PW Wednesday’s: Carnitas Pizza


This carnitas pizza is packed with awesome flavor and loaded with meat

This is the 3rd installment of PW Wednesday’s and I have to say, this is the most epic one yet. Just LOOK at that MEATY PIZZA!!! Good job, Gina, on picking this winner of a recipe!!

Let’s go right on in for its close-up. The ingredients on this pizza are INSANE. It’s not with a regular tomato base sauce, but with a tomatillo salsa! Who would’ve thunk?! Oh right, Pioneer Woman, of course! And the caramelized onions and red peppers..oh my gosh. I’m going to start drooling just thinking of this pizza.

My favorite part was all the MEAT on top of the pizza. You could never get something like this at a local pizzeria, and if even if you could, I bet it’d be like $20 a slice.

Yes, extra large slices were mandatory for this pizza. And extra au jus from the cooked meat was spectacular on the pizza as well. Oh, and don’t you dare skimp on dipping it in the tomatillo salsa after every bite.

My personal notes about this recipe:

  • I cooked the meat in the crockpot on high for 4 hours, meat came out super tender and fell apart just as easily.
  • I used mango nectar.
  • I think it needed more of a spicy kick to it. The outside rub, even though you seared it on initially, I feel like it didn’t do anything to the spice level of the meat as a whole.
  • I made my own pizza dough.
  • I didn’t use fresh mozzarella slices as called for in the recipe. I had a huge bag of shredded mozzarella from Costco that was about to expire so I used that instead. Still turned out great.
  • You get a TON of leftover meat, which is great because you can make sandwiches with them or use it as protein for a salad. Or make another epic pizza.

We all decided to make mango margaritas with this dish, too, but unfortunately, I didn’t have a blender* and I tried using my food processor and it was just utter disaster. I just don’t think it was made to cut ice haha ;) you can still check out everyone else’s beautiful margaritas!

Gina has the recipe on her blog this week, be sure to check out everyone else’s: Megan, Rachel, and Tina!


Posted on May 02, 2012

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 05/02/2012 at 6:07 am

    The pizza does look truly epic and who needs margaritas anyway? They would just take up valuable pizza-eating space! Great job Julie and others, loving this series.

  2. 05/02/2012 at 7:13 am

    lol too funny that you and Gina both call it epic. ;) I love how much extra meat you coated yours with! I didn’t go nearly as heavy.

  3. 05/02/2012 at 7:22 am

    Looks awesome, I love seeing all of your different takes on the same recipe. Fun idea!

  4. 05/02/2012 at 8:07 am

    Apparently we think exactly alike considering the choice words we used to describe this pizza ;) haha, love it. I was so mad my pics of the margaritas didn’t come out good, they were such a lovely addition to the epicness.

  5. 05/02/2012 at 8:29 am

    Insane is right. I love it.

  6. 05/02/2012 at 8:57 am

    pizza + a TON of steak + mexican twist……. i think my boyfriend would go nuts if I made this. and if i paired with with mango margaritas… i’d be the girlfriend of the year! can’t wait for your mother’s day brunch ideas next week Julie!

  7. 05/02/2012 at 9:19 am

    My mom didn’t think she had a blender – so we were all ready to try the food processor out on the margaritas. Luckily she found it in the back of some cupboard… but these would be delightful on the rocks too :)
    It cracks me up how we all have our hiccups with these recipes haha But at least they’re tasty!!

  8. 05/02/2012 at 9:30 am

    Looks delish! Love PW.

  9. 05/02/2012 at 9:40 am

    I was *just* flipping through my copy of PW’s book and almost made this pizza over the weekend. Yours looks insanely delicious!! I love all of the meat on top, and caramelized onions are one of my favorite things in the world.

  10. 05/02/2012 at 9:41 am

    Oh my GOSH. Is it appropriate to be craving carnitas at 9:41 a.m.?!?!

  11. 05/02/2012 at 9:48 am

    Oh my Julie, this pizza is PACKED with so much goodies! I love it! I’m so glad you guys are doing the PW installments because I still haven’t gotten her book yet! I know, I’m a bad foodie.

  12. 05/02/2012 at 10:05 am

    I love the thickness of it! And obviously the delicious topping!

  13. 05/02/2012 at 10:37 am

    NOM NOM NOM. I love this!!!! What an incredible looking pizza.

  14. 05/02/2012 at 10:45 am

    This pizza looks so great! Also I LOVE square pizzas (not sure why…), this ticks all my boxes. :)!

  15. 05/02/2012 at 10:48 am

    This is such a great idea!! Tacos can be messy but this is a winner, putting all the toppings on a pizaa!

  16. 05/02/2012 at 11:18 am

    I usually choose veggie pizza…BUT i will totally go for carnitas atop all of this pizza goodness. this is awesome!

  17. 05/02/2012 at 11:31 am

    Whoa mama, that’s one good lookin’ pizza! It looks mouthwatering, Julie! I’ve got to try this pizza for myself. Mmmm!

  18. 05/02/2012 at 11:40 am

    I don’t have a blender either :( The pizza looks incredible. So mouthwatering, and delicious. Want to make now!

    • 05/02/2012 at 11:57 am

      Come back next week and enter my giveaway to win a blender :)

  19. 05/02/2012 at 12:35 pm

    Geez, y’all ladies are killing me with this pizza. That meat just looks heavenly.

  20. 05/02/2012 at 1:56 pm

    I have such a love-hate relationship with pizza. Post-surgery, I cannot eat it anymore anyway. But something like this–with not so much heavy cheese and tomato–might just work. I loooove carnitas too…

  21. 05/02/2012 at 2:10 pm

    OMG. This looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!

  22. 05/02/2012 at 2:20 pm

    Looks yummy! Looks like you gals all agree this pizza needs more heat. Good to know! I love new ideas for pizza!

  23. 05/02/2012 at 2:42 pm

    yum yum yummmmm

  24. 05/02/2012 at 3:10 pm

    You girls did such an excellent job. Meaty carnitas pizza looks amazing…That Ree is a true genius and your version of the meal looks awesome! :)

  25. 05/02/2012 at 3:48 pm

    I’m not a big fan of meat but your picture lured me in–I want to try this asap!

  26. 05/03/2012 at 12:43 am

    It’s obvious now that I should make this pizza – your review shows that it’s worth it! Love the toppings!

  27. 05/03/2012 at 9:31 am

    That is one awesome looking pizza…and I don’t even like meat that much;-) A really good sign of an awesome photographer to make me want to eat it right away!!! That Pioneer Woman is too cool!!!

  28. 05/03/2012 at 9:46 am

    Looks PHENOMENAL! I’m so hungry and this doesn’t help the matter! :)

  29. 05/03/2012 at 9:58 am

    This looks amazing! I love salsa verde but never thought to use it on pizza!

  30. 05/03/2012 at 11:41 am

    YUM! I love carnitas and what a great idea to use a tomatillo base instead of traditional tomato sauce! And caramelized onions put this over the top!

  31. 05/03/2012 at 1:08 pm

    that is a crazy pizza! Looks awesome

  32. 05/31/2012 at 6:29 pm

    This looks utterly amazing!

  33. Beth
    02/04/2013 at 6:07 am

    Made this last night, I was too lazy to make a crust so I layered everything into a casserole dish and baked it at 500 for 15 minutes- delish!

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