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Taco Braid

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Taco Braid is the best Mexican dinner when you are short on time! All you need is refrigerated pizza crust, ground beef, cheese, and toppings and you are ready to serve your family in a snap! Perfect for Taco Tuesday or any night of the week!

Taco Braid

Everyone knows how much we love Taco Tuesday in our house! We switch between taco saladslow cooker shredded beef tacoseasy taco dip, and a bunch of other taco dishes, but lately, I have been a huge fan of this easy-to-make taco braid. 

It is the perfect way to serve my family on busy nights! I can even cook the meat ahead of time so all I have to do is assemble it when we are ready to throw it in the oven! Taco Tuesday can’t get any easier than this quick and easy taco dish. 

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How to Make Taco Braid

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and chopped onion over medium heat and cook until soft. Add in the ground beef and cook until brown. Add in ½ cup of water and the taco seasoning, and mix until well combined. 

  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Place pizza dough onto the parchment paper and roll it out so it measures approximately 10×15. 
  • Using a pizza cutter make slices that are about 1 ½ inches thick down each side of the dough.

  • Place the ground beef down the center of the dough, then top with ¾ cup of cheese and tomato.

  • Start to close up the dough by braiding it. Start at one end of the dough, fold the end up and wrap the first two slices over to seal up the end. 
  • Repeat the braiding with opposite slices until 2 remain and then wrap the last slices up to secure the other end.

  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the dough.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let it cool for a few minutes.

  • Before serving, cover with chopped lettuce, and additional tomato if desired. 
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Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Have a big family or serving a crowd? You can make 2 taco braids at once. 
  • If you prefer you can add black beans into the mixture. Just be sure to rinse them well prior to adding them. 
  • If your family doesn’t like cooked tomatoes, omit them from the center of your taco braid. Just add them on top. 
  • Add all your favorite toppings to the top or on the side. We love adding tomatoes, pico, guacamole, lettuce, olives, sour cream, and more. The possibilities are endless. 
  • You can use any variety of meat. Try using shredded chicken, ground turkey, or even ground pork if you prefer.  
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Storage

You will want to store your leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. This will last up to 3 days. 

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Freezer

Freeze your leftovers in a freezer-safe bag and remove as much air as possible. This will store for about 1 month. When you are ready to enjoy, thaw in the fridge overnight and warm in the microwave or oven. 

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Can I use my own pizza dough?

Yes! If you would like to use your favorite pizza dough recipe you can! Just make sure you roll it out to the right dimensions so that you can braid it so it cooks properly. 

taco braid

Taco Braid

Taco Braid is the best Mexican dinner when you are short on time! All you need is refrigerated pizza crust, ground beef, cheese, and toppings and you are ready to serve your family in a snap!

Ingredients

  • 1 refrigerated pizza crust
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 TBSP Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup Mexican style shredded cheese or a favorite of your choice
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • Optional: Salsa and sour cream for serving

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and chopped onion over medium heat and cook until soft. Add in the ground beef and cook until brown. Add in ½ cup of water and the taco seasoning, and mix until well combined. 
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  4. Place pizza dough onto the parchment paper and roll it out so it measures approximately 10x15. 
  5. Using a pizza cutter make slices that are about 1 ½ inches thick down each side of the dough.
  6. Place the ground beef down the center of the dough, then top with ¾ cup of cheese and tomato.
  7. Start to close up the dough by braiding it. Start at one end of the dough, fold the end up and wrap the first two slices over to seal up the end. 
  8. Repeat the braiding with opposite slices until 2 remain and then wrap the last slices up to secure the other end.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the dough.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let it cool for a few minutes.
  11. Before serving, cover with chopped lettuce, and additional tomato if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 591Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 943mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 31g

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