Have you ever tried a tomato basil pizza? Tomato goes so well with herbs, and basil is such a commonly used herb for pizza. Cilantro, however, is not that common for a pizza topping, but it is one of my favorite herbs. When my garden started producing loads of tasty heirloom tomatoes this summer, I decided to give cilantro a try on pizza! This spicy cilantro jalapeno tomato pizza is out of this world!
I love jalapenos, especially pickled jalapenos. There is just something about that vinegary spiciness that I can’t get enough of! I put them on just about anything I can manage. Sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas, nachos, and even this pizza. If you don’t love jalapenos, I suggest you try pickled sweet banana peppers. They still add a vinegary punch that takes this pizza over the top!
Variations to the Spicy Cilantro Jalapeno Tomato Pizza recipe:
- Try my quick homemade whole wheat pizza dough recipe. Takes 35 minutes, and it’s way better than store bought!
- I used 1 large brandy-wine style tomato. Roma tomatoes also work well, as do cherry tomatoes.
- Pickled peppers are so tasty on this pizza. Chose sweet banana peppers if you don’t like spicy jalapenos.
- Whole wheat pizza dough recipe (see above), for 1 crust
- Generous splash olive oil (about 1 TBS)
- 1 cup finely chopped cilantro (leaves and stems)
- 1½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large tomato, sliced
- ¼ cup pickled jalapeno slices
- dried oregano, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425 F with a pizza stone, or follow your pizza dough instructions.
- Press pizza dough in to a circle. Brush with olive oil and top with cilantro, cheese, garlic, tomatoes and jalapenos.
- Bake on the preheated pizza stone for 12 minutes, or until the edges start to brown. Because there are many moist toppings, the center cheese won't brown well.
- Let cool 5 minutes, slice into 6 slices, and serve.