Chorizo pizza with arugula on a table.

Spicy Chorizo Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese and Arugula

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 - 10 inch pizzas 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: North American


When you have spicy chorizo, caramelized onions, Goat Cheese, and arugula on a pizza, you can’t go wrong. Seriously, you need to make this pizza right now.



For the sauce:

  • 1 cup tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small clove of garlic, very finely minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes

For the toppings:

  • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces chorizo, sliced thinly
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup of goat cheese, or more
  • 2 large handfuls of baby arugula
  • A drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil


For the pizza dough:

  1. Follow the directions for this pizza dough recipe and make only ⅓ of the recipe, or feel free to sub your own if you have a favourite. Please note: the pizza dough that I linked to does take 18 hours before it is ready. You’ll need to plan ahead!

For the sauce:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan with high sides and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and let the sauce boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until it has thickened. Whisk the sauce occasionally while it is cooking. It will splatter A LOT which is why you want a pot with high sides. Don’t cover it or it won’t thicken.

For the pizza:

  1. Place the oven rack in the top third of your oven and preheat it oven to 500 degrees. If you are using a pizza stone or steel, place it in your oven before you turn it on.
  2. Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. Lightly flour a pizza peel or the bottom side of a baking tray and place the pizza dough, stretched out into a rough circle or rectangle on top. Add some of the sauce, half of the caramelized onions an half of the chorizo. Sprinkle the tops with a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Either slide the pizza onto the pizza stone or place the baking tray directly in the oven. Bake for 5-6 minutes if you’re using a pizza stone, or 10 minutes if you are using a baking sheet. You’ll know it is done when the edges of the crust have puffed up, there are a few charred bubbles at the edges and the bottom is no longer soft.
  5. When the pizza has finished cooking remove it from the oven and top it with goat cheese, arugula and drizzle the top with olive oil.
  6. Serve right away!

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