My Favorite Pepperoni Pizza Dip.

My very favorite recipe for pizza dip. Loaded with your favorite pizza toppings, this lightened-up pizza dip comes together in a snap. (And is eaten even quicker…)

Quick & easy Lightened-Up Pepperoni Pizza Dip using Greek yogurt-- this is my favorite pizza dip recipe! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Here’s my absolute favorite pizza dip recipe. It might not be as glamorous as chocolate fudge cake or photogenic as, say, a sprinkle loaded cookie but this here pizza dip… oh man. It’s one of my favorite recipes on the planet. At least the mini pepperonis make it look cute, right?

The best part about this pizza dip is that it’s lightened up from the full fat version you know and love. Sacrificing none of the outstanding pizza flavor, of course.

(I know what you’re thinking already. Ew! Olives! The olives are optional. I love olives as much as I love walnuts in my brownies and dare I say it? Raisins in my cookies.)

Quick & easy Lightened-Up Pepperoni Pizza Dip using Greek yogurt-- this is my favorite pizza dip recipe! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’ve been making this dip for years and with Super Bowl Sunday right around the corner, I’m so excited to finally share the recipe with you. Who are you rooting for this year? Actually, I don’t want to cause any fights in the comments section.

I’m rooting for pizza dip.

Everything you love about a fat slice of cheesy pepperoni pizza baked together and scooped up with your favorite tortilla chips. Doesn’t that sound great? It is. And it doesn’t get much better than this. I always start the recipe with cream cheese and Greek yogurt. I like to use low fat cream cheese and nonfat Greek yogurt. I have a bone to pick with nonfat cream cheese. It’s just… not good. At all. Nonfat Greek yogurt, on the other hand, is one of my favorite ingredients when I’m baking and cooking lighter fare. I call it my “power” ingredient. The two mixed together form the base of this cheesy dip. I like to mix in a little garlic powder to give this creamy layer some flavor and pizazz.

How to Make my Favorite Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Spread this goodness into a pan. A pie pan, a cake pan, a casserole dish, whatever. It all works here. Next? A little pizza sauce. I do not make the pizza sauce from scratch. Eden Organic (I find it at Whole Foods) makes a really tasty organic pizza sauce that I typically use, but just use your favorite. Homemade or store-bought.

Next is mozzarella cheese. I like to use thin shredded cheese because you get more bang for your buck. A little bit of shredded cheese covers more of the dip than the same amount of thick-cut shredded cheese. Am I making any sense? I also prefer 2% cheese which is the cheese made with 2% milk; it’s a little lighter than the full fat stuff. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the sauce.

Next are your toppings. I use the mini size pepperonis because, you guessed it, more bang for your buck! I use turkey pepperonis, but regular is just fine. If you like green peppers, sausage, etc. on your pizza, go ahead… throw it all on top here.

The more loaded, the better.

How to Make my Favorite Pepperoni Pizza Dip

I finish the dip off with a little grated parmesan cheese, dried oregano, and dried basil. Bake it all in the oven until the cheese is bubbly. Serve warm with tortilla chips and dig in. Start to finish, only about 30-35 minutes. Not too bad!

This dip packs so much pizza flavor in every single bite and whenever I make it, no one pays attention to the TV screen. Touch down.

Quick & easy Lightened-Up Pepperoni Pizza Dip using Greek yogurt-- this is my favorite pizza dip recipe! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Maybe not as healthy as a plate of broccoli, but certainly a lightened-up version of the higher fat dip. And it’s absolutely my favorite.

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Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Dip

My very favorite recipe for pizza dip. Loaded with your favorite pizza toppings, this lightened-up pizza dip comes together in a snap and is gobbled up even quicker.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces low fat (or full fat) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (or full fat or low fat or sour cream works too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • toppings such as: 1-2 Tablespoons sliced black olives, 1/4 cup mini pepperonis1, 1/2 cup crumbled cooked sausage, 1/4 cup chopped green pepper etc.
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan
  • ground basil, to taste
  • ground oregano, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and garlic powder in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy. Spread into the bottom of a 9-inch pie dish, cake pan, or similar size casserole dish.
  3. Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Top with your toppings of choice, then sprinkle with grated parmesan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  4. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with basil and oregano. Serve hot with your favorite chips, raw veggies, pita wedges, etc. Cover any leftovers and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  5. Make ahead tip: you may assemble this dip up to 1 day ahead of time. Cover tightly and refrigerate. Before serving, bake as directed.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Or several pieces regular size pepperoni. I usually always use turkey pepperoni.

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Along with this pizza dip, I’ll be making two Quinn favorites this Sunday: Mango Guacamole because you can never have too much dip and Homemade Soft Pretzels to dunk in the pizza dip, of course.

Here are (a lot!) more game day recipe ideas:

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Soft Pretzel Bites with this Kickin’ Cheese Sauce

Soft Pretzel Bites

Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow (trumps anything savory, trust me)

Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow

Seriously Smooth Hummus

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Hummus

Cake Batter Oreo Cookies (it’s always appropriate to make these)

Cake Batter Oreo Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

The perfect party snack! Pepperoni Pizza Rolls- so simple to make!

Let me know if you try any of these recipes for the big game!

Easy Lightened-Up Pepperoni Pizza Dip using Greek yogurt-- this is my favorite pizza dip recipe! sallysbakingaddiction.com
Easy Lightened-Up Pepperoni Pizza Dip using Greek yogurt-- this is my favorite pizza dip recipe! sallysbakingaddiction.com

72 comments

  1. Seeing a lot of low-fat and whole-wheat ingredients lately, Sally…the health-conscious nut in me thanks you!

  2. This dip looks like the perfect addition to every Super Bowl party! My brothers and husband will love this. Pinned!

  3. I love pizza dip. I have to be careful because when it is in front of me I have a tendency to eat the whole thing!!

  4. Yum! This would be the star of any Super bowl party!

  5. Oh wow…this looks incredible! I had to laugh at your comment about not wanting to start any fights in the comments section. I don’t know if you listen to This American Life, but last week’s episode was all about the Comments sections on the internet. I hope you can’t relate to too much of what they discussed but I’m sure you’ve had your share!

    Moving on, back to pizza dip….you are mean for posting this! Now I want want want it! 🙂 I am flying back to Chicago for a couple of days…if my nephews are around, I might have to whip this up. Better than the cold cheese and cracker tray I made them last time. (well, CHEESE…when is cheese ever bad?!)

    I am DEFINITELY making your frosted sugar cookies tomorrow – my mom and I made them at Christmas and our decorations got a little R-rated…we had the BEST time…laughing till we were crying. So, now time to make some V-day cookies! 🙂

  6. I used to HATE olives until I started eating Greek Salads… Then, the love affair began which is REALLY weird because, well, I never thought it would happen. The little green jarred olives still skeeve me out a bit, though.

    And since the Eagles are not in the superbowl (don’t judge me), it’s all about the food and commercials for this girl. Plus, both of the teams have already won their fare share of rings sooooooo it’s a bit of a drag!

  7. Not photogenic? I think that cheese is fabulously photogenic. I want to eat it right now. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Just eat that cheese!

  8. I may watch the Super Bowl this year…but if I do, it’s only to catch the halftime show. We’re not huge football fans over here, but we love pizza anything! This dip sounds amazing. Maybe we’ll throw a Stanley Cup party (it’s all about the hockey in Michigan). I think I need more people around when this is around otherwise I’d totally eat the whole thing by myself! I love the idea of adding green pepper and onions. I’m totally on board for no using the fat free cream cheese but fat free greek yogurt is totally ok. Cream cheese just needs that bit of fat to really make it…well creamy and delicious.

  9. I agree with Michelle. When I see that picture, I just want to eat the whole thing. What a perfect dip to make for game day!

  10. This looks so yummy, can’t wait to try it! I have a question though…do you think there’s any way this could be heated in the microwave instead of the oven? I wanted to make some for my coworkers on lunch break tomorrow.

  11. I’m right there with you on raisins in cookies (the more the better!), but… I’d still rather have bell peppers or pineapple than olives. More for you though, right? 😉 Hope you’re able to take some time off from recipe testing and photographing for the cookbook tomorrow to spend time with your friends and watch the game! (Or commercials!)

  12. Do I need to spray pan with pam or cooking spray before placing cheese/yogurt mixture?

  13. I got to my super bowl party and realized everything was from your recipes, peanut butter monster cookies, pizza dip, and the red velvet cheesecake brownies. All are so delicious! Thank you!!!

  14. Wow, Sally, this looks & sounds amazing! I’ve never tried a pizza dip before, but I just might have to now ;-)!

  15. I made this yesterday for the Superbowl (watching it meant for us to get to go to bed at 5 am) and just left out the pepperoni to make it vegetarian. Everyone loved it and couldn’t believe how simple ist was. Such a great Snack!

  16. We made this for super bowl and my daughters made the olives into a “49” and the dip was heavenly and YES we used spoons!!

    I do have one question, is there a way to put the dip in or make it in a crock pot. It was yummy hot, and the presentation was perfect.

  17. We couldn’t wait for Sunday’s Super Bowl and made this Saturday for a big basketball showdown. I used full fat organic cream cheese and sour cream (bc we had it in the house). I ended up adding some additional garlic powder & garlic salt to the cream cz mixture. It may be personal taste or the flavors were heavier and needed the balance? I added pepperonis (diced into 1/4’s), and black olives. We served it with sliced baguette bread rounds and pita chips. It was the bomb! We ate so much we couldnt have dinner. Sunday we pulled out the leftovers and ate it cold for breakfast…no shame!! Sally, thank you so very much for another amazing recipe, and sharing your love of baking! I can’t wait for the new candy cookbook!!

  18. I just had a lasagna version of this dip – also absoluetly delicious!

  19. Do I need to adjust baking time if I double the recipe? 

  20. Sally,
    This has become one of our absolute favorite dips/snacks/sometimes dinners over the last year. Often you try something new and it’s really good but somehow it doesn’t make it into regular rotation. One of the things we love is how adaptable it is. We use veggies, meats, sometimes pineapple as toppings. We’ve done a 1/2 & 1/2 when we couldn’t decide.  We love to serve this with sliced baguette bread rounds. Our local grocery (Wegmans) will slice one up for us and it’s just the right size, but it’s easy to do yourself.  Thanks for the inspiration and wonderful recipies!!  Blessings. 

  21. Made this for a neighborhood get together, big hit with the kids and adults alike. Easy to make and great flavors!

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