Mini Deep Dish Pizzas — Damn Delicious

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Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

These 5-ingredient mini pizzas are unbelievably easy, fool-proof, and completely addicting! Perfect for game day!

Remember when I started hoarding those mini pepperonis? Well, I found yet another great use for them in these awesome mini deep dish pizzas, which comes just in time for football season. And yes, if you ask me what my favorite season is, it’s definitely football season.

Football season is the best season of all because you have every guilt-free excuse to stuff your face with game day food, and these pizzas are no exception.

And with that crisp, deep dish tortilla crust, these babies are simply irresistible.

Now I still have about 4 mini pepperoni bags left so I’m sure I’ll be making these pizzas for every single football game!

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

These 5-ingredient mini pizzas are unbelievably easy, fool-proof, and completely addicting! Perfect for game day!


  • 4 Old El Paso™ flour tortillas for burritos (8 inch)
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 36 mini pepperonis


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a 12-cup muffin tin or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Working one at a time, lay tortilla on a flat surface. Using an empty can, cut 3-4 medium circles, pressing firmly enough in a rocking motion to cut through the tortilla.
  3. Fit a tortilla circle into each of 12 muffin tins, pressing carefully to make sure there is an opening in the center. Scoop 1 tablespoon pizza sauce into each muffin tin. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, topping with 3 mini pepperonis each.
  4. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
  5. Serve immediately.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions expressed are my own.

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These are like the cutest little things EVER! I love those mini pepperonis and love the hand-model shots! I wish I could get shots like that! My hand model is 7 yrs old and way too wiggly LOL

Too funny! It’s hard enough to do it with a 28 year old with very dry fingers. I’ve been dying to get him a manicure!

yumyum and sooo cute! 😀 must try them too 🙂 just need to find some veggie-mini-pepperonis 😉

I am kind of in love with these. Mini, 5 ingredients AND something that I can shove into my face while dying a slow death of watching football all day long with my husband? Perfect! Pinned!

Such fun little pizzas!

These are such a cute idea!

I think I’m going to try this with pita bread !Do you think that’ll work?

The pita bread may be too thick as a crust.

These sound so easy and fast! What do you mean by “pressing carefully to make sure there is an opening in the center”??

Exactly that! You need to make sure there is an opening big enough for your toppings.

She means make sure there is a cup in the tortilla. I am wondering about the deep dish part. and three pepperonis on each pizza. I count 5.

Susan, you can add 3, 5 or 10 mini pepperonis! I wrote 3 in the recipe as a general rule of thumb but sometimes you can cheat a little and add more. As for the deep dish – because everything is held in a “cup”, you have a nice deep dish pizza with all that goodness nestled right in there. Hope that answers your questions!

These are so cute! And such a great idea – so perfect for a party or a quick dinner!

They look amazing 🙂 I have to make these, the can you show at the top is old El Paso Enchilada sauce, but it says Pizza sauce below witch one do you use ? they both have a very different flavor.

You should definitely be using pizza sauce for the recipe. I used a can of enchilada sauce simply for cutting the circles out.

I am so glad you asked about the enchilada sauce! I didn’t even see the tortilla underneath until I read the reply. Too funny. Can’t wait to make these. If I can find tiny pepperoni.

I’m sure you could used pre-cooked Italian Sausage, too, or even ham. It would be like making any other pizza. As for the lady who wanted to use Pita Bread, I think it would work fine, if you split the pita in half and put the crusty part up. Use your imagination. Heck, I’d even try canned biscuits, especially the flaky variety, and just use half of each biscuit for the crust.

I so enjoy you AND your clever recipes!

I neeeed these in my life! They look fantastic, and the mini pepperonis are so handy for this 😀 x

I love pizza and this mini version is perfect, maybe then I won’t eat so many, Pinned!

Could corn tortilla’s be used to make this be gluten free?

Or you can use the Mission brand gluten free flour tortillas (can be found on Amazon.)

These look absolutely BRILLIANT – as a hoarder of tortillas this could quickly become my “go to” lazy dish! 🙂

These are adorable!

What a creative idea for a recipe! So delicious!

OK Chung, What store do they sell mini pepperoni? I’ve gone to almost every grocery store looking for them. They are not as cute when you cut up the pepperoni.

Lisa, I was able to find it at my local grocery store. I recommend calling ahead to make sure your grocery store has it in stock.

I can’t even cope with how adorable and easy these are! I’ve been putting off making homemade pizza from scratch because working with yeast intimidates me big time, but these I could definitely do! Pinned 😀

can you put them together and then freeze?

Unfortunately I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried doing this myself. I recommend using your best judgement for freezing and reheating.

I was thinking of trying the same thing as a quick dinner for my son who always is asking for pizza! Did you have any luck with it if you tried it?

These are definitely a cute little savoury snack idea.. definitely craving a bite of one right now. I just have to recreate the recipe, thanks for sharing it!

OMGeeeeee those pepperonis are so freakning cute.

I am OBSESSED with this! I cant wait to make these on Monday for the NY Giants game.

oh YUM! These look fabulous! I know the boys would chow them down on footy nights!

These would make a wonderful school snack for the kiddos.

Hi, what did you garnish these with at the end?

I garnished these with freshly chopped parsley leaves. Cilantro would work well too!

Perfect timing! This is the absolute best new idea! My grandkids are gonna love building their own pizzas next week. Thanks for….the absolute best new idea! :o)

These were a hit! Delicious and simple!

My toddler and I have the day off (Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving) so we’re having these for lunch. I love that they’re so quick to whip up, no planning needed since I had everything on hand. But I used all of my mini pepperoni after using a few of your other recipes!! The horror! I found mine at Super Wal-Mart but I’m going to ask my local grocers to stock them as I think they’re awesome. Another great recipe, I think I’m like 7-0 in trying meals from your site.

These look so good! I’m going to try them with my low carb pita’s and see if it will come out the same.

I made this today with my 4 year old daughter. It was so easy she did most of the work and it was delicious. We added a sprinkle of parsley for a little color. Thanks for another flavorful and easy meal.

The recipe sounds tasty & fun but I thought deep dish meant a pizza with a thick crust? I’m going to try a version with veggies.

Sara, deep dish can also mean a “deep crust”, which is exactly what this is! 🙂

Thanks for sharing this! Will they stay crunchy if I packed them off in the kids’ lunchboxes?

Unfortunately, these pizzas will lose their crispness over time. These are really best when served immediately.

I made these for lunches for work. After being refrigerated they become floppy again. If you allow moisture to occur than they can get soggy as well. Still taste great though.

These are the best! I highly recommend!

Made these today. They are great and so easy!! Everyone, including my 3 year old, my hubby, and my teenage nieces, loved them … and this is no small feat with such diverse palettes!! Can’t wait to play with the toppings next time.

Can I make this ahead and reheat as needed? Thanks these look perfect for our party tomorrow!!

You can certainly try making this ahead of time and reheating but these are really best when served immediately.

could these be cooked at a lower temp for a bit longer ( if needed ) so that I can bake them with another dish?

These are really best when baked at 425 degrees F to get that crisp, deep crust.

Just use regular pepperoni & cut it up with kitchen shears. Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning!

Do you think if I prep these tonight and then bake in the morning tomorrow for a bridal shower they will be ok? Or should I just prep and cook in the morning?

These are really best when prepped and served immediately as I worry that the tortilla cannot hold up everything for that long.

These were delicious! A big hit with my kids too! I I used whole wheat tortillas and only 1/2 tbsp of pizza sauce instead of 1 tbsp. I will be making these again soon!

It says serve immediately….do they dry out or become soggy? I would love to do this for a baby shower tomorrow!

Yes, these run the risk of becoming soggy. Also, the crust is best when devoured immediately out of the oven!

Hello!Im mesmerized by your recipes!Im definitely gonna try to make one after my exams are finished!I was wondering that will it be okay if I dont use muffin tins?I dont have one at home so is it okay if I use the muffin/cupcake cups?

Lavita, the pizzas may not hold up as well if a muffin tin is not used.

Made these last night and they are amazing (even though we didn’t have pepperoni). Everyone loved them. I’m already thinking about the different possibilities. Buffalo chicken, BBQ chicken, Mexican variations. The thin, crispy crust is what makes these so wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Where can I find those mini pepperonis? Awesome idea!

I was able to find them at my local grocery store (after visiting 2 stores that didn’t have them). It may be best to call in advance to see if your store carries them.

Oh my goodness, these were amazing! I was able to find the mini pepperonis at Walmart with the refrigerated pepperoni. We added in some bacon bits, Parmesan cheese, basil, garlic, and Italian seasoning. They were absolutely killer!

Some other ideas we plan to try in the future…
– Honey BBQ sauce with bits of chicken, bacon, and cheddar cheese
– Alfredo sauce with bits of garlic/italian seasoned chicken and mozarella cheese

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