Tex Mex Poblano Eggplant Pizza Recipe

July 18, 2012

Whenever we have a garden, I always grow some variety of eggplant. Then once it’s ready for harvest, I wonder what to do with it! This is eggplant pizza recipe is one I came up with a few years ago and it remains a favorite.

Tex Mex Poblano Eggplant Pizza Recipe | Fake Food Free
Unlike some other veggies in the garden, we aren’t bombarded with eggplant, but we do have enough to cook up a few meals. The type we bought this year is a purple eggplant that is small and round, as opposed to the long Japanese-style we’ve had in years past. Their size reminds me of pepperoni when they are sliced so I guess that is why I thought to use them on pizza.
For this pizza, I used my favorite crust from Food Embrace, this time with whole wheat flour and corn meal. The spicy beans take the place of the sauce. I had white beans to use up, but pinto or black would work great too.
Tex Mex Poblano Eggplant Pizza Recipe | Fake Food Free
Once the pizza is out of the oven you can garnish it with all kinds of fresh colorful ingredients. I used romaine lettuce, purple cabbage and diced tomato. 
Tex Mex Poblano Eggplant Pizza
Makes: 3 to 4 servings
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  1. 3 Poblano peppers, halved and seeds removed
  2. 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
  3. 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  4. 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 ½ cup cooked black, white or pinto beans
  6. ½ teaspoon salt
  7. ½ teaspoon cumin
  8. ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  9. ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  10. 1, 14-inch pizza crust, rolled thin
  11. 3 small or mini eggplants, sliced
  12. ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  13. ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  14. Shredded ettuce, sliced purple cabbage and diced tomatoes for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the poblano peppers on a baking sheet, cut side down. Add the onions and garlic cloves to the baking sheet. Drizzle with about a ½ tablespoon of olive oil, and rub over the vegetables. Roast the vegetables in the oven for about 20 minutes, and then set aside to cool.
  3. Add the beans to the bowl of a food processor. Remove any burnt or separated skin from the peppers, and add the roasted peppers, onions and garlic to the beans. Add the salt, cumin, chipotle powder, crushed red pepper and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Pulse on high until a smooth paste is formed.
  4. Spread the bean paste over your pizza crust. Lay the eggplant slices in a single layer evenly over the beans. Sprinkle with the cheeses.
  5. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, or until the edges of the crust begin to brown and the cheese is bubbly.
  6. Top with shredded lettuce, cabbage and diced tomatoes before serving.
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  • Andrea July 18, 2012 at 4:57 am

    I love the idea of a pureed bean sauce! When we can start making pizza again, I’m totally doing that!

  • Sarah July 18, 2012 at 5:24 am

    this is an original pizza! I like the way you used the beans in this recipe. As for eggplants- it’s one of my favorite vegetables especially roasted over an open fire.

  • Lori July 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Andrea – It turned out well! A nice, hearty variation from red sauce.

    Sarah – I bet eggplants prepared that way are delicious. I do a lot of roasting, but I need to grill them more.

  • kat July 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Oh how I wish I could get Matt to eat eggplant!

  • Joanne July 19, 2012 at 4:50 am

    I never really think of combining eggplant with tex-mex flavors but why not! Looks awesome.

    I wonder if eggplant is having a bad season this year? I haven’t seen much of it…

  • Cathleen July 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    This pizza looks absolutely perfect! I really must start cooking with eggplant more, yum!

  • TasteHongKong July 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I like this, especially having whole grains for the crust and pureed beans for the sauce; am also thinking to add some cherry tomatoes which are now being roasted in my oven : ).

  • JulieD July 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Lori, this looks so good!! I’m obsessed with eggplant but I have never cooked with poblanos before, we keep talking about it but haven’t.