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Quick & Easy Deep Dish Pizza

I was trying to impress my boyfriend with my cooking, so I made this meaty pizza. I think it worked. Here we are 17 years later, and I still make it for our family at least once a month, if not more! —Stacey White, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 10 slices Canadian bacon (about 6 ounces), coarsely chopped
  • 2 packages (6-1/2 ounces each) pizza crust mix
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni


  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet, cook beef, pepper and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in pizza sauce and Canadian bacon; remove from heat.
  • Prepare dough for pizza crust according to package directions. Press dough to fit bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Spoon meat sauce onto crust. Sprinkle with cheese; top with pepperoni. Bake, covered, 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until crust and cheese are golden brown.
    Freeze option: Cool meat sauce before assembling pizza. Securely cover and freeze unbaked pizza. To use, bake frozen pizza, covered with foil, in a preheated 425° oven 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until golden brown and heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 476 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1124mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.
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  • Vera
    Mar 7, 2018

    Pizza crust needs to be par-baked a bit before adding toppings...otherwise very good!

  • kredhead
    Sep 11, 2017

    Very good & it all came together very quickly. My store didn't have boxed pizza dough mix, so instead I used fresh pizza dough from the refrigerated section. The combo of flavors is nice, although I found myself adding basil, oregano, parsley & garlic to the saucy mix along with salt & pepper to bring up the pizza flavor. The Canadian bacon (ham) adds a chewy texture amongst the other meats & cheese. The crust around the edges was nice & crunchy, but the bottom of the dough, while cooked, was soggy. Perhaps the crust should be baked a bit first or I'll try it again when I can find the boxed crust mix. I didn't mind because the flavor was there & it made a nice 1 dish meal with a salad & garlic knots. Will definately make this again with a few changes.

  • rllewis7
    Aug 15, 2016

    I made my own gluten-free pizza crust for this recipe. I was very impressed with how simply this pizza came together - it is definitely a quick & easy recipe!

  • Jenna092
    Oct 24, 2015

    My husband and I made this for dinner tonight and we loved it! We used homemade pizza dough, but otherwise followed the recipe. Great recipe!

  • SimpleFoods
    Sep 11, 2015

    I will use ground Italian sausage instead of ground beef.

  • cjonas
    Aug 11, 2015

    This was a great recipe, and very simple to execute. The only change I made was making my own pizza crust. I also opted for turkey pepperoni to save some calories. It was very well received by my husband, toddler, and preschooler. It's being added to the regular meal rotation list!

  • jstoltz
    Sep 1, 2014

    Very good and well received. Next time I will try using ground sausage instead or addition to the ground beef.

  • Joscy
    Jun 9, 2014

    Recipe saved! Only change I'd make is **making my own pizza crust***.