That crunchy texture of a chip is often missed when on the keto diet. This Keto Pepperoni Chips Easy Snack Idea is a great option to help satisfy that need for a savory crunch. Plus, it packs tons of flavor and fills you up with the added fat.
KETO PEPPERONI CHIPS EASY SNACK IDEA
Since I see people asking for crunchy snacks, I always try to think of a new Keto/Low Carb snack idea. As I was taking the pizza rolls out of the air fryer for my son’s lunch today (don’t judge – I know they are not healthy), I thought about how much my hubby loved the crispy, almost burnt pepperonis top of a pizza. We always get double pepperoni because he loves the crispy ones so much.
I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought about it before, but as my kids were cleaning up their lunch, I grabbed a pack of pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning, parchment paper, and a baking pan. In less than five minutes, I had Pepperoni Crisps ready for the oven. Although they don’t necessarily look pretty, they turned out so good and crispy. My big kids loved them, and I know my hubby will want to dig in as soon as he gets home. They are a great, very low carb/keto snack to help ward off hunger that helps satisfy crunchy cravings.
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Tips for Making these keto pepperoni chips
These low-carb pepperoni chips are best eaten right when they’re made. While you can save them for later, they are much better fresh.
Using parchment paper to make this keto appetizer is key because it will help make cleanup that much easier. Since you’re going to be cooking the pepperoni at high heat, there will be the grease that comes out of them. Make sure not to mistake wax paper for parchment paper as these will stick to wax paper.
While the recipe for low-carb pepperoni chips is listed below, there are ways that you can vary up the taste and flavor. Make sure to read all the tips below for the best ideas.
Why settle for one flavor over and over when you can easily change every bite?
Tip: If you’re worried that they’re not crispy enough when you first take them out of the oven, let them cool down. As they cool, they will crisp. If they still aren’t crispy enough, bake a little longer.
Ingredients needed to make this tasty Keto snack
- Pepperoni – Pepperonies have zero carbs and lots of fat, the perfect keto snack.
- Mozzarella Cheese – Cheese has a good amount of fat and protein and zero carbs. I prefer buying the block cheese and grating it myself to avoid unwanted fillers that might add a few carbs.
- Italian Seasoning – This spice blend is likely already lurking in your spice cabinet.
How to make pepperoni chips (keto)
I’ve included a brief step-by-step tutorial below. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the recipe card with the full recipe.
Step 1: Preheat the oven and cover the baking pan with parchment paper. Lay pepperoni slices on the parchment paper. Make sure you are using parchment paper, as many confuse wax paper with parchment paper. They will stick to wax paper.
Step 2: Top each pepperoni slice with mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle each of them with Italian seasoning.
Step 3: Bake for 9 minutes, then remove from oven to cool. As the Pepperoni Crisps cool, they will begin to crisp. You can always bake a little longer if you prefer them to be more browned.
- Try sprinkling a little parmesan cheese on the top right before you eat them for just a little more added flavor.
- Sometimes, there is a little bit of grease left on the chips. Just pat it off with a paper towel.
SHOULD I BUY PRE-SLICED PEPPERONI?
I prefer buying packages of pre-sliced pepperoni. It’s just one of those conveniences I’m not quite up to doing without. But if you are pretty handy with a knife and feel you can slice a stick of pepperoni thin enough to make these keto pepperoni chips, go for it.
IS PEPPERONI KETO-FRIENDLY?
Yes, pepperoni is keto-friendly. However, for those who are strict keto and watch ingredients, I would suggest comparing nutritional labels to make the best choice.
ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO MAKE THESE KETO SNACK CHIPS?
These keto chips can be made just as easy in the air fryer or microwave. Just lay the pepperoni slices out in a single layer in the air fryer. Add the mozzarella cheese. Then cook them for four to five minutes at 380-degrees (F). You will need to let them cool a little bit, then add parmesan cheese if you’d like.
To cook the keto pepperoni snack chips in the microwave, place the slices on a paper towel—Cook for 40 to 60 seconds in the microwave or just until crisp. Let them cool before transferring them to a plate.
HOW ARE THE KETO PEPPERONI SNACKS STORED?
While I prefer to eat them while they are fresh, they can be stored in an airtight container. You can also store them in individual snack bags, so they are easy to grab for an on-the-go snack. The keto snacks will stay crispy for a day or so. Personally, I prefer them fresh and usually cook just enough that we will enjoy at a time.
WAYS TO EAT KETO PEPPERONI CHIPS
These keto pepperoni chips are great by themselves. Between the pepperoni and cheese flavors, what’s not to love? But there are some ways to make the snack a little more fun.
- Dip them in low-carb guacamole
- Dip in low carb marinara sauce
- Dip them in queso or low-carb ranch dressing
Fun Ways to share these keto treats
I love making this low-carb appetizer as a fun way to kick off the meal. They also make a great afternoon snack if you get hungry and need an easy and delicious low-carb snack idea.
Other Keto Snacks You May Enjoy:
- Pepperoni Slices
- Mozzarella Cheese grated
- Italian Seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cover baking pan with parchment paper and lay pepperoni slices on the pan, allowing for room between each.
- Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top of each pepperoni slice.
- Sprinkle Italian seasoning on top.
- Bake for 9 minutes, then remove from oven. The Pepperoni Crisps will begin to crisp as they cool.
- Optional: Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top before enjoying.
More Keto Recipes
If you need more than just these pepperoni chips as snack inspiration, check out my list of Keto/Low Carb Snack Ideas. You’ll also want to bookmark my Keto Recipe Index to ensure you have access to all of our favorite low-carb snacks. Check out a few of my favorites below!