Meaty Cast-Iron Skillet Calzone Recipe

This Meaty Skillet Calzone takes less than an hour of your time. Adding your favorite pizza ingredients and lots of cheese is DELICIOUS and your entire family will love it. Cater the filling ingredients to those eating is easy and makes for the perfect meal!

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Watch this easy tutorial to learn how to make your own NO YEAST pizza dough for this recipe!

Just as with pizza and stromboli, there are endless possibilities with calzones. Swap the meat or veggies out with any of your choice.

This probably goes without saying, but you will need a cast-iron skillet for this recipe. Please don't put a regular skillet into your oven and come crying.

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Meaty Skillet Calzone

Making calzones does not get any easier than this!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Sep 26, 2015

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Serves: 6-8

Total time: 55 min



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 8-oz. container sliced mushrooms
  • 1 pound frozen pizza dough, thawed according to package directions
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • ~20 pepperonis
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Cook the ground beef in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add onions, green peppers and mushrooms. Cook until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer contents of the skillet to a bowl and drain grease (do not clean skillet).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Divide the pizza dough nearly in half, one part being slightly bigger than the other. On a flat, floured surface rough the dough into two circles, one 10 inches in diameter and the other 12 inches. Place the larger circle on the bottom and up the sides of the skillet, letting the dough hang over the edge. Spread the marinara sauce evenly onto the dough and top with the cooked meat and veggies. Top with a layer of pepperonis and then the cheese.
  3. Place the remaining circle of dough over the top. Pinch the dough edges together creating a seam. Using a sharp knife, cut a few vent lines into the top of the calzone. Place the skillet into the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Cut like a pizza and serve with extra marinara sauce, if desired.