Easy Black Bean Pizza How-To

This go-to dinner dish combines a pizza and a salad in one.

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Try something new with zesty black bean spread instead of tired tomato sauce for your next pizza.

This is absolutely our go-to pizza during the week. We love how it’s a pizza and salad in one. Instead of tired tomato sauce, we spread zesty black bean spread all over the pizza crust and then top it with cheese and a crisp salad.

Here’s what you’re going to need: Pillsbury® pizza crust, canned black beans, cheese, garlic, hot sauce, oregano and your favorite salad ingredients.

Start by getting the pizza crust into the oven. We just want to pre-bake the crust a bit so that the pizza isn’t soggy. While that bakes, we can make our black bean spread.

Pillsbury pizza crust flattened on cooking sheet in oven.
It’s so easy to make the spread, which can totally be spread on sandwiches or tortillas, as well. Start with a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add a bit of oil and then add garlic and oregano.

Once the garlic has toasted a little (which takes less than a minute), you can throw in the black beans.

Oil, garlic, oregano and black beans in frying pan.
Now, add some water. This will help when we mash the black beans.

Find yourself a potato masher or fork and smash the black beans into a paste. You aren’t looking for a smooth spread. A few bean pieces are nice for texture.

mashed black beans and ingredents into a paste
By now, your pizza crust will be prebaked. So spread the black beans all over the crust and then sprinkle with shredded cheese. Put the pizza back into the oven to bake another 8 to 10 minutes. Pillsbury pizza crust with cheese and ingredients on cooking sheet in oven.
Once cooked, top the pizza with your favorite salad ingredients. We went with crisp Romaine lettuce, sweet cherry tomatoes and our favorite ranch dressing, but that part is totally up to you.