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!
- 2 lb. pizza dough (try my homemade no-knead or quick pizza dough!)
- 2/3 cup barbecue sauce + more for garnish
- 8 oz. shredded mozzarella
- 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1/2 of a small red onion, thinly sliced
- fresh chopped cilantro for garnish
- 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- Kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- Heat oven to 550 degrees.
- Split dough in two balls. Stretch dough across a lightly floured surface, gently forming it into two round crusts about 12-14 inches wide.
- Dust two sheet pans with cornmeal or use this awesome pizza pan. Transfer crusts to the pans.
- Par-bake crusts for about 4-5 minutes.
- Divide sauce evenly between the two crusts, spreading it in an even layer.
- Divide cheese, peppers, and onions between the two crusts.
- In a small bowl combine chickpeas, BBQ sauce, garlic powder, and chili powder along with a couple pinches of salt and pepper.
- Divide chickpeas between the two pizzas.
- Bake pizzas 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.
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!
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American/Italian
Keywords: vegetarian barbecue pizza, barbecue chickpea pizza, pizza bbq