Day of the Dead pizza! This Mexican celebration of the head is close to my heart. Having lost someone so near to my heart, I love the opportunity to celebrate her and invite her soul to celebrate with us even if it’s just for a day.
Often confused with Halloween, the timing is close and it involves skulls, but DOTD is not gory and scary. Instead it’s a beautiful celebration of life.

Pizza dough is enhanced with Basil, left to double in size, and then rolled. It’s topped with Pizza sauce,
Kalamata Olives, Beef salami, Sliced cheese, Mushrooms that I’ve carved to look like skulls, Tomato roses, Cherry Tomatoes, Beef Salami roses and fresh Basil it’s baked and then adored with more fresh Basil and Parsley!

Day of the Dead Pizza

3.46 from 24 votes


Pizza Dough – makes 2

  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp quick rise Yeast
  • 1 cup of warm Water
  • 2 tbsps Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2.5 cups pre sifted all purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsps chopped fresh Basil

Toppings per pizza

  • 4 Mushroom halves – Small & Large Mushrooms
  • 3 Tomato Roses
  • 6 Cherry tomatoes halves
  • 4 tbsps of Tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsps of Kalamata Olives
  • 4 – 5 slices Beef Salami
  • 5 and 1/4 slices Provolone Cheese
  • 2 Beef Salami roses
  • 1/4 cup of Basil
  • 1/4 cup of Parsley
  • More fresh Basil


  • Add the sugar and yeast to a bowl and cover with warm water and allow the yeast to froth for about 10 – 15 mins
  • Add the olive oil, salt and the flour in additions to form a dough
  • Add the basil at the end and transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and leave in a warm place for 1 -2 hours till doubled in size
  • Prepare the skulls and tomato roses as shown in video
  • Add more flour if needed to knead the dough again and divide in half
  • Roll out one half and cover with tomato sauce, Kalamata olives, beef salami, cheese and decorate with mushrooms, tomato roses, cherry tomato halves, beef salami roses and some fresh basil
  • Make in a preheated oven at 350 for 10 – 15 mins