BBQ Black Bean Tortilla Pizzas

I have been trying to cut down on the meat my family consumes each week.  Don’t get me wrong, I like a good hunk a meat as much as the next gal every now and then, but meat is expensive.  Not only does a good cut of meat thin out the wallet, but it can have the opposite effect on the belly.  I also try to give as much effort as possible to eating a kinder diet, taking into account the well being of the earth and it’s resources.

I’m a big supporter of other blogs, and I often search my favorite ones for new vegetarian recipes to try.  I almost never stick to the recipes exactly as posted (I’m just a rebel like that).  However, I find a lot of inspiration from other bloggers and am always amazed at what they come up with when it comes to creative recipes in the meat-free department.  These creative bloggers, in addition to my veggie lovin’ friends, have convinced me that eating meat-free can be satisfying and down right tasty.

I got the idea for these pizzas from Budget Bytes.  It’s a very popular blog that gives the total cost per recipe and per serving, putting their money where their mouth is so to speak.   I substituted whole wheat tortillas for regular, used fresh green bell peppers instead of green onions, and used seasoned black beans instead of plain, for mine.  These are purely scrumptious, easy, and cheap to make.

Here’s how you make ’em.

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Cover a baking sheet or two with foil and spray the foil with olive oil spray.  Place the tortillas on the sheet and bake them for about five minutes while you prepare the toppings.  You are just giving them a head start here-don’t cook them until they are completely crisp as you need to put them back in when the toppings are added.


If your tortillas get big bubbles in them, just poke them with a fork to flatten them out.

Next, spread a couple of tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce on each tortilla.  I like Sweet Baby Ray’s sweet and spicy variety.


Then grate up some Monterey Jack cheese.  I use about a half a pound per four pizzas.  Dice up a green bell pepper, and slice a fourth of a purple onion.


Pile these ingredients onto each pizza to your hearts utter content.


Take a can of Bush’s Seasoned Black beans.  These pack a punch of flavor and really make a difference.


Drain these in a sieve and rinse them with cold water.  Spill them out onto a clean dishtowel to dry them off.  This way they won’t bleed black onto your white cheese or soften up your tortilla.  Go ahead and sprinkle some of these black beauties onto your pizzas.


Bake these for about five to seven minutes or just until the cheese is melted and all of the ingredients are heated through.  The veggies will still be fresh and crunchy.


Some of the black beans will pop and explode.  Don’t be alarmed, it happens.

Place each pizza on a plate and cut it with a pizza cutter.


You will eat a whole one of these for sure.  I was planning on having some of my kids’ pizza too, but they ate it all.


Don’t use a napkin.  Just lick the sauce off your fingers.

Here’s an easy to follow printable.

BBQ Black Bean Tortilla Pizzas


  • Four soft taco sized whole wheat tortillas
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 C of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 lb block Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/4 purple or red onion
  • 1 can of Bush's Seasoned Black Beans


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Use two sheets if you need to in order to fit the tortillas without overlapping.
  2. Bake the tortillas for five minutes until they are beginning to crisp.
  3. Take the tortillas out of the oven and cover them with about two tablespoons of BBQ sauce, the cheese, green peppers, and onions.
  4. Drain and rinse the can of black beans. Place them onto a clean dishtowel to dry them off. Sprinkle as many beans as you'd like onto each pizza.
  5. Bake the pizzas for another five to seven minutes until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
  6. Place the pizzas on a plate and cut with a pizza cutter.




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