Take-out Tuesday, Taco Bread Boat

This is what greeted me when I got home the other night 😋

taco bread thepaintedapron.com

A 2 foot long taco boat full of the last of the summer tomatoes

tomato tutorial thepaintedapron.com

Piled high on a bed of taco meat, refried beans, sour cream and cheese

taco bread boat

A blanket of green onions was scattered on top along with a few jalapenos, the one thing we have been able to grow this summer!

tomatoes and jalapenos

HHjr cooked it whole and then we sliced  it up into 2 inch slices

taco bread boat 1 thepaintedapron.com

A handy size for picking up and eating like pizza

taco bread thepaintedapron.com

The lowly weeknight taco supper transformed into a Wow Where’s the Party!

note: don’t toast the bread before filling because it might get too crusty and hard to eat


taco bread boat slices thepaintedapron.com

Nothing fancy here, and something you’ve probably had or tried, but it was new to me and I can’t wait to have it again!


a new twist for Taco Tuesday!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Servings 4


  • 1 pound ground chuck or lean beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning mix
  • 1 small can refried beans
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • tomatoes chopped
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • jalapeno peppers sliced or chopped, optional
  • 1 large loaf fresh crusty french bread


  • Brown meat in skillet and drain. Add taco seasoning mix, and 1/2 cup water. Stir to mix and let simmer while preparing the rest of ingredients.
  • Warm beans in the microwave or a small sauce pan.
  • Cut bread in half horizontally, reserving top of loaf for another use.
  • Place loaf bottom on a baking sheet. Spread cut side with warm beans and top with an even layer of sour cream.
  • Pile meat on top of sour cream and top evenly with grated cheese.
  • Now add tomatoes, green onions and jalapenos if desired. Gently press down on all ingredients to stabilize if necessary.
  • Bake in a 350 oven for 10-15 minutes until warm throughout and cheese has melted. Cut into pieces or slices to serve. Leftovers are great reheated in foil at 350 for 20 minutes or so the next day.


don’t toast the bread before filling because it might get too crusty and hard to eat
Keyword french bread pizza, taco bread boat, taco pizza, tacos, Tex-Mex

This would be fun for a football watching party too!

tomatoes in a black and white bowl thepaintedapron.com

You can see more about painting tomatoes here


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14 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Taco Bread Boat”
  1. Mary says:

    What a festive transformation of taco ingredients Jenna! I know you love having a foodie/chef son 🙂

  2. Such a great idea! I am making bread today so It looks like Taco Bread boats tomorrow. 😉

  3. chef mimi says:

    omg does that look good!!!

  4. Lynn says:

    Loaded and looking good:@)

  5. Yum! My family would love this! I’m adding this to my weekly menu…

  6. JESS44903 says:

    This looks SO delicious!

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