The Best Pizza Topping Combinations, According to Experts

Can we all agree that pizza is the best food invention ever made? With so many topping variations to choose from (let’s face it, anything tastes good on cheese and bread), there’s something for everyone.

Ahead, we share some of the best pizza topping combinations to choose from — including a healthy option (page 6) — according to the pizza pros.

1. Ham and pineapple

Pineapple and Ham Hawaiian Pizza

Many people love this combo. | bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images

This one is a little more obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. According to Pizza Planet, “many know this combination as the Hawaiian Pizza, a name that most likely came from the pineapple topping. Typically, the meat on this meal is Canadian bacon, but other types of ham can be used.”

Next: A different take on surf and turf

2. Bacon and shrimp

Pizza with shrimps

It’s great for a summer cookout. | FSerega/iStock/Getty Images

Another delicious combination experts love? Bacon and shrimp. Pizza Planet swears by this topping combination for summer cookouts. “The shrimp and bacon should be cooked before being placed on your pizza,” writes the pizzeria. “Crumble the bacon and sprinkle it over the sauce. Adding red onions to this creation is also an option for additional great flavor,” it adds.

Next: This combo is an oldie but goodie.

3. Barbecue sauce and chicken

Close up of Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Swap tomato sauce for barbecue sauce. | iStock/Getty Images

Like ham and pineapple, you might already be familiar with swapping tomato sauce for barbecue sauce for a delicious barbecue chicken pizza. “These toppings offer a whole new way of experiencing this favorite summertime food,” writes Pizza Planet.

In addition to chicken, you can add fresh peppers, onions, and other veggies for extra flavor.

Next: Calling all taco lovers!

4. Taco toppings

Homemade Mexican Taco PIzza

It’s the best of both worlds. | Rimma_Bondarenko/iStock/Getty Images

If you love Mexican food, Pizza Planet suggests combining the ingredients in tacos and spreading them on top of picante sauce on a crust for the ultimate taco pizza. “This is a Mexican treat for those that love tacos as much as pizza,” writes the pizzeria.

Next: Speaking of Mexican food …

5. Chicken fajita pizza

Chicken fajita pizza with peppers and garlic dip

It’s for when you can’t decide. | Bartosz Luczak/iStock/Getty Images

If you prefer chicken fajitas over tacos, this one’s for you. According to The Cozy Apron, adding chicken fajita ingredients on top of pizza makes for one flavorful combo.

Next: Add some leafy greens to your pizza for the ultimate texture combination.

6. Kale, ricotta, and sausage

You can pretend it’s healthy. | iStock/Getty Images

Add some “health” to your pizza with a kale, ricotta, and sausage pizza. “To prepare this meal, you should lightly steam the kale before place and baking it on your pizza. You want this topping to be wilted and bright green,” writes Pizza Planet. “When you bake the pizza the kale will get crispy, giving this meal and enjoyable texture combination.”

Next: Use this popular pizza dressing in lieu of red sauce for a delicious topping.

7. Garlic and ranch

Chia flatbread topped with creamy bechamel sauce, arugula, smoked havarti cheese, sauteed hamakua mushrooms, sweet Maui onion and smoked Ahi tuna

Try garlic ranch sauce instead of tomato sauce. | IslandLeigh/iStock/Getty Images

If you love to dip your pizza in ranch dressing, this one’s for you. According to this recipe by Lauren from Tastes Better From Scratch, ranch and garlic are the ultimate pizza toppings. That is why she decided to make a special homemade garlic ranch sauce (in lieu of red sauce) for this recipe.

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