Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip

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Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip is a simple appetizer recipe filled with cheese, marinara sauce, and pepperonis all ready in under half an hour!

Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip Appetizer Recipe

Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip is what you want when you’re watching the game, enjoying a good movie, playing board games, or just when you need something comforting. 

Chili Onion Crunch and cream cheese are layered with marinara sauce, mozzarella, and pepperonis to create an unbelievably addictive recipe.

pizza dip recipe

If you’re a football-watching family like us, then you know having Game Day snacks and recipes is part of the fun.

The best part about Super Bowl weekend is the FOOD! Who’s with me?! This amazing pizza dip is great for kids and adults. Everyone likes pizza, right?!

What’s in Pizza Dip?

  • Cream cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmesan
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Pepperoni

pizza dip appetizer recipe

How Do You Make It?

cream cheese in a bowl

First, in a bowl, plop a brick of softened cream cheese. Spread it around to get it all “out there.” 

chili onion crunch from trader joes

chili onion crunch with cream cheese in a bowlchili onion crunch with cream cheese in a bowl

Take a spoonful of  Trader Joe’s Chili Onions Crunch, like what we used in this roasted cauliflower recipe and plop it into the cream cheese. 

mixing cream cheese and chili onion crunch

Mix it around. This picture looks so so gross, and terrible lighting.

Now that it’s winter, I have a two-hour window to get recipes photographed, and these process shots are using my phone! Real-life, y’all! Real-life!

cheesy chili onion crunch

Mix it 1/3 of the grated mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

grating parmesan cheese

using a microplane to grate cheese

I like to use a Microplane and make an absolute mountain of parmesan cheese! 

cream cheese chili onion crunch cheese in a baking dish

Mix all this together, and spread out into a baking dish. 

trader joe's marinara sauce

Get out your favorite marinara sauce – I had this one on hand from Trader Joe’s but, I actually prefer Rao’s Homemade. And if you wanted this easy cheesy pizza dip to be low carb, use Raos!

marinara sauce in a baking dish

Cover all your cream cheese mixture with marinara sauce. I did run my spoon around it so the sauce went to the edges. If you like marinara sauce a lot, use a little more!

layered pizza dip

Now we’ll cover the top in cheese and pepperonis. 

pepperoni pizza dip in a baking dish

trader joe's pepperoni

These are the pepperonis I buy, and they’re from Trader Joes – super great to keep in the fridge for a low carb snack. Pair with cheese and veggies, and you have an adult Lunchable that’s perfect for eating at your desk while you work. 

As you can see from the picture above, I cut the pepperoni into quarters. I wanted to pepperoni to cover the top, but every bite has some in it. 

layered dip in a baking dish

Here’s a side view of the whole layered pizza dip. 

Finally, pop this whole thing into the oven, and bake for 20 minutes. If you want more of a brown and bubbly thing on top, turn your oven to broil the last minute and a half.

How to Make Pizza Dip

Serve this whole thing with a sliced baguette, pita bites, or some type of hearty cracker. You want something fairly hearty as this dip is kind of drippy.

Pizza Dip

While it’s great to have the bread slices right next to it so people can hover around and just dip over and over, you may want to include a wooden spreader.

You can add anything you want to your pizza dip.

Pizza Dip Topping Ideas

  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Olives
  • Feta Cheese

 Y’all I cannot tell you how creamy-dreamy this dip is. And it’s just amazing right out of the oven. If you do end up with leftovers, just stick it back into the oven to reheat it.  Yum!! 

Need some more Game Day Snack Ideas?

Pizza Dip on Bread

Save this to your Game Day Pinterest board for later!

Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip Appetizer Recipe

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Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip

5 from 5 reviews
  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: appetizers
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american


Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip is a simple appetizer recipe filled with cheese, marinara sauce, and pepperonis all ready in under half an hour!


  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 +/- tablespoon Chili Onion Crunch
  • 12 ounces Shredded Mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 cup Marinara Sauce
  • Pizza Toppings


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, chili onion crunch, one third of the mozzarella, and all the parmesan cheese together.
  3. Spread into a thin layer in a greased baking dish.
  4. Pour marinara sauce on top of the cream cheese mixture and make sure to spread it out evenly.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, covering the sauce.
  6. Top with pizza toppings of your choice.
  7. Bake at 350˚ for 20 minutes, or until brown and bubbly on top and cheese is melted.
  8. Serve with baguette slices immediately.


It’s best to hand grate your cheese – the cheese melts more evenly when it doesn’t have the chemicals in the preshredded stuff. 

You can assemble this ahead of time, and bake before serving. If you do this, place the COLD and covered pizza dip in a COLD oven. Set the oven to 350˚ and check the dip at 20 minutes. Remove the cover and let it brown on top.

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  1. Incredible idea – you’ve combined two of my favorites and made it a true super meal. I definitely need to make this one over the weekend – the dip to brag about!

    1. Yes!!! You will love it – I made it in individual ramekins this weekend, and that went over so so well!

  2. Yum…this is perfect for game day. I know two teenage boys who would love this. I think I would have to make a pan for each. Delish!

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