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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!

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Barbecue Black Bean, Corn, and Red Pepper Pizza

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This healthy, flavorful black bean and red pepper 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 red pepper 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 whole family 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!

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

Ingredients to make a black bean and red pepper pizza

How to make This Red Pepper Pizza pizza – step by step

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

Step 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

Step 3: Spread black bean mixture over barbecue sauce

The cooked black beans spread on the pizza dough

Step 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

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

Black bean and red pepper pizza after being baked

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

Black bean and corn pizza with a slice missing

What Makes This Pizza Recipe Healthy?

  • Whole Grains: This recipe uses whole wheat pizza dough instead of regular (more fiber, less refined grains)
  • High in Protein: We replaced the “base” of the pizza with protein and fiber packed black beans (instead of sauce + cheese)
  • Less Cheese: While this pizza still has cheese, using less of it reduces the amount of fat and calories in this recipe without losing any of the flavor.
  • High in Vitamins and Minerals: Red peppers are loaded with vitamins like Vitamin C, E and A; and they are rich in antioxidants thanks to their bright red color. Corn is a whole grain, which makes it high in fiber and surprisingly rich in protein. I recommend loading 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!

Will Kids Enjoy This Red Pepper Pizza?

Pizza is a super kid friendly dish, and this recipe is no exception! For picky eaters who might be wary of all of the toppings on this pizza, you could put a smaller quantity of toppings on your kids’ slices at first to get them used to it, or let them choose the toppings they want when you’re making it!

Side view of red pepper pizza on a pizza sheet

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!

Red Pepper pizza drizzled with bbq sauce

How Do You Make a Homemade Pizza in the Oven?

I love making pizzas at home, and this one is 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.

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 barbecue sauce that is low in sugar.
  • 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.
  • To make vegan, just substitute the mozzarella with a vegan cheese. You could also omit the cheese completely and it’ll still taste great!
A slice of black bean and red pepper pizza on a white plate

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5 from 11 votes

Barbecue Black Bean, Corn and Red Pepper 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 barbecue sauce that is low in sugar.
  • 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.
  • To make vegan, just substitute the mozzarella with a vegan cheese. You could also omit the cheese completely and it’ll still taste great!
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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