I’m thrilled to share my family’s recipe for the most crave-worthy pizza chips ever – crispy baked chips topped with ooey, gooey melted cheese and Italian seasonings. One bite of these and it’s like you turned pizza into the perfect dipping snack!
We first tried pizza chips when looking for an easy weeknight dinner idea to please our crew of picky eaters. I figured what kid wouldn’t devour bite-sized pizza-flavored chips? And was I ever right! Now, these have become one of our regular rotation meals that I make at least twice a month. Fair warning though – they disappear fast off the plate, so you better grab some quick!
What I love about these pizza chips is they have all that crispy, cheesy flavor you want from pizza, but in a fun handheld version. We like to munch on them straight from the baking sheet while snuggled on the couch. Of course you can serve them as a side to salads or soup too if you want to get fancy. But you’ll probably be tempted to keep them all for yourself once you taste how utterly craveable they are!
The best part is you likely have all the simple ingredients – pizza dough, cheese, spices – ready to go in your kitchen already. That means whenever the pizza chip craving strikes (and trust me, it will), you can whip up a fresh batch and have these melt-in-your-mouth nibbles coming out of the oven in less than 30 minutes.
So are you ready to give these dangerously addicting pizza chips a try? I challenge you to not go back for seconds…and thirds. Just be prepared for the requests of “more please!” once your family sinks their teeth into these garlicky, basil-kissed crisps. This new favorite weeknight meal is about to get some serious rotation in your house like it does mine!
What exactly are pizza chips?
Pizza chips are thin, crispy baked chips topped with pizza toppings like tomato sauce, cheese, and spices. It’s like taking all the tasty flavors of pizza and turning it into dippable, munchable chips!
What type of dough do you use to make the chips?
I use store-bought refrigerated pizza dough for convenience, but homemade pizza dough or even puff pastry works great too. The key is stretching and cutting the dough into small chip shapes before baking.
Do you have to use a pizza stone or special pans?
Nope! Just line some baking sheets with parchment paper and you’re good to go. The oven and sheets do all the work crisping these babies up.
What’s the best way to cut the chips evenly?
I found using a pizza cutter works better than a knife for getting evenly sized chips. Just slice the dough into strips, then go perpendicular to make little chip shapes.
How do the chips get that pizza flavor without sauce?
Brushing on oil mixed with garlic, oregano and basil gives them that iconic pizza taste. Then loading on the cheese and spices does the rest!
How long do the chips take to bake?
At 425°F, they take 16-18 minutes to get crispy and golden brown around the edges. Just keep an eye so they don’t burn!
What’s your favorite dip for these cheesy chips?
Marinara sauce for dunking is amazing. But they seriously do not need anything extra! The flavors on their own are crave-worthy enough.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 (13.8 oz) tube refrigerated pizza crust
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Start by preheating your oven to 425°F. I like to crank it up nice and hot to get these chips perfectly crispy. As the oven heats up, line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. The parchment will prevent sticking. I prefer to divide the chips between 2 sheets so there’s plenty of space to get them nice and crisp.
- In a small prep bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 clove of garlic that’s been finely minced, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and 1 teaspoon dried basil. The oil helps crisp and brown the chips while the garlic and herbs give that iconic pizza aroma and flavor. Stir until thoroughly blended then set this garlicky oil mixture aside for now.
- Unroll the 13.8oz tube of refrigerated pizza crust dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Using a sharp pizza cutter or kitchen shears, carefully slice the dough into approximately 32 small chip shapes. I’ve found it’s easiest to first cut the entire dough into 4 even quarters, then slice each quarter into 8 even triangles.
- Transfer the dough chips as you cut them onto your prepared baking sheets, spacing them evenly apart. Make sure not to overcrowd. You want these to crisp up, not steam.
- Use a pastry brush or spoon to gently brush the top of each dough chip with the garlic-oil mixture you prepared earlier. Coat evenly but don’t over-saturate or they may get overly brown while baking.
- In another small bowl, toss together 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan. I love the combo of melty mozz and the sharp bite of Parmesan but you could use all mozz too.
- Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture evenly over each dough chip until it’s all used up. The cheese will melt beautifully as they bake. To give them a little heat if you want, sprinkle on a tiny pinch of crushed red pepper too.
- Bake the pizza chips for 16-18 minutes, rotating the pans front to back about halfway through. Keep an eye on them so the cheese doesn’t burn. You’ll know they are ready when the edges are crisp and lightly golden brown.
- Allow to cool just a minute or two before digging in. Be careful, because that melted cheese retains heat! Finish them off with a bit more fresh grated Parmesan if desired. Now grab your favorite marinara sauce for dipping and enjoy!
- For convenience, I use a pre-made refrigerated pizza crust. But homemade pizza dough works too!
- Cut the chips smaller for crunchier pieces, or larger for more of a crispy flatbread.
- Add pepperoni or veggies like peppers, onions, mushrooms on top for even more of that pizza flavor!
- These reheat well the next day if you have leftovers. I like to crisp them back up in the oven or air fryer.
- Experiment with different spice mixes like an Italian blend or everything bagel seasoning on top too.