First created in USA, this Chicago pizza is a very tasty meat pizza that’s easy to make.
Created as described, the below pizza gives an amazing taste, matched with a extensive smell to delight you.
Always make time to choose the freshest ingredients and pair these with a fantastic crust for you and family to savor a scrumptious pizza dinner.
If you enjoy a tasty Meat pizza using a Tomato sauce then you may fall in love with this pizza.
Pizza is a universally loved food and for good reason, but have you ever thought about switching up your toppings? Trying new toppings can bring a whole new dimension to your pizza experience.
From traditional toppings like pepperoni and mushrooms to more creative options like barbecue chicken and bacon, the possibilities are endless. Not only will you get to try new and exciting flavors, but you’ll also have the opportunity to discover new combinations that you never thought were possible.
So, next time you’re ordering pizza, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try something new. You may just discover your new favorite topping!
Pizza in USA
According to recent articles and research, the most popular foods in the USA are burgers, hot dogs, french fries, cookies and in fifth place, Pizza.
Take a look at some of the other pizzas from USA here.
Chicago Pizza Recipe
Below we’ve created a recipe for you to make a delicious homemade Chicago Pizza either in your pizza oven or the oven in your kitchen.
Chicago Pizza Ingredients
Choose enough pizza toppings for the amount of pizzas you plan to make. The dough and sauce are designed for 3-4 medium sized pizzas, so scale up or down, based on your requirements.
Simple Pizza dough
- 2 2/3 cups (400 grams) pizza flour
- 1 cup (250 ml) luke-warm water
- 2 tsps (7 g sachet) dried yeast
- Two tsps salt
- 3 tbsps (1/4 cup) virgin olive oil
Chicago Pizza Toppings
Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;
- Ground Beef
- Green Chili Peppers
Easy Tomato Pizza Sauce
- 1 small can (6oz/170g) tomato paste
- 1 can (15oz/420g) crushed or diced tomatoes
- Two garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 small brown onion
Want to try a different sauce? See our article on the different types of pizza sauces.
You can click on any of the tags at the bottom of this page, to find other pizzas besides Chicago Pizza, that use that topping.
Pizza Dough Method
You can either make your own pizza dough following the simple steps below, or you can purchase a premade base at your local store.
- Whisk the lukewarm water and yeast in a plastic or glass jug. Let the mixture stand for approx. five minutes.
- Add the salt and flour in a large bowl. Create a hollow centre in the flour. Slowly pour the liquid yeast mixture and oil.
- Using your hands or a mixer, mix the dough until smooth. Pour dough on a lightly floured work surface and then knead by hand for five minutes.
- Place dough into lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Sit in a warm place for roughly 30 minutes to an hour, to rise until it doubles in size.
- Fold the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently by hand for around five minutes or until smooth.
- Divide the dough roughly into equal amounts. Roll out pizza bases for the desired size.
- Spread some flour on kitchen bench before rolling, in order to prevent sticking.
TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.
Tomato Pizza Sauce Method
You can either make your own tasty pizza sauce following the simple steps below, or you can purchase a pizza sauce at your local supermarket.
- Stir in all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Using either a whisk, or blender, mix well.
- Let sit for five minutes.
- The pizza sauce is ready to use immediately or chill in fridge for 2-3 days.
- You can also freeze any leftover sauce for up to 3 months.
If your sauce seems to runny, add some more tomato paste.
Preparing Chicago Pizza
Preheat your oven to roughly 500 degrees.
Roll out the dough to either slightly smaller than your pizza stone or tray.
Alternatively, if you have a pizza peel, roll out to be smaller than that.
You start by spreading the sauce around. This pizza calls for Tomato Sauce. Spread the Tomato Sauce evenly using the back of a large spoon or ladle.
Then start adding the largest ingredients, then work your way down. The last is any cheese topping, such as Mozzarella, which you should evenly cover the other toppings with, and then finally any herbs.
Toppings to put on this pizza are;
- Ground Beef
- Green Chili Peppers
I find this pizza great on its own, or why not with another pizza variety?
Put the Chicago pizza on the middle shelf of the oven and wait for approximately 10 minutes.
In 10 minutes, open oven door and check.
The pizza should take roughly 15 minutes to cook, adjust time to cook to personal taste.
The Italian word for Pepperoni is Peperone, which translates to Bell Pepper. The first use of this word can be traced back to the early 20th Century when it was used to refer to a Sausage. In the early 1900s, Italian immigrants started combining their European superior flavors with American ingredients.
In 1919, the first mention of Pepperoni occurred in New York City. It gained popularity and was used as toppings for most Italian pizzerias and delicacies. Pepperoni is widely accepted as an Italian-American food.
When making Chicago Pizza, I always recommend that you use what you have already, and avoid spending a ton of money. My recommended basic pizza tool list is…
A quality rubber spatula really helps when it comes to scraping bowls and plates, etc.
Having a good dough mixer can make all the difference. You don’t want to be manually kneading forever, do you?
Having a nice oil jug to pour olive oil gives you a decadent edge. They don’t cost that much either!
Traditionally, sausages were made from ground beef or pork, with salt, spices and other flavourings. However, now there are chicken and vegetarian and even vegan sausages.
In different countries, Sausages are called different things, such as bratwurst, rolliche, banger, liverwurst, frankfurter, wienerwurst or kielbasa.
Here are some interesting facts about pizza.
The most popular pizza cheese
You guessed it! Mozzarella is one of the most popular pizza toppings around the world, no matter what country you are in.
In 2020, over 377,000 tons of frozen pizza were sold in Germany.
Largest pizza delivery
The largest pizza delivery was organised by Pizzas 4 Patriots (USA), who sent 30,000 pizzas with DHL Express to the United States Armed Forces, in Kandahar Airfield, Bagram Airbase and Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on 4 July 2012. The 12 inch pizzas were made by Great Kitchens, Inc. in Illinois in June 2012.
Pizza making FAQ
Want to make delicious pizzas at home? Here are some expert answers to some of the most common pizza making questions.
How to cook pizza in the microwave?
Microwaving pizza gets a bad wrap, however try adding a glass of water when you zap a slice. The water works to help avoid the usual sogginess of microwaved pizza.
Why is my dough not stretching?
Pizza dough won’t stretch much until it has rested long enough to use. If your dough is resisting your stretching attempts, you need to let your dough rest at room temperature for at least another half hour or so.
How come some pizza dough recipes include sugar and others do not?
Some people use sugar to give the yeast a helping hand growing at the start. A dough made without added sugar and risen slowly will often produce a beautiful brown crust. However, many people want pizza dough to be ready faster, then they suggest added sugar, which helps the yeast to grow and gives some browning to the crust.
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