Low Carb Pepperoni Pizza Cups

5-Ingredient Low Carb Pepperoni Pizza Cups Recipe #paleo #superbowl

Low Carb Pepperoni Pizza Cups

Yield: 24 cups

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:8 minutes

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5-Ingredient Low Carb Pepperoni Pizza Cups Recipe – A fun party snack to help curb cravings and keep you on your diet! Paleo-friendly and gluten free!


  • 24 “sandwich style” pepperoni slices (2+ inches wide)
  • 24 small basil leaves
  • 1 small jar pizza sauce
  • 24 mini mozzarella balls
  • sliced black olives (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Using kitchen sheers, snip 4 – 1/2 inch cuts around the edges of each pepperoni slice, leaving the center uncut. Each pepperoni should look like a circular cross. (See post image for clarification.)
  2. Press each pepperoni down into a mini muffin pan. Bake for 5-6 minutes, until the edges are crispy, but the pepperoni is still red. Let the pepperoni cool in the pans for 5 minutes to crisp, so they hold their shape. Then move the cups to a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil.
  3. Wipe the grease out of the muffin pan with a paper towel, then return the cups to the pan. Place a small basil leaf in the bottom of each cup, followed by a 1/2 teaspoon of pizza sauce, a mini mozzarella ball, and an olive slice.
  4. Place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes, until the cheese starts to melt. Allow the cups to cool again for 3-5 minutes before serving.

PALEO ADAPTATION: Make a paleo friendly version using almond or cashew cheese instead of the mozzarella balls.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24 cups, Serving Size: 1 mini cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 48 Calories
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Sodium: 99mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0.3g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 2.9g
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30 comments on “Low Carb Pepperoni Pizza Cups

  1. 2pots2cookposted January 26, 2017 at 5:42 am Reply

    This is a perfect solution for my son’s birthday that is getting closer. I would maybe use the mild version of salami slices. Great! Thank you !

  2. Kankanaposted January 26, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply

    This is such a fun treat! Perfect for party and after school snack :)

  3. Jenny Flakeposted January 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm Reply

    Love this idea Sommer!!

  4. Jenposted January 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to try these!!

  5. Maris (In Good Taste)posted January 27, 2017 at 1:36 am Reply

    These are so cute — perfect for next time I go on a low carb kick :-)

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  7. Snoodlesposted February 16, 2017 at 4:24 pm Reply

    Just made these! Awesome! I suggest leaving the completed snacks in the muffin tin for five minutes, not two or three. I had better luck with them holding their shape.  Great flavor, thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
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  11. Lainyposted July 4, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

    What is the macro (protein/fat/carb) breakdown for these? I made them yesterday and they were delicious and am currently doing Keto diet and need to know for tracking, thanks!

    Rating: 5
  12. Oliviaposted August 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm Reply

    This looks so simple and delicious! Do you think this recipe could work in the microwave? I’d love to make this in my dorm room.

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  17. Taraposted November 8, 2017 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Easy, fun and so good !  Subbed salami for pepperoni and worked out great. 

    Rating: 5
  18. heatherposted November 19, 2017 at 9:29 am Reply

    Just wondering if you tried to freeze these and re cook them 

    Rating: 5
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  20. Brendaposted December 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Can u sub for the basil?

    • Sommerposted December 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply

      Hi Brenda,

      Absolutely! Use any fresh herbs you like, or just omit the basil. :)

  21. Brendaposted December 9, 2017 at 6:08 am Reply

    love this recipe!, i had no clue that something this savory would be taught to be so…

    Rating: 5
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  23. Kelceyposted December 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm Reply

    I am wondering about the nutritional information.The serving size says 24 cups. Is it 48 Calories for all 24 cups or is it 48 calories per cup?

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted January 9, 2018 at 9:50 pm Reply

      Hi Kelcey,

      Sorry about that! We had a service help us do our nutritional facts and there are some typos here and there. I’m in the process of finding them all. Anyway, the nutritional facts are for 1 mini pizza cup. :)

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  25. Sally Cojocariuposted January 11, 2018 at 10:08 pm Reply

    Whats the best way to keep these? Can they be frozen or refrigerated??

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  27. Melanieposted February 18, 2018 at 7:35 pm Reply

    I just made this! I did not have a mini muffin pan so I took 3 pepperoni and cut them as instructed so they could fill the regular size muffin pan. I followed every thing else and they came out perfect. Of course I will have to adjust nutritional values but they were delicious!!!

    Rating: 5
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