Frozen Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 1, Kirkland brand
Frozen Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Is it Totino's?

Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 2 - Not Tombstone!

By Mike Thayer

Pizza - Perhaps the greatest food invention ever and I don't know about you, but I don't know anybody that does NOT like pizza.....

So who makes the best of the cheap frozen variety?  How will your preferred brand stack up?

I like pepperoni, it's my go-to for a pizza topping and my favorite pizza combo is a thin crust, pepperoni, mushroom, onion, with extra cheese.  You won't find that combo in grocery stores, so with that in mind, part of this review/evaluation of pizzas is the ability to doctor it, as in add your favorite ingredients.  Lord knows the bargain basement brands don't exactly get crazy with copious amounts of meat and cheese.  A lot of folks 'doctor' pizzas before placement in the oven and I'm here to assist with that.  No, that doesn't mean I'm a pizza nurse...  Don't go there.....

Tombstone Pepperoni Pizza
Tombstone Pepperoni Pizza

For the second day of this challenge I went with what is a typical buy for a lot of folks, Tombstone.  I've had a few of these over the years and I buy them not because they're good, but because they were on sale at my local grocer, a 3 for $10 deal (That works out to $3.33 per pizza for those of you who live in Valley Center).  It's that Plan B kind of food, or, sits in the freezer until frost bite starts to set in....

Tombstone Pizza
Out of the box...

So how was the pizza?  I knew what I was getting with Tombstone going in, but I had to include them in this challenge.  This is NOT a good pizza.  The portion of pepperoni is close to the picture on the packaging but it's cheap pepperoni, greasier than a good pepperoni.  Check out the pooling on the 'out of the oven' pic.  The cheese was OK in portion but you could really tell the difference between that and the quality extra mozzarella I put on.  The sauce amounted to spicy ketchup.  The crust, and here is where Tombstone really fails, is cardboard - the very thing that gives frozen pizza a bad name.  It's bland and does NOT hold up to adding extra ingredients, 'doctoring' the pizza.  You sometimes have a bake a 'doctored' pizza longer than package instructions due to that added bulk, but because this crust is SO cardboard, an extra four minutes of baking time meant outer edge over-baked, middle underside of the crust under-baked.  Picking up individual slices resulted in the droops. 

Tombstone Pepperoni Pizza
The 'doctored' pizza out of the oven, check out the pool of pepperoni grease in the middle

The Tombstone Pepperoni Pizza was definitely friendly on the wallet but when it came to the taste buds.....  Not so much.   Tombstone gets just one out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  When you see a 3 Tombstone pizzas for $10 deal, don't grab any.

1 star


Tombstone Pizza Crust
Tombstone Crust Sucks

Stay tuned for more frozen pizza reviews, with a complete ranking of worst to best to wrap up the challenge.

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