Fresh, flavorsome, and so so satisfying, this vegan chili pizza is an easy weeknight dinner idea for those nights when you’d rather order take-out. Mexican inspired, it hits all the right notes with spicy beans and creamy ranch.
I’m a massive fan of chili. The kind of person who drizzles hot sauce on everything – from quinoa to sweet potato fries. Because everything tastes better with a bit of a kick, right?!
This Mexican pizza has a different kind of spice, and you can make it as hot or mild as you please. But it hits all the right spots. Fresh, hearty, tangy and delicious.
Gobble it up all on your own, or make multiple for when you’re having friends over…
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Making Vegan Chili Pizza
For this recipe, you can use either pre-bought pizza dough, or make your own.
If I’m in a rush for a tasty treat I normally opt for pre-bought (and I keep a stash of vegan pizza bases in my freezer for this purpose!), but on weekends, or when I have the time, making the dough from scratch can be really satisfying. And it’s surprisingly easy!
You could also try our cauliflower pizza base for a healthier option.
Vegan Pizza Dough Recipe
This is a super simple vegan pizza dough recipe if you want to give it a go yourself. A lot of online recipes call for white sugar in pizza dough, but I prefer not to add sugar when it’s not necessary, and white sugar isn’t always vegan friendly – unless it’s organic.
Pizza Dough Ingredients
This pizza dough recipe makes enough dough for around 2 pizzas.
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 packet instant yeast (just over 2 teaspoons)
- ½ tsp teaspoon salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ¾ cup warm water (this helps the yeast activate)
Pizza Dough Instructions:
Combine the flour, instant yeast, and salt together in a bowl. Then add in the olive oil and warm water.
You can mix and knead it by hand, or using the dough hook on your kitchen mixer. You may need to add a little more flour if the dough looks too sticky, or more water if it’s too dry.
Once it has formed a nice ball, drizzle a little olive oil to coat the top and then cover your bowl with a kitchen towel.
It’ll need to sit for around an hour, or more, until it has doubled in size.
How to Make Easy Vegan Chili Pizza
Once you have your store-bought or homemade pizza dough ready, it’s time to make it delicious!
Chili Pizza Toppings:
- Diced yellow pepper
- Fresh corn
- Pickled jalapeños
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Chili powder
- Black beans
- Marinara Sauce
- Vegan sour cream or ranch (optional)
- Avocado (optional)
Vegan Chili Pizza Method:
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C)
If using homemade pizza dough, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it forms an even(ish) circle.
Prepare your vegetables – dice the yellow pepper, and cut the corn off the cob.
Combine the black beans and spices and make sure they’re evenly coated.
Spread the marinara sauce over the pizza base.
Top with black beans and vegetables.
Bake on a pizza stone for 10-15 minutes, until the crust starts to turn golden & crispy.
Top with dollops of vegan sour cream, ranch dressing, or fresh avocado.
Vegan Chili Pizza Variations
- Use refried beans for a creamier consistency
- Use spicy Mexican beans instead of black beans (omit additional spices)
- Use fresh jalapeños instead of pickled
- Top with vegan mozzarella before cooking, instead of sour cream/ranch
- Add fresh avocado, cilantro, or diced tomatoes on top
- Add hot sauce for an extra kick!
What to Serve With your Chili Pizza
You can, of course, gobble up this tasty vegan chili pizza on its own. But I love serving it with a side of sweet potato fries, a fresh salad or vegan coleslaw, or even corn chips with salsa, guacamole, or vegan queso!
Other Easy Vegan Dinner Ideas
- 1 pizza base (see recipe above if making your own)
- 1/2 cup diced yellow pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh corn
- 1/2 cup pickled jalapenos
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 3/4 cup black beans
- 1/3 cup marinara sauce
- Vegan sour cream or ranch for topping (optional)
- Avocado for topping (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C)
- Prepare your vegetables - dice the yellow pepper, and cut the corn off the cob
- Combine the black beans and spices and make sure they're evenly coated
- Spread the marinara sauce over the pizza base
- Top with black beans and vegetables
- Bake on a pizza stone for 1-15 minutes, until the crust starts to turn golden & crispy
- Top with dollops of vegan sour cream, ranch dressing, or fresh avocado
If making your own pizza dough, you'll need to allow at least an hour for it to rise.
You can also use refined beans for this recipe - simply mix in the spices, and spoon it onto your base, then lightly spread it over the marinara sauce.