Pumpkin Chorizo Pizza

Pumpkin Chorizo Pizza at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Now that you have cooked and pureed your pumpkin, Chef Kristina Vanni has created this unique and easy-to-make pizza dish perfect for fall football parties or family pizza night. This is also a great recipe to make when you have leftover pumpkin puree and chorizo from making my chorizo stuffing after Thanksgiving.

To make a gluten free version, use Udi’s Gluten Free premade pizza crusts. Or you can use my healthy whole wheat pizza dough recipe or premade pizza dough from the store. 

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Pumpkin Chorizo Pizza at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Pumpkin Chorizo Pizza


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 12 ounce purchased pizza crust
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cubed fontina cheese
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced Spanish chorizo
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
  • Additional olive oil and chopped sage for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil over crust and set aside.
  3. Heat remaining tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add shallots, garlic, and pepper flakes to hot pan.
  5. Sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Stir in pumpkin puree, smoked paprika, and salt.
  7. Cook, stirring, until sauce is thickened and hot.
  8. Spread sauce evenly over pizza crust; scatter with cubed fontina. Arrange sliced chorizo evenly over top and sprinkle with chopped sage.
  9. Place pizza on a cookie sheet or directly on oven rack, if preferred. Bake for 12 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.
  10. If desired, drizzle a little olive oil over pizza and sprinkle with additional chopped sage.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • Serving size: 1/4 to 1/6 of pizza

6 thoughts on “Pumpkin Chorizo Pizza

  1. Nicole

    I’m working on making this soon, but was wondering…

    I bought Chorizo, but it is raw right now. Does the thinly sliced chorizo cook in the oven? Or does it have to be pre-cooked?

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Great question, Nicole. First, cook the chorizo sausage on a pan on the stove top until it’s cooked through. (Or you can cook it up on the grill.) Let cool a bit (it’ll be juicy) and then slice it for your pizza.

  2. Katherine Martinelli

    Oh wow – what a great idea!!! I love pumpkin and love it in sweet applications but it is so refreshing to see it in such a delicious looking savory recipe!! Pumpkin and chorizo sounds great together. Thanks for linking up at my linky party!!


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