When it’s cold outside, this easy taco recipe will warm your family right up. Serve a Pizza Taco Braid Board for an easy dinner tonight!

Pizza Taco Braid Board on board with lettuce

Friends, who will you invite over for dinner this week? This taco dinner is super easy, made with pizza dough, and it’s fun when you serve it on a board. If you have 2 boards, you could also serve this Taco Dip Board on the side!

Pizza Taco Braid Board with salsa

Pizza Taco Braid Board

For this Pizza Taco Braid Board, you can add extra toppings and chips, and side dishes like these Homemade Pinto Refried Beans and Cilantro Lime Rice. So good!

Pizza Taco Braid on BIG BOARD

Taco Pizza Braid ingredients

All you need are these ingredients to make the taco braid:

  • Ground turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pizza dough (we buy at Trader Joe’s) Rhodes Pizza Dough
  • Black beans (or refried beans)
  • Salsa
  • Cream cheese
  • Shredded Mexican cheese (we buy Tillamook brand)
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic salt

taco braid

Toppings to serve with on a braid or taco pizza:

  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de gallo, or favorite salsa
  • Sliced olives
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Finely shredded iceburg lettuce
  • Jalapeños
  • Tomatoes

making Pizza Taco Braid Board

How to make a braid with pizza dough

  1. Preheat the oven and spray a baking sheet.
  2. Brown the ground turkey and drain the meat; salt and pepper to taste. Add the drained black beans and set aside. (Optional to spread refried beans down first, if you choose not to add black beans.)
  3. Roll the pizza dough into a rectangle about 15×12 inches. Place it on the baking sheet. We like to use our Pampered Chef stone bar pan or pizza pan. On each long side, cut 1 inch wide strips about 2-1/2-inches into center. You will have a large rectangular area down the center to place the cream cheese mixture and meat.
  4. Mix cream cheese and salsa and spread the mixture down center third of the rectangle. Distribute the meat & bean mixture evenly down the center. Top with the cheese.
  5. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips up and over the filling. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Brush the outside of the braid with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  6. Bake until golden brown. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.

taco braid with lettuce

How to build The Big Board with a taco braid

  1. Put a hot pad down on a board. Place the braid (keep it right on the cookie sheet) in the center of The Big Board; add the shredded lettuce around it.
  2. Place 5 small bowls of sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo (or favorite salsa), sliced olives, and fresh chopped cilantro on the board.
  3. Fill in open areas with chips.

Cut into pieces and serve with your favorite toppings!

serving of Pizza Taco Braid Board

Why we gather …

I’m reminded of why we gather. The importance of making that dinner invite and resetting our hospitality goals for 2022. This quote is beautiful:

This is how the world changes – little by little, table by table, meal by meal, hour by hour. This is how we chip away at isolation, loneliness, fear. This is how we connect, in big and small ways – we do it around the table. –Shauna Niequist

serving of Pizza Taco Braid Board

Even if we’re entertaining in smaller groups again, this is an easy fun board to serve your family or friends. You can even make up 2, and ask your guests to bring some side dishes, like a salad, rice, beans, and dessert.

Keep entertaining simple! Happy hosting!

I love these taco ideas, too:

Easy Taco Recipe Dinner Board

Taco Tuesday Epic Fish Taco Board

Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce

Trader Joe’s Easy Taco Salad

Epic Walking Taco Board

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Pizza Taco Braid on BIG BOARD
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Pizza Taco Braid Board

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 6
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Ingredients
 

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 13-16 oz pizza dough (we buy at Trader Joe’s) or 1 pound of Rhodes Pizza Dough
  • ¾ cup black beans, drained (or refried beans)
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese, we buy Tillamook brand
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Garlic salt

TOPPINGS:

  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de gallo, or favorite salsa
  • Sliced olives
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Finely shredded iceburg lettuce
  • Jalapeños

Instructions
 

HOW TO MAKE A TACO BRAID

  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • In a medium pan, brown the ground turkey. Once the turkey is browned, drain the meat; salt and pepper to taste. Add the drained black beans and set aside. (also optional to spread refried beans down first, if you choose not to add black beans.)
  • Roll the pizza dough into a rectangle about 15×12 inches. Place it on the baking sheet. If you have a Pampered Chef bar pan or pizza pan, this works well, too. On each long side, cut 1 inch wide strips about 2-1/2-inches into the center. You will have a large rectangular area down the center to place the cream cheese mixture and meat.
  • Mix cream cheese and salsa and spread the mixture down center third of the rectangle. Sprinkle the meat & bean mixture evenly down the center. Top with sprinkled cheese.
  • Starting at one end, fold alternating strips up and over, across filling. Pinch ends to seal and then tuck ends under. Brush the outside of the braid with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  • Bake at 400 °F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack until ready to plate on the board. Don't allow to cool too long.

How to build the board

  • Put a hot pad down on the board. Place the braid (keep it right on the cookie sheet) in the center of The Big Board, or if too big, you can slide it onto a plate. Add the shredded lettuce around it.
  • Place 5 small bowls of sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo (or favorite salsa), sliced olives, and fresh chopped cilantro on the board (or your favorite taco toppings).
  • Fill in open areas with chips.
  • Cut into pieces and serve with your favorite toppings!
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Main Course
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Pizza Taco Braid Board