Around here, we love a good taco so when we find recipes for creative ways to eat one, we are excited. This taco braid by the lovely Lynne, owner of 365 Days of Baking and More, is just what we were looking for to nosh on while binge watching college bowl games on New Year’s Day. Seriously, what could be better than delicious, easy and football?
Taco Braid Recipe:
1 canister refrigerated pizza crust
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 lb. 93/7 super lean ground beef
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
1/2 cup water
1 cup fiesta blend shredded cheese, divided
1 tomato, diced, plus additional for top, if desired
2 tablespoons unsalted 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 paper
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.
Add the taco seasoning and water and mix until well incorporated.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 – 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, transfer the piece of parchment to your work surface.
Place the pizza dough on the parchment and roll it so that it measures 10 X 15 – inches.
With a pizza cutter, make slices 1 1/2 – inches thick and 3 – inches in along both long sides of the dough.
Place the ground beef down the center of the dough.
Cover the beef with 3/4 cup of 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 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.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until golden brown.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Cover with chopped Romaine lettuce and additional tomato, if desired.
Serve with sour cream and taco sauce.
*Recipe is slightly modified from the original recipe posted by 365 Days of Baking and More
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