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Spanish Pizza with Chorizo and Peppers

Five slices of Spanish pizza on a cutting board
Spanish pizza with chorizo and peppers can be made with homemade or store-bought pizza dough. Strewing the sausage, sliced black olives, and gratings of Manchego cheese on top only add to the flavors. Yup, it's quite an unusual combination, yet it works. And it makes for an interesting tapas.
Anne Bramley

Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 1 hr 35 mins
Main Course
16 slices
278 kcal


For the Spanish pizza dough

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water 110° to 115°F | 43° to 46°C
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for the bowl
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

For the Spanish pizza sauce and toppings

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 14 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese grated (about 2 cups)
  • 8 ounces Spanish chorizo thinly sliced
  • 3 medium poblano chile peppers seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces Manchego cheese grated (about 1 cup)


Make the pizza dough

  • In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the warm water and gently stir. Let sit until the yeast starts to foam, about 5 minutes.
  • Dump the mixture into a stand mixer. Add the salt and olive oil. Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and gradually add in 1 cup of the flour, mixing until most of the lumps disappear, about 30 seconds. Slowly add in 1 cup flour and mix until just combined.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup flour on a pastry board or the countertop. Turn the pizza dough onto the work surface and knead in the remaining 2 cups flour. Continue to knead for a total of 5 minutes.
  • Coat a clean bowl with olive oil. Move the dough to the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a towel, then place a plate on top. Let the dough rise in a warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.

Make the pizza sauce and assemble the toppings

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the tomato sauce, bring to a simmer, and cook for another 5 minutes, until the sauce begins to thicken. Set aside to cool until the dough finishes rising.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  • After the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it in half. Roll one half into a 12-inch round and place it on a baking sheet.
  • Spread half of the tomato sauce over the round, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella cheese. Top with half each of the chorizo, poblanos, and bell pepper.
  • Bake the Spanish pizza for 15 to 20 minutes until the crust is lightly browned. While the first pizza is baking, prepare the second. As each pizza comes from the oven, top it with half of the Manchego cheese, slice, and serve.