BBQ Chickpea Pizza

  • Author: Kylie Lato
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large pizzas (12 servings) 1x


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 

BBQ Chickpeas:

  • 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


  1. Heat oven to 550 degrees.
  2. Split dough in two balls. Stretch dough across a lightly floured surface, gently forming it into two round crusts about 12-14 inches wide. 
  3. Dust two sheet pans with cornmeal or use this awesome pizza pan. Transfer crusts to the pans. 
  4. Par-bake crusts for about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Divide sauce evenly between the two crusts, spreading it in an even layer.
  6. Divide cheese, peppers, and onions between the two crusts.
  7. In a small bowl combine chickpeas, BBQ sauce, garlic powder, and chili powder along with a couple pinches of salt and pepper.
  8. Divide chickpeas between the two pizzas. 
  9. Bake pizzas for 10-12 minutes. Then broil for 1-2 minutes until the cheese starts to get dark golden brown.
  10. 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!

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American/Italian

Keywords: vegetarian barbecue pizza, barbecue chickpea pizza, pizza bbq