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75+ Best Toppings for Homemade Pizza

Pizza lovers, we’ve assembled a giant list of the best toppings for homemade pizza just for you! Forget about being limited by whatever your local pizzeria offers; when you make pizza from scratch, you can top it with whatever you like.

Check out this huge list of cheeses, meats, poultry, fish, veggies, fruits, herbs, greens, drizzles and sprinkles, and you’re sure to find a combination that pleases your taste buds. (My family’s current fave is Italian sausage, mushrooms, Fontina cheese and jalapenos.)

Be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what kind of creative pizzas you make!

A pizza topped with fresh veggies and cheese, drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Pizza Sauces

The sauce is the base of any good pizza pie. Whether you’re craving a traditional tomato sauce or something more adventurous, these sauces have got you (and your pizza) covered:

Pizza sauce

Barbeque sauce

Alfredo sauce

Pesto sauce

Fig jam

Bacon onion jam

Cheeses for Pizza

A large homemade pizza with tomatoes, olives and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Is there anything better than cheese on a pizza? It adds delicious flavor and also helps hold all the yummy ingredients on the crust!

One of the best things about cooking a pizza at home is that the cheese is hot and melty when you pull it out of the oven. These cheeses are all tasty choices for topping a homemade pizza:

Goat cheese crumbles

Fresh mozzarella slices

Fresh ricotta cheese

Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Grated mozzarella

Grated Monterey Jack

Grated Colby or mild cheddar

Brie cheese slices

Shredded fontina cheese

Crumbled gorgonzola cheese

Meat Toppings

In addition to traditional combinations like pepperoni and sausage pizzas, there are so many tasty meat choices to add flavor and protein to your homemade pie:

Pepperoni slices

Sliced ham

Cooked, crumbled ground beef

Cooked, crumbled pork sausage

Sliced smoked sausage

Sliced cooked bratwurst

Cooked, crumbled chorizo sausage

Bacon bits

Cooked chopped guanciale or pancetta

Canadian bacon slices

Sliced meatballs

Sliced prosciutto

Gyros slices

Poultry and Fish Toppings

Whether you’re going for traditional anchovies or nontraditional roasted duck, these pizza toppings are unique and extra tasty:

Sliced grilled chicken

Sliced roasted duck

Anchovy filets

Baby shrimp

Smoked salmon

Chopped or whole clams

Lump crabmeat

Vegetable Toppings

A thick crust pizza topped with tomatoes, bacon, and chopped lettuce.

Create an all-veggie pie or choose a variety of these tasty vegetables to add delicious, nourishing flavor to your homemade pizza:

Fresh tomatoes, sliced and drained

Halved cherry tomatoes, drained

Sun-dried tomatoes

Caramelized onions

Roasted baby onions

Thinly sliced red onion

Sliced mushrooms

Roasted or grilled eggplant slices

Sliced bell peppers

Roasted red peppers

Sliced giardineria or banana peppers

Sliced jalapeños

Sliced black or green olives

Lightly steamed broccoli florets

Roasted garlic

Roasted skinny asparagus spears


Thinly sliced roasted new potatoes

Roasted fennel

Chopped artichoke hearts

Sauteed sliced zucchini or summer squash

Sliced pickles

Roasted baby onions

Sweet corn kernels

Fruit Toppings

Chopped fruits add a unique, complex sweet flavor that contrasts well with other ingredients on a pizza:

Pineapple chunks

Grilled peaches

Granny Smith apple slices

Pear slices

Herbs and Greens

A homemade pizza topped with meats, veggies, and fresh basil leaves.

Add flavor and bright green color to your pizza with these vibrant toppings:

Basil leaves

Chopped fresh oregano

Thinly sliced sage leaves

Lightly sautéed spinach leaves

Arugula leaves

Chopped romaine lettuce

Fresh mint leaves

Chopped Italian parsley

Drizzles and Sprinkles

Whether you’re garnishing your pizza with a flourish of chopped parsley or adding another layer of flavor with a sweet-tangy Balsamic vinegar glaze, these final touches will finish your pizza with flair:

Balsamic glaze

Garlic butter

Extra virgin olive oil

Crushed red pepper flakes

Coarsely ground black pepper

Flake sea salt

Did we miss any of your favorites on this list? Drop a comment below!

Save for Later

If you use Pinterest to save and share ideas, here’s a handy pin:

Four different homemade pizzas with different toppings.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites and 101 Things To Do With Bacon. She shares ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, time and money. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

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