A taco braid is a new way of eating tacos. The ingredients are essentially the same, but the recipe turns out looking very different. Instead of one small tortilla with a handful of ingredients, you have a whole loaf-looking taco that’s good enough for multiple portions. You can use it as a dinner centrepiece!
One of the biggest problems with taco dinners is that you cannot really pre-make enough tacos without them going limp almost immediately. This taco braid recipe will save your next taco Tuesday at home.
How to make a Taco Braid?
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375 F degrees.
Heat up olive oil in a skillet.
Add your onion to the skillet and cook until it softens.
Add your ground beef to the skillet and cook until brown.
Pour some water into the skillet. Add taco seasoning and mix it in.
Let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes on low heat.
Roll out your pizza dough with a rolling pin.
Make small incisions of 1,5 x 3 inches down the sides of the dough.
Place your ground beef in the center of the dough. Top with cheese and tomatoes.
Fold the ends of the dough and use 2 side slices to secure each end. Keep folding the side slices.
Brush some melted butter over the dough and sprinkle some cheese on top.
Bake the braid for 20-25 minutes.
Cool for a few minutes and serve.
How should I garnish my taco braid?
You can garnish your taco braid with all the classic taco sides. Sprinkle some lettuce on top, add diced tomatoes, and don’t forget about cheese! Serve the braid with sour cream and salsa of your choosing.
Can I make a taco braid with chicken?
Of course! Make this recipe a little easier and substitute the beef for a rotisserie chicken. You can also use pulled pork if that’s your meat of choice. It will taste just as delicious!
Can I freeze my taco braid?
If you’re preparing for a party, you can make the taco braid and freeze it before you put it in the oven. It will preserve all the flavors and textures. Then, when you’re ready to serve, you can pop it in the oven and let it cook. In this case, don’t forget to let it thaw for a bit!
- 1 refrigerated pizza crust
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 3 tablespoon Homemade Taco Seasoning
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup Fiesta Blend shredded cheese divided, or you can use your favorite. Plus additional for serving, if desired.
- 1 tomato, diced plus additional for topping, if desired
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
- sour cream and taco sauce for serving if desired
Prepare a rimmed baking sheet by lining it with parchment.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until brown. Pour in the water and homemade taco seasoning and mix until well incorporated. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
Transfer the piece of parchment to your work surface and using a rolling pin, roll out the pizza dough so that it measures 10 x 15-inches. With a knife or pizza cutter, make slices 1½ inches thick and 3 inches long down both long sides of the dough.
Leaving about an inch at the top and bottom, place the ground beef down the center of the dough. Cover the beef with 3/4 cup of the cheese, and then add the diced tomato.
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 opposite slices just until the last two. Fold the end up and wrap the last two slices over it to secure.
Gently brush the top and sides with the melted butter. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese on top.
Transfer the braid on the parchment to the rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool a few minutes before serving. Cover with chopped Romaine lettuce, additional tomato and cheese, if desired. Serve with sour cream and taco sauce.
Serving: 1g | Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1892IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 4mg