Best Pizza Toppings for Any Night

January 22, 2024
Amanda [Writer]

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I love trying new pizza toppings to make one of my favorite meals even more exciting. Liven up your next pizza night with these delicious pizza topping ideas.

Best Pizza Toppings for Any Night

I love trying new pizza toppings to make one of my favorite meals even more exciting. Liven up your next pizza night with these delicious pizza topping ideas. 

I looked at all the most popular pizza toppings first and then came up with a few of my own creations. Sure, we all know about tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, but what about goat cheese or some thinly sliced potatoes? From vegetarian pizza toppings to a few that are for meat lovers only, these toppings are sure to make you fall in love with pizza all over again. 

Closeup of sliced Vodka Pizza on a wooden board

Best Toppings for Pizza

I love making homemade pizza. I actually make pizza at least once a week. It is a meal I know everyone in my family will always eat! While regular cheese pizza is always a hit with the little ones, we adults need something a little more interesting on top of our pizza. We want more flavor and more excitement! If you feel the same way, then you have come to the right place. I know all about how to make an exciting pizza!

Take a look at a few of my favorite pizza topping ideas and easy pizza recipes. Start with a good homemade gluten free pizza dough recipe or just buy some pre-made dough at your local grocery store then get ready to make a fun, tasty dinner that will have everyone running to the table to eat!

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Creative Pizza Toppings for Any Occasion

We are taking pizza to the next level with these irresistable, gourmet pizza topping ideas. One look at these tasty pizza flavors and you will never want a plain cheese pizza ever again!

Overhead shot of a sliced Veggie Pizza

1. Vegetables

You know that I love veggies and vegetable pizza is one of my favorite homemade pizza ideas. Almost any vegetables will taste good one a pizza. Tomatoes are a classic pizza topping (think margarita pizza) but you can also add red onion, zucchini, summer squash, broccoli and even sliced jalapenos. My Ultimate Veggie Pizza recipe will show you how to make a perfect vegetable-loaded pizza complete with a healthy pesto sauce

Closeup of sliced Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

2. Chicken

Shredded chicken on top of pizza is always a hit and it is a very easy pizza topping too. If you are in a hurry, simply grab a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store, shred up that tender, cooked meat and add it to your pizza!

If you have a little more time on your hands, try making my Jamaican Jerk chicken pizza that has more flavor than any delivery pizza ever will. This pumpkin BBQ chicken pizza is another great idea, especially for the fall. I love chicken as a pizza topping because it is hearty, tasty and is a true complete meal. 

Overhead shot of heart-shaped Gluten-Free Hot Honey Bacon Pizza with a piece cut out

3. Hot Honey

Hot honey is all the rage right now. Pizza restaurants across the country are drizzling hot honey over their pizzas and people are loving it! The sweet and spicy taste really is irresistable. You can drizzle hot honey over sausage pizza, on a vegetarian pizza or you can give my hot honey and bacon pizza a try. This simple pizza topping adds a ton of flavor to any pizza in a quick and easy way. 

Four slices of Plant-based Hawaiian Buffalo 'Chicken' Pizza.

4. Pineapple

Pineapple is always a controversial pizza topping. You either love it or hate it! I happen to love pineapple on pizza, especially on my Hawaiian buffalo chicken pizza. The sweet taste compliments the spicy meat perfectly. 

Sliced Herbed Butter Tomato Pizza

5. Tomatoes

Freshly sliced tomatoes are a traditional pizza topping that I always love. You can't say no to the classic pizza toppings! Ripe, juicy summer tomatoes are always perfect just as they are. A little olive oil on your pizza crust, a few slices of tomatoes, a little bit of cheese and that is all you need! My herbed butter tomato pizza with fresh basil and garlic will make you love this traditional pizza topping even more. 

Wooden board with a partially-sliced Chickpea and Veggie Gluten-Free Pesto Pizza.

6. Chickpeas

If you want a vegan-friendly, protein-packed pizza, then chickpeas are the topping to reach for. Chickpeas are surprisingly good on pizza. They go well with tomato sauce pizzas or pesto pizzas and help make your homemade pizza a little more filling. Try my chickpea and veggie gluten free pesto pizza and you will want to sprinkle chickpeas on top of every pizza you make. My garlic buffalo chickpea pizza is another total winner. 

Meatball pizza sliced on a board.

7. Meatballs

Meatball pizza is another classic topping for pizza and for good reason- it is so good! And meatball pizza is pretty flexible so you can get creative with this topping. Use any kind of meatballs you like! I love this BBQ meatball pizza but you can also use your Italian grandma's meatball recipe to top a pizza as well. Meatballs and pizza are just a match made in heaven.

Partially-sliced Thanksgiving Pizza on a wooden board

8. Creative Sauces

Pizza does not need to have marinara sauce every single time. In fact, switching up the sauce is a simple way to make your homemade pizza even better. Try my homemade vodka pizza sauce, a tasty pesto or go crazy and top your pizza with cranberry sauce! I promise you will love the sweet, tangy cranberry taste. 

Overhead shot of a half-sliced Kale Pesto Pizza

9. Leafy Greens

Pizza is often thought of as a junk food but, with the right pizza toppings, it can be a pretty healthy meal! Add some leafy greens like arugula, kale or spinach to the top of your pizza. The greens will soften in the heat of the pizza oven and add a beautiful taste to your favorite pizzas. My kale and pesto pizza is one of the best pizza recipes I have ever made and a great nutritious option for pizza night. 

Sliced Cheese Sheet Pan Pizza

10. Cheese

Okay, I know you probably already put cheese one your pizzas but it is time to step it up. You can add almost any kind of cheese in the world to a pizza and totally transform it into a whole new food. Add some goat cheese crumbles, pecorino slices, fresh burrata, blue cheese or even a few slices of brie to your pizza. Cheese and pizza are just meant to be together. Try this Grandmas’s sheet pan pizza for a perfect, mozzarella cheese pizza that you can easily make at home. 

Fun Pizza Toppings

I hope you give some of my favorite pizza recipes and topping ideas a try. Pizza night really is a favorite in my house and these fun toppings for pizza help keep everyone pleased. Let me know which are your favorites!


If you tried any of these pizza recipes or any other recipe on my website, please please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how you go in the 📝 comments below. I love hearing from you.

Collage of pizzas.

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