10 Best Pizza Topping Ideas

Ready for pizza night? Here are the tastiest pizza topping ideas to top your dough, from simple margherita to zesty taco pizza.

Pizza topping ideas

Ready for a pizza night? Over here at A Couple Cooks, we’ve spent years researching the best way to make homemade pizza. We’ve perfected our best pizza dough recipe and seriously simple pizza sauce. We’ve honed the best way to bake a pizza (on a pizza stone!). And the most fun: we’ve created a whole portfolio of pizza topping ideas for your next pizza night! Our key to pizza toppings: keep them simple and thoughtful. The best pizzas we’ve had are well curated with just the right contrasting flavors, colors, and textures. Keep reading for our best pizza topping ideas, and a few keys to pizza making.

How to make the best pizza…ever

Before we start in on the pizza toppings: a couple of quick notes with our philosophy on how to make the best homemade pizza…ever. We promise!

Use our best pizza dough (or thin crust).

All our best homemade pizza recipes all use our best pizza dough recipe, honed over 10 years to perfection. It’s got that perfectly fluffy texture and complex flavor. If you’d like, use our thin crust pizza dough, which is even easier to make and a tiny bit healthier (less dough, less calories overall).

Use a pizza stone and pizza peel.

No matter the pizza topping, we pizzas on a pizza stone. Why a pizza stone? It gets the pizza very very hot, making the crust crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. And a pizza peel is needed to pop the dough right onto the hot stone. (You can use a baking sheet, but it’s totally worth it to invest in one for the ease!)

Best pizza stone $36 Aluminum pizza peel $20

OK, on to the pizza topping ideas!

Are you ready? Here are our very favorite pizza toppings that we’ve been making for years at our pizza nights.

Margherita Pizza

Margherita pizza | Pizza topping ideas

First up in our pizza topping ideas: the classic MARGHERITA. How can you go wrong with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil? It’s simple, but it’s so seriously good that we make one margherita pizza every single pizza night. The key to this one? Our incredible 5 minute pizza sauce: it tastes like pure tangy sweet tomato goodness. And don’t put on the basil until after baking: otherwise it’ll turn brown! Sprinkle it right after you take the pizza out of the oven. Here’s what’s on this Margherita Pizza:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Thin layer of Parmesan cheese
  • Thinly sliced basil (added after baking)

Taco Pizza

Taco pizza

This is one of our favorite pizza topping ideas because it’s a huge crowd pleaser. It’s taco pizza! Yes, that’s artisan style Italian crust on bottom, straight up delivery-style taco pizza on the top. The crown jewel in this one is the toppings: crunchy romaine, crumbled tortilla chips, and our insanely good Homemade Ranch (a healthy spin on it, at that).  Here’s what’s on this Taco Pizza:

  • Refried beans
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sliced green onion
  • Sliced black olives
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Chopped tomato
  • Crumbled tortilla chips
  • Homemade Ranch Dressing

Spinach Artichoke Pizza

Spinach artichoke pizza

Why not take your favorite dip and turn it into a pizza topping idea? Yes, it’s spinach artichoke dip in pizza form. (We also have a spinach artichoke grilled cheese. So good!) This one is always a favorite at parties. Here’s what’s on this Spinach Artichoke Pizza:

  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Chopped artichoke hearts
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese

Veggie Supreme Pizza

Veggie supreme pizza | Pizza topping ideas

Ready for our new favorite pizza topping? Veggie supreme. That’s right: it’s a supreme pizza featuring all your favorite veggies, and it tastes a little meaty too. How do we do it? To bring in a meaty flavor, we used our favorite trick: fennel seed! Fennel seed is used in sausage, so when you eat it, it makes your brain think of sausage. Here we’ve sauteed mushrooms with fennel seed, which gives them a savory flavor. (And if you’re a meat eater, you could add pepperoni and sausage to make a standard supreme pizza.) Here’s what’s on our Veggie Supreme Pizza:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Green & red bell peppers
  • Thinly sliced red onions
  • Mushrooms sauteed with fennel (so good!)
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Sprinkle of dry oregano

Pesto Pizza

Pesto pizza

Remember how we said our favorite pizza topping ideas are super simple? Well how about this one: just basil pesto and tomatoes! Oh and mozzarella cheese, of course. It’s like an inside out margherita pizza. And it’s another one of our favorites because the flavor is so spot on. Try to find a really good basil pesto for this one — or make your own using our Basil Pesto recipe. Here’s what’s on this Pesto Pizza:

  • Basil pesto
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Thinly sliced tomatoes (slice them as thin as possible and salt them)

Spicy Diavola Pizza

Spicy Vegetarian Diavola Pizza | A Couple Cooks

Do you like spicy food? If so, here’s a pizza for you: Diavola pizza! Diavola means devil in Italian, so this one brings the heat! This spicy Diavola pizza features sliced Calabrian chilis, our favorite hot pepper to add just enough heat. If you can’t find them, you can use a Fresno chili. And if you’re a meat eater, feel free to add spicy sausage: it’s also typical on a Diavola pizza! Here’s what’s on this Diavola Pizza:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce
  • Fresh or shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Thinly sliced Fresno or Calabrian chili pepper
  • Kalamata olives
  • Fresh basil (add after baking)

Best Mexican Pizza

Best Mexican pizza | pizza topping ideas

Another favorite of our pizza topping ideas is a fusion pizza again, similar to the Taco Pizza above. This time it’s a loaded Mexican pizza, with refried beans, jalapeño peppers, and corn. If you have time, make the pickled red onions: they add just the right tangy flair to the topping. And of course, hot sauce is a must! Here’s what’s on this Mexican Pizza:

  • Refried beans
  • Mexican cheese blend
  • Sliced green onion
  • Chopped tomato
  • Corn
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Pickled red onions
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce

Egg Pizza with Pecorino

Egg pizza with Pecorino | Pizza topping ideas

Ever had egg on a pizza? On Alex and my first visit to Rome on our honeymoon, we had a pizza with egg that changed everything. It had a red sauce, tons of veggies, and then an egg in the middle. We broke the yolk and it spilled gooey yellow sauce over the entire pizza, making it completely irresistible. Egg on a pizza doesn’t mean breakfast: it’s a legit delicious pizza topping idea in its own right. Here’s what’s on this Egg Pizza:

  • Olive oil brushed on the dough (it’s a white pizza!)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pecorino cheese
  • Sauteed scallion greens
  • Eggs

Best Vegan Pizza

Vegan pizza

Ever tried a pizza without cheese? It can actually be truly delicious. Here’s one of our pizza topping ideas for vegan eaters or just anyone who wants to eat more veggies! This one is covered in super flavorful veggies so that you don’t miss the cheese at all. Here’s what’s on this Vegan Pizza:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce
  • Mushrooms sauteed with garlic
  • Chickpeas
  • Red onion
  • Spinach
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Jarred red pepper, cut into strips
  • Fresh basil (added after baking)

Veggies, Avocado & Goat Cheese

Veggie pizza with avocado and goat cheese

And the lasts up in our pizza topping ideas: this veggie pizza with avocado! Based on a pizza called the So Cal pizza, this one features a smattering of delicious veg and then dollops of creamy, tangy goat cheese. It’s bright and beautiful, and utterly delicious. Here’s what’s on this Veggie Pizza with Avocado:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Sliced red and yellow bell peppers
  • Red onion
  • Dollops of avocado
  • Goat cheese
  • Fresh basil (added after baking)

What to serve with pizza?

Once you’ve made it, how are you going to serve your pizza? Check out our 10 Best Sides to Go with Pizza. It includes specific pairings for some of the topping ideas above!

Best Pizza Topping Ideas

Perfect Homemade Margherita Pizza

Our best margherita pizza recipe is based on our visits to Italy and years of research! It features tangy pizza sauce & a perfect chewy pizza crust.

Best Ever Taco Pizza

This taco pizza is topped with refried beans, cheese, romaine, crumbled tortilla chips, and of course — ranch. In a word: WOW.

Spinach Artichoke Pizza

Why not take all that’s great about spinach artichoke dip and put it on a pizza? This spinach artichoke pizza is a total crowd pleaser.

Homemade Cheese Pizza

Why order pizza when you can make an legit cheese pizza at home? This one is like your favorite delivery pizza, but infinitely tastier.

Mushroom Pizza with Fresh Herbs

This mushroom pizza is a white pizza, so no red sauce here! It’s covered with mozzarella cheese, goat cheese, and fresh herbs. Perfection!

Veggie Pizza with Avocado

This veggie pizza is the ultimate vegetarian pizza recipe, starring colorful bell peppers, fresh basil, creamy goat cheese, and everyone’s favorite: avocado.

Our Best Vegan Pizza

Pizza without cheese? This is our best homemade vegan pizza recipe, with veggie pizza toppings so delicious you won’t miss the dairy.

Egg Pizza with Scallions

This white egg pizza with pecorino and scallions is one of the most delicious vegetarian pizza recipes you’ll find! Homemade artisan pizza at its finest.

Best Mexican Pizza

This Mexican pizza recipe features creamy refried beans, spicy jalapeño, and sweet corn. The perfect dish for when you can’t decide between Italian and Mexican food!

Spicy Pizza Diavola

Looking to amp up your pizza night? This spicy pizza diavola is a fan favorite starring Kalamata olives, spicy peppers, and gooey mozzarella cheese.

Veggie Supreme Pizza

This veggie supreme pizza is supremely delicious! It’s fully loaded with savory mushrooms, green pepper, red onion, feta cheese and oregano.

Pesto Pizza Recipe

This pesto pizza recipe requires just a handful of ingredients and is a breeze to make if you already have pizza dough in the freezer.

Looking for more pizza topping ideas?

If these best pizza topping ideas weren’t enough, here are more of our favorite ideas! And make sure to check back: we’re always coming up with new ideas for Pizza Friday.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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