Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Taco Braid

Today's recipe is a twist on a family favorite - tacos.   It is very easy to make and is kind to your budget.  You take pizza dough, cut it in strips across but not all the way, add some seasoned taco meat and fold the strips over.  Top with some cheese and bake.  Remove form the oven and serve.  I served the Taco Braid with some tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, and salsa.

This recipe is delicious and very easy to make.  It is a family favorite at my house.  Perfect for those days when you are busy and have very little time to cook.  This dish would also be perfect for a Cinco de Mayo Party or a pot luck.

Taco Braid
From Tip Hero Adapted by From My Southwest Kitchen

  1 can refrigerated pizza dough
  2 tablespoons olive oil
  ¾ pound ground beef
  1 package Taco Seasoning
  1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese, divided
  1 tomato, diced
  1 ½ cups chopped lettuce
  Sour cream and salsa for serving

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
  2. In a large skillet, add the ground beef and taco seasoning, and fully cook the ground beef.
  3. Once it’s fully-cooked, drain the ground beef and set aside.
  4. Unroll the pizza dough onto parchment paper. On both sides, cut equal strips, going about 1 ½ into the dough but NOT all the way from side to side. The dough should look like it has fringe.
  5. Layer the ground beef  and 3/4 cup of cheese in the center of the dough.
  6. Braid the dough strips over the top of the filling, so that the filling is almost fully-encased in the dough.
  7.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the braid.  Slide the braided loaf onto a baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until browned on top.
  8.  Serve with garnish of  tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream and salsa.
Makes 6 servings



  1. That looks delicious! I wish you had also showed a photo of what it looks like when cut and plated.

    best... mae at

    1. Thanks for the great suggestion, Mae. I will have to make it again to take some pictures.