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Vegan Grilled BBQ Tater Tot Pizza

Grilled BBQ Tater Tot Pizza

Let’s just get this out of the way right now: This pizza isn’t for everyone- I get that. I tried to tell my friend Lauren about it, and she said it sounded like something from Man vs. Food which is never a compliment coming from a vegan 🙂

But hey, if you like BBQ sauce and you like (sweet) tater tots, maybe this pizza is right up your alley. And even if it isn’t, let me at least take this opportunity to encourage you to get out there, fire up that grill, and put some crazy shit on your pizza. You never know- it may be your new favorite!

I will admit that this pizza is out there. I started with some BBQ seitan, so it only made sense to just replace the tomato sauce with BBQ sauce. And I had some tots in the freezer, leftover from my Cowboy Casserole– so why not? I threw the jalapenos in there to cut some of the sweetness, and it worked. This ended up being a pretty spicy pizza, which was just what I wanted.

Best part? All cooked outside. Well, I had the seitan in the freezer- if you don’t have any on hand and don’t want to heat up your kitchen by making your own, you can buy some.  You may be wondering if I had to bake the tater tots at all before adding them to the pizza, and the answer to that is NO! I threw them into a dry frying pan and shook them around over the gas burner on our grill for about 8 minutes until they were heated through and starting to crisp up. Not as crispy as when you bake them, but the purpose of this exercise was to not turn on the oven at all, so you have to allow for some cheats.

In other news, the Colorado wildfires continue to rage, with a new one outside of Boulder.  If you know a rain dance, please do it ASAP.

Grilled BBQ Tater Tot Pizza (Makes 2 large personal-sized pizzas)


  • 1 loaf seitan, thinly sliced (I used homemade)
  • 1.5 cups BBQ sauce (for marinade and for pizza sauce)
  • 1 pre-made loaf of vegan pizza dough
  • 10-12 frozen sweet potato tots
  • Olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • Daiya mozzarella for topping
  • Non-stick spray


  1. Marinade the sliced seitan in BBQ sauce for about an hour at room temperature.
  2. Cut dough in half and let sit at room temperature for 20 or so minutes.
  3. Place tots in dry pan over medium heat, being sure to shake or stir them around every couple of minutes so they don’t burn. Leave on until heated all the way through, about 8 minutes.
  4. Work your dough into roundish shapes using a rolling pin. Drizzle one side with olive oil, and place the dough oil-side-down on a grill over medium heat. Check frequently, but leave it on there until the dough begins to cook and you have nice grill marks- it took about 5 minutes on our grill (but that could change based on your grill!).
  5. Remove the dough, and place it on a plate cooked side UP. Spoon 1/4 to 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce onto each pizza spreading evenly, then top with seitan, tater tots, jalapenos and then the Daiya.
  6. Give the grill a quick spray then place the pizza back on and close the grill, turning the heat down to low. Leave it on there until the cheese melts, 5-6 minutes.


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  • Vegan Thyme (Kelly) June 27, 2012, 9:15 am

    Okay, first things first–I am so glad you are okay and the fires have not reached your home or family. This whole thing is crazy. I have a rain stick–I have been shaking it constantly to no avail. I am keeping you all in my thoughts. Second: Tator Tot always an attention grabber, second is Pizza, third BBQ sauce! OMG–this looks so delish and you made it all on a grill, no less! Super impressed!

    • Barb July 2, 2012, 6:09 am

      It was really crazy, but seems to be (knock on wood) calming down. And we’re supposed to get some rain later this week, so keep on shaking 🙂 And thanks! I’m the new Grill Master at our house, ha!

  • Bianca- Vegan Crunk June 27, 2012, 9:39 am

    YES!!!!!!!!!! There is nothing crazy about tater tots on pizza. That’s called genius, lady. Pure, effing genius.

    • Barb July 2, 2012, 6:09 am

      Thanks- I owe it all to vegans like you 🙂

  • sandition June 27, 2012, 2:13 pm

    Awesomeness in a pie!

  • thecrueltyfreereview June 27, 2012, 7:27 pm

    This is the craziest weather I’ve seen in Colorado in a long, long time. I’m going to buy some big bags pet food and bottled water and take them to a local donation center. It breaks my heart that people are losing everything and I can’t even think about the animals being left behind.
    And you know, tater tots on pizza isn’t crazy at all. I think one of the best things about being vegan and vegetarian is all the awesome foods we come up with! We have to be creative and this is an example of creativity perfected.

    • Barb July 2, 2012, 6:10 am

      I think tater tots ANYWHERE are perfectly acceptable!

  • Lauren June 28, 2012, 6:12 am

    Apparently everyone is on board with this except me. 🙂

    • Barb July 2, 2012, 6:10 am

      What does that tell you? 😉

  • Sophie June 28, 2012, 11:54 pm

    Waw! You always have the greatest & fab idea! 🙂 Looks truly appetizing too!

    • Barb July 2, 2012, 6:11 am

      Thanks Sophie! Just trying to keep up with you 🙂

  • Basil June 30, 2012, 4:19 am

    Hm.. I’m game 😉
    I’ve been looking for a good pizza for today (it being national vegan pizza day and all) and this one takes the cake, I believe!

    • Barb July 2, 2012, 6:11 am

      Hey… maybe I should put CAKE on a pizza! 😉

  • Heather July 1, 2012, 8:52 am

    Hahaha I was thinking this totally could be on a Vegan version of Epic Mealtime 🙂

    • Barb July 2, 2012, 6:11 am

      Maybe that should be a new blogging theme 😉

  • * Vegan Sparkles * July 2, 2012, 6:25 pm

    YUMMMMM!!! I LOVE BBQ sauce and sweet potato together! Nice work, Barb! I think you just inspired my dinner, maybe with some caramelised onions too. 🙂

    • Barb July 3, 2012, 5:52 am

      Oh yes, onions would be a great addition!

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