Sheet Pan Taco Bake

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Sheet Pan Taco Bake makes Taco Night a breeze. You’ll love the puff pastry crust and variety of toppings. It’s an easy one pan taco bake that will please your family or a large crowd on game day or any occasion!

taco dinner on puff pastry on a sheet pan.
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Why You’ll Love It

Few recipes could be easier and quicker than making a taco bake on a sheet pan. The puff pastry crust is absolutely delicious 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!

two rectangle slices of taco bake on a white plate and one has a sour cream drizzle on top

Preparing the Meat

STEP 1 – Start by preparing your protein, which can be ground turkey, ground beef, or diced chicken. Sauté in a cast iron skillet (ad) for 10 minutes with a few chopped onions until browned throughout.

cast iron skillet with browned ground turkey and a wooden spoon

STEP 2 – Add a packet of taco seasoning and 1 cup of water, then stir until mixed completely.

black cast iron skillet with ground turkey that has been mixed with seasoning and cheese

STEP 3 – Simmer until the water cooks down, then add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and stir until creamy. This method creates your base.

skillet filled with ground turkey and taco seasoning with cheese on top

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.

slices of sheet pan taco bake with every other one drizzled in sour cream

Adding Toppings

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!

four white bowls filled with different taco toppings like olive, tomatoes, lettuce and cheddar cheese

The main ingredients you’ll need are lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Everything else is up to you.

Chop the toppings and place them in separate bowls so folks can choose what they like. Or, create a taco bar and put out the base ingredients, then encourage everyone to add the extras they like most.

Assembly

STEP 1 – Spread puff pastry with ground turkey or beef. Bake at 425 20 minutes.

ground turkey on puff pastry on a sheet pan

STEP 2 – Add lettuce and black olives or jalapeños.

pastry crust topped with lettuce and olives on a sheet pan

STEP 3 – Add sliced cocktail tomatoes

sheet of puff pastry topped with lettuce, tomatoes and olives

STEP 4 – Add cheese

add cheese to puff pastry.

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 yummy Taco Bake directly from your half sheet pan and watch it disappear! It’s so easy to throw together, you’ll love making it at least once a week.

Recipe FAQS

What is puff pastry?

Puff pastry is thicker and flakier than phyllo dough or crescent rolls. It puffs up to make a hearty slice. Purchase it in a roll instead of squares for best results. I use Wewalka brand for best results.

Is there a substitute for puff pastry?

You’ll be happier with the outcome if you use a puff pastry roll instead of crescent rolls or phyllo dough. Make sure you purchase an actual puff pastry roll or the recipe will not work as intended.

Can I use a cookie sheet instead of a half sheet pan?

Yes, a cookie sheet works fine as long as it is big enough to hold a roll of puff pastry. Most half sheet pans are 18″ x 13″ to help you plan accordingly.

Substitutions

There are many substitutions you can use for toppings.

Try jalapeños, avocado, onions, black beans, cojito cheese, corn, cilantro, salsa, spicy ranch dressing, sour cream, or any other topping you can dream up.

slices of taco bake on a sheet pan with first slice covered in a sour cream drizzle
Sheet Pan Taco Bake is an easy and quick family meal!

Serving Ideas

This one 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 group.

Making a giant taco bake on a sheet pan couldn’t be easier and more fun…no matter what the occasion!

If you love cooking with puff pastry like I do, be sure to try my other yummy recipes…

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taco toppings on top of a puff pastry crust on a sheet pan.

Sheet Pan Taco Bake

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!
4.75 from 8 votes
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Course: Appetizers, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 551kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

BASE

  • 1 lb. ground beef (can substitute chicken or ground turkey)
  • ¼ cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

CRUST

TOPPINGS

  • 1 ½ cups green lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 cup black olives (sliced)
  • 1 cup cocktail tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)

DRIZZLE

  • ¼ cup ranch dressing or sour cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Brown ground beef and onion in a skillet. Add taco seasoning and water. Simmer until water has reduced.
  • Add cheese to ground beef and stir well.
  • Roll puff pastry out onto a half size sheet pan (18" x 13") (ad) that has been lined with parchment paper. Pierce pastry with a fork in several places.
  • Roll edges slightly around entire pastry.
  • Spoon beef mixture onto puff pastry and spread to rolled edges. 
  • Bake pastry at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Take out of oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Arrange lettuce, olives, tomatoes, and cheese on top of pastry.
  • Add additional toppings if you wish.
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut into 8 slices. Drizzle sour cream or ranch dressing on top of each slice if desired. 

Notes

  • These are tacos like you've never had before! 
  • Be as creative as you like with the toppings! Try avocado, onions, salsa, cilantro, or anything else you can dream up. 
  • Be sure to use an actual puff pastry roll instead of phyllo dough or crescent rolls. Only a puff pastry roll will work with this recipe. 
  • 12 Tomatoes made my exact recipe and featured it on their site. 

Nutrition

Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 336mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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27 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love sheet pan recipes! Glad you can customize toppings; I love mine without the jalapeños. Sour cream, onions, avocado, tomatoes for me!

  2. 3 stars
    My puff pastry was dry and it burned on the bottom. I thought 20 minutes at 425 was too long. My puff pastry came in a roll of 10 sheets and didn’t really understand the recipe calling for only one paper thin sheet. No mention of how to treat the pastry to keep it moist. The taco toppings were great but the pastry was a big failure.

    1. Hi Pat. I’m sorry that happened to you! I’ve never found puff pastry in larger quantities. I’ve only purchased it in a single or double roll. Could you have purchased phyllo dough instead? It comes in sheets of 10, and would definitely burn if you used it instead of puff pastry. Would you mind checking again and letting me know which type of pastry you bought? That would help me understand what happened so I can help you further.

  3. I am excited to try this. I saw in the refrigerated section at my store puff pastry in a roll. Will I be using the whole package on my cookie sheet? Not familar with using puff pastry. Thanks!

    1. Hi Terri. The puff pastry I use is one sheet in a package. It comes in a roll and it’s made by Wewalka. I’m not sure what your store carries, but you’ll need as much as it takes to fill your sheet pan. If it comes in two sheets, you’ll probably need both of those. Just press the seams together if that’s the case. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do at our house! 🙂

  4. This reminds me of my old Pampered Chef recipe, although I like the pastry idea for this one. I plan to try it. I feel confident it will be amazing because I have yet to try one of yours I don’t love.

    1. Thanks so much Margaret! Are you talking about the crescent roll ring? Those things were delicious! 🙂

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