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taco braid

Taco Braid

Taco Braid is a Mexican dinner made from pizza dough filled with cream cheese, salsa, taco meat, black beans, and cheese. 

Course All Recipes, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (13-16 ounces) pizza dough
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Garlic salt
  • Optional Toppings: guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, lettuce


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F and line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or spray it with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium pan, brown the beef until done. Once the beef is browned, drain the meat, add the taco seasoning to the pan and mix until combined. Set aside to cool.

  3. Roll the pizza dough into a rectangle about 15x12 inches.

  4. Mix cream cheese and salsa in a small bowl. Spread cream cheese mixture lengthwise down center third of the rectangle. Distribute the seasoned meat and black beans evenly down the center. Top with the shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. On each long side, cut 1 inch wide strips about 2-1/2-inches into center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Brush the outside of the braid with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  6. Bake at 400 °F for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack or cutting board with two spatulas.

  7. Serve with all of the taco toppings: sour cream, guacamole, olives, or pico de gallo.