Caprese Tortilla Pizza Snacks

It’s less a snack, and more . . . a means of survival.

Caprese Tortilla Pizza Snacks / Bev Cooks

I MEAN, it’s brutally hot out there. Highs in the upper 90s with a heat index of STOP IT.

And you’re probably like, “No way am I turning on the oven, girlfriend.” I know. I’ve got you covered.

But let’s talk about this snack o’ magic!

Caprese Tortilla Pizza Snacks / Bev Cooks

Crazy simple. You’re using fridge staples + garden loot. The end.

Tortillas keep it thin crust and BEYOND easy to whip together for mid-afternoon antsy, starving, heat-slain children home from school and all up in your face.

But I’ve got a trick!

Full of ’em today.

Caprese Tortilla Pizza Snacks / Bev Cooks

Hello, mayo + Italian seasoning. That’s basically your sauce. It’s a light coating, so don’t freak your pants over this. Besides, mayo + tomato = summer, so you have to. It’s a life rule.

Very light brushing of mayo, then a good sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Seriously, that underneath baked tomato slices will create a perfect, classic summer explosion in your mouth.

Caprese Tortilla Pizza Snacks / Bev Cooks

Another trick, because I know you’re already like, “Uhhh how are those tomatoes not dripping all over everything?” You’ll thinly slice a beefsteak tomato (or any kind!), then place them on paper towels. Give ’em a good pat, then transfer to the tortilla. Done.

Give them a coarse salt sprinkle, extra done.

Then sprinkle on a bunk ton of shredded mozzarella (from a block that you’ve shredded. or pre-shredded! whatever, man – make your life good) – super extra done.

Caprese Tortilla Pizza Snacks / Bev Cooks


So, this is the thing.

Two things.


Fresh basil + freshly grated parmesan on top will take to it that ultimate caprese level. Which is exactly what you want.

Drizzle it with extra-virgin olive oil and give it a good grind of pepper to elevate it even MORE.

But here’s the kicker: and there are two kickers: maybe three:

If you don’t want to turn on the oven, great! TOAST THESE IN A TOASTER OVEN.

Because not only is it faster, it will crisp up the tortilla in a way that having them on baking sheets just can’t deliver. I’ve made these a few times, some in the toaster oven, and some on a baking sheet (when baking multiple.) Next time I bake multiple, I’ll just carefully place them on the oven racks. So that the heat crisps the tortilla. Like a toaster oven would do. Just on the grates. The racks. Whatever.

If you want softer tortillas, then bake away on baking sheets! And don’t stress about the grates. The racks. Whatever.

Wait, did you leave?

Caprese Tortilla Pizza Snacks / Bev Cooks

These are straight fab. Exactly what you want. So much summer fresh flavor, with baaaarely any effort.

And cheese.

BECAUSE IT IS 208 DEGREES OUTSIDE and our bodies need the comfort in these dark times. Matter of fact, I think this gives us full license to traipse around in a red bathing suit like Gillian Jacobs in the first season of LOVE.


Caprese Tortilla Pizza Snacks / Bev Cooks

Just do it.

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  • Three (8-inch) tortillas (or any size!)
  • A Tbs or two of mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning (or more if you prefer)
  • 1 big tomato, thinly sliced and pat dry on paper towels, then cut in half
  • 1 (8 oz) block of mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Fresh basil
  • Freshly grated parmesan
  • Extra virgin olive oil, coarse salt and black pepper for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Lightly brush the mayo on each tortilla, and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Arrange the tomato slices over each tortilla, in a way that covers most of the surface. Season the tomatoes with coarse salt at this point.
  3. Top with grated mozzarella cheese, and bake (either on the oven racks for tortilla crispness!), or on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the tortilla is lightly browned.
  4. Alternatively, you can bake these one at a time in a toaster oven, right on the rack, for about five minutes. Depending on your toaster’s heat, you may need to toast a little longer. I’ll let you work that out with your toaster, man.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil, parmesan cheese, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and a grind of black pepper!
  6. Slice and SERVE.
  7. Makes three pizzas. (Obviously make as little or as many as you want! Measurements don’t really matter. It’s about life happiness here.)

Caprese Tortilla Pizza Snacks / Bev Cooks

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20 Responses to Caprese Tortilla Pizza Snacks

  1. Jenna McGW July 11, 2018 at 8:43 am #
    Yes! I love using my toaster oven instead of the big oven in the summer! Sometimes I'll toaster oven lumps of frozen cookie dough until they're they equivalent of molten bakery cookies (that's definitely a year round thing). I'll also use my panini press to cook hot dogs, chicken sausages or chicken cutlets. Either of those options are great because they heat up and cool down so quickly that it really doesn't affect the temperature in my house.
  2. Dawn July 11, 2018 at 10:22 am #
    Thank you for making me lol in the office every single time I read your blog!!! Not to mention the easy peasy recipes you offer up!!! Cheers to Hump Day!!!!!!
  3. Kit White July 11, 2018 at 11:25 am #
    Love your recipes and this one is a WINNER! I've made pizzas using Indian Naan in the summer without using the oven by using my frying pan. I regulate the oven effect with a lid and find that I can get the bottom crisp and the tops melted with no trouble. I look forward to some Caprese pizzas as soon as I can get my hands on some summer tomatoes! Using Tortillas is genius but that is what we have come to expect from you!
  4. Catherine Lee July 11, 2018 at 11:50 am #
    I LOVE this! I have made similar to these for years with Italian or Mexican flavors. We call them "cheezpas "! Aaanndd....they are GREAT on the grill! No kitchen heat required! I am in love with this caprese idea. I'm so ready to get cheesy! And tomatoey. Yum!
  5. Catherine Lee July 11, 2018 at 11:53 am #
    Oh, and you're's 105°f here!? I'm jealous!
  6. Emily of The Three Bite Rule July 11, 2018 at 12:05 pm #
    These look so amazing to feed my toddler when it is just too hot to function. Or myself.
  7. Alison Mirra July 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm #
    Where’s Aaron’s ? I know one of those aren’t with all that delicious melty cheese goodness!!
  8. Sandy July 11, 2018 at 2:32 pm #
    We loved from Albuquerque to Joplin, Misery. Just kill me. Hi. Wait. The humidity beat you to it. Merciful heavens. As to the recipe, easy capresey is definitely my jam! Thanks for inspiring my soggy grey matter.
    • Bev Weidner July 12, 2018 at 6:42 am #
      I can't even imagine moving from Albuquerque to JOPLIN. Bless your soul. And eat some pizza.
  9. Elease July 13, 2018 at 2:38 pm #
    Ohhhhh! I've got some extra fried eggplant-- I'm going to test it with this twist!
  10. Trisha Fugere July 15, 2018 at 4:35 pm #
    This sounds amazing!!! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sending, Beverly!!
  11. Rachael July 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm #
    I made this tonight and it was great!!! My husband and 2 year old liked it too :)
  12. July 8, 2019 at 4:07 pm #
    Lovely twist on these tortilla pizzas never thought about mayo and Italian seasoning brilliant!


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