Taco Ring

Taco Ring is a show stopping appetizer! Mexican seasoned ground beef and cheese are wrapped with crescent rolls and baked. This easy to make appetizer is perfect for game day or any fun occasion.

piece of a taco ring on a plate and a bowl of shredded cheese

A taco ring made with taco crescent rolls is a great party appetizer or a perfect snack to serve for a potluck on Super Bowl Sunday or your family game night. 

A taco crescent ring is by far one of the most popular things you can do with Pillsbury dough. It’s beefy, cheesy, and easy, and you can finish it off with your favorite taco toppings. And, did I mention that it’s fun to make? See what a Pillsbury taco ring looks like by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Taco Rings

What will I need to complete this crescent roll taco bake?

For this taco bake with crescent rolls, you will need the following ingredients: Ground beef, cheddar cheese, crescent dough, and a mixture of spices (see the ingredients list below). Please note that you could choose to use a package of taco seasoning mix in lieu of these individual spices.
You will also need the following items: skillet, spoon or spatula, large mixing bowl, baking tray or baking stone.

Do I have to use ground beef?

Nope! If you do not care for ground beef, substitute with ground chicken or ground turkey. If you are a vegetarian, you could go for a vegetarian meat substitute.

How do I store this crescent taco roll ring?

If you happen to have taco ring leftovers, store them in an airtight container for 3‑5 days in the fridge. I recommend reheating them in the oven for about 15 minutes, so the crescent dough does not get mushy.

Tips for the Cook:

  • Allow the meat filling to cool a little while you are laying out the pastry dough. 
  • Position the filling in an even mound surrounding the center opening – you need plenty of dough to wrap up and over it. 
  • Use a small table knife or spatula or to help with tucking the dough in.
  • To give the dough a lovely glossy finish, brush it with an egg beaten with a spoonful of water. Or you could use garlic butter to add a touch of flavor to the dough.
  • To make sure that the dough on the bottom cooks all the way through without burning the top, the best kind of cookie sheet to use is a dark/nonstick one. It also helps to reduce the oven temperature by about 25 degrees F at the end of the recipe cooking time and cook the dough a little longer. Cover the top with foil to prevent it from browning too much. 

Another suggestion is to place your ring on the bottom shelf of your oven. Also, a cooking stone helps a lot.

What to serve with your taco crescent rolls creation

A taco-style salad is perfect for serving with your crescent ring, e.g., shredded romaine lettuce, chunks of avocado, halved cherry tomatoes, and sliced radishes. Stir some green or red spicy taco sauce into some plain ranch dressing and drizzle over the top.

For more crescent ring recipes, click here.

Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Ground beef
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Water (if needed)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Refrigerated crescent roll dough
taco ring ingredients

What to Serve with a Taco Ring

Here are some toppings you can serve with the taco ring:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Taco Sauce or Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream

How do you store the Taco Ring?

If you happen to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge. I recommend reheating them in the oven for about 15 minutes, so the crescent dough does not get mushy.

Do I have to use ground beef?

Nope! If you do not care for ground beef, substitute with ground chicken or ground turkey. You can even use one of those a non meat substitute like Beyond Beef.

How to Make a Taco Ring

  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef until cooked through.
    browned ground beef for a taco ring
  2. Add the salt, ground black pepper, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and water. Simmer for a few minutes.
    browned ground beef and seasonings in a skillet
  3. Remove the seasoned ground beef from the pan and combine it with the shredded cheddar cheese in a large bowl.
    seasoned cooked ground beef and cheese mixture for a taco ring
  4. Unroll the cans of crescent dough and separate all of the triangles.
  5. On a large baking tray or baking stone, arrange the triangles in a circle so the short ends of the triangles form the circle.
    crescent roll triangles in a circle on a baking sheet
  6. Place the ground beef mixture onto the circle of crescent rolls.
    seasoned ground beef and cheese on top of crescent roll triangles
  7. Fold the end of each triangle over the ground beef and press it into the dough onto the bottom layer of the crescent roll.
    folding crescent roll triangles over ground beef
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crescent dough is golden brown and cooked through.
    baked taco ring on a baking sheet
  9. Allow the taco ring to cool for a few minutes before serving.
two servings of a taco ring on plates

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Taco Ring

The Taco Ring is a real show stopper! Mexican seasoned ground beef and cheese are wrapped with crescent roll dough and baked. Get the easy recipe and find out how to make the best taco ring with crescent rolls. Great for Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, game day, or any fun occasion.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Taco Ring
Servings: 10
Calories: 245kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon water (if needed)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 8-ounce refrigerated crescent rolls

Optional toppings

  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • taco sauce or salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream

Equipment Needed

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef until cooked through.
  • Add the salt, ground black pepper, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and ½ cup of water (if needed) and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove the ground beef and combine with the shredded cheddar cheese in a large bowl.
  • Unroll the cans of crescent dough and separate all of the triangles.
  • On a large baking tray or baking stone, arrange the triangles in a circle so the short ends of the triangles form the circle (the ends will overlap, that’s perfectly fine!)
  • Spoon the ground beef and cheddar cheese mix onto the crescent rolls, following the circle made by the pieces.
  • Fold the end of each triangle over the ground beef and into the center of the ring, pressing the dough onto the bottom layer of the crescent roll to secure it.
  • Repeat the entire way around the ring until all of the triangles have been folded over.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the crescent dough is golden brown and cooked through. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Enjoy!

Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • Allow the ground beef to cool a little before adding it to the crescent dough.
  • If you are struggling to make a circle with the crescent dough, place a small bowl in the center of the baking sheet to use as a guide while you make the circle around the bowl.

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 2mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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