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Slow-Cooker Pizza Dip

I created this dip for my daughter's pizza themed birthday party. It was an instant hit and I've continued to bring this along to other gatherings. Everyone loves it! —Stephanie Gates, Waterloo, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot garlic bread


  • In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meat to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in all remaining ingredients except garlic bread.
  • Cook, covered, on low 2-3 hours or until heated through. Serve with garlic bread.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled dip in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.

Test Kitchen tips
  • One pound of Italian sausage may be substituted for the 1/2 pound ground beef and 1/2 pound pork sausage.
  • Try topping this dip with sliced olives, pepperoni, or a shake of grated Parm and dried oregano for even bigger pizza flavor.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1/4 cup dip: 68 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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    • Donna
      Feb 11, 2021

      This makes for a good pasta sauce, but there is nothing in it that makes it taste anything like pizza. Would not make again.

    • justmbeth
      Jan 18, 2021

      Good, hearty dip that does give you that pizza vibe. I did have quite a bit leftover so I will probably cut down next time.

    • Melissa
      Nov 4, 2020

      This was very good! I added a tablespoon of raw sugar, to counter the acidity. I will make this again.

    • colleyho
      Dec 31, 2019

      Tried this for New Years Eve party. Easy to make. I did substitute "Garlic Granules" for the garlic only because that's what I had on hand. Very tasty - this does taste like pizza. No other substitutes made to recipe. Recipe made just enough for a smaller appetizer type slow cooker.

    • bonito15
      Jun 9, 2018

      love making this in the slow cooker it can be made in the summer and not heat up the house - this is delicious