Taco Pockets! Homemade Hot Pockets

I’m calling these “taco pockets” because it has a nice ring to it, but they’re really just homemade Hot Pockets. Except I don’t think Hot Pockets has a “taco” flavor; or at least they didn’t start out that way.

I know because I used to eat a shitload of Hot Pockets when I was in middle school. The pizza kind, specifically. Which you could totally make instead if you want to. In fact, you could make any variety of Hot Pocket you like!

Fill these little pockets with ham and cheese, pepperoni and cheese, broccoli and cheese (cook and drain the broccoli first) or whatever you think might be good. This is one time when it just might really pay off to listen to those voices in yer head. Maybe they’ll whisper “pickled jalapeños and cheese” or “spicy black beans” or “the flesh of a dozen endangered turtles”. DON’T listen to that last suggestion. But the others are pretty good.

I adapted the recipe for this simple yeasted dough from Sally’s Baking Addiction and stuffed them with my own taco filling.

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Homemade Hot Pockets Recipe


Taco Pockets

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • Dough:
  • 1/4 ounce yeast (1 envelope)
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (100-110ºF)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • few drops oil
  • Filling:
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 4 ounces cheese, cut into 8 slices


  1. Make the dough:
  2. Combine yeast, water and sugar in a bowl. Let proof for 5 minutes. If it looks foamy, good, If not, your yeast is dead. Start over with new yeast.
  3. Stir in 2 cups of the flour, the salt and the oil. Add more flour to make a stiff dough. Knead for 5-7 minutes until a smooth ball of dough forms. Coat with a little oil and let rise while you make the filling. (Or put into a covered container and refrigerate up to 24 hours.)
  4. Make the filling:
  5. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and spices and cook until it smells roasted. Add the meat and break it up a bit.
  6. Add salsa and break the meat up into small bits. Cook 5 minutes or so, stirring, until it’s cooked through and fairly fine.
  7. Stir in the beans and set aside.
  8. Turn oven to 400ºF
  9. Cut the dough into 8 pieces and smash each one flat into a circle (or any shape) that’s about 6 inches across. Add 3 or 4 tablespoons filling and a slice of cheese.
  10. Fold over and crimp edges to seal. Bruch with egg wash. Cut 2 slits in top.
  11. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before eating. Enjoy!!


To make ahead: Cool cooked pockets completely and refrigerate up to 5 days, or freeze. To reheat in microwave. wrap one pocket in a damp towel and microwave about 30 seconds if refrigerated, or 60-90 seconds if frozen.


  • Calories: 330
  • Fat: 8
  • Carbohydrates: 44
  • Protein: 19

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  1. Jen on January 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Am I imagining things or did Chef Baby used to have an egg allergy/sensitivity? Did he grow out of it? I hope so ‘cuz having food restrictions sucks!

    I am going to try making these with a frozen pizza dough we get at HEB. I’m sure yours is amazing and I will try it sometime, but for a quick meal or something to stock in the freezer, I think the pre-made dough would make things go really fast and easy. Now to brainstorm filling ideas!

    • Hilah on January 24, 2017 at 7:54 am

      You’re right! He did grow out of it, thank gawd. Pre-made pizza dough should work just fine!

  2. IzzyC on January 24, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I made these last night (January 23) and they are good. Made my own taco meat version but the bread was excellent to go with it. Super easy to make. Thanks Hilah!! I’m a regular fan of your cooking videos.

    • Hilah on January 24, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Awesome! Thanks, Izzy!

  3. Randi on April 3, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Hilah these are a family favourite and I just wanted to say Thankyou! Love your recipes and videos -and you! Have a great day!

    • Hilah on April 7, 2019 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks, Randi! So glad you like these!

  4. Sheila Hartley on September 3, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Thank you..They look so good.i will try this real soon
    Thanks again
    Love your videos

  5. Meena on December 10, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Very helpful tips !!

  6. Barbacue on January 26, 2024 at 6:37 am

    fire with barbacue sauce

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