Buffalo ChickPea Pizza

I really used to love buffalo hot wings.

Like, REALLY.

My husband and I would ride down to the hot wing quick stop, order like kings, and skip away clutching a giant, grease stained brown paper bag.

Once home, we’d spread out a display-worthy collection of extra spicy hot wings (atomic sauce on the side), ranch dip, blue cheese, salt crusted fries, and crunchy celery and carrot sticks. Oh, and don’t forget the heaping pile of napkins…you need those when you are about to unleash the heat.

Oh lawdy, it was heaven.

To me, when you’re eating hot wings, you better FEEL those damn hot wings. The fire must burn in your belly, causing you to sweat uncontrollably and drool out the sides of your mouth. And then go back for seconds.

Yes, really.

And even though I don’t eat wings anymore, I can still bunker down with some hot sauce. Like the commercial, I put that sh*t on everything. Even pizza.

Related: Vegan Pizza Rocks!

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Pizza and hot sauce is like peas and carrots. It’s never wrong, always right.

I grew up on homemade pizza, yet I don’t always feel like going through the process of making pizza dough from scratch. And that frozen pizza dough just doesn’t cut it for me.

So when I’m wanting to take the easy way out, I reach for flatbread- it’s yummy and it makes things go quicker. And then I have time to layer on those extra ingredients and sweat it out with my hot sauce.

Hence the immediate connection to this ROCKIN’ HOT “Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Pizza”. It’s like I’m back at the hot wing shop, but I asked them to load it all on one edible plate.

Related: Raw Jalapeno Coleslaw

I love the trade-off of meat for chickpeas. The chickpea truly is a versatile food- it can be used as a base for just about anything. It’s like the chameleon of beans.

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As for the rest of the pizza, I really wanted to re-create the feeling of chunky blue cheese and ranch dressing. So I called on the forces of tofu and my FAVORITE vegan mayo ever- Vegenaise. Top that with a hefty handful of Daiya cheese, more Sriracha, and you have a sweet gooey yummness that’s kickin’ with taste. To top, green onions help give it that lift it needs, right off the plate and into your mouth.

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Now, I can’t completely credit this (I know, boo me). I have pinterest to thank for that. I stumbled across a wonderful post, and it worked its magic like a muse. I took the idea and ran with it. You can read the original post here.

Get in muh belly already!

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Of course, since my children aren’t 100% on board with breathing fire, I omitted the blazing chickpeas on their pizzas. They still absolutely loved it.

If you REALLY want to sweat it, I suggest adding some crazy hot sauce to turn up the heat. I stuck with Texas Pete (I have a secret love affair with this hot sauce) and Sriracha.

This recipe doesn’t take very long to assemble– I threw it together in about 15 minutes and popped it straight in the oven. Feel free to add onto it too- you could certainly top it with sliced celery or carrots or whatever else tickles your fancy.

Now bring on the pizza!

Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Pizza

Ingredients:

For the chickpea mash-

For the ranch dressing-

To assemble-

  • 6 pieces of naan flatbread
  • 8 oz Daiya vegan shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz. tofu, drained and crumbled (by hand)
  • 1/2 C sliced green onions
  • Extra Sriracha (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover a pizza pan or 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Mix chickpeas with hot sauces in a bowl, mashing some of the chickpeas up with a fork. Set aside to marinate for at least 10-15 minutes.
  3. Make the ranch sauce by mixing all ranch ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Crumble tofu block into “feta” style crumbles. Mix some of the ranch (about a 1/3 C or so) in with the tofu.
  5. To assemble, divide the chickpea mixture among the 6 naan flatbreads, spreading it out an inch away from the edge (like a pizza). Layer on crumbled tofu mixture, Daiya mozzarella cheese, and top each pizza with a little extra squirt of sriracha (optional).
  6. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is slightly browned.
  7. Top with ranch dressing and green onions. Serve.

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Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Pizza
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. For the chickpea mash-
  2. 22 oz. chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  3. 1/3 C hot sauce (I prefer Texas Pete)
  4. 1 1/2 Tbsp Sriracha
  5. 1 Tbsp softened Earth Balance butter
  6. For the ranch dressing-
  7. 3/4 C Vegenaise
  8. 1 tbsp almond milk
  9. 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  10. 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  11. 1/2 tsp EACH himalayan sea salt and black pepper
  12. 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  13. 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  14. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  15. 1/4 tsp celery seed
  16. To assemble-
  17. 6 pieces of naan flatbread
  18. 8 oz Daiya vegan shredded mozzarella cheese
  19. 8 oz. tofu, drained and crumbled (by hand)
  20. 1/2 C sliced green onions
  21. Extra Sriracha (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover a pizza pan or large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Mix chickpeas with hot sauces in a bowl, mashing some of the chickpeas up with a fork. Set aside to marinate for at least 10-15 minutes.
  3. Make the ranch sauce by mixing all ranch ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Crumble tofu block into "feta" style crumbles. Mix some of the ranch (about a 1/3 C or so) in with the tofu.
  5. To assemble, divide the chickpea mixture among the 6 naan flatbreads, spreading it out an inch away from the edge (like a pizza). Layer on crumbled tofu mixture, Daiya mozzarella cheese, and top each pizza with a little extra squirt of sriracha (optional).
  6. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is slightly browned.
  7. Top with ranch dressing and green onions. Serve.
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What’s your favorite spicy meal? Share in the comments below!

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Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Pizza

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6 comments

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Hi Randi,
Yum! These photos are so mouthwatering I am ready to make this right now! I love your vegan Buffalo Chickpea Pizza recipe. Pinning and sharing it! Feel free to share this delectable vegan recipe at my Plant-Based Potluck Party (Thurs – Monday)!

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Thank you so much Deborah! It is a rockin recipe!

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Hi Randi,
I consider vegan pizza the comfort food. I can’t get enough it it! This recipe is so spicy and creative! It’s also a great party pleaser! Thank you for sharing your delectable Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Pizza recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing.

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Wow this looks tasty – thanks for sharing with Pin Worthy Wednesday

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You are so welcome!

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