Taco Braid: A Twist on Taco Night”

Introduce a delightful twist to your next taco night with our “Taco Braid” recipe—an innovative take on the beloved taco, artfully woven into a flaky and savory pastry braid. This creative dish features seasoned ground beef, zesty salsa, melty cheese, and your favorite taco fillings, all encased in a golden, buttery puff pastry. It’s a deliciously fun way to enjoy the flavors of tacos with a hint of elegance. Join us on a culinary journey that promises to elevate your Taco Tuesday to a whole new level.

Recipe :


  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed (usually found in the freezer section)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet (about 2 tablespoons) taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your preferred cheese)
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • Sour cream, guacamole, or additional salsa for serving (optional)

Instructions :

1. Preheat and Prepare:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Cook the Ground Beef:

  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned and crumbled. Drain any excess grease.
  • Stir in the taco seasoning mix and cook for a few more minutes until the beef is well-seasoned. Remove it from the heat.

3. Assemble the Braid:

  • Unfold the thawed puff pastry sheet onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Along the center third of the pastry, spread the seasoned ground beef, leaving some space around the edges.
  • Layer the salsa, shredded cheese, black beans, corn, and diced bell peppers over the ground beef.

4. Create the Braid:

  • Using a sharp knife, cut 1-inch-wide strips along both sides of the pastry, leaving the center intact. Then, fold the top and bottom edges over the filling.
  • Begin braiding the pastry by folding the strips over the filling in a crisscross pattern, creating a beautiful braid. Tuck in any loose ends.

5. Brush and Bake:

  • Brush the top of the Taco Braid with the beaten egg. This will give it a lovely golden sheen when baked.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden.

6. Garnish and Serve:

  • Once out of the oven, garnish the Taco Braid with fresh cilantro if desired.
  • Slice the braid into servings and serve hot. Accompany it with sour cream, guacamole, or extra salsa for dipping, if you like.

Elevate your Taco Tuesday or any weeknight with our Taco Braid—a creative and delightful twist on the classic taco. This inventive dish weaves seasoned ground beef, zesty salsa, melty cheese, and your favorite taco fillings into a flaky and savory pastry braid. It’s a fun and elegant way to enjoy the flavors of tacos with a dash of flair. Join us in celebrating the culinary journey that promises to make your taco night a memorable and delicious experience.