This easy game day snack puts all of the cheesy goodness of a pizza into a zesty dip!

In this Pizza Dip recipe, cream cheese is seasoned and then topped with pizza sauce. It’s all crowned with your favorite toppings, and a double dose of cheese! 

Prep ahead and when it’s party time, bake until browned and bubbly. Serve with torn french bread – or tortilla chips!

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Why You’ll Love Pizza Dip

  • This pizza dip recipe is an easy-to-make appetizer that will keep guests happy.
  • This dip can be made up to 48 hours ahead of time which makes it party perfect.
  • No pizza dough required (although it’s great to bake some up for dipping).
  • Don’t stop with pepperoni – include your family’s favorite toppings. Mushrooms, onions, sausage, and ham would all be delicious in this creamy dip!

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Ingredients for Pizza Dip

BASE

The base of this dip is extra cheesy with cream cheese and seasonings. We add mozzarella for texture and cheddar for an extra boost of flavor. Add any cheeses you like. Optional additions include: garlic (or garlic powder), red chili flakes, fresh herbs.

Pizza sauce tends to have a thicker consistency than regular pasta sauce. No pizza sauce? Crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, & seasonings can easily be made into pizza sauce.

TOPPINGS

No pizza (in my books) would be complete without a generous helping of cheese! We love mozzarella and parmesan baked until bubbly.

Add your favorite pizza toppings on top of the cheese, it helps them crisp a bit more. Try some favorite pizza additions like crumbled bacon, sausage or mushrooms, and olives. Try making a meat lovers dip a supreme pizza inspired dip.

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How to Make Pizza Dip

  1. Mix cream cheese, spices, & some of the mozzarella. Spread into a baking dish.
  2. Top with pizza sauce (per the recipe below).
  3. Sprinkle with cheese & toppings.
  4. Bake until browned and bubbly!

Pizza Dip Tip: Ingredients that contain a lot of liquid (like mushrooms) should be cooked so they don’t make the dip watery. If using pineapple drain and lightly squeeze dry. Use prepared or cooked meat.

Tips for Easy Cheesy Dip

  • Soften the cream cheese before mixing.
  • Use a hand mixer to make a fluffy dip that’s easier to scoop.
  • I like to put the pepperoni on top of the cheese so it gets crispy.
  • To save time, buy pre-shredded cheese, it works well in this dip.
  • Allow the dip to cool at least 5 minutes before serving.
  • If adding fresh basil, add it after baking.

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Pizza Inspired Snacks

Did you make this Cheesy Pizza Dip? Inspire us with your topping creations in a comment below! 

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Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip

Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip is so delicious & creamy! Serve hot from the oven with tortilla chips or bread to impress a crowd.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded, divided
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan cheese shredded
  • pepperoni slices to taste, approx ¼ cup
  • tortilla chips or 1 loaf of sourdough bread cut into cubes for serving

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix cream cheese, ¾ cup mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, oregano, & basil, and salt to taste.
  • Spread into a pie pan or 2qt casserole dish. Top the cream cheese mixture with pizza sauce.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheeses followed by pepperoni.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is browned.
  • Cool 5 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or cubed bread.

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Notes

  • Soften the cream cheese before mixing.
  • Use a hand mixer to make a fluffy dip that's easier to scoop.
  • I like to put the pepperoni on top of the cheese so it gets crispy. 
  • To save time, buy pre-shredded cheese, it works well in this dip.
  • Allow the dip to cool at least 5 minutes before serving.
  • If adding fresh basil, add it after baking. 
4.98 from 38 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 229 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 521mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dip, Party Food
Cuisine American

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This recipe first appeared on SpendWithPennies.com in January 2014.  Photographs updated August 2015.

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  1. you mention that this dip can be made 48 hours ahead of time. Do you have to warm it up and how would you do that? Microwave or oven. Thank You I enjoy your recipes

  2. I have made this several times. Each was a big hit. Makes a pretty dish too. Some ask abt keeping warm for travel. I use the insulated carriers & it stays hot for several hrs. I take it out of oven, cover tightly with heavy duty foil & place in bag.5 stars

  3. Looks delicious! Has anyone tried in a slow cooker? I do most of my warm dips that way to keep warm.5 stars

    1. Hi Anne, we haven’t tried this recipe in a slow cooker but I think that sounds like a great idea. You will have to let us know how it turns out!

  4. This is soooo good, as usual with your recipes Holly…we will be having this yummy dip for the big game tomorrow!!…thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  5. Kids loved this! I mixed in some Hormel mini pepperoni and after baking topped it with some sliced olives. The family gobbled it up. Definitely a new favorite.5 stars