Easy to make Beef and Cheese Pita Pizza – pita bread topped with smoked Gouda cheese, ground beef, peppers and onions. Perfect for lunch or dinner.
Pita bread is a great surface to build a pizza on. The bread acts as a crust that’s sturdy enough to hold all your favorite pizza toppings. No need to make your own pizza crust or buy pre-made dough. Pita bread is a great alternative and makes an ideal pizza for one person.
I love the flavors in this Beef and Cheese Pita Pizza. The ground beef, onions, peppers and cheese could be a meal in itself.
The topping is packed with so much flavor, I could eat it without the crust – but that really wouldn’t be as much fun, would it?
Pita Bread Pizza
As I was going through my old Food Network Magazine from April 2013 (yes, I keep them that long), I came across an easy recipe for Beef Pita Bread Pizzas and immediately thought they would make an ideal single serving meal.
The original recipe calls for greek yogurt, lettuce and pickled beets but I chose to leave those out. Instead, I simply sautéed onions, garlic and red peppers in a little olive oil, stirred in some tomato paste, and then added the ground beef, salt and pepper.
Simple ingredients but with a ton of flavor.
I piled the ground beef and vegetables over shredded smoked gouda and lightly toasted pita bread and baked the pita pizza in the oven for a few minutes just so the cheese melts.
This pita pizza comes together quickly and is a wonderful meal for anyone cooking for one. One piece of pita bread is the perfect size for a pizza, especially one that’s piled high with toppings.
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Pita Pizza Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil , (plus 1 teaspoon for toasting pita)
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 cup chopped red peppers
- 1 clove garlic , minced
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 3-4 ounces ground beef , (about 3/4 of a cup or about the size of your fist)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt , (plus a pinch for the toasted pita)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 piece pita bread
- 1/2 cup shredded smoked gouda
- sliced avocado (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and the red pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a minute longer.
- Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
- Add the ground beef, 2 tablespoons of water, salt and pepper. Stir and cook until browned, about 4 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and transfer meat mixture to a plate.
- Wipe out the skillet and return to medium heat. Brush both sides of the pita bread with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt, then lightly toast on the skillet, about 45 seconds per side.
- Arrange pita bread on a baking sheet and top evenly with the shredded gouda.
- Spoon the meat mixture over the cheese and place baking sheet in the oven to bake 5-6 minutes or until cheese melts.
- Slice into wedges and top with avocado, if desired
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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