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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Barbecue Black Bean, Red Pepper, and Corn Pizza

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This healthy, flavorful black bean and corn pizza recipe is easy to make at home and is low in calories. Loaded with fresh veggies, this recipe is a fun twist on traditional pizza and keeps in the fridge for up to 4 days!

A barbecue, black bean and corn pizza on a baking sheet with a slice on a white plate

The first time I had black beans on pizza, believe it or not, was at CPK back when I was in college (it was their Tostada pizza)! I remember being skeptical about what black bean pizza would taste like – but gave it a shot and LOVED it. 

Then I saw a recipe on EatingWell.com for a Smoky Corn and Black Bean Pizza, and I decided to combine the two recipes to create a “tostada pizza” version of my own! My husband, who wasn’t sure this version of “tostada pizza” would taste good, was blown away by how delicious this recipe was! And my kids gobbled it up like it was running away from them 😂All in all, it was a huge success!

Ingredients to make a black bean and corn pizza

How to make Barbecue Black Bean, Red Pepper, and Corn Pizza pizza – step by step

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread out the dough on a pizza pan, spread the barbecue sauce on top

Barbecue sauce spread on pizza dough

2. Heat a large pan over medium heat, add 1 tsp olive oil, black beans, diced red onion and chili powder – cook until heated through and onions begin to caramelize (5-10 min)

Onions, chili and beans in a frying pan
The cooked bean mixture in a pan

3. Spread black bean mixture over barbecue sauce

The cooked black beans spread on the pizza dough

4. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Then sprinkle diced red pepper and corn on top of the cheese.

Cheese, pepper and corn put on top of the beans and bbq sauce

5. Bake in oven for 10-15 min (depending on pizza dough and heating instructions)

6. Remove from oven, drizzle 1 Tbsp barbecue sauce over the pizza. Serve and enjoy!

Black bean and corn pizza after being baked

How many servings does this recipe make?

This pizza will yield 8 hearty slices, and each slice is under 200 calories. That means it can easily serve a family of 4 for dinner since each slice is huge! Serve it with a side salad and you’ll have dinner on the table in no time.

Can you freeze this pizza recipe?

Yes! This pizza freezes really well. You can freeze it before or after it’s baked. If you freeze it after it’s baked, you can just defrost it in the oven for 5 minutes when it’s ready to be eaten. If you freeze before baking, see the recipe notes below on how to bake it!

What Makes This Pizza Recipe Healthy?

You can make a healthier pizza recipe with just a few simple swaps:

  • Use whole wheat pizza dough instead of regular (more fiber, less refined grains)
  • Replacing the “base” of the pizza with protein and fiber packed black beans (instead of sauce + cheese)
  • Using less cheese and adding it on top for a still-cheesy effect!
  • Adding more veggies! Load up each slice with as many peppers and corn as it will hold. You’ll be getting fiber and nutrients from the fresh veggies and it adds complexity to the pizza toppings as well!
The pizza drizzled with bbq sauce

How to bake pizza at home

I love making pizzas at home, and this one os so full of flavor you won’t mind skipping takeout for it! In total, the pizza takes around 30 minutes to make, including cooking time, and is baked in the oven. To bake pizza at home:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. If you’re using a pizza stone, put it in the oven while it preheats.
  2. When baking fresh pizza: add a sprinkle of cornmeal to your baking pan before adding your pizza dough and toppings on top. Bake for 8 minutes, then rotate and bake another 2-7 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly on top.
  3. When baking a frozen pizza: You don’t have to defrost the pizza first, you can bake directly from frozen. Add a sheet of parchment to your pizza pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate and bake for another 5-7 minutes until cooked through.

A healthy vegetarian pizza that is easily made vegan

This colorful corn pizza is easily made vegan by subbing the mozzarella with a vegan cheese. You could also omit the cheese completely and it’ll still taste great!

Side view of the pizza on a pizza sheet

Top tips for making Barbecue Black Bean, Red Pepper, and Corn Pizza

  • Be sure to pre-heat your oven before cooking the pizza.
  • Use a whole wheat pizza dough for extra goodness. For store-bought refrigerated dough, let it sit it at room temperature for two hours prior to baking.
  • Use a low in sugar barbecue sauce.
  • Serve immediately!
  • If planning to freeze this pizza for future use before baking, place a piece of parchment on a metal pizza pan or heavy-duty piece of cardboard, assemble your pizza on the cardboard (or pan) and freeze altogether.
Black bean an corn pizza with a slice missing
A slice of black bean and corn pizza on a white plate

Be sure to check out these other healthy pizza recipes!

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5 from 8 votes

Barbecue Black Bean, Red Pepper, and Corn Pizza

This delicious is pizza is loaded with healthy veggies and is full of flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat pizza dough I like Trader Joe’s fresh pizza dough!
  • 4-5 Tbsp Barbecue sauce Try to get one with the least amount of sugar!
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 8 oz can corn
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread out the dough on a pizza pan, spread the barbecue sauce on top
  • Heat a large pan over medium heat, add 1 tsp olive oil, black beans, diced red onion and chili powder – cook until heated through and onions begin to caramelize (5-10 min)
  • Spread black bean mixture over barbecue sauce
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Then sprinkle diced red pepper and corn on top of the cheese.
  • Bake in oven for 10-15 min (depending on pizza dough and heating instructions)
  • Remove from oven, drizzle 1 Tbsp barbecue sauce over the pizza. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Top tips for making Barbecue Black Bean, Red Pepper, and Corn Pizza

  • Be sure to pre-heat your oven before cooking the pizza.
  • Use a whole wheat pizza dough for extra goodness. For store-bought refrigerated dough, let it sit it at room temperature for two hours prior to baking.
  • Use a low in sugar barbecue sauce.
  • Serve immediately!
  • If planning to freeze this pizza for future use before baking, place a piece of parchment on a metal pizza pan or heavy-duty piece of cardboard, assemble your pizza on the cardboard (or pan) and freeze altogether.
Adapted from EatingWell.com

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 547mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 21.9mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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