A slice of Carnivore Pizza with melted cheese, pepperoni, and ground meat being lifted from the whole pie, showcasing the gooey cheese stretch.

Carnivore Pizza

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Pizza might be the ultimate comfort food, but for those strictly following a carnivore diet, traditional pizza is off the menu due to its bread-based crust and vegetable toppings. Let me introduce you to Carnivore Pizza, a creative and meaty twist on the classic favorite.

Cooked pizza on pizza stone.
Carnivore Pizza. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

It’s a meal that satisfies the pizza cravings while still following the animal-based eating principles of the carnivore diet. Here’s how you can enjoy pizza on the carnivore diet, including what substitutions to make and how to still enjoy this beloved dish.

If you are unfamiliar with the carnivore diet and want to learn more, be sure to check out Carnivore Diet for Beginners.

Carnivore Pizza

Carnivore Pizza flips the traditional pizza on its head, focusing on animal-based ingredients. The crust is primarily made from ground turkey or ground chicken, giving it a sturdy yet flavorful base without any grains or even keto flours.

It might surprise you to know that an animal based crust with no flours of any kind can rival a traditional pizza crust. Not only does it hold it’s shape, but it can be made to be crunchy or soft, just like a regular pizza crust.

When it comes to toppings, the sky is the limit! Well, as long as it is animal-based, that is.

Tools Needed

Following are the tools need to make this carnivore pizza recipe.

Carnivore Pizza on a pizza stone.
Carnivore Pizza Pinterest Pin. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

How to Make Carnivore Pizza

You’ll need just under an hour to make this delicious carnivore pizza!

Crust

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet or pizza stone with parchment paper. Add all ingredients for the crust into a medium bowl. Using a hand beater, mix ingredients (only 2 tablespoons of butter) until well combined.

Carnivore pizza ingredients in a bowl.
Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Put the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten it into a circle about 1/4 inch thick.

Raw pizza crust on paper.
Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top just begins to brown slightly. While baking the crust, brown the ground sausage topping if using.

Cooked pizza crust on paper.
Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Remove the crust from the oven and paint the remaining tablespoon (and optional seasoning) onto the crust.

Butter on cooked pizza crust.
Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Bake for 5-10 more minutes.

Cooked pizza crust on paper.
Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Assembly

Add pizza sauce ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir gently until well combined.

Pizza sauce ingredients in a pan.
Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Add a layer of sauce to the baked crust. Then you can begin layering your toppings in any order you like.

White pizza sauce on crust.
Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Add Mozzarella cheese, followed by cooked ground sausage and finally pepperoni.

Preparing a pizza with toppings.
Photo credit: Trina Krug.
Preparing a pizza with toppings.
Photo credit: Trina Krug.
Preparing a pizza with toppings.
Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Bake for an additional 7-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Carnivore Pizza. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Carnivore Pizza Substitutions

If you’re looking to mix things up or don’t have certain ingredients on hand, there are plenty of substitutions you can make.

  • Crust: Swap ground turkey with any other ground meat like chicken or beef for a different flavor profile. Ground turkey and chicken are the best, however.
  • Pork Rinds: If you don’t have pork rinds, additional Parmesan or another hard, grated cheese can help bind the crust.
  • Cream Cheese: For a different sauce texture, try swapping in ricotta or cottage cheese.
Pizza on white place.
Carnivore Pizza. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Can You Eat Pizza on the Carnivore Diet?

Yes, with some creative adjustments, you can eat pizza on a carnivore diet! Traditional pizza, with its grain-based crust and often vegetable-heavy toppings, doesn’t fit within the carnivore diet. However, by reconstructing the pizza with entirely animal-based ingredients, you can enjoy a version of your favorite pizza.

It’s all about getting the right mix of meaty crust and toppings to mimic the experience of a traditional pizza while keeping it carnivore-friendly.

Cooked pizza on pizza stone.
Carnivore Pizza. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Optional Carnivore Toppings

While the base of the carnivore pizza is quite filling and flavorful, adding toppings can enhance the experience. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Cheese: A sprinkle of mozzarella or slices of other cheeses can add a gooey, melty element.
  • Meats: Consider varying the meats with options like bacon, ham, or even thinly sliced steak for a hearty topping.
  • Seasonings: While not strictly carnivore, adding a sprinkle of Italian seasoning or other herbs can enhance the flavor if your dietary approach allows.
Cooked pizza on pizza stone.
Carnivore Pizza. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Cooking Tips and Tricks

  • Patience with the Crust: Ensure the meat crust is fully cooked before adding toppings. A solid base is key to a good carnivore pizza.
  • High Heat: A hot oven helps ensure a crispy edge and well-melted cheese.
  • Resting Time: Allow the pizza to rest for a few minutes after baking for easier slicing.

Whether you’re a long-time carnivore dieter or just looking to reduce your carb intake, this meaty, cheesy, satisfying alternative is worth a try on your next pizza night!

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A slice of Carnivore Pizza with melted cheese, pepperoni, and ground meat being lifted from the whole pie, showcasing the gooey cheese stretch.

Carnivore Pizza

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Calories 584 kcal

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 1 pound ground turkey or ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup pork rinds
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted and divided
  • optional 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Pizza Sauce

  • 1/4 cup bone broth
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounce cream cheese

Optional Toppings

  • 1 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • Pepperoni

Instructions
 

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet or pizza stone with parchment paper.
  • Add all ingredients for the crust (only 2 tablespoons of butter) into a medium bowl. Using a hand beater, mix ingredients until well combined.
  • Put the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten into a circle about 1/4 inch thick. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top just begins to brown slightly.
  • While baking the crust, brown the ground sausage topping if using.
  • Remove the crust from the oven and paint the remaining tablespoon of butter (and optional seasoning) onto the crust. Bake for 5-10 more minutes.

Assembly

  • Add pizza sauce ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir gently until well combined.
  • Add a layer of sauce to the baked crust. Then you can begin layering your toppings in any order you like.
  • Add Mozzarella cheese, followed by cooked ground sausage and finally pepperoni.
  • Bake for an additional 7-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 584kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 42gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 295mgSodium: 485mg
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