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Beef Carnitas ‘Pizza’ with Pineapple Tomato Salsa

Beef Carnitas 'Pizza' with Pineapple Tomato Salsa

I made “Beef Carnitas with Lime Cauliflower Rice, Roasted Garlic and Pineapple Orange Salsa” the other night. So yummy, but I had a little bit of beef left and I thought it will be good to use the leftovers to make some ‘pizza’ snacks. Well, it’s not exactly pizza.. I used Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls as my ‘pizza’ dough, sprinkled it with beef, onions, red peppers and mexican style cheese blend that you can find in your local grocery store. Yes, that’s simple! Bake it for 20 min, and top it with pineapple tomato salsa.

Beef Carnitas 'Pizza' with Pineapple Tomato Salsa

  • Time: 35 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can Pillsbury™ Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
  • Oil spray
  • 1 cup cooked beef carnitas ( or use pretty much any leftover meat you have)
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mexican style cheese blend

Pineapple Tomato Salsa 

  • 3/4 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 chopped plum tomato
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 Jalapeño chile, seeds and stem removed, chopped, or taste
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. If using crescent rolls: On ungreased cookie sheet, unroll dough. Press or roll dough to form 13×9-inch rectangle, pressing perforations to seal. Form 1/4-inch rim around edges. If using dough sheet: On ungreased cookie sheet, unroll dough. Press or roll dough to form 13×9-inch rectangle. Form 1/4-inch rim around edges.
  3. Spray a little bit of oil over dough. Sprinkle with beef, onion, bell pepper and cheese.
  4. Bake 18 to 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  5. Make pineapple tomato salsa by combining all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  6. Sprinkle salsa over the ‘pizza’. Cut into squares. Serve warm.


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  • Reply
    February 28, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Sounds like a great way to use the leftover beef and the pizza toppings are delicious. Also love the crescent dough as a pizza crust!!

    • Reply
      February 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! Yes, it was pretty good, considering it only took 10 min to assemble it:) have a nice weekend!

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    Sweet and Savoury Pursuits
    February 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Looks delicious! Love it when things come together so quickly.

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    Good Food Everyday
    February 28, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    This looks so yum 🙂

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    Chitra Jagadish
    March 1, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Would Love to borrow your pineapple tomato salsa for my veggies. .. yummm

  • Reply
    Tasty Eats Ronit Penso
    March 1, 2015 at 8:47 am

    What a fun way to use leftovers! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dana Fashina
    March 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Ooooh yes!

  • Reply
    March 2, 2015 at 4:58 am

    So nice to see a different version of pizza and your recipe certainly looks like a winner. Love the salsa 🙂

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    March 2, 2015 at 5:41 am

    This looks delicious! Love having this kind of pizza – so much better made from scratch as opposed to “ordering in”.

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    Pang @ circahappy
    March 8, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    This looks fantastic, Olga. I actually think that I might like this pizza more than my usual pizza. 🙂

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