This spicy BBQ chickpea pizza is like a vegan version of BBQ chicken pizza, with a little bit of a kick! It’s a plant-based weeknight dinner you’ll want in your regular rotation.

Sliced BBQ chickpea pizza on parchment-lined countertop

I have no shortage of vegan pizza night options here on Jessica in the Kitchen, from Grilled Peach, Basil and Vegan “Goat” Cheese Pizza to Sweet Potato and Kale Pizza with Balsamic Drizzle and even Tasty Tortilla Pizzas. But if you have a weakness for sticky, sweet barbecue sauce, then this BBQ chickpea pizza might just be the one for you!

The inspiration for this recipe struck sometime after I discovered how to make roasted chickpeas—and after I first combined these humble little beans with barbecue sauce to make my BBQ Chickpea Buddha Bowls. I just knew I wanted to put BBQ chickpeas on all the things, so: why not pizza?

Overhead view of sliced BBQ chickpea pizza on parchment-lined baking sheet with parsley for garnish

Why You’ll Love This BBQ Chickpea Pizza Recipe

Here’s why this vegan BBQ chickpea pizza is a keeper:

  • Easy. Making this BBQ chickpea pizza is simple: just pour, toss, assemble, and bake. 
  • Versatile. I use my Strawberry BBQ Sauce, but go ahead and use your favourite, whether it’s homemade or store-bought. You can also swap in store-bought pizza dough instead of making your own.
  • Irresistible. Sweet, spicy, savoury, and cheesy—what’s not to love?!

Notes on Ingredients

Scroll down to the recipe card to find the ingredient quantities and recipe instructions.

  • Whole wheat pizza dough or dough of your choice – I use my vegan pizza dough recipe, but you can also use this gluten-free vegan pizza dough.
  • Chickpeas – Use canned for convenience, or cook your own chickpeas and use 1 1/2 cups.
  • Tomato sauce – I use my Homemade Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce.
  • Sweet BBQ Sauce – You want something with sweetness to contrast with the other flavours in this recipe.
  • Hot sauce – Use as much or as little as you like!
  • Vegan mozzarella cheese shreds – Most store-bought plant-based cheese shreds are formulated to melt.
  • Red onions
  • Plum tomato
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley – Optional, for garnish.
Overhead view of whole spicy BBQ chickpea pizza with one slice pulled away slightly

How to Make Vegan Spicy BBQ Chickpea Pizza

This simple vegan pizza comes together lickety-split! Here’s what you’ll need to do.

  • Prepare. Preheat your oven to 500ºF. Place the dough on a pizza stone or a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat.
  • Season the chickpeas. Toss the chickpeas with the barbecue sauce and hot sauce in a small mixing bowl.
  • Assemble. Spread the tomato sauce over the dough. Top with the cheese, tomato, onions, and chickpeas. Sprinkle garlic powder over the entire pizza, then drizzle olive oil over the top.
  • Bake. Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 14 to 17 minutes, or until the cheese is melty, and the dough is baked through. 
  • Serve. Let the pizza cool slightly, then garnish with parsley. Slice and enjoy.

Tips for Success

This vegan spicy BBQ chickpea pizza is a cinch, but here are some additional tips to help you make sure it turns out perfect:

  • Use a thick BBQ sauce. One that’s too thin will run off of the chickpeas instead of coating them.
  • Keep an eye on the pizza. Check it at 14 minutes to see if it’s done. Some types of pizza crust will take longer than others.
  • Make the chickpeas extra crispy. You can broil the pizza for a few extra minutes after it’s done cooking to brown the cheese a bit and make the chickpeas crispier. Watch the pizza the entire time, though—it can burn fast!
Hand pulling away slice of spicy BBQ chickpea pizza

Variations

Sliced pineapple is a super delicious addition to this BBQ chickpea pizza—especially if you want to amp up the sweetness a little more. 

For a more traditional (but still vegan!) take on BBQ chicken pizza, swap my vegan chicken for the chickpeas. For some crispy-crunchy freshness, add Healthy Coleslaw to the top just before serving.

How to Store

Store leftover pizza wrapped in foil or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat it in a 425ºF oven until it’s warmed through, or in the microwave.

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

You can freeze this BBQ chickpea pizza for up to 3 months; wrap it tightly to prevent freezer burn. For faster, more even reheating, let it thaw in the refrigerator before warming it up according to the instructions above.

Overhead view of whole spicy BBQ chickpea pizza with two slices pulled away slightly

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Overhead view of whole spicy BBQ chickpea pizza with two slices pulled away slightly

Vegan BBQ Chickpea Pizza

Spicy BBQ chickpea pizza is like a vegan version of BBQ chicken pizza, with a bit of a kick. An easy plant-based dinner ready in a flash!
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Ingredients

  • 1 whole wheat pizza dough or dough of your choice, gluten free or otherwise
  • 1 16 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed OR 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • ½ cup fresh tomato sauce
  • 6 tablespoons sweet bbq sauce
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 cups vegan mozzarella cheese shreds
  • A few slices of red onions
  • 1 medium plummy tomato, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • drizzle olive oil, optional
  • chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 500 F degrees. Place the pizza on a pizza stone (preferred) or baking sheet with a silicone mat.
  • In a small bowl, toss the chickpeas, bbq sauce and hot sauce in a bowl to combine. Set aside.
  • On the pizza dough, spread the tomato sauce over the pizza. Top with the cheese, the tomato slices and the onion slices. They can overlap the edges of the crust if you’d like, or you can leave it bare for a solid crust edge.
  • Add the bbq chickpeas on top. Sprinkle garlic powder all over the entire pizza.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the top.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 14-17 minutes, until cheese is melty, and the dough is ready. Check to ensure it isn’t burning after the 14 minute mark. If you want you can broil the pizza for a few extra minutes afterwards – just watch that it doesn’t burn!!
  • Remove, let cool slightly, and enjoy! Top with chopped parsley for garnish if you want.

Notes

  • To store: Store leftover pizza wrapped in foil or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat it in a 425ºF oven until it’s warmed through, or in the microwave.
  • To freeze: Freeze this BBQ chickpea pizza for up to 3 months; wrap it tightly to prevent freezer burn. For faster, more even reheating, let it thaw in the refrigerator before warming it up according to the instructions above.
This recipe is vegan and has gluten free options. I recommend using fresh, organic ingredients for the best result, but you can use what you have on hand! It is very flexible!
I love using my Strawberry BBQ Sauce and my Homemade Tomato Sauce with Roasted Garlic for this pizza.
Calories: 414kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 1407mg, Potassium: 294mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 321IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 125mg, Iron: 4mg

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