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Thick ‘n’ Chewy Pizza

This crowd-pleasing pizza is topped with a zippy sauce and family favorite ingredients. A co-worker shared the recipe with me.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8-10 slices


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, divided
  • 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add egg, 1/4 cup tomato sauce, oil, sugar, salt, chili powder and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce; beat until smooth. Add 1 cup flour; beat for 1 minute. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Remove from the heat; stir in onion, mushrooms, olives, green pepper and remaining tomato sauce and hot pepper sauce.
  • Punch dough down; turn once onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 14x9-in. rectangle. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Brush with butter. Top with meat mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and cheese is melted.

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  • kira05
    Mar 5, 2011

    I've made this pizza many times. Everyone loves it. I sometimes use 1/2 ground beef & 1/2 italian sausage. I also sprinkle parmesan over the top. It's great.