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With just 4 ingredients, this Crescent Roll Taco Ring recipe is a quick and easy dinner or appetizer that is sure to be a hit!  Also known as a crescent roll taco bake, serve with your favorite toppings for a new take on Taco Tuesday.

baked crescent roll taco bake on gray platter with avocado and tomato in background

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Crescent roll dough is a really affordable and versatile ingredient – and they’re not just for crescent rolls. This Taco Ring recipe is just one way that crescent roll dough can be used to make a super easy, fun dinner or appetizer. Make sure to check out my Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring, too!

Ingredients

Crescent Rolls: You’ll need 2 (8 ounce) cans of refrigerated crescent roll dough. You can find them next to canned biscuits in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. I prefer to use original or butter flavored, but I’ve seen many varieties that you can try.

Ground Beef: While I used ground beef in this recipe, you can easily substitute for ground turkey or ground chicken. For ground beef, I recommend using 80%/20% because it contains enough fat to be really flavorful, but not overly greasy. If you find when you’re cooking the ground beef that there is a lot of grease in the pan, feel free to drain it before assembling your taco ring.

Taco Seasoning: For convenience, you can use 1 packet (equivalent of 2 Tablespoons) of taco seasoning. Choose your favorite heat level or whatever you have on hand. If you prefer to make your home taco seasoning, my friend Glenda has a great recipe for homemade taco seasoning.

Shredded Cheese: Feel free to use preshredded cheese or shred your own. You’ll need about 4 ounces which is half a bag or half a block of cheese. I used a Mexican blend shredded cheese for this recipe, but you can absolutely use cheddar, colby jack, or pepper jack. Use your favorite.

shredded cheese, ground beef, crescent roll dough and taco seasoning on counter

Equipment

That’s it! You don’t even need to really measure the cheese. Just use half of an 8 ounce bag.

How to Make a Taco Ring with Crescent Roll Dough

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. While the oven in warming up, cook your ground beef. I prefer to use a nonstick skillet so that I don’t have to add any oil.

Once the meat is mostly cooked, add your taco seasoning and continue cooking until the meat is cooked through. Move the cooked meat to a bowl and set aside.

ground beef cooked in skilled with crescent roll dough and shredded cheese in background

Now, open your two cans of crescent roll dough and separate all of the triangles. Lay your dough triangles on your sheet pan with the wide end in the center and the pointed end facing out. I have found that it is helpful to place a bowl in the center of the sheet pan to help guide the shaping of the ring. Layer the dough triangles to create a complete ring (they will be overlapping).

Next, spoon the taco meat onto your crescent roll dough and then top with shredded cheese. Wrap the tail end of the crescent roll dough around your filling and tuck it under the bottom later on the inside. Below are step by step images to help.

How to Assemble the Taco Ring

Once baked, allow to cool for 5 minutes and then slide onto a large plate or platter. Feel free to fill in the inner circle with your favorite toppings or serve the toppings on the side. Cut your taco ring in whatever size pieces you like for dinner or appetizer portions.

overhead view of baked crescent roll taco ring with avocado half and cut tomato to side
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Diced Tomato
  • Diced Avocado or Guacamole
  • Chopped Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Pickled Jalapenos

Variations

This style of crescent roll bake lends itself to lots of different filling options:

  • Use ground turkey or ground chicken instead of ground beef
  • Reduce the ground meat to 8 ounces and stir in a can of drained and rinsed black beans to make the recipe even more budget-friendly.
  • Stir in 1/4-1/2 cup salsa or picante sauce to the cooked meet to add even more spice
  • Add an extra layer of cheese before adding your taco meat
  • Make vegetarian by swapping the ground beef for rice and beans
slice of taco ring on plate with platter in view

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Taco Ring Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Easy Taco Ring Recipe

close up of taco ring with shredded lettuce, avocado and tomatoes filling the center of the ring

With just 4 ingredients, this Crescent Roll Taco Ring is a quick and easy dinner or appetizer that is sure to be a hit!  Also known as a crescent roll taco bake, serve with your favorite toppings for a new taco on Taco Tuesday.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large skillet, add the ground beef and cook over medium-high for 5-6 minutes. Make sure to break up the ground beef and stir while browning.
  3. Add the taco seasoning to the group beef and continue cooking until the meat is cooked through, about another 1-2 minutes. Remove the cooked ground beef from the pan and set aside.
  4. Open both cans of crescent roll dough and separate all triangles. Place a medium-sized bowl in the center of the sheet pan to use as a guide. Lay the triangles on your sheet pan with the wide end touching the bowl and the pointy end outward. Continue layering the crescent triangles until a ring is formed. Remove the bowl.
  5. Carefully spoon the taco meat onto the crescent ring, and then top with shredded cheese.
  6. Wrap each crescent triangle around the filling and tuck under the botton layer.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  9. Slide the taco ring onto a large plate or platter and garnish with your favorite toppings.

Notes

Tips: Keep your crescent roll dough cold until you are ready to use it. The dough can be difficult to work with as is warms up. For easy meal prep, you can use cooled cooked ground beef. This is a great way to use up leftovers from taco night.

Topping Ideas: Shredded lettuce, diced tomato, diced avocado or guacamole, chopped onions, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos.

Variations: Ground turkey or ground chicken can be used in place of ground beef. If you'd like to reduce the amount of meat, use 1/2 pound of ground meat and stir in one drained and rinsed can of black beans. You can also make this recipe with cooked chicken. If you like extra cheese, place a layer of cheese on the crescent roll dough before you add the taco meat. If you like extra spice, stir in 1/2 cup of your favorite spicy salsa to the cooked ground beef before layering on your taco ring.

As written, this recipe serves 8 for dinner or up to 16 as an appetizer. You can halve the recipe to make a smaller taco ring if desired. Use one can of crescent roll dough and reduce baking time to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g

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By on January 15th, 2022

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Hi, I'm Sarah. The voice behind Feast for a Fraction. I've been a penny-pincher all my life, but still have a taste for nice things. I'm here to show you that you can eat (and live) well on a budget. From recipes and DIY tips to ways to make extra money, we'll be in control of our budgets together!

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