Vegan BBQ Pizza

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This homemade vegan BBQ pizza has chickpeas, cilantro, and more. It’s fresh, tangy, and easy to make.

bbq pizza fresh out of the oven with golden brown crust and topped with freshly chopped cilantro

Why make this recipe?

  • Fresh – The pineapple, red onion, and cilantro make this recipe really fresh and tasty.
  • Easy – This recipe is super easy to make. It doesn’t require any crazy equipment or ingredients that are hard to find.
  • Flavorful – BBQ sauce is loaded with flavor and it really comes through when you add a good amount to your pizza.

Ingredient notes

Individual ingredients for vegan pizza dough in small bowls including yeast, water, flour, sugar, salt, and olive oil

Pizza dough:

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  • Warm water – Make sure the water you use for your pizza crust is warm. Warm water will activate your yeast to make your dough rise. Do not use hot water though, this will kill the yeast.
  • Yeast – I use a packet of instant rise yeast. It’s equivalent to 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast.
ingredients for vegan bbq pizza in dishes including red onion, pizza dough, cilantro, pineapple, bbq sauce, and chickpeas

Sauce and toppings:

  • BBQ sauce – You can use any vegan brand of BBQ sauce. I use Sweet Baby Ray’s.
  • Cilantro – The cilantro really freshens up each bite and makes it more flavorful. You can use green onions instead if you’re not a fan of cilantro.
  • Pineapple – I use canned pineapple when I make this recipe, but you can use fresh pineapple instead if you have that.

Step by step instructions

Step 1 – In a large mixing bowl combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let it sit for about 2 minutes until it looks a little frothy and the yeast is coming up. This is activating the yeast.

activating the yeast with warm water and sugar in glass bowl

Step 2 – Add flour, salt, and olive oil to your yeast mixture. Mix it all together. Cover and let it rise for an hour.

Add flour, salt, and olive oil to your yeast mixture

Step 3 – While your dough is rising, chop your red onion into thin slices.

red onions cut into strips on black cutting board

Step 4 – Toss your chickpeas in 2 teaspoons of barbeque sauce.

chickpeas tossed in vegan bbq sauce in a glass bowl

Step 5 – When your dough is done rising, roll it out on a 14″ pizza pan or baking sheet.

roll out pizza dough on a 14 pizza pan

Step 6 – Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spread 1/2 cup of barbeque sauce on the pizza dough. Top it with chickpeas, pineapple, and red onions.

assembled pizza with bbq sauce, rolled out pizza, dough, chickpeas, pineapple, and red onions

Step 7 – Put your pizza in the oven and bake it for 27 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Top with chopped cilantro.

close up view of completed vegan bbq pizza finished with fresh cilantro

Tips and tricks

  • Slice your red onion as thin as you can so that it cooks faster and gets softer.
  • This dough recipe makes a thick pizza crust. You can use 1/2-3/4 of the dough recipe for a thinner crust.
  • My recipe doesn’t call for vegan cheese because that’s how I prefer it. You can add vegan mozzarella to it though. Put it on after the sauce and before the toppings.
  • You could also add jackfruit to your pizza. Toss it in a little bit of the BBQ sauce first.
  • You can finish your pizza with green onions instead of cilantro if you’re not a cilantro fan.
Is barbeque sauce good on pizza?

This depends on if you like BBQ sauce or not, but yes, we think that barbeque sauce is good on pizza. It’s super flavorful, tangy, and sweet. It goes really well with toppings like pineapple and onions.

Does vegan pizza have cheese?

Vegan pizza can have cheese, but doesn’t have to. Miyoko’s Fresh Vegan mozzarella is a popular cheese that vegans use on pizza.

What does vegan pizza taste like?

Simply put, vegan pizza tastes like regular pizza. A lot of pizza crusts and pizza sauces are already vegan. There are vegan cheeses and plant based meats that you can use on pizza to keep it vegan.

one slice of vegan barbecue pizza on blue plate
bbq pizza out of the oven topped with chopped cilantro

Vegan BBQ Pizza

Elizabeth Morgan
This homemade vegan BBQ pizza has chickpeas, cilantro, and more. It's fresh, tangy, and easy to make.
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 329 kcal

Equipment

  • 14" pizza pan

Ingredients
  

Pizza Dough

  • 1 yeast packet
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • cups flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Sauce and Toppings

  • ½ cup + 2 tsp BBQ sauce
  • ¼ red onion
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • ½ cup chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp cilantro

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let it sit for about 2 minutes until it looks a little frothy and the yeast is coming up. This is activating the yeast.
  • Add flour, salt, and olive oil to your yeast mixture. Mix it all together. Cover and let it rise for an hour.
  • While your dough is rising, chop the red onion into thin slices.
  • Toss the chickpeas in 2 teaspoons of barbeque sauce.
  • When the dough is done rising, roll it out on a 14" pizza pan or baking sheet.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spread 1/2 cup of barbeque sauce on the pizza dough. Top it with chickpeas, pineapple, and red onions.
  • Put your pizza in the oven and bake it for 27 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Top with chopped cilantro.

Notes

  1. This dough recipe makes a thick pizza crust. If you want a thinner crust, you can use 1/2-3/4 of the dough recipe.
  2. You can add vegan mozzarella to your pizza if you’d like. Put it on after the sauce and before the toppings.
  3. You can add jackfruit to your pizza. Toss it in a little bit of the BBQ sauce first.
  4. Finish your pizza with green onions or another herb if you don’t like cilantro.
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