Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Submitted to Taste of Home by Lucile Proctor, whose daughter, after entering in a state 4-H beef cooking contest, won a trip to a national competition with the recipe. This is a fun recipe to make with the kids. Makes a great dinner with a green salad. I haven't tried making the dough in a bread machine but am sure it would work well, too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup water; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Add butter, milk powder, egg, salt and remaining sugar and water. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about one hour.
  4. In a skillet, cook beef and mushrooms over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Set aside 1 tablespoon beaten egg. Stir remaining egg into beef mixture. Cool completely.
  5. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 15x12 inch rectangle. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Spread filling lengthwise down center third of rectangle. Sprinkle with cheese and olives.
  7. 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. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  8. Brush with reserved egg. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack.
Most Helpful

The filling was very tasty. I added onions as suggested in another review. I used Trader Joe's whole wheat dough, but will try your next time. Thanks for posting!

Motivated Mama September 22, 2008

Great recipe! The taco braid's crust is tender, flaky, and golden ~ It contrasts very nicely with the savory meat filling. I increased the amount of taco seasoning and added some sliced green onions along with the cheese. Thanks LonghornMama for a new family favorite!

Deb's Recipes April 10, 2006

This is a delicious Recipe! The crust was flakey and the inside was great! I did use three tablespoons of taco seasoning to make it a little more spicy! Thanks for a great recipe LonghornMama

RecipeNut February 09, 2006