Pita Pizza For One

Easy to make Beef and Cheese Pita Pizza – pita bread topped with cheese, ground beef, peppers and onions. Perfect for lunch or dinner.

Beef and Cheese Pita Pizza - whole wheat pita bread topped with smoked gouda and flavorful ground beef, chopped peppers, onions and garlic. A quick, easy and absolutely delicious single serving meal! \ One Dish Kitchen

My family has always love eating pizza. From pepperoni pizza to Hawaiian pizza to every kind in between, pizza has always been one of their favorite meals. Years ago, when my kids were small, I began to make personal sized pizzas for each of my kids with pita bread. Those pita pizzas were always a real treat and my kids loved the fact that they could add whichever toppings the wanted.

Pita Pizza

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 personally love the flavors in this beef and cheese pita pizza. The flavorful mix of ground beef, onions, peppers and cheese could be a meal in itself.

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How To Make Pita 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.

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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.

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Ingredients In Beef Pita Pizza

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and complete recipe instructions.

  • olive oil
  • chopped onions
  • chopped red peppers
  • garlic 
  • tomato paste
  • ground beef 
  • water
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • pita bread
  • shredded smoked gouda
  • sliced avocado (optional)

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

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.

Pita Pizza Ideas

Consider making different kinds of pita pizzas. Add your favorite toppings or use flavorful leftovers. A few favorite pizza ideas are:

  • BBQ Chicken Pita Pizza made with leftover chicken, barbecue sauce, monterey jack cheese.
  • Margherita Pita Pizza made with fresh sliced tomatoes, torn basil, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Hawaiian Pita Pizza made with pineapples, Canadian bacon, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Breakfast Pita Pizza made with scrambled eggs, cheese, cooked crumbled bacon.

Other Ways To Use Pita Bread

  • Pita bread is also great to use for sandwiches. Split one open and fill with your favorite sandwich fillings.

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Pita Pizza Recipe

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Beef and Cheese Pita Pizza

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 660kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 660kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1575mg | Potassium: 696mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2425IU | Vitamin C: 103.3mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3.1mg
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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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20 thoughts on “Pita Pizza For One”

  1. Love your recipes for one as I am by myself and having a difficult time preparing good nutritional meals.
    Thank you so much.

  2. Theresa | Primetime Chaos

    5 stars
    What a genious idea! I love it!
    Just told my boyfriend about it and he got really excited haha.
    Cannot wait to make this 🙂
    Thank you!

  3. These look delicious. I love the idea of using pita bread and I think my kids would get a kick out of helping out in the kitchen on this one.

  4. 5 stars
    This looks so good! I love making individual pizzas on pitas because I have a vegetarian in the house. My son and I do meats while she does veggies, and everyone is happy 🙂 Love your other recipes as well!

  5. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Glad I'm not the only one who keeps magazines for a while 🙂 The flavors in this quickie pizza are delicious! I love that smoked gouda!

    1. Hi Wanda, I can't believe I left that out. Thanks for letting me know. I used one 6-inch pita because that was what was available to me. I have seen 9 or 10-inch pitas and those would be perfectly fine to use too. With the 6-inch, the topping was piled high on top. It would just be spread a little thinner on a larger pita. Have a great weekend!

      1. Not a problem, Joanie. I'm fortunate to have a Middle Eastern grocery/deli less than a mile away where I can get freshly made pittas that would be perfect for this recipe. Thanks for the inspiration!

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