Beefy Taco Pillows


Beefy Taco Pillows

You might be thinking that "pillows" is a strange way to describe food, but these fun little puffs poof up into pillow-like rolls when they are baked. Beefy Taco Pillows are a budget friendly ground beef recipe that the family will love. Each one is loaded with a meaty center that is topped with cheese and then tossed in the oven. These quick and easy little dinner pockets will become a family favorite.


Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time30 min


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar (16-lounces) Pace Picante Sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 packages (about 10 ounces each) refrigerated pizza crusts
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until it's well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.

  3. Stir the picante sauce in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and let cool. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork or whisk.

  4. Unroll 1 pizza crust on a lightly floured surface. Roll the crust into a 12 x 8-inch rectangle. Cut the crust into 4 (6 x 4-inch) rectangles.

  5. With the short sides facing you, spoon about 1/3 cup beef mixture lengthwise down the center of each rectangle. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese. Fold the sides of the crust over the filling.

  6. Tuck the ends under to seal. Place the pillows onto a baking sheet. Brush the pillows with the egg mixture and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon cheese. Repeat with the remaining pizza crust.

  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pillows are golden brown. Serve with additional picante sauce.

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These taco pillows look delicious. Tacos are a staple dinner in my home, and this recipe would give us a different option when we want tacos. You could also use crescent rolls instead of pizza crusts. Essentially it is the same dough. I would also substitute ground turkey for the beef, because that is what we usually have in our home.

These are delicious, and remind me of a Taco Pocket. This is one of those recipes that I enjoy making tons of, and freezing for lunches, quick dinners, etc. Everyone loves these, and love having them in the freezer. I just freeze them in individually plastic wrap, freezer paper, whatever I have handy, after they cool. Then they can warmed up in the microwave or oven. I also make my own pizza dough, but everything else was done by the recipe.

This look so good!! They would be so handy as well to put extra on and send them to work with my partner for his lunch during the week...every penny counts when you are first starting out! what do they reheat like? Would it be possible to make extra to reheat another time?


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