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.

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Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Dip

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8-10
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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 pepperonis,* 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  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.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: You may assemble this dip up to 1 day ahead of time. Cover tightly and refrigerate. Before serving, bake as directed.
  2. Mini Pepperonis: Several pieces of regular size pepperoni also work. I used turkey pepperoni in these pictures.

Keywords: pepperoni pizza dip, healthy pizza dip

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

77 Comments

  1. Oh man, it looks delicious, Sally. Just what I need in the middle of the night. Haha
    And those mini pepperonis are the cutest! You say, some people don’t like olives? I can’t comprehend. 🙂

  2. We are SO ON the same wavlength I can’t even tell you…this is unreal. In 6 years of blogging I have never published a dip like this at all….and I just published, yep, pepperoni pizza dip. And over the weekend minutes after I ate a molten chocolate cake, you posted one 🙂 WOW. Moving right along to how awesome your dip looks and how it will be a hit at any party!

  3. Do you think it would be wrong to eat this with a spoon? Because I kind of seeing it going there after all the guests are gone. If there’s any left. Maybe I should just start with the spoon before anybody gets there…
    And it looks so adorable too, just like pizza! Pizza in a bowl. I could get used to that!

  4. Yep, I’m an olive-hater…but this recipe looks amazing nevertheless! I think I would use sundried tomatoes and roasted garlic as toppings! Yum 🙂 I bet this is incredibly popular at parties!

  5. I don’t think I even knew there was such a thing as a pizza dip; I must’ve been living under a rock to not know about this! I glad I found it on your site; this look delicious! 🙂

  6. Cheese, cheese and more cheese — just the way I like it! Thank goodness you did a lightened up version of this. With all these delicious-looking dips popping up for the game day, I am going to gain 10 pounds! Can’t wait to try this one.

  7. Fat free cream cheese WHY DO YOU EXIST?????????? I’m so glad I’m not alone in this. Also… I’ve been cravingggg pizza lately. This is like, basically low carb! I’m in.

    1. It tastes like feet.

      this is so good that I’m going to go enjoy it on the balcony so I can enjoy the view WHILST I enjoy my dessert.

  8. Oh, yum, Sally. I want this now!!! I’ve hesitated making pizza completely from scratch (crust included). But hey….a pizza dip sounds perfect to me. Though I love a crispy/crunchy, garlicky thick crust I love everything else that makes a pizza what it is (especially cheese…lot’s of cheese!). But, I am one of those people who think olives are yucky! My husband, son, and granddaughter however do not.

    So, like a pizza, could I maybe do half and half? Half the way I like it (pepperoni, and maybe some onions, or green pepper…and half the way they like it with pepperoni and olives)? If possible that would be great. That’s what I like about pizza, you can pretty much make everyone happy topping-wise.

    1. Barbara, you could absolutely make a “half and half” pizza dip. Just garnish 1 side how you like it and the other side how they like it. So easy, right? This is great crustless pizza 😉

  9. Ditto to what Averie said. I am so planning on whipping up some pizza dip for the Super Bowl party! I first had this dip in college and it was to. die. for. Question – how would you suggest keeping it warm? I don’t have a warmer, and it’s so easy to whip up I can wait until it’s closer to game time, but do you ever have this issue with keeping dips warm for guests?

    1. This is the kind of dip that should be baked then served right away. You can prep it all in advance and keep it in the refrigerator, then just put it in the oven 25 minutes before you want to serve it. It’s so simple!

  10. My peeps will be SO happy for a pizza-fix that doesn’t take me hours to make! I’ve outlawed commercial pizza in our home because of all the nasty stuff in them. I made your Chicago deep-dish pizza a couple of weeks ago and they’ve been begging me to make it again. The crust is truly amazing!! Thank you for sharing this, I’m defiantly making it this weekend!

  11. This dip looks delicious and will definitely be on my Super Bowl menu this year. Us here in the NW are really excited for Sunday’s game (being from the NW probably tells you who I’m rooting for in the big game!)

  12. I truly hate to say but your dip looks so much better then another blogger that posted one. I truly like the other blogger as well but your recipes always are a success. Thank you for your unique recipes, and you making sure every recipe is a success!

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