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Taco Braid

This Easy Taco Braid uses pizza dough, seasoned taco beef, refried beans, cheese and salsa to create the most delicious family dinner!

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY DINNER RECIPE

This Easy Taco Braid is one of our family favorite dinners. It’s simple to prepare and easy to serve up. It’s also one that everyone can jump in and help prepare. You can prepare and bake this meal in 30 minutes and it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients!

A serving utensil holding a slice of a Taco Braid.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I use my own homemade pizza dough?

Of course! Just make sure you roll it out side and long enough to be able to braid it. If you need a recipe, try my homemade pizza recipe.

What other fillings can be used?

You really can add any of your favorite taco fillings to this taco braid. Seasoned ground turkey will work or even some spicy chorizo! Different cheeses can certainly be used depending on your preference. Try adding some pico de gallo, diced jalapeno if you like some heat, or even some sour cream and diced onions mixed in with the meat mixture.
You could even take this to a more breakfast type of level and instead of using taco ingredients, add eggs, sausage, hash browns, etc and make a turn a breakfast pizza into a Breakfast Braid!

Do I have to use ground beef?

Nope, you can be creative here. You can use ground chicken, ground turkey, ground pork, or even seasoned shredded chicken, pork, or skirt steak that you chop up in small bite size pieces. If you aren’t using ground meat, you may need to season different and cook to a different temp or length of time. Adjust as you see fit.

What can I serve as a side dish with this?

Taco braid is really a whole meal in one. However, if you really want a side dish you could serve with French fries, cilantro lime rice, Mexican rice, taco rice, guacamole or chips and salsa!

How do you store leftovers?

Any leftover taco braid can be stored in a covered container for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen. Wrap very well and place in a freezer-safe ziptop bag.

An uncut Taco Braid laid out on the table.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • refrigerated pizza crust– you could also use homemade pizza dough, and some people have tired this with crescent dough if you like a little sweetness.
  • ground beef– check out the FAQ section if you don’t want to use ground beef.
  • taco seasoning– using store bought seasoning, or making your own homemade Taco Seasoning are both good options.
  • water
  • refried beans– feel free to use your favorite canned version, or make your own.
  • salsa– make your own, or grab some from your grocery store
  • shredded cheddar cheese– you can shred fresh off the block or grab the bagged stuff
  • finely diced tomatoes– divided use
  • melted butter
  • chopped lettuce- for topping the braid with.
Ground beef, sour cream, shredded cheese, pizza crust dough, butter, salsa, refried beans, taco seasoning, salsa, and shredded lettuce.

HOW TO MAKE A TACO BRAID:

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown and crumble ground beef. Drain excess grease. Add the taco seasoning and water and mix until well incorporated. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 – 7 minutes until thickened.

A skillet with cooked ground beef and a skillet with ground beef flavored with taco seasoning.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place the refrigerated pizza dough on a large piece of parchment paper and roll out the dough so that it measures 10 X 15 inches. You can spread it out with your hands as well. Whatever is easiest for you. Carefully transfer the parchment onto a large, rimmed baking sheet.

With a pizza cutter (or sharp knife), make slices (1 -1/2 inch thick and 3 inches long) along both long sides of the dough.

Pizza dough rolled out on a rimmed baking sheet and pizza dough with cut slashes.

Place refried beans into microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 45 seconds until soft enough to spread. Evenly spread refried beans down the center of the dough.

Top beans with seasoned ground beef down the center of the dough.

Pizza dough with refried beans and pizza dough with beans and beef.

Evenly spread salsa on top of ground beef.

Then add shredded cheese and diced tomatoes.

Pizza dough with refried beans, ground beef, and salsa, then the same thing but also add shredded cheese on top with tomatoes.

Beginning at one end of the braid, fold the end up and wrap the first two slices over to secure it. Repeat the wrapping with the remaining slices just until the last two.

Fold the remaining end up and wrap the last two slices over it to secure.

Gently brush the top and side with the melted butter.

Taco braid unbaked and melted butter being spread on it.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until golden brown.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cover with chopped lettuce and tomato, if desired.

A baked Taco Braid and a Taco Braid with lettuce and tomatoes.

Serve with sour cream and taco sauce.

A slice of Taco Braid with sour cream and tomatoes on top.

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Post originally published: March 2017

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A Taco Braid close up.

Taco Braid (+Video)

This Easy Taco Braid uses pizza dough, seasoned taco beef, refried beans, cheese and salsa to create the most delicious family dinner!
4.95 from 39 votes
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 13.8 ounce tube refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1.25 ounce packet taco seasoning
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or Mexican blend shredded cheese)
  • 2 cups finely diced tomatoes, divided use
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • chopped lettuce, for serving (optional)
  • sour cream and salsa, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, brown and crumble ground beef. Drain excess grease.
  • Add the taco seasoning and water and mix until well incorporated. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 – 7 minutes until thickened.
    Taco seasoning flavored ground beef in a skillet.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place the refrigerated pizza dough on a large piece of parchment paper roll out the dough so that it measures 10 X 15 inches.
    Rolled out pizza dough on a baking rim.
  • With a pizza cutter (or sharp knife), make slices (1 -1/2 inch thick and 3 inches long) along both long sides of the dough.
    Rolled out pizza dough with slits.
  • Place refried beans into microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 45 seconds until soft enough to spread. Evenly spread refried beans down the center of the dough.
    Refried beans on pizza dough.
  • Top beans with seasoned ground beef down the center of the dough.
    Ground beef and beans on pizza dough.
  • Evenly spread salsa on top of ground beef. Then add shredded cheese and diced tomato.
    Tomatoes, cheese, ground beef, and beans on pizza dough.
  • Beginning at one end of the braid, fold the end up and wrap the first two slices over to secure it. Repeat the wrapping with the remaining slices just until the last two.
  • Fold the remaining end up and wrap the last two slices over it to secure.
    Unbaked Taco Braid on a baking dish.
  • Gently brush the top and side with the melted butter.
    Melted butter being brushed on an unbaked Taco Braid.
  • Carefully transfer the parchment onto a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until golden brown.
    Baked Taco Braid on a baking sheet.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Cover with chopped lettuce and tomato, if desired. Serve with sour cream and taco sauce.
    A slice of Taco Braid with sour cream and tomatoes on top.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

  • Please refer to my FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 31g | Sodium: 874mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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49 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Favorite meal to make as a family has always been pizza. When my kids were small, their birthday party guests all got a pie plate with dough already rolled out and all they had to do was use the toppings to make their own personal pizza. It was always a hit. I also, unless birthday child requested a special cake, let the guests all help decorate the birthday cake.

  2. 5 stars
    My favorite meal to make together with my family is Thanksgiving dinner! A big turkey with all the sides!

  3. Me and my boys like making breakfast together. They work on the toast and I work on the eggs.

  4. 5 stars
    Taco’s!!! Always have the ingredients handy. I can’t wait to try the taco braid, looks delish.

  5. 5 stars
    My husband is the cook in our kitchen and he makes a wonderful American Goulash! We can’t wait to try the Fiesta Taco Braid, it sounds delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    Favorite “family” meal would have to be Pepper Steak! Hubby is my designated sous chef. He does all the cutting and chopping and I do the rest.

  7. 5 stars
    When I saw this I thought yum we make this all the time until I read through and you add refried beans! Had one of those slap the side of my head “why didn’t I think of that!” moments. Can’t wait to make this again adding the beans!