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Taco Sticks

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Great for a main meal or a filling snack that the whole family will love, taco sticks are made from ready-made pizza dough filled with tasty beef and gooey cheese.
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  1. TACO STICKS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS TACO STICKS RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
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Taco sticks are buttery breadsticks loaded with taco meat and melted cheese. They’re super simple to make and taste incredible for dinner or a snack.

These cheesy taco sticks are best served with a dip. We suggest homemade salsa, guacamole or this incredibly moreish ranch crack dip.

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TACO STICKS INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 package of taco seasoning,plus water called for on envelope
  • 2 tubes of Pillsbury Pizza Dough
  • 12 Colby Jack cheese sticks
  • ¼ cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Ground Beef: Ground chicken would also work for this recipe or you could make vegetarian taco sticks using your favorite meat alternative.

Taco Seasoning: If you already have a fully-stocked spice rack then you don’t necessarily need to buy a package of taco seasoning. Just throw in some chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper.

Marble Cheese: Marble cheese is a combination of orange and white cheeses. If you already have two colors of cheese in the fridge you can use those.

Garlic: This recipe uses fresh garlic and garlic powder. If you don’t have both then you can substitute one for the other.

Jalapeños: If you love spicy food, you can add jalapeno pepper inside the taco sticks. If you’re nervous, serve them on the side.

Vegetables: Sneak some veg into your kids’ meals by adding some mushrooms, peppers, onion or corn.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS TACO STICKS RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 425°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Keep the tubes of pizza dough in the refrigerator until ready to use.

STEP TWO: In a frying pan over a medium-high heat, cook the ground beef for five to seven minutes, until thoroughly cooked. Drain off the excess fat. 

STEP THREE: Into the frying pan with the beef, add the minced garlic, taco seasoning, and the amount of water called for on the seasoning package. Cook on high for two to three minutes, until the water has evaporated. Remove from heat. 

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STEP FOUR: Remove pizza dough from the can and unroll it on the parchment paper. Using your hands shape into a 12 x 8 rectangle.

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STEP FIVE: Cut dough into 12 even pieces, each tube rolled out cut into 6 rectangles so each piece is 4 x 4 inches.

STEP SIX: Scoop three tablespoons of meat mixture into the middle of each of the dough rectangles. Cut a cheese stick in half and place on top of the meat.

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STEP SEVEN: Bring up the sides of the dough and pinch together. Then pinch each end together and fold it up to the same side as the pinched center seam. Place seamed sides down on the parchment lined baking sheets.

PRO TIP: Be careful not to stretch the dough too much or the pastry won’t puff up in the oven

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STEP EIGHT: Melt the butter in the microwave. Stir in the garlic powder and dried parsley. Use a spoon to evenly coat each of the taco sticks with the butter mixture. 

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STEP NINE: Bake in the oven for 12 to 14 minutes, until lightly browned.

STEP TEN: Serve hot. Salsa and sour cream would be a delicious dip for these!

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftover taco sticks can be stored in the fridge for up to five days in an airtight container. Reheat before serving.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze taco sticks for up to three months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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Cheese taco sticks are a cross between Mexican tacos, Italian pizza and the American favorite, cheese sticks. They have a crispy pizza crust shell, filled with taco beef and gooey cheese. It’s a fun combo that the whole family will love.

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Taco Sticks

5 from 4 votes
Great for a main meal or a filling snack that the whole family will love, taco sticks are made from ready-made pizza dough filled with tasty beef and gooey cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 package taco seasoning plus water called for on envelope
  • 2 tubes Pillsbury Pizza Dough
  • 12 Colby Jack cheese sticks
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Keep the tubes of pizza dough in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Cook ground beef on medium-high heat in a frying pan until thoroughly cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain off excess fat.
  • Into the frying pan with ground beef, add minced garlic, taco seasoning, and water called for on the seasoning package. Cook on high for 2 to 3 minutes until water has evaporated. Remove from heat.
  • Remove pizza dough from the can and unroll it on the parchment paper. Using your hands shape into a 12 x 8 rectangle. Cut dough into 12 even pieces, each tube rolled out cut into 6 rectangles so each piece is 4 x 4 inches.
  • Scoop approximately 3 tablespoons of meat mixture into the middle of each of the 12 dough rectangles.
  • Cut a cheese stick in half and place on top of the meat.
  • Bring up the sides of the dough and pinch together. Then pinch each end together and fold it up to the same side as the pinched center seam. Place seamed sides down on the parchment lined baking sheets.
    TIP: Be careful not to stretch the dough too much or they’ll fall flat instead of being a puffy pastry stick.
  • Melt butter in the microwave then stir in garlic powder and dried parsley. Use a spoon to evenly coat each of the 12 taco sticks with the butter mixture.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 12 to 14 minutes until tops of taco sticks are lightly browned.
  • Serve hot. Salsa and sour cream would be a delicious dip for these!

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Nutrition

Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 402IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Jenna says

    5 stars
    I’m always looking for different taco recipes! Just curious can I possibly do these in an air fryer instead of the oven?

  2. Joshua Terrell says

    Hi, going to try these tonight….I’m a bit confused though. The recipe calls for 12 cheese sticks…then says to use half of one on each of the the rectangles…that seems to indicate 6 sticks needed?

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hey, there – it’s saying to cut it in half and place both halves in each dough rectangle. If you leave them whole, they will be too long to fit properly, so if you cut them in half, they fit much better. The step by step photos in the post might help you visualize. Enjoy! how to make homemade taco sticks

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