Slow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza (Chicago Style)

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I have a strange fondness of making out of the ordinary dishes in the crockpot. I secretly consider it a personal challenge.

Some of my favorites include…

Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler

Crockpot Thanksgiving Stuffing

Slow Cooker Quiche

Slow Cooker Ramen Noodles

Crockpot Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin

Slow Cooker Apple Yeast Rolls

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A few weeks ago I was craving Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza in a major way, so I started rummaging through my cabinets to find the right sized pans to make it.


Suddenly I stopped in my tracks… Could Deep Dish Pizza be made in the crockpot?!?

Challenge accepted!

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Instead of pulling out cake pans, I lifted my slow cookers onto the counter.

Since I had made bread in the crockpot before, I knew what wonderful things low heat could do to yeasty dough. This had to work.

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As you can see in the photos, my efforts in making a Slow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza Recipe were a huge success.

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You might be wondering, “Why would I make pizza in a slow cooker when I could just pop it in the oven?”

I’m so glad you asked…

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Why You Should Make Slow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza

Slow cooker pizza is hard to burn. I mean, you really have to try to burn it. If you have an affinity for leaving things in the oven too long, this recipe is for you! Leave the house for a few hours without fear.

Crockpot cooking saves energy. It also keeps your house cool.

Perfect crust. Cooking the crust low and slow gives it a fabulous pillowy texture on the inside, yet it still crisps up on the outside.

It’s a great kids cooking project. Gone are your concerns of singed fingers. Set out toppings and let the kids go crazy! They’ll have fun stretching the dough and piling on the cheese, right in the crockpot.

Come home to a finished dinner. Like with most crockpot recipes, you can prep the pizza in the morning and come home to a tantalizing dinner, ready and waiting for you.

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Plus, if you have several crockpots you can make multiple varieties at once. (You wouldn’t believe how many friends and readers tell me they have 3-4 crockpots at home.)

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I am in love with this Chicago Style Slow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza. Head over heels.

However, you can make any sort of deep dish pizza you like in your crockpot.

Why not give it a try?

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Slow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza (Chicago Style)

Yield: 4 pieces

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:2 - 6 hours

4.5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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Slow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza. That’s right, Chicago Style Pizza in the crockpot! So easy to make, and so delicious, you won’t believe it.


  • 1 pound homemade pizza dough (or frozen pizza dough, thawed)
  • 2 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded italian blend cheese
  • 1/2 pound italian pork sausage, cooked
  • Garnishes: Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley


  1. This recipe works best in a large oval 6-8 quart slow cooker. Roll the pizza dough out onto a large piece of parchment paper. Make sure to roll and stretch to dough into an oval 2 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the crock of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with cornmeal and press into both sides of the crust. Then use the edges of the paper to lower the crust into the crock.
  2. Place the butter and onions in a saute pan. Saute for 1-2 minutes, then add the garlic and saute another 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, Italian Seasoning, sugar and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pork sausage in a separate skillet, breaking apart with a wooden spoon.
  4. Spread the cheese over the bottom of the pizza crust. Lift and stretch the sides of the dough so they stand up past the cheese. Sprinkle the crumbled sausage over the cheese. Then spread the tomato sauce over the sausage. Lift and stretch the sides of the crust again so it is above the edge of the sauce.
  5. Cover the slow cooker with a long piece of paper towel. Then place the lid over the paper towel and pull it tight. This helps catch excess moisture.
  6. Slow cook the pizza for 2-4 hours on high, or 4-6 hours on low. When you are ready to serve, lift the pizza out of the crock by the edges of the parchment paper and sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese and parsley. Cut into 4 pieces.

NOTES: As seen in the images you can make pepperoni deep dish pizzas, or any kind you like! Spread pizza sauce over the bottom of the crust and top with cheese and additional toppings.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 pieces, Serving Size: 1 piece

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 806 Calories
  • Total Fat: 34g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.6g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 2592mg
  • Carbohydrates: 105.7g
  • Fiber: 17.6g
  • Sugar: 1.8g
  • Protein: 35.2g
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52 comments on “Slow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza (Chicago Style)

  1. Betty Lynneposted August 29, 2016 at 9:10 am Reply

    You never cease to amaze me! Who da thunk it?! This looks so incredible and makes me want to go out and buy a new crock pot. Mine is old and testy but the pictures of that pizza make me want to splurge and get a new one so I can try this!

  2. Mariaposted August 29, 2016 at 9:17 am Reply

    This is awesome!

  3. cookbook queenposted August 29, 2016 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Sommer, girl…SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. This is amazing! I am so excited to try it for dinner one night!!

  4. Renateposted August 29, 2016 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Can this be made in the 9×13 casserole crockpot?

    • Sommerposted August 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm Reply

      Hi Renate,

      Yes! You can double the recipe, or just stretch the dough out to fill in the crock. The bottom might be slightly thinner, but it should cook about the same length of time.

  5. Gaby Dalkinposted August 29, 2016 at 4:50 pm Reply

    OMG, this looks amazing! My mouth is watering!

  6. Mauritaposted August 29, 2016 at 7:25 pm Reply

    I only have a 4 quart wonder what I could do?

    • Sommerposted September 9, 2016 at 10:35 pm Reply

      I think so! Maybe use a slightly smaller piece of dough. :)

  7. Emily @ Life on Foodposted August 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm Reply

    Pizza is one of my favorite things. In a crock pot seems even better. This is a must try!

  8. Julie | Table for Twoposted August 30, 2016 at 8:57 am Reply

    homemade deep dish?!? so good!

  9. Jeannaposted August 30, 2016 at 10:41 pm Reply

    Your forgot to mention that incredibly cute oval shape in your list of Reasons to Make Slow Cooker Pizza. It makes it look twice as good. I plan to try this recipe this weekend, perfect for Labor Day. Thanks!

  10. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted August 31, 2016 at 8:50 am Reply

    I’d never think to make pizza in slow cooker – genius!!

  11. Jess Wright @ The Cookbook Obsessionposted September 1, 2016 at 8:11 am Reply

    This makes so much sense because I have made cakes and delicious breads in my crock pot! Why not a pizza? You’re a genius. I cannot wait to try this! Great post.

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  13. Kimberlyposted October 30, 2016 at 7:58 pm Reply

    I made this for my family today and everyone loved it. I will definitely be making this again! Yum!!!

    Rating: 5
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  22. johnincposted January 2, 2017 at 10:22 am Reply

    Looks yummy, will pick up Trader Joes pizza dough and try it today in my Instant Pot.

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  24. Tracy Riveraposted February 13, 2017 at 1:05 am Reply

    After 2 hours, mine was dried out and burnt on the bottom. :-(

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  27. Jenposted July 4, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Can I use pizza dough from the re-fridgerated section that all ready to go?

    • Sommerposted July 5, 2017 at 11:19 pm Reply

      Hi Jen, Absolutely! :)

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  30. The Panicked Foodieposted October 21, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply

    Has anyone tried making this without the parchment paper and paper towel? Does it still come out ok?

    • Sommerposted October 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm Reply

      Hi! If you are asking for “earth-friendly” reasons, you could use a dish towel over the top to absorb the moisture. You could also grease the crock and you should be able to get the pizza out. The parchment just makes it easier. :)

  31. Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneoposted November 17, 2017 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Do I line the slow cooker with something first?

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted November 17, 2017 at 10:28 pm Reply

      Hi Leiann,

      Yes, in the recipe it states to line the crock with parchment paper so it’s easy to lift the pizza out. Happy Cooking! :)

  32. Dr Quilterposted December 31, 2017 at 5:59 pm Reply

    Needs TWICE as much cheese

    Rating: 4
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  42. Carolposted June 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm Reply

    If I make your homemade dough, do I used the whole recipe or just one of the dough balls?  I don’t know how much 1 pound of pizza dough really is.  Thanks.

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  44. J. Crossposted July 19, 2018 at 3:36 pm Reply

    I wonder if anyone has made this using the two ingredient pizza crust ( no fat Greek yogurt & self rising flour). If so, how did it turn out? 

  45. Danielposted July 23, 2018 at 12:06 pm Reply

    I don’t have a slow cooker. How would I recreate this with a stove or oven? Got a Creuset pot that i could use.