Crescent Roll Taco Ring

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This crescent roll taco ring is a family favorite for good reason! It’s super easy, cheesy and perfect for all your favorite taco toppings. And did we mention how fun it is for the kids to help make?

We are deep into the school year, which means that schedules can be crazy. From drop off to pick up’s, afterschool activities and of course work emergencies, some nights you just need an EASY meal that still delights little tummies. This crescent roll taco ring is exactly that! It’s also a great treat for game day tailgates, too.

Loaded with yummy beef, gooey cheese and tons of flavor, this crescent ring recipe is easy and delicious and perfect for your family or a crowd!

taco ring made from crescent rolls

This crescent roll taco ring recipe is also one that is simple for families to customize for different palettes. Serve it with tortilla chips, extra cheese, guacamole, avocado slice, shredded lettuce, sour cream, salsa, hot sauce… to list of possibilities goes on and one!

Our family loves tacos and Mexican night and easy recipes. We make an amazing slow cooker taco soup regularly, and love trying different flavors like these fun Harissa sweet potato tacos. But there’s just something extra special about this crescent roll taco ring.

Between the big taco flavor and the buttery, flaky crescent rolls, this recipe hits taco night out of the park!

I had never had this before making it the other night, and was inspired after finding the Pillsbury recipe on the crescent rolls I picked up the other day! I made a few tweaks on their original, and can safely say this will be going into our family’s frequent rotation!

I was a little intimidated by needing to shape my dough into a ring but here’s a pro tip: just place a small bowl or a glass in the center of your baking dish, and work around it piece by piece!

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How to Make a Crescent Roll Taco Ring

This recipe is so much easier than I expected!

Heat your oven to 375°F. In a large skillet, sauté the onions for 1-2 minutes over medium heat, then add the lean ground beef. Cook the meat and onions over medium-low heat until no longer pink. Add ½ cup of water and the taco seasoning mix, allowing the beef mixture to simmer 3 to 4 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, drain the grease and set the meat mixture aside.

While the meat is simmering, open both cans of dough and separate the crescent rolls into 16 triangles. On an ungreased large cookie sheet, arrange the triangles in ring. You want the wide ends of the dough forming the circle, with the points facing outward so it looks like the sun. The dough will overlap at the circle. If it’s easier, place a small cup or bowl in the center of the ring and build the ring around that!

crescent roll dough in starburst pattern

If you don’t have a large baking sheet, neither did I! I used a smaller one and just shifted how big the taco ring was. That’s part of the beauty of this recipe!

Spoon the taco meat mixture around the dough closest to center of ring to form a large circle of meat. Top it with shredded cheddar cheese.

meat mixture & cheese

Then, pick up the tip of each triangle and lay it over the top of the meat and cheese. Be sure to gently tuck the point under as you bring it over. If you used a glass or bowl, be sure to remove it first! Continue doing this all the way around the circle until all of the outer points are folded over.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until dough is golden brown and thoroughly baked. Be sure to let it cool 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into serving slices.

finished crescent roll taco ring

This is a great recipe for your kids to get involved with helping make, too. Let them try their hands at laying out the pieces of crescent roll dough and curving them over after filling with the meat mixture!

How to Customize For Your Family

This delicious taco recipe is great for the whole family. One of the best parts of taco night is the freedom to create, and this crescent roll taco ring is perfect for that.

You can easily add in other toppings before baking depending on your family’s tastes, like black olives, peppers, refried beans or even jalapenos! Or, just set out a few extra bowls of toppings so your guests (or family members) can pile on more of what they love after baking. A few simple cuts in the taco ring create easy to serve slices!

With toddlers we like to make recipes that are somewhat tame for their taste buds, but “fancy them up” for the adults. It’s easy to add some salsa and hot sauce to the grown-up servings!

Not a fan of ground beef? Substitute ground turkey, ground chicken or even shredded cooked rotisserie chicken! Concerned about the crescent rolls sticking to your pan? Layer a piece of parchment paper on top of the pan before assembling.

Want to wow a crowd with this recipe? Fill the center hole with a homemade taco salad after baking!

taco ring made from crescent rolls

Crescent Roll Taco Ring

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This crescent roll taco ring is a family favorite for good reason! It's super easy, cheesy and perfect for all your favorite taco toppings. And did we mention how fun it is for the kids to help make?

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 package (1 oz) taco seasoning mix
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup (4oz) shredded Cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 cans (8 oz) refrigerated Crescent Rolls (8 Count)
  • Optional: Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, hot sauce or cheese dip for topping

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In a large, nonstick skillet, sauté the onions for 1-2 minutes, then add the ground beef. Cook the meat and onions over medium-low heat until no longer pink. Add ½ cup of water and the taco seasoning mix, allowing the beef mixture to simmer 3 to 4 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, drain the grease and set the meat mixture aside.
  2. While the meat is simmering, open both cans of dough and separate the crescent rolls into 16 triangles. On an ungreased large cookie sheet, arrange triangles in ring. You want the wide sides of the dough forming the circle, with the points facing outward so it looks like the sun. The dough will overlap at the circle. If it’s easier, place a small cup or bowl in the middle and build the ring around that!
  3. Spoon beef mixture around the dough closest to center of ring to form a large circle of meat. Top it with shredded cheese. Then, pick up the tip of each triangle and lay it over the top of the meat and cheese. Be sure to gently tuck the point under as you bring it over. If you used a glass or bowl, be sure to remove it first! Continue doing this all the way around the circle until all of the outer points are folded over.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until dough is golden brown and thoroughly baked. Cool 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into serving slices, especially if you’re serving children as the meat and cheese get very hot! Serve with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy.

Notes

  • Spoon the meat mixture in an even mound that surrounds the center opening, so there’s plenty of dough to wrap up and over it.
  • Not a fan of ground beef? Substitute ground turkey, ground chicken or even shredded cooked rotisserie chicken!
  • This is a great recipe to create a taco-style salad to put in the center ring after baking! Shredded  Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, corn and black beans all go great with this crescent roll taco ring. Make it even more customizable by serving it with salsa, sour cream, hot sauce or any other
    favorite taco toppings!
  • Concerned about the crescent rolls sticking to your pan? Layer a piece of parchment paper on top of the pan before assembling.



Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 360Total Fat: 21gCarbohydrates: 26gSugar: 6gProtein: 17g

Quick, easy and sure to delight your family too! Let me know in the comments how you customized this crescent roll taco ring for your own taco night! Don’t forget that if you give it a try to tag me on Instagram @simply.siobhan or using the hashtag #MimosasAndMotherhood!

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