Set your taste buds on fire with this jalapeno popper kale deep dish pizza – between the chiles and the pepperjack cheese, it is not meant for the faint of heart!
jalapeno popper kale deep dish pizza

That time you put a scale on your wedding registry for, you know, completeness, thinking that no one would actually get it for you because TACT.

But then it mysteriously arrives at your door and YOU DECIDE TO STEP ON IT.

When am I going to learn to make better life choices?


So now I’ve put myself on this thing called a wedding diet.

And a real one this time.

The kind where I actually count calories and don’t just say I’m on a wedding diet while simultaneously devouring a plate of cookies. Because apparently the latter kind has not really been working out too well for me. Go figure.

I mean, it’s not so much of a dire situation. All of my jeans still fit, so how bad could things really be?

But how glad am I that I made and devoured this pizza two days before this life altering realization? So glad.


If you’re going to go out, you might as well go out with a bang.

A cheesy, spicy, carbalicious deep dish kind of bang.


For this month’s Recipe Redux, we were challenged to create a recipe with a spice that had been lurking in the backs of our cabinets, but since I really am an equal opportunist with my spice usage, I chose instead to use a new-to-me spice that I had never cooked with before! The super kind folks over at Melissa’s Produce, purveyor of all things crazy/awesome/delicious in the produce world, recently sent me some of their Hatch chile powders to try, and as soon as I received them, I knew I just HAD to make this pizza! The mild chile powder is infused into the dough and adds just a hint of heat, with some great chile flavor.

This pizza isn’t tame, though! Slices of jalapeno and pepperjack cheese on top bring some serious spice while dollops of cream cheese and kale do their best to tame it, so your tongue is alternately exploding in flames and then submerged in creamy goodness.

It’s kind of the best.


Unless you’re on a self-imposed wedding diet.

Which I will promptly start after I eat all the leftovers. It just seems like the right thing to do.


Jalapeno Popper Kale Deep Dish Pizza
Set your taste buds on fire with this jalapeno popper kale deep dish pizza - between the chiles and the pepperjack cheese, it is not meant for the faint of heart!
Yield: 1 pizza
For the crust
  • 2¼ tsp yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water, divided
  • pinch of sugar
  • 2½ cups bread flour, divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp hatch chile powder
For the pizza
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves thinly sliced
  • 8 oz low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 jalapenos, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese, grated
  1. For the crust, in a small bowl whisk together the yeast, ¼ cup of water, and a pinch of sugar. Let sit while you prepare the rest of the dough. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the bread hook attachment, combine 2 cups of bread flour, olive oil, salt, remaining water, and chile powder. If the yeast has become foamy, then add it into the mix as well. If not, then it is probably dead and you should buy new yeast.
  2. Mix on medium speed until well combined. If the dough is still sticking to the sides of the bowl after a minute or mixing, then add in more flour until it does not. Mix on medium-high speed for 4 minutes. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat water in medium pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add the kale to the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until wilted. Drain and set aside.
  4. When the dough is ready to use, grease a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Heat oven to 425.
  5. Spread the dough into the greased skillet so that it reaches the sides. Top with dollops of the cream cheese, kale, pepper jack, and jalapenos, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and bottom of the dough is a golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 slices


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66 Responses to Jalapeno Popper Kale Deep Dish Pizza

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    Give me some of this fiery cheesy creamy awesomeness!
    Also, I love the colour of your skillet. 🙂

  2. Allie says:

    oh my this looks delicious.

  3. So much cheesy goodness going on with this dish!!

  4. this is by far one of the best things you have ever made in my opinion. Not sure if that is solely bc I am obsessed with jalapenos or bc I love pizza so much- regardless its the best!

  5. I’m on an “I need to be in a wedding” diet and it’s the worst. All of the dieting of having my own wedding, minus the presents. So even if you aren’t friends with your scale, at least you didn’t shell out $50 for something that tells you not to eat any more pizza. Even though I’m a total baby about spice, I love that you put a little bit of heat in your crust + jalapenos + spicy cheese. Gives me the perfect excuse to dip this in Ranch dressing, like I would a normal jalapeno popper, and devour a million slices. Just don’t tell my scale, k?

  6. Ohhh myyy gosh. This PIZZA! I’ve been considering doing the jump to vegan but I think I’ll wait until I make this! This is genius! I’m actually sending it to my mom right now because jalapeno popper dip is her favorite!

  7. Sues says:

    This is my dream come true. I’d give up any diet for a piece of this pizza!!

  8. Such a great looking pizza. I can just imagine the flavor with this pizza. Yum!!

  9. Louanne says:

    Wow, just WOW! Everything I love combined to make the best food ever – pizza! Going to make this with my almond flour/cauli crust – perfect weekend food.

  10. OMG yes…. sooooo much cheese, seriously! LOVE!

  11. Heather says:

    I want this in my mouth right now.

  12. danielle says:

    The jalapenos in our garden are coming in like crazy! I was looking for something good to make with them. This looks amazing!

  13. Lisa says:

    The more jalapeno the better I say. I try not to eat too much pizza, but this one I could not resist. Delicious and comforting.

  14. Mia says:

    Oh Joooooo , have been going thru ur blog and I’m out of touch of soon oophorectomy much this happening in your life.

    All good wonderful things like this pizza.

    baby ur getting married man , like sooonnnnnn

    I need to see if I can do anything with ur registry so need to email u ASAP.

    This pizza would have no remains with me , diet or not , with all the spicy Ness raking a fire in my belly and mouth and nose, not in that order , I’d still gobble it all up.
    In fact I’m so hungry right now I so want even a few slices , lol.
    I will never learn to read ur blog on a practically empty tummy.
    love n hugs buddy. I must say hi to all , ur the first since my back online.

  15. Mia says:

    Don’t ask me what that typo was. This is what i get for using the tab. Words r no longer my own at times.

  16. Mia says:

    Your pictures are lovely. Is that your warm farm table ? And ur props and ware jus keep rocking with every post.
    You looked gorgeous in a saree at Anus wedding by the way.
    and super cute in surgical room when ur badddd cut was being dealt with.

  17. Kale on a pizza is definitely the way forward. Even better that is has jalapeños on it too. This looks like my perfect pizza.

  18. Holy yum! I don’t think any diets could EVER be fulfilled with this uber-cheesy pizza around! Seriously, I’m dying over all that green/ cheesy goodness!

  19. Monica says:

    Love this ‘in your face’ bold pizza! Pre-wedding dieting (any dieting) sucks but think of how great it will be once the wedding is over and you can embark on a post-wedding/honeymoon “diet” of anything you want! I hope this pizza makes a comeback for you then.

  20. This looks comforting and mouthwatering!

  21. I was on the fence about buying a cast iron skillet. I really was. Until I saw this post. I am ordering one online on amazon as we speak.

  22. Lynn says:

    Wish I could reach through the screen and grab some of that pizza.

  23. I’m officially dubbing this “the pizza to end all pizzas”. I love the kale on there – looks amazing!!

  24. Deena kakaya says:

    Your titles get more and more exciting! Your recipe is not lacking in Phwoar factor either x

  25. Bring on the cheese and the jalapenos! Wedding diet can totally come later.

  26. Love how spicy this sounds! And I agree, you should definitely go out with a bang! 🙂

  27. Hotly Spiced says:

    I was getting confused. I was thinking, ‘She’s eating this while watching her weight? I want to be on that diet’. But then I realised this was the last supper before the calorie counting. You’re so lucky you snuck this one in! It looks fantastic and I love jalapenos with cheese xx

  28. You just combined some of my favorite things into one amazing recipe! I’m totally making this!

  29. I guess it would take a ‘real’ woman to eat this pizza. I would like to take up the challenge!

  30. Wow that first shot of the pizza is amazing! It looks incredible!! What a tasty combination of flavours 🙂

  31. Eileen says:

    Oh man, this looks amazing! I may or may not live with someone who would inhale the entire thing on his own. (To prevent this, I would quite likely add mushrooms to my part. Ha!)

  32. I’ve been on carb strike so this is calling my name!

  33. sandra says:

    I remember my wedding (the one that didn’t work out – aka I am married to someone else). I was in a tight bone corseted frothy thing hoping my sides wouldn’t split. It was hard to enjoy the day – I could barely breathe… hoping your day includes some unzipping and enjoying. Maybe the after party??

  34. Betty says:

    There’s so much about this pizza to love! This will be sure to warm up some of the cool nights ahead. 🙂

  35. hmmmm yummy! pizza never fails. love this twist!

  36. Liz says:

    Diet be damned…I’d be gobbling up these amazing leftovers! What a marvelous, spicy pizza!

  37. Francesca says:

    Wow- this pizza looks unreal. I’m drooling. Nice work!

  38. G’day! Love jalapenos and your recipe looks delish Joanne!
    Cheers! Joanne

  39. Juliana says:

    Great looking pizza Joanne…I like the cream cheese in it…and yes, jalapeño for extra flavor…
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  40. Joanne,
    This pizza is amazing!! You put the hatch chile powder into the pizza dough .. can I tell you how awesome that is?! and good call on finishing all the leftovers before the “diet” . . I would do the same thing. . can’t let delicious pizza like this go to waste!! This is my kind of pizza!

  41. Dave would love this but I can’t hand jalapeño heat. Good luck with the diet 🙂

  42. Kate says:

    I am so avoiding the scale these days.

  43. Dieting sucks.. Why can’t we all just be fat and happy? Can’t wait to see you in your dress!

  44. Scales as a wedding present is so not kind. I too am glad you got this pizza in before turning your head away from such dishes – but hope that after the wedding you’ll be re embracing it (or even before, if you decide life is too short for pre-wedding diets 😉 ).

  45. Katerina says:

    I am a total sucker for pizza Joanne! I could eat this stuff every day of my life!

  46. jill conyers says:

    Love love jalapeños on my pizza! Great combination of flavors.

  47. Excuse me while I lick my screen….yum!

  48. I love everything about this pizza. All those spice, yum!

  49. You know growing up as an Italian, we definitely did not grow up eating two things- jalapenos and kale. But we are loving it just as if we did – right? Great recipe Joanne!… you are so good coming up with your own original recipes, and ones that we truly love!

  50. So good! So colorful! So full of great ingredients! What an inspiration.

  51. Danguole says:

    Scale schmale–muscle weighs more than fat, and so does pure raw BRAIN and awesomeness. That’s what I tell myself–now pass me like half that pizza?

  52. Susan says:

    Wow, what a way to go! Spicy, cheesey and delicious.

  53. After discovering the magic of mascarpone on pizza I must try this. Although I am not much of a deep dish girl, I may need the extra bread to battle the heat depending on how spicy it gets haha.

  54. Oh my this is right up my alley. Spicy, cheesy and pizza!

  55. What a lovely deep dish pizza, I love kale 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  56. What an awesome pizza! It looks wonderful! I love a little spice on pizza.

  57. grace says:

    your crust looks SO good. and i would travel to the moon and back for pepperjack cheese like that.

  58. Johanna GGG says:

    oh wow this sounds good (just turn down the heat for me a little please) – I can see that the scales were a really bad idea – surely this pizza is just so good you don’t need cake and that is definitely a good thing for your diet 🙂

  59. Kate says:

    Joanne, your creations are so creative! I have a serious hankering for jalapeno popper kale pizza now. Guess I’ll just have to make it myself since I can’t order it anywhere!

  60. Did you say jalapeno popper? I’m in! And it’s healthy because of the kale! 🙂

  61. elly says:

    This sounds delicious and your crust looks REALLY good.

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