This Taco Ring recipe is a colorfully fun addition to a Tex-Mex dinner or for game day.

A tender crescent dough ring is filled with seasoned beef and cheddar cheese and baked until golden.

Cut it into wedges and add your favorite toppings for serving.

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A Fun Twist on Taco Night

  • Serve it as a main dish for dinner or as a snack for a party or gathering.
  • It uses easy-to-find ingredients, and it’s quick to put together.
  • Customize this and make your own variation with your favorite add-ins or optional toppings.
  • This taco ring recipe can be prepared ahead of time and baked before serving.
  • Leftovers can be reheated for a quick meal or lunch.

How to Make a Taco Ring

  1. Prep ground beef for tacos with taco seasoning (per the recipe below). Then toss with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
  2. Lay out the crescent rolls in a circular fashion, with the tips on the bottom edges touching each other. You’ll want about a 4″ circle in the middle.
  3. Place a scoop of the meat/cheese mixture in the center of each roll and then fold the top of the triangle over the bottom of the triangle and tuck that point under.
  4. Bake until the tops are lightly browned.
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Tips For a Perfect Taco Ring

Working with crescent dough is not difficult, but there are a few tricks to make it easier.

  • Swap the beef for ground chicken or ground turkey. Refried beans can be added to the bottom layer of dough.
  • Ensure the crescent roll dough is chilled. This will make it easier to work with and prevent tearing
  • Cool the ground beef mixture slightly before assembling the ring (or chill completely if making ahead) to avoid warming the dough.
  • Gently shape the crescent roll pieces to ensure a uniform ring.
  • Use parchment paper to prevent sticking during baking.

Cool, and then serve with your favorite toppings. We love an assortment of classic taco toppings like Pico de Gallo or salsa, black olives, avocados, shredded lettuce, or guacamole.

Leftover Taco Crescent Ring

This recipe makes really yummy leftovers, especially on top of a bed of lettuce, taco salad-style.

To Store: Put leftover pieces in airtight containers with some add-ons (listed above) and then seal tightly. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to eat.

To Refresh: Enjoy it cold like a taco salad or heat it up in the microwave. Add a dash or two of hot sauce to refresh the flavors!

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Taco Ring

Using crescent dough, seasoned beef, and cheddar cheese, this taco ring is so easy to put together!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cool 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls

Toppings

  • lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a frying pan, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add taco seasoning mix and water to the pan and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly, toss with 1 cup of cheese.
  • Unroll the crescent rolls and place them on a parchment-lined pan so that the short end is inside and the tips point out in a circle, resembling a sunshine shape. The center should be 4 inches wide.
  • Spoon the taco meat mixture over the center of the crescent rolls and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Fold each dough triangle up over the filling and tuck the tip under the bottom of the circle.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crescent rolls are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes, then slice and serve with your desired toppings.

Notes

Optional toppings can be placed in the center or added to each serving.
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave until heated through. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 126 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 144IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Beef, Party Food
Cuisine American
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  1. The taco ring looks easy to make.i was just wondering how mant crest roll do i have to buy to make this.

  2. Not too sure how to rate this recipe. The construction was fine except I did not use two entire tubes of cresents. The flavor and presentation is great. BUT, I could not get the bottom crust cooked through. Yikes! Had to peel it off. Any suggestions on what went wrong?3 stars

    1. Hi Cindy, you can overlap the crescent rolls or maybe make a slightly larger circle to use up the entire two tubes. For the bottom, I am not sure why it did not cook through. Did you cook it until lightly browned on top? You could tent it in foil to keep the top from browning further while the bottom cooked through.

  3. I’ve used the “Taco Ring” recipe before, it’s great! What I would really like to know is, “What is that tool used to breakup the ground beef called and where can I get one or two?”4 stars

    1. Sounds like a great, easy recipe. As I will be making many other appetizers, I would like to make this ahead, bake it and freeze it to be reheated at time of gathering. Does it freeze well?5 stars

      1. Hi Cheryl, you should be able to freeze the taco ring before baking! Once assembled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, place it in an airtight container, and freeze. When you’re ready to enjoy it, thaw it in the refrigerator and follow the original baking instructions. Let us know how it turns out for you!