The traditional taste of Armenia will be a favorite! These little meat pizzas are usually made with lamb, but beef works just as well.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
24 mini pizzas


  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 cups warm water

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 5 tablespoons shortening

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped

  • 2 onions, finely chopped

  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • ½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, mix active dry yeast, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 cup warm water. Allow to stand approximately 5 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, 3 tablespoons shortening, remaining sugar, remaining water and the yeast preparation. Knead until smooth. Use the remaining shortening to remove any dough sticking to the sides of the bowl, and to remove dough from fingers. Cover with a towel and place in a warm location until doubled in size, about 2 to 3 hours.

  3. In a medium bowl, mix ground beef, tomatoes, onions, parsley, green bell pepper, salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.

  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Lightly flour a large baking sheet.

  5. On a lightly floured surface, form dough into 12 balls. Separate each ball in half. Roll halves into balls. Place balls on the prepared baking sheet. Allow to stand approximately 10 minutes.

  6. Roll balls into 7 inch diameter circles. Spread approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons meat mixture over each circle. Bake in the preheated oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink and dough is lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
13g Fat
27g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 394mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 187mg 4%

* 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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