The Real Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza Dough


I have it on good authority that this is the real deep-dish pizza dough that's used in Chicago. The real thing is nothing like bread or even pizza dough. It's a buttery, flaky crust that's achieved by using corn oil (not butter) and minimal mixing and kneading times. The pizza itself is built with cheese, toppings, and sauce, in that order. Contrary to popular opinion, Chicago pizzerias do not use cornmeal in the dough.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 25 mins


  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 ⅛ cups warm water - 110 to 115 degrees F (43 to 45 degrees C)

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup corn oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • butter as needed, for greasing


  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in a bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Combine yeast mixture, flour, corn oil, and kosher salt in a large stand mixer fitted with the dough hook; knead until dough holds together but is still slightly sticky, about 2 minutes.

  3. Form dough into a ball and transfer to a buttered bowl. Turn to coat dough with butter, then cover the bowl with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 6 hours.

  4. Punch down dough and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Press dough into a 10-inch deep-dish pizza pan and follow your pizza recipe.

To Make the Pizza:

Add cheese, toppings, and tomatoes that you've flavored with garlic, basil, oregano, etc. Bake the pizza in an oven preheated to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for about 30 minutes, depending on your oven. You can prebake the crust for 10-15 minutes before adding toppings if desired.

I suggest you use Heinz 6-in-1 tomatoes which are far superior to other brands. Classico ground tomatoes are very similar. 

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

299 Calories
14g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 299
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 362mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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