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Pepperoni Pizza Dip is an easy appetizer recipe made with marinara sauce, pepperoni and lots of cheese. This warm cheesy dip is the perfect appetizer for game day and a favorite food for cheese lovers anytime!

hand dipping toasted bread round into cheesy pepperoni pizza dip

Easy Pizza Dip

Cheesy pepperoni dip or pepperoni pizza dip is one of the most delicious warm dip recipes you can make. This cheesy dip has cream cheese, pizza sauce, Parm and mozzarella cheese with a layer of crispy pepperoni slices on top.

I have been making pepperoni dip for years now, and it’s definitely a family favorite. We serve this easy snack during football season on game days, super bowl Sunday, holidays and family game night. It makes a great party dip too!

It’s super easy, and you can even make the dip in your microwave or air fryer. If you’re a pizza lover or cheese lover, this cheesy pepperoni pizza dip is for you!

Some of our other favorite game day dip recipes include Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip, Cheesy Ground Beef Taco Dip and Easy Hot Bean Dip. Check them out!

cream cheese, parmesan cheese, seasoning, pepperoni slices, marinara and mozzarella cheese


You only need a few simple ingredients for this easy pizza dip recipe. You can find them in your grocery store or online. Full amounts are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Cream cheese — brick-style cream cheese, not cream cheese spread. Make sure it is softened or room temperature for easy spreading.
  • Parmesan cheese — buy shredded cheese or grate your own
  • Marinara sauce — or pizza sauce
  • Italian seasoning — for extra flavor. You can add a little garlic powder for stronger flavor if you like.
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni slices — or mini pepperonis

How to Make Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe

First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees f. Next, spray a pie plate or shallow baking dish or casserole dish with non stick spray.

Spread the softened cream cheese on the bottom of the pie plate. Then, top it with about half of the grated Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.


Next, you add the marinara sauce, and spread it evenly over the cream cheese mixture.

Top the sauce with shredded mozzarella cheese and the remaining Parmesan cheese.

You can add more cheese if you feel like it. This dip is all about the cheese, so the more, the better!


Add the pepperoni slices on top of the cheeses. Then, sprinkle Italian seasoning on top of the pepperoni.

You can space the pepperoni slices evenly over the cheese. Or, add extra pepperoni if you like.

unbaked pepperoni dip in a pie plate

Cooking Time

Bake the pizza dip in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. The exact time depends on how hot your oven is and how crispy you want the top layer.

When the cheese is melted and bubbling, the dip is ready to eat! Let it sit at room temperature for a bit, and then dive right in!

pepperoni dip or crustless pizza in a pie plate on the table

What to Serve with Pepperoni Dip

So, what to serve with pizza dip? We serve this irresistible dip with toasted bread rounds, pita chips, bagel chips or crusty bread. You can also use tortilla chips or corn chips.

You can serve celery sticks, cauliflower, broccoli or carrot sticks. Or, simple dive into the cheesy goodness with a fork or spoon.


You can easily change the basic pizza dip recipe and add your favorite pizza toppings to suit your tastes. I like to add fresh basil when I have it. Instead of pepperoni, top the dip with cooked Italian sausage crumbles or ham and pineapple.

Or, make a meatless cream cheese dip and add your favorite blend of cheeses here. Cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, and Mexican blend are always a huge hit!

Make it a veggie lover’s crustless pizza with bell pepper slices and olives. Black olives, mini bell peppers, and red or green onions are some favorite veggies.

You can also cook pizza dip in the microwave or a small slow cooker until the cheese melts. It’s good, but you won’t get crispy pepperoni and that gorgeous golden cheese on top!

How to Store Leftover Dip

We never have leftover pepperoni dip around here. But, if you do, just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This easy dip recipe is easy to make ahead of time and bake when you are ready to serve.

If you want cold pizza dip, dig in! Otherwise, you can reheat the dip in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Or, reheat it in the oven until warm.

pepperoni dip with stretchy cheese
5 from 6 votes

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

By: Dee
Pepperoni Pizza Dip is an easy appetizer recipe made with marinara sauce, pepperoni and lots of cheese. This warm cheesy dip is the perfect game day snack and a favorite food for cheese lovers anytime!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning mix
  • slices Pepperoni as many as you like
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  • Spread the cream cheese into a shallow baking dish, and top with half of the Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
  • Spoon the marinara sauce over the cheese layer and spread until cheese is covered.
  • Add mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan cheeses and spices, and top with sliced pepperoni.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and pepperoni is crisp.
  • Allow to cool just slightly, then serve.



You can add more cheese if you want a cheesier dip.
Make sure cream cheese is room temperature for easy spreading. A brick of cream cheese works best.
You can also heat the dip in the microwave or oven style air fryer or a small crock pot.


Calories: 198kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 611mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 583IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 349mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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There’s something incredibly addicting about diving into the melty cheese with a piece of crusty bread and watching the cheese stretch longer and longer when you pull the bread out.

At least my family thinks so — They even  have contests to see whose cheese will stretch the longest. Yep, we’re weird that way!


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Recipe published in 2015 and updated in 2024

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  1. Colette says:

    Just 4 oz. of cream cheese? I just want to be sure. It looks delicious and I am looking forward to making this. Thanks!

    1. Dee says:

      Yes, you only need 4 oz, but you can use ab 8 oz package of cream cheese if you want a thicker base. I do this sometimes if I don’t want leftover packages of cream cheese in the fridge. 🙂

  2. Daisy says:

    I love how it looks like a pizza, I use pepperoni. Very good with veggie like celery and also chips/crackers.5 stars

  3. Don says:

    Made this for the football games! What a hit! Will have to make two for the next time we have people over!5 stars

  4. Patrick says:

    This is great stuff! Had to make two batches because I sampled too much of it to serve to guests!5 stars

  5. Pat says:

    Can this be made ahead and reheated?

    1. Dee says:

      Yes! I’ve done this before, and it was fine. 🙂

  6. Dee M says:

    Thanks, Sarah. We can't get enough of this stuff! 🙂

  7. Dee M says:

    We have this almost every time there's a game on now. 🙂

  8. Michelle Nahom says:

    Looks like the perfect game day appetizer to me! Yum!