Chicago Deep Dish Pizza #SundaySupper

Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own!  Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes.  Baked to gooey perfection.  Forget traditional crust and make this Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Where we live we are about 2 hours from many major cities.  That means we can stay home or go visit Indianapolis, Detroit, Toledo (their craft beer scene is awesome~I highly suggest giving it a try) or Chicago.  While we don’t hit Chicago very often we were able for a time to get real deep dish at a Gino’s East location that they had about a half hour from us in Granger, Indiana.  Sadly though it closed.  So it was up to make the thick pizza that I loved so much!  Other than the sausage that comes on an authentic Gino’s East, which is amazing, I think I pulled it off a pretty good copycat.

Start off with your crust.  This recipe is very similar to my White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce with the exception of reducing the flour and adding cornmeal to the dough.  It gives it that crunchy texture that most deep dish pizzas have.  Gather your ingredients….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Mix yeast, water & honey together.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.  You should see bubbles are formed on the top of the water/yeast mixture.  Now add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture.  Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil.  Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.

Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface.  Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan.  Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan.  Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.  Take out of the oven and now it’s time to load it up!  Layer cheese, filling, more cheese then top with the drained tomatoes.  It’s very important that the tomatoes are drained because you don’t want the juice making your crust soggy.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

My filling is a combination of Italian sausage, hamburger, mushrooms, green peppers, olives, onions, garlic cloves mixed with Italian seasonings and tomato paste.  I will put the full ingredients below but this is your pizza please add whatever you like!  A great crust, lots of cheese and the crushed tomatoes really are what make a deep dish what it is.  A blank slate to add whatever toppings you like.  Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.  And here you are….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own! Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes. Baked to gooey perfection.
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Deep Dish Crust
  1. Mix yeast, water & honey together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. Add flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture. Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil. Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface. Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan. Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan. Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.
Sausage Filling
  1. Brown sausage and hamburger. Add onions, green peppers, olives, mushroom and garlic. Cook all together the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add in tomato paste, Italian herbs and sugar. Take off heat. Add to pizza in a thick layer.
  3. Take crust out of oven. Load with layers like this: -1/2 Cheese -Filling -Remaining Cheese -Drained tomatoes
  4. Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.
  5. Cut into 8 pieces and enjoy!
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Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas

Can you tell that I might have a little bit of an addiction to Creole Seasoning?  I put it on everything!  From my Cajun Steak & Potato Salad to these Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas.

Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas. Blackened chicken takes these Green Chili Enchiladas to the next level.

I’ve gone through 2 containers since I found it in the store less than 3 months ago.  If you like spicy without going overboard you will really love this seasoning on everything from enchiladas to burgers.  So let’s get started.  Gather your ingredients…..

Ingredients for Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Prepare your chicken breasts.  I usually cut mine in half so that there are now 4 thinly sliced breasts.  Cover generously with the creole seasoning.

Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas. Blackened chicken takes these Green Chili Enchiladas to the next level.

Heat oil in the pan then add chicken to it.  It is very important to cook the chicken at least 8-10 minutes without turning.  This puts the ‘blackened’ portion into the recipe.  Once it is cooked flip and cook other side an additional 8-10 minutes. You will also see 2 other things going on in this picture: 1) I chopped the onion and added to a pan with a small pat of butter to cook them.  Taking this extra step really makes them sweet and adds to the depth of this dish. 2) I have put 1/2 the can of green chili enchilada sauce into the bottom of a greased 8″x11″ baking dish.

Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas. Blackened chicken takes these Green Chili Enchiladas to the next level.

Once the chicken is cooked take it out and put on a cutting board to slice.  The crust that the seasoning makes when this is cooked is, in a word, AMAZING!  On top of being tender & juicy.  Just look at this!

Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas. Blackened chicken takes these Green Chili Enchiladas to the next level.
Time to set up your assembly line.  Take the the corn tortillas (I put mine directly on the grate of my stove for a few seconds on each side to crisp them up), add chicken, cheese (use about 1/2 the bag for the assembly then the rest on top) and cooked onions.  Fold and put seam side down into the prepared backing dish.  Pour the rest of the green chili sauce on top.  Add toppings: tomato and olives.  Top with the rest of the cheese that is left.

Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas. Blackened chicken takes these Green Chili Enchiladas to the next level.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. The combination of the Creole Seasoning, the crispy crust and the green chili sauce just take this dish to the next level without much extra prep work.  And here you are….

Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas. Blackened chicken takes these Green Chili Enchiladas to the next level.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Green Chili Blackened Chicken Enchiladas
The combination of the Creole Seasoning, the crispy crust and the green chili sauce just take this dish to the next level without much extra prep work.
Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas. Blackened chicken takes these Green Chili Enchiladas to the next level.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
enchiladas
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
enchiladas
Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas. Blackened chicken takes these Green Chili Enchiladas to the next level.
Instructions
  1. Prepare your chicken breasts. I usually cut mine in half so that there are now 4 thinly sliced breasts. Cover generously with the creole seasoning.
  2. Heat oil in the pan then add chicken to it. It is very important to cook the chicken at least 8-10 minutes without turning. Once it is cooked flip and cook other side an additional 8-10 minutes.
  3. Chop the onion and add to a pan with a small pat of butter to cook them.
  4. Put 1/2 the can of green chili enchilada sauce into the bottom of a greased 8"x11" baking dish.
  5. Assembly: Take the the corn tortillas, add chicken, cheese and cooked onions. Fold and put seam side down into the prepared backing dish. Pour the rest of the green chili sauce on top. Add toppings: tomato and olives. Top with the rest of the cheese that is left.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
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Pork & Bean Nachos

I love dishes that are versatile and can be mixed up. Nachos are a perfect example of taking a blank canvas, the chip, and making it into something spectacular. Add beef, pork or chicken. No meat at all. Loaded to the brim with toppings or simple with cheese and covered in some homemade salsa & sour cream. I’ve even had dessert nachos! Chips dashed with cinnamon & sugar and dipped into a vibrant fruit salsa. Well let me introduce you to a new power house nacho recipe, Pork & Beans Nachos.

Pork & Bean Nachos.

For years I made regular, plain ground beef nachos. Boring!! Sure they’re good but not ‘Next Level Nacho’ good that was until I came across Smothered Beef Barbacoa Chimichangas from The Chunky Chef. I made this for dinner one night and fell in love with the meat that was used for this recipe. It instantly became my husband’s #1 favorite meal.

The next time I made the recipe I did not have any beef but I did have a bone-in pork roast that was in the freezer. I love pork and figured it would be different but just as good. I was right! With plenty of left overs a few days later I used this pork to make nachos and they were a hit! On top of that, I added some other ingredients that I normally wouldn’t which took it to what I was looking for ‘Next Level Nachos’.

So gather your ingredients…..

Pork & Bean Nachos Ingredients

The pork for this is made in the slow cooker so place it into your slow cooker. Combine all your pork marinade ingredients and pour over the roast. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours.  I posted this on Instagram because seriously it made the house smell amazing!

Mittenmommy Instagram of Crockpot Pork

Once pork has cooked pull it out of the cooker and shred.

Pork & Bean Nachos Shredded Pork

Place nacho chips on a greased baking pan making a thin layers. I use a whole bag for the large baking sheet.   Next you will add you beans.  Spread out onto the chips right from the can. No need to preheat or drain. The juice soaks everything up, yummy.

Prok & Beans Chili Beans

Add your shredded pork and your toppings like black olives, tomatoes, jalapenos and onions. Anything you like. Plus LOADS of cheese. I use a whole 8 oz. package of Mexican Blend.  Now this is the additional ‘extra’ ingredients that I add to my nachos. Blue Cheese & Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce.   The tang of Blue Cheese & the Buffalo Sauce just make this….let me say…. Perfect!

Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce & Blue Cheese

Now put in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Pork & Bean Nachos out of the oven

While it’s cooking grab you sour cream, avocado or lime-cilantro dressing. Cut up some crunchy lettuce. And here you are….

Pork & Bean Nachos, enjoy!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Pork marinade adapted from The Chunky Chef

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Pork & Bean Nachos
Pork & Bean Nachos. Perfect for a crowd!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pork & Marinade
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pork & Marinade
Instructions
Pork & Marinade
  1. The pork for this is made in the slow cooker so place it into your slow cooker. Combine all your pork marinade ingredients and pour over the roast. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Shred pork when it has cooked thoroughly. Remove and discard any bones.
Pork & Bean Nachos
  1. Add chips to greased baking sheet.
  2. Add beans on top of chips.
  3. Add shredded pork on top of that.
  4. Add any toppings you prefer.
  5. Add cheese.
  6. Add Blue Cheese & Buffalo Sauce.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Top with avocado & lettuce if desired.
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