This Taco Ring is a stunning and delicious appetizer or main dish that everyone will love. Taco seasoned ground beef and melty cheese wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust.
Make one for Taco Tuesday or any night of the week!
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
TACO RING APPETIZER
This crescent ring taco bake is just what will make everyone happy on Taco night!
A taco crescent ring brings together all the flavors of tacos but wrapped in a soft and flaky pastry instead of taco shells.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Easy to prep ahead flavorful taco meat!
- Looks stunning but is really easy to assemble!
- Family and budget friendly appetizer or dinner!
- Everyone loves tacos!
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TACO RING INGREDIENTS
- crescent rolls
- ground beef
- taco seasoning
- chopped green chilies
- cheddar cheese
- assorted toppings
Crescent Rolls – Two cans are what you need, you can also use dough sheets and cut your own triangles. Don’t use the “Grands” version, use the regular sized ones.
Meat – I like ground beef but you can also use ground turkey, ground chicken, or meatless crumbled if you want to keep it vegetarian.
Green Chilies – I like to use the small can and not drain it. The liquid from the green chilies takes the place of the water you would normally add with the taco seasoning.
Taco Seasoning – I like to use my homemade taco seasoning but if you prefer, you can use the packaged one in the store.
HOW TO MAKE A CRESCENT ROLL TACO RING
ONE: Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef, taco seasoning, and chopped green chilies. Cook until the beef is done and no longer pink. Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese.
TWO: On a large baking sheet, lay out the crescent roll triangles in a circle with wide ends facing in. The circle should be roughly 4 inches across and the crescent roll triangles should evenly spaced with the tips pointing out.
THREE: Spoon the ground beef mixture onto the dough triangles keeping toward the inside of the triangles. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the beef mixture.
FOUR: Bring the tops over the beef mixture and tuck under the wide section. Continue wrapping until the whole circle is complete. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
FIVE: When done, remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings!
For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of the post. Enjoy!
WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE FOR CRESCENT ROLL DOUGH?
You can use the rolls but in triangles or use the sheet and cut your own shapes. You can also use puff pastry if you have that on hand. I haven’t tried pie crust, but if you do, let me know how it turns out!
ARE CRESCENT ROLLS HEALTHY?
They are flaky and buttery which is what is so great about them. If you are looking for a healthier version of this dish, use the reduced fat rolls and ground turkey.
CAN YOU ROLL OUT CRESCENT ROLLS?
You can roll them out slightly but they are pretty easy to stretch around the meat if you need to have them a little bigger to cover your meat mixture.
TACO RING TOPPINGS
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomatoes
- black olives
- taco sauce
- pico de gallo
- salsa verde
- queso dip
- shredded cheese
HOW TO HANDLE LEFTOVERS
STORE: Keep leftovers in the refrigerator, in an air tight container, for up to three days. I suggest keeping the toppings separate.
REHEAT: To reheat, microwave individual slices in 30 second intervals until heated through. You can also warm up larger pieces in the oven at 350F until warm and toasty.
FREEZE: I would not recommend freezing this before or after cooking. The dough won’t hold up well.
TAPAS TIPS & TRICKS
- Keep the crescent dough cold right up until ready to use. This makes it easier to work with.
- You can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for the ground beef.
- Try puff pastry for the refrigerated crescent dough triangles. You can also use the sheets of dough and cut the triangles yourself.
- Use a small bowl on the baking sheet as a guide for making your dough circle.
- You can add onions to your meat mixture if you like them. Once the beef and onion are cooked down, then add the taco seasoning and green chilies.
- Every oven cooks differently! I would start checking on doneness at 15 minutes.
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This taco ring recipe is easy to put together and a show stopper for your gathering or even just dinner with the family on Taco Tuesday!
MORE TAPAS RECIPES
- walking tacos
- cherry limeade punch
- 7 layer dip
- blooming onion dipping sauce
- crack dip crescent pockets
- homemade churros
TACO RING APPETIZER
- 2 cans (8 ounces) crescent roll dough
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 4 ounces chopped green chilies
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
- Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- In a large skillet, add the ground beef, taco seasoning, and chopped green chilies. Cook, stirring continuously until the beef is cooked through and no longer pink.
- Remove the pan from the stove and drain the meat. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheddar cheese. Let cool slightly.
- Open the cans of crescent rolls and separate into the triangles. On the prepared baking sheet, make a circle with the dough with the wide side (bottoms) of the triangles. I like to place a bowl that is 4 inches wide in the center of the pan and use as a guide to place the dough around. Then remove it when done.
- When the dough is laid out, add the beef mixture to the dough, leaving a small border on the inside and staying as close to the middle as possible.
- Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
- Wrap the beef mixture by bringing the tips of the dough triangles over the beef and tucking under the dough in the inner circle.
- Continue until the whole wreath is finished.
- Bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and the tops are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven when done and let cool slightly. Remove from the pan using a big spatula. Serve with your favorite toppings. I like to put a bowl of salsa in the middle or fill it with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 section
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 363mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 16g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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