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Kale, Chorizo And Manchego Pizza Recipe: Yes, It’s Divine

Kale, Chorizo and Manchego Pizza Recipe

I have to give my husband credit for this kale, chorizo and manchego pizza recipe. He saw it in my Sunset magazine. I was super skeptical, but I was wrong in an I’ve-eaten-this-for-three-days-straight kind of wrong.

We opted for pork chorizo after looking at the nutritional content for both pork and beef chorizo. Pork has significantly less fat, without sacrificing flavor. We have not yet tried it with turkey chorizo, but I wonder if it would be too dry. The kale will get crispy on top of the pizza, like freshly baked kale chips. I love it this way, however, it will not retain the crispiness the following day.

It doesn’t matter, because you won’t have leftovers.

Kale, Chorizo, and Manchego Pizza Recipe

Kale, Chorizo, and Manchego Pizza Recipe


    This recipe is an easier version of one appearing in the February 2012 edition of Sunset Magazine
  • 1 bag of chopped kale
  • 1 lb. of pizza dough or 1 ready-made pizza crust
  • 1 cup grated manchego cheese
  • 1 cup of chorizo, sausage-style


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. If using fresh dough, prepare per directions.
  3. Sprinkle the dough with manchego, then kale, then chorizo.
  4. You could sprinkle a bit of manchego on top of the pizza, if you like.
  5. Bake for 5-10 minutes.

You’re welcome.

  • Kari - May 1, 2012

    We love soy chorizo and eat it with everything. I’m going to have to try this recipe as well with the soyrizo. We get ours from Trader Joe’s and it’s excellent. :)

  • Mama Mary - March 28, 2012

    My mouth is watering like crazy right now!

  • SD Deals and Steals Kate - March 20, 2012

    OH MY GOODNESS!! That looks so good!! I think it might be a great way to get my kids to try kale (so far we have not had successful kale consumption by the little ones ;-))

  • Olga @ Choose Healthy Food - March 19, 2012

    This is like Portiguese soup Caldo Verde on the pizza :)))) Looks great by the way and certainly makes me feel like pizza can be healthy.

  • Rodzilla - March 19, 2012

    Sounds great! I would have went with pork as well, I think chorizo is traditionally pig and if it’s leaner that’s all the better!

  • Simone - March 19, 2012

    Looks good. I use soyrizo so there’s even less fat and grease. Yum!

    • La Jolla Mom - March 19, 2012

      I saw soyrizo at VONS today! I suspect you might have to drizzle the pizza with a little bit of olive oil if you used it, since the fat helps soften the kale. I’m going to try it!

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