Vegan Fig and Chorizo Pizza
Okay guys, hear me out. Does this combination sound a little odd to you? I promise it is not. The sweetness of the figs, and the spicy saltiness of the chorizo actually makes more sense than anything ever has in my life! I am non stop throwing recipe ideas at my husband, however, this time he was a little bit hesitant. The second he walked through the door, I shoved a piece of this Fig and Chorizo Pizza in his face, and he definitely ate crow, not literally, of course. He told me I was right, which I absolutely love hearing.
I made my own totally delicious vegan Chorizo, and I think is the way to go. Purchasing a cheap package of extra firm tofu and doing the rest of the work is not only much cheaper, it is super fun! I furiously seasoned the tofu and made it brown and crispy. Placing that on a bed of fig jam, topping it with fresh arugula and red onion, and hot damn. Your eyes may roll back in your head, just warning you!
I really love having a sweet element on my pizzas, pineapple is a personal favorite, but I do think there needs to be balance. I needed something extra salty to counteract the figs. It seems like most people use a salty meat product. So, I thought my tofu Chorizo was the perfect accompaniment! Let me tell you, I was not wrong!
Top this pizza with fresh arugula and red onion to create a very well rounded flavor profile with the peppery freshness of the raw veggies. I think this is undoubtedly one of the most delicious pizzas I have ever had. You will not even miss the cheese, I promise.
This can also be a super quick weeknight meal, if you purchase premade pizza dough. Sometimes, I make my own, and sometimes I buy it, it really depends on how much time I have. Trader Joe’s has an amazing vegan pizza dough, which is what I always use when I am in a hurry. I will attach my pizza dough recipe, if you feel up to it. If not, feel free to buy it, and you can have this ready in about 20 minutes! I hope you enjoy! Here is my basic pizza dough recipe.
Vegan Fig and Chorizo Pizza
Beautiful sweet and spicy pizza with a fig base and soy chorizo. Topped with fresh arugula and red onion.
- 1 Block Extra firm tofu
- 2 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. Cumin
- 1/2 tsp. Coriander
- 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
- 2 tsp. Oregano
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. Black pepper
- 2 tsp. Salt
- 2 Tbsp. Chili powder
- 2 tsp. Smoked paprika
- 2 tsp. Liquid smoke
- 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 batch Pizza dough, store bought or homemade
- 1 C. Fig paste
- 1/2 C. Arugula
- 1/4 C. Red onion, sliced
Make the tofu chorizo first, squeeze the tofu in your hands to release some water. Start to crumble and squeeze out as much water as you can. Crumble completely into a bowl. Toss with the apple cider vinegar.
Add all the remaining seasonings to the bowl, and toss to coat the crumbled tofu fully. Leaving out only the olive oil.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium high. Add the tofu, and cook stirring occasionally until it starts to brown and get crispy. This make take 10-15 minutes. Take off the heat.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut the dough in half to make 2 small pizzas. Roll out on a floured surface, pretty thin either round or rectangular. Place on a pizza pan or sheet pan that has non stick spray.
Cover the pizza dough in fig jam, then spread the tofu chorizo over the top. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
When pizza is brown and crisp, remove from the oven, top with arugula and onion. Serve immediately!