This unique Mexican pizza with carne asada steak is packed full of flavor. It's the perfect combination of ingredients that will delight your taste buds and satisfy your cravings.
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Pizza is a classic dish that people have enjoyed for centuries. Why not give your pizza night an exciting twist with this flavorful Mexican steak version?
This delicious recipe uses carne asada, a popular beef dish in Latin America. The marinated steak is cut into small pieces to make the perfect pizza topping.
The recipe features homemade pizza dough and sauce layered with cheese, tomato, and flank steak pieces. Thin slices of chili pepper adds spice and a slight crunch, while Tamarindo sauce gives it a bright flavor and aroma.
Whether you’re sharing with a friend or just having dinner alone at home, this Mexican-inspired pizza will be sure to impress! All it takes is about 5 minutes of preparation time and about 10 minutes of baking time to enjoy this delicious meal!
This pizza recipe is made with juicy steak, spices, and melted cheese on a crunchy crust. For the crust, you can use our pizza dough recipe or buy a store bought pizza dough to save time.
Here's a list of everything you'll need.
- Pizza crust dough
- Seasoned tomato sauce
- Cooked carne asada steak
- Olive oil
- Seeded tomato cubes
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Dried oregano
- Chili pepper
- Tamarindo sauce
Scroll down to the recipe card for quantities used. You'll also find substitutions in the Variations section.
If the sauce and dough are already prepared, it should only take five minutes or less to assemble the pizza for baking. To start, preheat oven to 400°F.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Then spread pizza sauce over it.
Place steak pieces evenly over the sauce.
Add a layer of tomato cubes over the steak.
Top with shredded cheese and chili pepper slices.
Bake on a sheet pan or pizza stone for about ten minutes or until the edges are golden brown. For easy removal, use a parchment-lined baking sheet.
You can easily customize this Mexican pizza to suit your tastes. Here are a few suggestions you may like.
- Sauce - There's no need to use a traditional red pizza sauce. Try using salsa or a nacho cheese sauce to change things up.
- Cheese - Any cheese that melts well when baked can be used. Traditional mozzarella cheese or a Mexican three-cheese blend are great options.
- Beans - Latin American dishes often add black beans or refried beans. Either make a tasty addition to the toppings.
- Peppers - For a milder version, use bell peppers in place of chili peppers.
- Meat - Any leftover beef can be used, even slow cooker roast beef.
See our personal pizza recipe for more topping ideas.
- Try prebaking the crust in a hot oven before adding the sauce and toppings. This will help create a crispier crust texture.
- Add just the right amount of sauce. This is key to making the perfect pizza. Too much will make it soggy while too little won't provide enough flavor.
- Use parchment paper. Lining your pan with parchment paper will make it slide right off the pan!
Cut the Mexican pizza into slices and top with chopped cilantro and Tamarindo sauce. Serve with a side of sour cream and guacamole for extra flavor.
Add sautéed bell peppers or mushrooms to the toppings for a healthier option.
To store leftover steak pizza, wrap it in aluminum foil or place it in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to three days. To reheat, bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10 minutes.
A combination of Worcestershire sauce and lime juice can be used instead. Mix two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce with one tablespoon of fresh lime juice, and you'll have a delicious Tamarindo-like flavor. You can also add a pinch of sugar or honey to sweeten it up.
A thin-cut steak, such as flank steak or skirt steak, is best for pizza. It cooks quickly and evenly and has a great flavor that pairs well with the other toppings. Plus, it's easy to slice into bite-sized pieces once cooked.
This recipe is unlike most recipes. A Mexican pizza typically consists of a tortilla shell topped with refried beans, ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and sour cream. Other ingredients such as jalapeños, olives, or guacamole may also be added. The pizza is baked until the cheese melts, and the tortilla is crispy.
If you enjoy recipes with a Southwest flare, give one of these others a try.
- Baked tortilla strips make a tasty snack or topping.
- Slow-cooked chili takes little effort to prepare.
- Santa Fe Salad is a light and refreshing way to use up leftover chicken or turkey.
Carne Asada Mexican Steak Pizza
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
- Get your pizza dough ready to receive the toppings.
- With a spoon, spread the tomato sauce over the pizza base evenly.
- Add the toppings: carne asada pieces, a drizzle of olive oil, tomato cubes, cheese, chili pepper and oregano.
- Bake for 10 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, drizzle the desired amount of tamarindo sauce and sprinkle fresh cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.