For the good part of my life, I never craved pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it but to me, it was an indulgent meal meant for pigging out days only. I know, I’m crazy. It wasn’t until several years ago that I really started to appreciate dough topped with various toppings. Nowadays, I actually think about what pizza to make next – I even have a pizza stone. Today, I decided to mix it up a little and make a spicy vegetarian pizza. Here is my spicy chipotle Mexican pizza, possibly one of my best creations yet. It’s spicy, it’s a little sweet, and it’s a whole lot of tasty.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Out of all the pizza recipes I’ve shared, I realized I haven’t shared my basic pizza dough. Forgive me! The sourdough pizza dough is a great one but if you’re looking for a standard recipe, this is my go-to one. Since it has a high amount of yeast, you only need to rest the dough for 10 minutes. Pizza dough that doesn’t need to rest for 1 hour? Now that’s what I’m talking about!
While the dough is resting, gather the rest of the ingredients. This spicy chipotle Mexican pizza is vegetarian but you can easily add any protein of your choice. Shrimp, chicken, sausage would all work beautifully.
Tear the kale into small pieces and massage with oil, salt, and pepper. Shuck the corn and season with chili powder, slice the red onion, and blend together pizza sauce with chipotle.
Now comes the fun part, making the pizza. I refrain from using a rolling pin to roll out the dough because I don’t want to deflate any of the air bubbles. Instead, I use my hands to gently flatten and stretch the dough into a 12-inch circle. Press the dough from the center out, making the center thinner and the edges slighter thicker for the crust. Top the pizza with the prepared toppings and bake for 7-8 or until the cheese is bubbling.
Finish the spicy chipotle Mexican pizza with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, lime zest, and cotija. I absolutely loved this pizza. It combines everything good in life: corn, spices, cheese, and bread. And since it’s vegetarian, it’s kind of healthy, right?
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