Simple Homemade Chicago Pizza Puff Recipe

Chicago Pizza Puff Recipe is a recipe filled with cheese and has a crispy exterior. This recipe is a deep-fried snack, and it’s often served at Filipino events such as parties and family gatherings.

A Chicago Pizza Puff is a type of appetizer that has been served in Filipino restaurants for a long time.

It’s basically crispy dough with cheese inside, which makes it fun to eat by dipping it into a warm sauce like ranch or barbecue sauce.

You may have seen this dish at other cultures’ social gatherings, too, because the puff can be filled with any number of different ingredients!


What Is A Chicago Pizza Puff?

Chicago Pizza Puff Recipe is also called a deep-fried puff pastry. The cheese will ooze out whenever you bite into it (hence the result of “pizza”). This dish is often topped with tomato sauce, chopped onion, and pepperoni. Some might also add mushrooms or olives!

This vegan favorite can be found in Chicago eateries – many of which are not vegetarian – and at Italian festivals throughout North America.

If you love deep-fried foods and want to incorporate them into your diet, you will enjoy this recipe.

Chicago Pizza Puff Recipe

Prepare Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 5 servings

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 8oz pouch of Daring Original Breaded Pieces
  • 4-5 uncooked flour tortillas
  • 1 jar (14 oz.) pizza sauce
  • 2 cups fresh mozzarella, small cubed
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 package (8 oz.) of fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Step By Step Instructions


Preheat the oven to 350°F.


Add uncooked flour tortillas and diced mozzarella cheese to a mixing bowl, and spread pizza sauce evenly. Sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning on top of the pizza sauce. Mix everything well and place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or till the cheese melts.


Remove from the oven, take out of the pan and cut into bite-sized pieces with a knife or pizza cutter.


In a separate bowl, add the breaded pieces and Italian seasoning, and mix well before adding the mozzarella cheese in it. Drizzle some olive oil on it, then gently place them on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or till crispy and golden brown.


Remove to serve hot with pizza sauce and fresh basil leaves. Serve with ketchup or salsa if desired. And enjoy!

Chicago Pizza Puff Recipe
Chicago Pizza Puff Recipe

Nutrition Facts Per Serving


Can You Deep Fry Pizza Puffs?

Yes, you can deep fry pizza puff. I personally never deep fry anything because it is such a messy job but to each his own. Feel free to do so and add more cheese.

You can also cook them in the oven. I have done so before with great results. Just bake them for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees, and they will be chewy and flavorful as well!

Can You Cook A Pizza Puff In The Oven?

Yes, you can! This works best if, instead of deep frying the puff pastry, you cook it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. It will be chewy than crisp, like when you deep fry them, but it has a nice texture.

I have found that you can cook these in the oven or deep fry them. The puff pastry is versatile enough to handle either cooking method!

How Should I Serve Chicago Pizza Puff?

I think the best way to serve this is by baking them. I bake mine at 400 degrees, cut it into bite-sized pieces and then put some pizza sauce on it once they are ready. Serve with a side of garlic bread, and you have an amazing snack!

Make sure you only eat them in moderation because they are quite high in saturated fat. I try to limit myself to one every once in a while when I crave it so that I don’t consume too much-saturated fat.

You might also want to eat them as part of an appetizer along with some fresh vegetables and dip. It is so versatile it can be served just about any way you like!

How Should I Serve Chicago Pizza Puff

Are Chicago Pizza Puff Good For You?

This recipe is not good for you if you consume too much of it. However, it is pretty good for you if eaten in moderation. It is baked and not fried.

There are lots of fresh vegetables in it and fresh mozzarella cheese as well. You only need one a day! This recipe is more than 90% protein and only 4% fat!

Will Chicago Pizza Puff Increase Your Appetite?

I don’t think it will decrease your appetite, but it’s a little difficult to tell because it is baked. However, I believe that if you eat this one a day, or maybe even 2 or 3 of them, you’ll find yourself not as hungry throughout the day. They’re quite filling.

Are Pizza Puffs Healthy?

I cannot tell you if pizza puffs are healthy or not because I haven’t been able to find research on it. However, I would like to think that it is a reasonably healthy way to get carbs and protein in your diet, especially if you make them at home!


There you have it! A recipe for a Chicago Pizza Puff that involves just five ingredients or less. I am a huge fan of deep-fried foods but also try to be careful not to eat too much of them, as they are often high in saturated fat. As you can see, this recipe is baked and not fried and is still absolutely amazing!

I hope you enjoy it!

My name is Naznin Aktar. I'm a healthy and active person. I believe in eating healthy, staying active, and getting all the rest my body needs. I also like to try new recipes, especially when they are delicious, so those are my recipes... Hope you like it! Thank you for your time!
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