Mini Pizza Bites

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Is there any food so universally loved as pizza is? These pizza bites are the perfect snack-sized treats that satisfy any pizza craving. They’re the ideal crowd-pleasing appetizer with just a bit more sophistication than your typical takeout — plus, they come together in just 15 minutes!

mini pizza bites on a platter

Personally, I can’t think of a better aroma to warm up my kitchen than that of a freshly-baked pizza. The combination of gooey cheese, robust tomato sauce, smokey meats, and garlic is one I wish I could put into a candle! Since I can’t do that, I’ve found that making these scrumptious mini pizzas is an excellent alternative.

This recipe comes from my great Uncle Jack, who always had them at the their house on Easter before the big feast and my mom always made them too at Christmas.

When it comes to holidays, family gatherings, or parties of any sort, I’ve learned that pizza appetizers are the best appetizers. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love a warm cheesy pizza, so these pizza bites truly are one of the best holiday appetizers

Simple to make and packed with an enticing array of gourmet flavors in just one bite, they rival other great starters like roast beef cheddar rolls and spinach hash brown bites. Skip the frozen stuff and the takeout, and make an easy-yet-elegant snack that’ll fill everyone with comfort. Truth be told, I usually make a double batch of these and freeze half for another party or when friends drop by. Super easy for a quick nosh!

several mini pizza bites


  • Mozzarella Cheese – The foundation of a great pizza is melty mozzarella! Use whole-milk shredded mozzarella — the higher quality, the better.
  • Cheddar Cheese – Cheddar cheese also melts wonderfully, and it adds extra flavor and gooeyness to these bites. Substitute with shredded Colby, Monterey Jack, or Gouda.
  • Sourdough Baguette – Sliced into bite-sized portions, this is your pizza “crust.” You may substitute with slices of focaccia, French baguette, or any other bread you like. Try to use a fairly doughy bread that can get toasty without becoming soggy from toppings.
  • Tomato Sauce – Your favorite store-bought or homemade tomato sauce will do!
  • Garlic Cloves – A classic pizza isn’t complete without the warm, sharp flavors of fresh garlic! Substitute with minced garlic or garlic powder if necessary.
  • Green Onions – Chopped green onions add an herby, mildly oniony flavor to your pizza appetizers.
  • Black Olives – A classic pizza topping that adds a salty, briny bite. Use chopped mushrooms, artichokes, anchovies, or any other olive instead!
  • Salami – Chopped dry salami gives these bites a hearty, meaty, smokiness that brings everything together. Use crumbled sausage or pepperoni as a substitute. 
  • Green Chilies – Chopped up, these add the perfect bite of spice. Feel free to leave them off if you aren’t a fan of spicy foods.
  • Sugar – A small teaspoon of sugar in the mix balances out all of the salty, robust flavors nicely. If using a sweeter tomato sauce, feel free to skip this ingredient!


  1. Slice & Chop. Prepare your ingredients by chopping veggies, slicing bread, and shredding cheese if necessary.
  2. Mix Up Your Ingredients. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except for the bread.
  3. Preheat Oven. Preheat to 425°F. See FAQ for air fryer instructions.
  4. Top The Bread. Spoon your pizza mixture atop each slice of bread, then place them on a baking sheet. To avoid cheese melting and sticking to your pan, line your pan with foil or parchment paper.
  5. Bake & Serve! Bake for 8 minutes or until the bread is as crispy as you like it. Serve while hot!
side view of mini pizza bites

How Long Does It Take to Cook Mini Pizza Bites?

For these bite-sized pizza appetizers, 5 to 10 minutes in the oven is all the cook time needed. If you freeze these bites, you can simply pop them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes — no defrosting required!

platter filled with mini pizza bites

What Can You Put on Pizza Besides Pepperoni?

While pepperoni is one of the tastiest, most popular pizza toppings, it certainly isn’t the only one! I prefer a pizza topped with a nicely balanced array of flavors to complement the tomato sauce and cheese. 

Meats like sausage, salami, prosciutto, or ham are savory and salty toppings. Hearty veggies like olives, mushrooms, peppers, onions, or fresh tomatoes also work well. 

Can You Make Mini Pizza Bites in the Air Fryer?

These bites can be cooked in the air fryer. Setting the air fryer to 350°F should toast the bread thoroughly while allowing the cheese to melt without burning. 

Cook in a single layer for 5 to 6 minutes. This is a quicker cook time — you’ll have to bake in batches rather than on one large sheet, so keep this in mind!

hand holding mini pizza bite
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Mini Pizza Bites

5 from 2 votes
Piled high with gooey cheese, smokey meats, and zesty green chilies, these pizza bites are the ideal fifteen-minute party appetizer.
Servings: 48 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • In a bowl add the ingredients and mix well.
  • Slice the bread thin and get about 40-48 pieces total. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Spread the pizza mixture evenly over all pieces and place on a lined sheet (See Note 1). Bake for 8 minutes and serve crispy and hot!



Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.5mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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hand holidng a mini pizza bite


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  1. 5 stars
    My family were just talking about our Mom’s mini pizza recipe and none of us could find a copy of it! This sounds like just the thing we made for all the holidays!! I will be making it this weekend for a family gathering! Thank you and Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    Pizza Spread
    * 1 can chopped Ortega Green Chilies
    * 1 small can (4 oz.) Chopped Black Olive
    * 4 or more chopped green onions (greens & all)
    * 2 cloves garlic finely chopped or garlic salt or garlic powder.
    * 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
    * 1_1/2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese or more
    * 1/2 Cup Wesson Oil. (Family friend said she used 1/4 cup Olive Oil instead)
    Spread on French Bread Roll Halves and broil and serve hot.
    Above I have my Mom’s recipe she used to make that is a lot like yours. She made this around the 1970s I think. Everyone loved it but was a little more oil. I think my friends change from 1/2 cup Wesson Oil to 1/4 cup better as I don’t think one needs that much oil. Thank you for your recipe as i would never have thought to use diced dry salami!

    1. Thanks June for sharing your Mom’s recipe. It’s so easy to make these and they freeze great for that impromptu party. Cheers!

  3. These are now a “staple” in our house and the “make a big batch and freeze idea” is great!

    My bf’s tip (we tried it tonight) is to use a a cake frosting bag to squirt the topping onto the bread. It was faster and less messy than the spoon method.

    Thanks for all your “even I can make thus” recipes.Kevin. 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments! Anyone can cook and bake regardless of ones skill set. I try to make it easy with the step by step posts and photographs. Enjoy Marianne!