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. Here’s why it’s my fave: 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 a “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. Shredded is best for this dip. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the sauce. Next are your toppings. Sometimes I use the mini pepperonis because they’re so dang cute. You can use regular size, whichever you prefer. I also 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.

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

I finish the dip off a little 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.

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.

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 used turkey pepperoni in these pictures.

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

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Jalapeños

Soft Pretzel Bites with this Kickin’ Cheese Sauce

Soft Pretzel Bites with Spicy Cheese Dip

Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken Fingers

buffalo chicken fingers-4

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

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  1. Ethan on January 29, 2015 at 12:06 am

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

  2. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates on January 29, 2015 at 2:37 am

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

  3. Emily @ Life on Food on January 29, 2015 at 6:51 am

    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!!

    • Sally on January 29, 2015 at 8:23 am

      I seem to have the same problem.

  4. [email protected] Laura's Culinary Adventures on January 29, 2015 at 7:50 am

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

  5. Christine on January 29, 2015 at 8:36 am

    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. Laur on January 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    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. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture on January 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    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. Alexis @ Upside Down Pear on January 31, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    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. Amy Basso on January 31, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    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. Tonya Lomastro on January 31, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    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.

    • Sally on February 1, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Well, I fear the bottom layer might get a little… funky. I never recommend microwaving yogurt.

  11. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking on February 1, 2015 at 2:20 am

    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!)

    • Sally on February 1, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Yes, I’m taking off all day! Woo! Hope you’re having a great weekend Amy and taking time off yourself! xo

  12. Taryne on February 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm

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

    • Sally on February 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      No

  13. Laurel on February 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    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!!!

    • Sally on February 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Nice! Did everyone like the recipes?

      • Laurel on February 1, 2015 at 9:10 pm

        They loved everything! The cookies and brownies never last long when I take them to parties.



  14. Mandie @ Mandie's Kitchen on February 1, 2015 at 10:27 pm

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

  15. Obsti on February 2, 2015 at 4:50 am

    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. Briana on February 3, 2015 at 10:18 am

    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. Chelle on February 4, 2015 at 9:33 am

    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. Obsti on March 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

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

  19. Stephanie on December 29, 2015 at 8:07 pm

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

    • Sally on December 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Stephanie, the bake time will be a little longer if doubling in a larger pan. I’m unsure how long.

  20. Chelle on February 5, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    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. 

    • Sally on February 6, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Love it. So happy you make my pizza dip so often! Your variations sound incredible.

  21. Lisa on May 1, 2016 at 12:53 am

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

  22. Fran on February 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    So who needs super bowl to make the pepperoni pizza dip.  I would however make it if we were having a party las we going and my contribution is my mother in laws toffee bars lots of chocolate and instead of musts lots of  sprinkles!!

  23. Laura on February 5, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I can’t wait to make this for the Super Bowl Party I’m attending, later! Sounds like it’s a crowd pleaser!  

  24. Simran on December 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Hi Sally, this dip was so amazing that, the last time I made it, my sister was wolfing it down right after she came home after dinner. I was wondering, though, is it possible to make this recipe in a microwave?

    • Sally on December 17, 2017 at 11:45 am

      I’m sure you could, but you’d miss the crisp pepperoni and cheese on top 🙂

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