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This Hot Pizza Dip appetizer is a crowd pleaser that combines all the flavors of your favorite pizza toppings into a creamy and gooey dip. A quick and easy dish to prepare, this hot pizza dip recipe is sure to become a family favorite! 

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A close up shot of a piece of crostini being dipped into Hot Pizza Dip.

Perfect for game day, parties, or any casual gathering, this recipe brings together layers of melted cheese, savory tomato sauce, and your favorite pizza toppings, all baked to perfection.

Whether you’re a fan of pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers, or any other classic pizza topping you can customize this dip to your liking. Served with crispy tortilla chips, baguette slices, breadsticks, or even fresh veggies, it’s a mouthwatering snack that will disappear in no time.

A collage of images of a couple at a football game through out the years.
We love football season!!! These photos (from left to right) are 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019!

This Hot Pizza Dip recipe has “game day” written all over it! It’s got all the flavors of a slice of supreme pizza, but in dip form. Pizza fans, add this ultimate appetizer to your recipe box for your next party!   It’s flavorful, cheesy goodness and is impossible to resist!!  

Ingredients needed to make Hot Pizza Dip.

Ingredients Needed (Amounts in recipe card below)

  • Cream Cheese– I like to use a brick-style cream cheese, you can use regular or the ⅓ less fat cream cheese.
  • Sour Cream– Full fat or “light” is fine.
  • Italian Sausage-Use mild or hot, depending on your spice preference!
  • Bell Peppers-Green bell pepper, Red bell peppers, Orange bell peppers, maybe a little of everything. I like to cut them into smaller pieces so you can get a little bit in every bite. 
  • Pepperoni Slices-I prefer the mini pepperoni slices because they are the perfect scoopable size. 
  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Pizza Sauce-Use your favorite pizza sauce, whether that is boughten or homemade!
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese-I prefer to buy block cheese and shred it myself as it melts nicer than pre-shredded cheese.
A clear bowl with cream cheese, seasonings, mini pepperoni, cooked sausage, sour cream and peppers.

What other topping can I use?

Something I love about this recipe is that you can change it to fit your pizza preferences. Don’t like peppers? Skip them! Love mushrooms, or green onions… add them! Want extra cheese? More power to ya! Here’s a list of some favorite toppings you could play around with!

  • Black Olives
  • Canadian Bacon
  • Yellow, White or Red Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Other Types of Cheese – cheese lovers add your favorite kinds of cheese! Pepper jack, mozzarella, cheddar, etc.
  • Meat Lovers – Crumbled bacon, cooked hamburger, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, etc.
A close up image of a piece of crostini scooping up the dip with stings of cheese attached.

What should I use to dip into the pizza dip?

My favorite thing to dip into the hot pizza dip is toasted baguette slices (crostini). However, for this hot pizza dip recipe options are endless!

  • Crackers
  • Pita Chips
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Bagel Chips
  • Toasted French Bread Slices
  • Fresh Vegetables (carrots, celery, bell pepper strips)

How to make toasted French Bread slices

These crostini are my favorite “dippers” for my pizza dip! Cut a French baguette into 1/2 inch slices and lay them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Brush with melted butter or olive oil then sprinkle with garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Bake at 425 for 5-7 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.

How should I store my Hot Pizza Dip?

Hot pizza dip is a favorite recipe and always a huge hit, so if cooking for a large crowd on game day, make a double batch.  If you have any leftover party dip, store in an airtight container, or cover in plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator for up to five days.

To reheat this easy appetizer, pop it in the oven until warmed through the center, and enjoy again!

Pizza dip with crostinis.

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5 from 2 votes

Hot Pizza Dip

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
12 (about 1/4 cup each)
All the flavors of a supreme pizza in dip form! Perfect for a quick appetizer and always a game day favorite!!

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Pie plate or baking dish

Ingredients
 

  • One 8 oz package cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage cooked
  • 1/2 cup diced bell peppers (green, red, yellow, or combo)
  • 1/2 cup mini pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Additional ingredients for topping optional
  • Grated Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes optional
  • Toasted baguette slices*, pita chips or crackers for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream, cooked sausage crumbles, diced peppers, pepperoni, garlic and Italian seasoning until combined.
  • Spread the mixture into a greased pie plate (or small rectangle pan).
  • Spread the pizza sauce over the cream cheese mixture and then sprinkle the cheese on top.
  • Top with additional pepperoni slices*, crumbled sausage, or whatever pizza toppings you desire! (*Don't get too wild on the pepperoni slices….too many will make the top look a bit greasy)
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the outer edges are bubbly.
  • Top with grated Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes, if desired.
  • Serve warm with the toasted baguette slices, pita chips or crackers. Yum!

Notes

*At many grocery stores, you can purchase these ready to be dipped!  However, if you’d like to make your own, here’s how!
  • Cut a French baguette into 1/2 inch slices and lay them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Brush with melted butter or olive oil then sprinkle with garlic salt and Italian seasoning.
  • Bake at 425 for 5-7 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.5g | Protein: 8.3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 0.6mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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An overhead shot of a piece of crostini topped with the dip, over the dish of dip.

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3 Comments

  1. Judy Sadler says:

    So I made it with garlic and parsley for the bread omg! So good!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this. Easy and it goes over very well at gatherings. I bring home an empty dish.