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Meatza Recipe For Grain-Free Pizza

Introducing Meatza — perhaps my most favorite take on a grain-free pizza yet. This recipe comes courtesy of Cara Faus, of Health, Home, & Happiness. Cara included it in this month’s Grain-Free Meal Plan. If you’re looking for grain-free, kid-approved meals that will please your spouse without breaking your budget, be sure to check out Cara’s Grain-Free Meal Plan. Thanks, Cara, for the Meatza recipe!

What exactly is Meatza? Well, use your imagination and you just might figure it out! A “meatza” is a grain-free pizza with a meaty crust. Because let’s face it: what we really, really, love about pizza is the well-seasoned sauce, the savory vegetables, and the salty, fatty meats. A meatza is a convenient and downright tasty way to get all your favorites, but without the hassle of refined flours, yeasty doughs, or anything even almost resembling gluten.

Meatza Recipe for Grain-Free Pizza

Meatza Recipe: The Players

  • 5 pounds grass-fed ground beef (where to find grass-fed beef)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt, ground (where to find a REAL sea salt)
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3-6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 ¼ cups tomato sauce
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1-2 zucchini or summer squash, thinly sliced (or the vegetables of your choice)
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced into rounds (or the vegetables of your choice)
  • 5 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)

(where to find bulk, organic, non-irradiated herbs & spices)

Meatza Recipe: The How-To

1) Preheat oven to 400F. Mix ground beef, pepper, salt, seasoning, and garlic. On a cookie sheet or in a large glass dish pat meat into a ‘pizza crust’.

2) Top with tomato sauce and vegetables, then top with cheese.

3) Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and cheese is melted. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then slice into wedges or squares.

4) ENJOY! (And perhaps best of all: Save the leftovers for lunch the next day. YUM.)

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61 Responses to Meatza Recipe For Grain-Free Pizza
  1. Pavil, the Uber Noob
    August 2, 2011 | 8:27 am

    I know what we are having tonight :)

    Ciao, Pavil

  2. Julia Kohli via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    I love me some meatza! :)

  3. Morgen Ashley Becker via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    Had one last night!

  4. Sandra Fonseca via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    it’s kind of like having moussaka instead of lasagnaa

  5. Jill Campana via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:10 pm


  6. Anna Salvesen via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    Yup, love meatza! The sauce, cheese, and toppings give it that pizza flavor, though purists will miss the crunch that a good pizza crust has. I still eat meatza with a knife and fork, though some do eat it with their hands.

  7. Joshua Ferguson via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    wow that sounds absolutely delicious

  8. Angel Turner via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    This sounds awesome, but does it really take 5 pounds of meat? That seems like an awfully large amount.

  9. Barb Schuetz via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    We love meatza! I just recently also came across a taco version- YUM!

  10. Kimberly Smith via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    OH!!! I gotta look at this. I MISS pizza! Son will have to wait, maybe, for lack of dairy, but I am gonna!

  11. Golden Cindy via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    5 lbs of grass fed beef = about 40-50 bucks. thatsa one expensive pizza!

  12. Food Renegade via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:31 pm

    @Golden Cindy — Where are you buying your beef? I pay $2.89/lb for my grass-fed beef direct from a local rancher.

  13. Golden Cindy via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    asheville NC

    • Julie
      March 25, 2013 | 5:37 pm

      I’m in Asheville, too and there’s lots of cheaper places to buy good grass-fed meats! Hominy Valley farms is one, it’s around $5.50/lb. I’m making this using part ground beef, part beef heart (from Earthfare, $3-ish/lb). I also found some ground beef, grass-fed at Amazing Savings for $4.99/lb.

  14. Kimberly Smith via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    Ours is about $4 a lb here.

  15. Sherrie Singletary Childress via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    It’s $6-7 at the stores, here, but we, too, buy ours from a farmer…we pay $2.99/lb in Georgia.

    • Becky
      November 10, 2011 | 6:00 pm

      I live in GA too, where do you buy your grassfed beef for $2.99/lb?? I’ve been paying over $6/lb…

      • Laura
        May 20, 2012 | 9:15 am

        Yes, please tell! Where do you get it in GA?

  16. Kimberly Smith via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:34 pm

    That’s direct.

  17. Food Renegade via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    I’ve seen grassfed ground beef as high as $6/lb at the stores here, but I’ve never seen it as high as $8-$10/lb for the GROUND stuff.

  18. Angel Turner via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    $6-7 here too in SC when I can find it.

  19. Jayme Siegel Harvey via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    @Golden Cindy…I was thinking the same thing! Not everyone has direct access to grass-fed beef direct from a “local” rancher…

  20. RoseAnn Heger via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    Hmm… I was just thinking of how much I miss pizza today. I’ll have to give this a try when I can have tomatoes again…

  21. Food Renegade via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    @Golden Cindy — At least it’s a whole lot more FILLING than a normal pizza!

  22. Nikki Burklow-Rogers via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    RoseAnn, you could always substitute the tomato sauce with pesto or another yummy sauce.

  23. Barb Schuetz via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    It gets as high at $7.79/lb in stores here. Not able to get it direct year round here….. and even so, you usually have to buy a portion, which also isn’t always possible. When we make it, we firgure a pound per person.

  24. Holly Garrett Chitwood via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    @Sherrie in Georgia, where do you get your ground beef? I am in Georgia also and looking into sources.

  25. Golden Cindy via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    hi yea, it sounds delish. i’m gonna try it with less poundage. it’s $8# direct too, here, at least that I’ve checked. :-( $2.98 is AMAZING.

  26. Sherrie Singletary Childress via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Holly Garrett Chitwood — we get our meat from Capes Sausage Company in Covington. It’s $2.99 for ground beef, and they also have waiting lists for cows (1/4, 1/2, etc). We’ve been using them for about a year now…much cheaper AND better than the prices at Publix and Kroger. We don’t have Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s down in Middle Georgia. :(

  27. Kimberly Smith via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    Yeah, at the store, it’s about $8 a lb, jumped up $2 in a week!

  28. Holly Garrett Chitwood via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 2:04 pm

    Thanks Sherrie, I am in South Metro Atlanta, but don’t have those stores either. I have ordered from White Oak Pastures, but their ground beef is $5.99. Trying to find sources closer to home.

  29. Amanda Dittlinger
    August 2, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    5lbs is a lot of meat! I wonder if this freezes well? It should, I would think. I’ve been trying to come up with some easy freezer meals.

    • KristenM
      August 2, 2011 | 2:58 pm

      It is a lot of meat! Unless you have a big family or company over, you won’t be able to eat this in one sitting. Yes, this freezes quite well.

  30. Golden Cindy via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    lucky duckies!

  31. Jackie Vetter via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    Have you ever had a pizza crust made from eggs, zucchini and almond flour? So delicious!

  32. Mary Light via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 7:19 pm

    Our farmer supplies 5 oz patties of delicious grass fed ground beef- perfect for mini meatza’s

  33. Katherine
    August 2, 2011 | 7:49 pm

    This is genius! I can eat meatza, even while on the sugar detox!!!!! Thank you!

  34. Sara Webber via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 8:40 pm

    sweet meatza goodness drooool

  35. Kara Hill via Facebook
    August 2, 2011 | 10:35 pm

    I get my grass fed beef direct from the farmer in OK and its about $5-6 a lb for ground. I haven’t EVER seen it in the stores around me.

  36. Kai
    August 3, 2011 | 9:28 am

    Now if only my son, who should be eating gluten-free, liked meat. I’m going to have to try this anyways.

  37. Good Life Menus via Facebook
    August 3, 2011 | 10:42 am

    LOL, great description! I make this all the time, along with Pizza Stew in the crockpot! I have 3 kids, including a teen and an about-to-be teen and a little straggler, and they just chow down on this stuff! The oldest is a starter on a competitive football team, and this really fuels him! Along with kombucha.

    • Brenda
      August 4, 2011 | 2:46 pm

      Would love that Pizza stew recipe?

  38. Brenda
    August 4, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    Every other recipe I’ve seen for Meatza always bakes the meat crust first and that is the way I started making it. I think the reason is that the crust shrinks a lot and there is a considerable about of “stuff” that cooks out and pools on top of the meat. It is then recommended to scrap that off before adding the toppings and then put it back in the oven. I certainly would rather just do it all in one step and I do think I tried that once and it didn’t turn out right. Have you had no trouble with extra stuff cooking out of the crust that you don’t want?

    I also have made Meatza in individual “personal” pans since everyone in my family likes to do their own toppings. Just another option.

    • KristenM
      August 4, 2011 | 2:52 pm

      You’re right that the meat crust “shrinks” — kinda the same way a hamburger patty does. I just cook it in a jelly roll pan instead of a pizza pie pan. It’s deep enough to catch any pooling liquids that cook out of the “crust.”

    • Joelle
      August 26, 2011 | 2:01 pm

      I made it today and it juiced out all over the place. I must have used too much sauce. I probably would cook the meat crust first next time, drain any liquid, then add toppings and broil it. Sure tastes good! But mine looks more like a soup.

  39. nancy
    August 4, 2011 | 11:00 pm

    “without breaking your budget”, hack hack, not in my city (Boise). 5 lbs of meat? I think not… back to my yummy spelt herb pizza crust…

    • KristenM
      August 4, 2011 | 11:03 pm

      Well, this obviously makes 5 lbs worth of dinner & lunch — in other words several meals. Seems quite affordable when you look at it that way…

  40. Elizabeth
    August 7, 2011 | 11:29 pm

    I made eggplant pizza crust tonight. Next week is Meatza!

  41. Carol@easytobeglutenfree
    August 14, 2011 | 11:53 am

    Love this idea!

  42. shannan
    August 17, 2011 | 4:55 pm

    What size pan do you use for this?

  43. Leah
    August 21, 2011 | 11:41 pm

    Those of you paying so much for your ground beef might want to consider ordering from US wellness meats. It’s $6/lb but they have TONS of other great stuff too…

  44. Karen
    April 26, 2012 | 12:13 am

    I haven’t tried this yet, but I will. :) I think I would decrease the amount of GFB though. If you’re eating Paleo or Gluten-free diet, you MUST MUST MUST try CHEBE breadstick and pizza crust mix. It’s made w/ cassava flour (tapioca) and it comes out chewy, crunchy, and toothsome…just like REAL pizza with few calories. I omitted the cheese called for in the “dough”…but it was amazing. I would brush the crust w/ ghee and garlic to add some more flavor and to make it brown more. MEATZA is next. Can’t wait. I’ll come back and let you know how it turned out. :)

  45. Laura
    May 20, 2012 | 9:18 am

    I made this last night but scaled it down. 1lb of meat+ toppings. It was delicious and extremely filling! I’ll be making again and again.

    Word of advice for anyone else who wants to scale it down: it doesn’t need 30 minutes in the oven. Mine took about half that. Less meat=less cook time.

    Thanks for the delicious ideas!

  46. William in DC
    June 20, 2012 | 9:13 am

    Thanks for the recipe. A question for you or other commentators:

    1. Do you need egg in the crust or it’s fine as described?

    2. Can it just be cooked a straight 30 minutes, or must it be drained after 5-10 minutes then returned?

    I like your write up of the recipe as it’s the simplest most straightforward I’ve seen. In cooking, simple AND delicious is the way to go

  47. HealingRebel
    October 2, 2012 | 10:31 am

    That’s one expensive pizza. Living in rural northern new mexico the cheapest grass fed ground meat is $7/lb. From the Farmer’s market we’re looking at around $5/lb. My life would be completely and wholly different if I could get clean meat for $3/lb. You can’t even buy goat meat for that in the NM/TX area.

    With all those ingredients this would make a $40-$50 meal around here. It looks lovely, but who can afford that? It seems wasteful.

    • Julie
      March 25, 2013 | 9:34 pm

      It’s not one meal. This is 2-3 meals for our family.

  48. Howard
    February 21, 2013 | 7:29 pm

    Is anyone aware of the nutrition facts for this?

  49. Julie
    March 25, 2013 | 9:40 pm

    This was more like a huge hamburger with pizza toppings. I used our really big baking dish (maybe 10x 15?) and the meat was still around 2″ thick – too much for 1 meal – so lots of yummy leftovers this week! I did like how easy it was to prepare. Next time I’ll only use 1-2 lbs of meat. I used 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 ground beef heart, plus a couple pureed chicken livers for good measure ;)

  50. Megan
    May 9, 2013 | 11:56 am

    Here in beautiful California (central coast/bay area)…. the “step 4″ “pasture centered” ground beef (not sure how much I trust this, but can’t afford other options) at Whole Foods every once in a while goes on sale for $5.50-$6 a pound – otherwise all grass fed ground beef is $8-9 a pound. Most the time I get cheap steaks and roasts for less – $6-7. So I haven’t gotten to make a Meatza yet, but it is SO on my must-make list!!!!!!

  51. Steve
    August 23, 2013 | 2:39 am

    i was in such a rush to try this when i got home i forgot to add the Sauce …. but it was still good

  52. Jaclyn Collis via Facebook
    December 22, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    I like quinoa pizza crust!!! It’s so crispy and yummy!

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