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Taco Braid

This Taco Braid is a fun way to make taco night more exciting! It’s made with ground beef, taco seasoning, tomatoes, cheese stuffed inside a braided pizza dough.

Taco Braid

If you love this taco recipe, try my Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme for another stuffed taco idea!

I love easy dinner ideas! And the fact that everyone love taco night this recipe makes it easy to choose for those busy night.

What makes this recipe so easy is using refrigerated pizza dough meaning less time in the kitchen. I mean you could make your own pizza dough but who really has time to do so. Especially with kids and the endless schedule of things to do.

Taco fillings inside a taco braid

I love using my own homemade taco seasoning recipe but if you’re in a pinch you can use store bought seasoning. You will need about 1 ½ packets or 1 packet if you want less seasoning. In less than 30 minutes dinner will be on the table and everyone will enjoy!

What is a Taco Braid?

A taco braid is all of your favorite taco fillings wrapped into one delicious braided pizza crust for easy serving.

How to Make a Taco Braid

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Delicious finger food.
  • Perfect for busy nights.
  • A fun twist on taco night.
  • Makes an easy appetizer for game days.
  • Great way to use up leftover taco meat.

Variations of the Taco Braid

  • Use different meats such as chicken, steak or pulled pork.
  • Make it spicy by using spicy chorizo and spicy taco seasoning.
  • Change up the fillings using refried beans, pinto beans, black beans, salsa, different cheeses and more.

What You’ll Need

13.8 ounce tube refrigerated pizza crust
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup chopped onion
1 pound ground beef
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
½ cup water
1 cup Mexican style shredded cheese or a favorite of your choice
1 tomato, diced
2 cups chopped lettuce
Optional: Salsa and sour cream for serving

How to Make a Taco Braid

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Prepare the Fillings

In a large skillet over medium heat add ground beef and onions. Cook until ground beef is browned and crumbled and onions are soft. Drain excess grease.

Add water and taco seasoning and mix until combined. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.

Stuff the Braid

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place pizza dough on parchment paper. Roll out the pizza dough in a rectangle till it measures approximately 10 X 15 inches.

Using a pizza cutter, makes slices that are about 1 ½ inches thick down both sides of dough.  

Evenly spread the ground beef down the center of the dough. Add half of the shredded cheese and all of the tomatoes.

Braid the Dough

Start at one end of the dough. Fold the end up and wrap the first two slices over to seal the end.

Repeat the braiding with opposite slices until there are only 2 remaining. Wrap the last slices up to secure the other end. Pinch seams together to seal braid.

Bake the Braid

Brush melted butter over top and sides of dough. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Allow to cool a few minutes before serving. Add lettuce and additional tomato if desired. Optional: Top with sour cream and salsa.

Taco Stuffed Braid

Storing and Reheating

  • To Store: Place any remaining leftovers in a airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Wrap tightly and place in a freezer ziploc bag for up to 1 month.
  • To Reheat: Heat in oven at 350 degrees F to desired temperature. If frozen, allow to thaw over night, then heat in oven.
Taco Braid

Taco Braid

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Taco Braid is a fun way to make taco night more exciting! It's made with ground beef, taco seasoning, tomatoes, cheese stuffed inside a braided pizza dough.

Ingredients

  • 13.8 ounce tube refrigerated pizza crust
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup Mexican style shredded cheese or a favorite of your choice
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 cups chopped lettuce
  • Optional: Salsa and sour cream for serving

Instructions

    Prepare the Fillings

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large skillet over medium heat add ground beef and onions. Cook until ground beef is browned and crumbled and onions are soft. Drain excess grease.

Add water and taco seasoning and mix until combined. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.

Stuff the Braid

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place pizza dough on parchment paper. Roll out the pizza dough in a rectangle till it measures approximately 10 X 15 inches.

Using a pizza cutter, makes slices that are about 1 ½ inches thick down both sides of dough.  

Evenly spread the ground beef down the center of the dough. Add half of the shredded cheese and all of the tomatoes.

Braid the Dough

Start at one end of the dough. Fold the end up and wrap the first two slices over to seal the end.

Repeat the braiding with opposite slices until there are only 2 remaining. Wrap the last slices up to secure the other end. Pinch seams together to seal braid.

Bake the Braid

Brush melted butter over top and sides of dough. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Allow to cool a few minutes before serving. Add lettuce and additional tomato if desired. Optional: Top with sour cream and salsa.

Notes

Storing and Reheating

  • To Store: Place any remaining leftovers in a airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Wrap tightly and place in a freezer ziploc bag for up to 1 month.
  • To Reheat: Heat in oven at 350 degrees F to desired temperature. If frozen, allow to thaw over night, then heat in oven.

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