Sheet Pan Taco Bake makes Taco Night even more fun! You'll love how easy this recipe is to create, and your family will get excited about adding their own special toppings.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Few recipes could be easier and faster than making a taco bake on a sheet pan.
The puff pastry crust is absolutely yummy and a perfect base for lots of toppings. It's solid enough to hold in one hand like a pizza slice, which makes dinner casual and fun.
This recipe can also be served as an appetizer by cutting it into 16 rectangles instead of 8, which is bound to get the party started. Try serving Sheet Pan Taco Bake with Blueberry Sriracha Margaritas at your next get-together, and you'll be the hostess with the mostest!
How to Make It
Start by preparing your protein, which can be ground turkey, ground beef, or diced chicken. Sauté in a cast iron skillet for 10 minutes with a few chopped onions until browned throughout.
Add a packet of taco seasoning and 1 cup of water, then stir well. Simmer until the water cooks down, then add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and stir until creamy. This creates your base.
Preparing the Crust
Roll out the puff pastry onto a half size sheet pan (18" x 13") lined with parchment paper. Pierce the crust with a fork in several places, then slightly roll the edges around the entire pastry to hold the protein.
Spoon the protein onto the puff pastry and spread it up to the rolled edges. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes, then remove from oven to cool for 10 minutes before adding the toppings.
What Toppings Should I Use?
Basic taco toppings work great in this recipe, but you can go all out and offer other options your family enjoys. The sky's the limit!
The main ingredients you'll need are lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Everything else is up to you! Try black olives, avocado, onions, cilantro, salsa, spicy ranch dressing, sour cream, or any other topping you can dream up.
Chop the toppings and place them in separate bowls so folks can choose what they like, or put the base ingredients on and encourage everyone to add the extras they like most.
How to Put It All Together
To assemble, start with the base, then add lettuce, olives, tomatoes, and cheese.
Use a pizza cutter to cut into 8 rectangles, then add a drizzle of ranch dressing or sour cream to a few of the slices. Or, let your guests do the honors.
Serve this delicious Taco Bake directly from your sheet pan and watch it disappear! The concept of make, bake and take on the same pan is a wonderful thing.
Can I Substitute Crescent Rolls for Puff Pastry?
You'll be much happier with the outcome if you use puff pastry instead of crescent rolls. Most grocery stores carry puff pastry in the same section as the refrigerated pie crusts. Make sure you purchase true puff pastry and not phyllo dough or other substitutions.
Puff pastry is thicker and flakier which gives this recipe its unique flavor. It also puffs up to make a heartier slice. Other types of pastries will not produce the same results.
Sheet Pan Taco Bake is perfect for taco night, Taco Tuesday, the big game, birthdays, baby showers, or tailgate parties. It's easy, fast, and economical to make more than one if you're serving a big crowd.
Making a giant taco bake on a sheet pan couldn't be easier and more fun...no matter when you do it!
More Puff Pastry Recipes to Love
If you love cooking with puff pastry like I do, be sure to try my other yummy recipes...
- Sausage Cheese Bake
- Chicken Pot Hand Pies
- Ham & Egg Brunch Bake
- Chocolate Strawberry Tart
- Raspberry Mocha Twists
- Blackberry Cheese Danish (how-to video)
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