Chorizo Taco Pizza with Cilantro Sauce

by Erin

Combine taco Tuesday with pizza night by swapping out the taco shell for a pizza crust. Top it off with some cilantro sauce and you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this sooner.

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If you weren’t aware, I am one of the leaders for the Columbus Food Bloggers group here in Columbus, OH and one of the fun things we got to do was create our own pizza specials at a local pizza joint in town, Paulie Gee’s, which we dubbed #cbuspizzaleague. Every week a different blogger got to choose their toppings and a proceed of the sales wen to the charity of their choice! Mine of course was a BBQ creation, but I’m not here to talk about that. What we need to talk about is Kayla’s (Crave Columbus) chorizo taco pizza topped with cilantro sauce made from another local restaurant, Arepazo.

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While I sadly missed out on trying the real thing, I added it to my list of things I had to attempt to recreate. After getting my hands on the bottle of that delicious green stuff (cilantro sauce) I knew it was time. A blend of cheddar, Monterey jack, and cotija cheese is topped with tomatoes, red onion, and chorizo sausage. After getting all bubbly in the oven it is finished off with a drizzle of cilantro sauce. And then I may have served it with even more cilantro sauce on the side. And yes you most certainly should make this for watching football this Sunday instead of ordering, because you know it’ll take over an hour for them to delivery due to being over loaded. Looking for more football food for this weekend? Scroll down!

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House updates: Bob buffed the wood floors on Sunday and we are currently painting the rooms that we want/need it. After that, we will move a bunch of small things by car first (mostly clothing and kitchen stuff so we can transition quickly) and then all the big stuff on Saturday. Which means we will be completely worn out by Sunday, ready to stuff our faces while watching the big game with friends. Thank goodness someone else is hosting! Hopefully I will be able to whip up something to bring, but it will likely be much simpler than this pizza. What are your favorite football foods? Check out the list of recipes from other bloggers below!

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Two years ago: Weekly Meal Plan: 5

Three years ago: BBQ Chicken Dip

Five years ago: White Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Six years ago: Blackberry Swirl Meyer Lemon Curd Ice Cream


Serves 3-4


1 recipe pizza dough, risen

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup grated cotija cheese (or Parmesan)

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

1 cup halved grape tomatoes

1 chorizo sausage link, casing removed and crumbled

El Arepazo‘s cilantro sauce for topping (or here’s a copycat recipe if you don’t live in Columbus)

Fresh, chopped cilantro


  1. Place pizza stone on middle rack and allow to preheat in the oven to 450°F.
  2. Roll out dough to desired size and transfer to a pizza peel (or flat baking sheet) sprinkled with cornmeal.
  3. Brush olive oil evenly over the dough, top with the cheeses, red onion, tomatoes, and chorizo.
  4. Transfer to the hot pizza stone (it’ll take a couple shakes) and bake for 15 minutes or until it the crust turns golden and the cheese starts to bubble.
  5. Remove from oven and immediately top with a drizzle of cilantro sauce and more fresh cilantro. Serve with more cilantro sauce for dipping!

Source: Inspired by the Crave Columbus pizza special at Paulie Gee’s.

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Valentina | The Baking Fairy January 30, 2019 - 8:12 pm

This looks SO good! I definitely need some of that creamy cilantro sauce in my life!

Cindy January 30, 2019 - 7:35 pm

Tacos AND pizza? I’m there!

spiffycookie January 30, 2019 - 7:42 pm

Two for one!

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck January 30, 2019 - 6:27 pm

Alright, that sauce has me totally drooling!!! I think I need a slice ASAP!

Mackenzie January 30, 2019 - 6:21 pm

This is hands down my new favorite pizza! Now I just have to get my family on board because we’re making this ALL the time!

spiffycookie January 30, 2019 - 7:03 pm

One taste and they will all be on board!

Ashley January 30, 2019 - 4:41 pm

We have a place in town with really good taco pizza, but your sounds even better! I love the chorizo and the cilantro sauce! Yum!

spiffycookie January 30, 2019 - 7:03 pm

I love unique toppings! Classics are always good but it’s fun to experiment.

Terri January 29, 2019 - 10:26 pm

My daughter loves sausage and chorizo is one of her favorites. I’m sending the link to her to make her drool in the middle of the day.

spiffycookie January 30, 2019 - 7:23 am

Hahaha you’re a good mom ;-)

Karen January 29, 2019 - 9:33 pm

What a fun weekly event! And this pizza sounds delicious.

Hezzi-D January 29, 2019 - 8:22 pm

I LOVE taco pizza but have never had it with a cilantro sauce, YUM!

spiffycookie January 30, 2019 - 7:23 am

You must try it!

Lisa Kerhin January 29, 2019 - 3:21 pm

I need to try this pizza. Change up our pizza night! YUM

spiffycookie January 30, 2019 - 7:23 am

I love experimenting with pizza toppings for pizza night! It’s my favorite way to use up random things in the fridge.

Susan January 29, 2019 - 11:05 am

I’m definitely going to have to try this pizza. You are my go-to source for pizza recipes. I love the idea of the cilantro sauce, but I will definitely tone down the heat by using half a jalapeño in place of the serrano. I hope your move goes well and leaves you enough energy to enjoy the football game.

spiffycookie January 29, 2019 - 11:38 am

Thanks so much Susan! I’ve been slacking on new pizza creations lately but hopefully I will get back into it!

Wendy Klik January 29, 2019 - 9:15 am

I’m loving everything about this pizza, especially that cilantro sauce. YUM

Dad January 29, 2019 - 8:43 am

I will be making 2 of your recipes for Super Bowl sunday at the Krolls.
Apple Fritter Bread and Buckeye Cheesecake Cake.

spiffycookie January 29, 2019 - 11:38 am

Oh yay! Those are both good ones. You’ve made the apple fritter bread before, right?

Jolene January 29, 2019 - 8:35 am

Pizza is my very favorite food, and this version is calling my name!

Ellen January 29, 2019 - 8:23 am

That’s one great looking pizza! So much better than take out and sure to be a hit at any party.

Kate January 29, 2019 - 7:57 am

Oh my, this sounds amazing!


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