or until toppings are hot and bubbling. (Tip: If you are making individual pizzas, place as many as will fit on a baking pan to make it easier to get them in and out of the oven).
The kids’ pizzas.
And now for the recipe:
Carne Asada Pizzas
- Par-baked pizza crusts
- Cooked steak, thinly sliced
- Jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced
- Tomatoes, diced
- Cilantro Cream Sauce – Recipe HERE ( I omitted the sour cream and reduced the cumin to 1/4 teaspoon)
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Spread cilantro cream sauce onto par-baked crusts.
- Layer on sliced steak, jalapenos, tomatoes, and lightly sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake at 500 degrees for approximately 5 minutes, or until toppings are hot and bubbling.
- Serve immediately, with lime wedges (optional)
- The cilantro cream sauce can be made several days in advance and refrigerated.
- If you don’t want to bother with baking your own pizza dough, use pita breads for individual pizzas or purchase a large, pre-made pizza crust.