Taco Braid

"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."
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Ready In:
2hrs 45mins




  • In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup water; let stand 5 minutes.
  • Add butter, milk powder, egg, salt and remaining sugar and water. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 15x12 inch rectangle. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Spread filling lengthwise down center third of rectangle. Sprinkle with cheese and olives.
  • 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.
  • Brush with reserved egg. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack.

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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. SPLENDID!!!!! Next time I will add chopped onions, but this is an excellent recipe. The dough is fabulous as is the "inside" TYVM



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