Chorizo Avocado Pizza

I’m usually a traditional American pizza kind of girl, you know pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms etc. Recently however, I’ve gotten a little more adventurous, like with the Pulled Pork Pizza and now this Chorizo Avocado Pizza. I’m really beginning to like all of this experimenting, especially when it turns out this good. The chorizo is spicy, the cheese melty, the crust crunchy yet chewy and the avocado creamy. It really is a perfect pizza.

I was first introduced to cast iron skillet pizza by a couple of friends a couple months ago. I had never tried it before but now that I have I am not sure that I will ever go back to simply baking it in a pan. The crust turns out absolutely perfect. Not too crunchy. Not too chewy. Seriously perfect. And the fact that the skillet is deep allows you to add just about any topping that you want.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when making this pizza or any other pizza in a cast iron skillet. First you want to make sure your cast iron skillet is well seasoned. This will ensure that your pizza comes out of the pan easily. Second, you want to make sure that you’ve got all of your ingredients ready to go so you can quickly assemble the pizza before the dough begins to puff up. And finally, it can be a little tricky to get it out of the pan. Just loosen it and carefully remove it. I was a little nervous at first but it turned out beautifully.

The Recipe

  • Serves 4
  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for flouring surface
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pound chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Pour warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle yeast over the top and allow to set for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine flour and 1 teaspoon salt together in a bowl. Add to proofed yeast. Add in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Use a dough hook on medium speed until the dough just comes together. Turn the mixer down to slow speed and allow to mix until a smooth ball forms, about 5 minutes. Place dough in a bowl rubbed with a little olive oil, cover tightly with saran wrap. Let rise in a warm, dark place for 40 minutes ā€“ 1 hour or until it has doubled in size. I put mine in a kitchen cabinet.
  3. Once it has doubled in size, punch the dough to release the air bubbles. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to a circle shape.
  4. Preheat the oven to 430 degrees.
  5. In a small sauce pan cook tomato sauce, cumin, garlic and chili powder. Stir. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer while you're cooking the chorizo and onions.
  6. Cook the chorizo and onions together in the cast iron skillet until the chorizo is cooked through and the onions are browned and softened. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.
  7. Leave the cast iron skillet on the burner and carefully place the dough into the skillet. Press up on the sides and just a little over the rim. Rub olive oil over the crust and quickly pour on the tomato sauce. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. Top with chorizo and onions. Continue to cook on burner over medium heat for another 3 minutes. Transfer to the preheated oven and continue to cook for 12 -15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust has browned.
  8. Remove from the oven, top with sliced avocado and cilantro.
  9. Carefully loosen the pizza from the pan and use a spatula or turner to carefully transfer the pizza to a cutting board. Slice and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

  • http://www.pomanmeals.com tijuana (po’ man meals)

    you have out done yourself with this pizza! the perfect blend of my favorite flavors! look so good.

  • http://theobsessivechef.blogspot.com StephenC

    This looks like a terrific idea. Now, can I get the courage to try it?

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  • drstanly1

    Look great. What size skillet?
    Thanks

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Hi dstanly1- great question! Sorry for not listing it. I used a 12-inch skillet.

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  • http://realfamiliesrealfood.blogspot.com/ G

    Deseree, this pizza was delicious! My husband and I enjoyed it immensely. I have a couple of questions about the recipe, for the next time I make it. The ingredient list says 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, but in the directions, you only use 1 teaspoon. What happens with the rest of the salt? Also, how large should the dough circle be when we finish rolling it? Finally, my dough would not stretch far enough. It just kept shrinking back in on itself, so I only covered the bottom of the pan. Any ideas what went wrong?

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    G- I’m glad you liked it! Thank you for catching that with the salt, I used a 1/2 teaspoon in the tomato sauce and the rest I actually sprinkle over the top of the dough right after I brush it with olive oil. It gives it a little more flavor. I’m not sure what happened with the dough. If the next time you make it, it does the same thing I would stop and let it rest untouched for 5 – 10 minutes. That should allow the gluten to relax and make it easier to stretch. I hope this helps!

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My name is Des. Iā€™m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »

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