There’s a reason Philly Cheesesteaks are so popular. Try putting those ingredients on a pizza and you’ve got an exciting twist that’s almost as addictive as the original.
We are always looking for new and interesting pizza toppings to try. Mix it up a little and give the pepperoni a break.
Pizza is one of my husband’s great loves. He would eat pizza for every meal if he didn’t care about his health. Anyways, we obviously make a lot of pizza at home, so I try to think up different topping combinations for a twist once in awhile. Philly Cheesesteak pizza and butternut squash and sausage pizza are now household favorites.
I was fully prepared to make Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches with the ingredients, when I saw pre-cooked pizza dough at the store. Change of plans. We’re making pizza!
You can make your own pizza dough (be sure to follow our perfect every time thin-crust dough recipe), but pre-cooked pizza dough is one of the best time-saving conveniences there are. I buy bread dough that is fresh, not frozen. It makes an 8″ pizza – perfect for one.
How to Make Philly Cheesesteak Pizza
Make the dough (unless you’re using pre-cooked dough). If you’re making dough from scratch, be sure to pre-cook the dough and let it cool before proceeding. It takes about 8 minutes in the pre-heated oven.
When we order Philly Cheesesteaks at Gino’s in Philadelphia, we always order it “with whiz” which means it comes with onions and Cheez whiz. Cheez Whiz, despite its complete lack of nutrition, is an integral part of the Cheesesteak experience.
You can use Cheez Whiz as the base sauce for this pizza, because it’s spreadable, but you can also use melted Velvetta, or just chop up slices of American cheese and melt them with a bit of cream in the microwave to make it spreadable.
P.S. You can even make your own Cheez Whiz substitute at home with this recipe.
Spread the cheese evenly onto the crust.
The green pepper and onion should be cubed, so it’s easier to eat. Cook it in the skillet with some olive oil for about 4 minutes, then remove it.
The beef should be cut into thin, small bites. It’s the worst when you bite into a large piece of steak that you can’t easily bite into. Make sure the pieces are chopped well. If you want, you can use ground beef. I prefer chopped sirloin. but rib-eye or top round works well, too.
It’s super important to have high-quality beef to make this recipe with. I’m a huge fan of the 100% grass-fed beef from ButcherBox. It’s a meat subscription box that’s delivered to your door monthly with the cuts of meat you choose. All the meat is humanely raised and never given antibiotics or added hormones. I appreciate the peace of mind that gives.
Add the beef to the already hot skillet and cook for 5-8 minutes, until all the pieces are cooked through. Just a little cooking tip: don’t crowd the pan with the beef, or it won’t brown properly.
When all the ingredients are done, you can start to build your pizza. Add the green pepper and onion, then the beef, and finish with a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.
Bake until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crispy, around 8 minutes. Make sure to serve it piping hot from the oven.
How to Cook a Pizza
The very best option is in a wood-fired oven. If you have one of these, I’m jealous.
The best option for most people is in the oven. However, I do love this electric pizza maker by Hamilton Beach. It cooks up to 40% faster & is up to 52% more energy efficient than a regular kitchen oven. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and there’s a handy viewing window.
This awesome little machine can cook up to a 12-inch pizza (plus lots of other items – almost like an air fryer). The best feature is the top and bottom heating elements that enable the pizza crust to cook while the toppings are cooking.
What Rack of the Oven Should You Cook Your Pizza On?
Have you ever wondered if it makes a difference which rack you cook the pizza on? I definitely have. I actually read a bunch of scientific cooking demos that explained the difference between what happens on the top vs the bottom of the oven.
The conclusion was that it’s best to cook the pizza on the top rack. It allows for the most even cooking of both the crust and the toppings, so one doesn’t burn before the other cooks. Give it a try!
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Philly Cheesesteak Pizza
- 2 pre-cooked pizza crusts if making your own crust, cook it for 8 minutes, then remove from the oven
- 1/2 large green bell pepper diced
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 4 oz sirloin steak sliced thinly, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup Cheez Whiz
- 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If your pizza crusts aren't pre-cook, put them in the oven for 8 minutes and remove.
- Saute the onion and green pepper together in a skillet over medium-high heat, until onions begin to turn transluscent – approximately 4 minutes. Remove from the skillet.
- Add the beef strips to the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and saute for 8-10 minutes, until browned. Remove from the heat.
- Start by spreading the Cheez Whiz evenly on each pizza dough. Then add the onion and green peppers, then the beef strips. Then top each pizza with mozzarella cheese.
- Put the pizza in the oven on the top rack and bake for 5-8 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling.
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