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This vegetarian BBQ Chickpea Pizza is loaded with smoky barbecue sauce, fresh sliced pepper and onion, ooey gooey mozzarella, and perfectly seasoned BBQ chickpeas. It's a quick and easy, yet super hearty weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy!
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- It's a hearty, filling vegetarian meal that your family will love. No one is going to miss the chicken on this pizza because the chickpeas seamlessly take its place. Chickpeas are just as filling, require no cooking, and lend themselves well to absorbing all that barbecue flavor!
- If you haven't had barbecue sauce on a pizza, this is going to be a game-changer. If you've been around the blog for a while, you know how obsessed I am with sauce. And barbecue sauce is pretty high up on my list of favorites. My fave barbecue sauce is Annie's Sweet & Spicy. It's the perfect combination of tangy spice with subtle sweetness and I love the short list of ingredients.
- It doubles as an easy dinner or a quick appetizer! Throw together a batch of my delicious flatbread dough and enjoy this recipe as a BBQ chickpea flatbread instead of a pizza! Slice it into thin slices and serve with your favorite cocktail or bottle of wine for a simple party snack!
Par-bake crusts for about 4-5 minutes. This pan is my favorite and helps get the crust super crispy on the bottom.
Spread crust with barbecue sauce.
Add shredded mozzarella.
Add sliced peppers and onions.
Mix until well combined.
Add chickpeas to the pizza.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Then broil for 1-2 minutes until the cheese starts to get dark golden brown.
Drizzle with BBQ sauce and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
- You can easily cut this recipe in half and just make one pizza if you're feeding a smaller crowd. Or use half the ingredients for one pizza one night and save the rest for another quick and easy pizza dinner later in the week! I like to write my recipes so that they use up all the ingredients - rather than leaving you with half a can of chickpeas and half a pepper.
- If your family is sensitive to spice, omit the chili powder from the recipe. This will cut down on the heat. If your family is into cumin, that would be a great substitute for the chili powder in this recipe too. It adds a delicious earthy, nutty flavor.
- Let the fresh-baked BBQ chickpea pizza sit for a few minutes after removing it from the oven. This will allow the barbecue sauce to cool a bit and help everything hold together better. Piping hot barbecue sauce is a sure-fire way to burn your tongue and make a mess of this delicious pizza. A few minutes of patience will allow for a much more enjoyable eating experience!
- Use this recipe as a blueprint, but customize it and make it your own! This is a great recipe to help you clean out the fridge and use up all those odds and ends you've got.
- A few of my favorite others toppings to add/swap out include:
- Make sure you don't pile the toppings too high or the pizza will become soggy. But you can definitely get away with adding an additional ½ cup or so of your favorite toppings!
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