Taco Ring with a Twist

Crescent Roll Taco Ring

Yes, yes, yes!  I’ve never been so excited to not be doing homework, but instead to be doing my new favorite thing, blogging!!! I have 5 words of advice for all of you in the blogging world… NEVER TAKE AN ONLINE CLASS!!!!! I’m serious, you’re basically saying, I would like to teach myself the entire subject of ___________(fill in the blank) and then do the readings and homework as well! So just don’t do it to yourselves, I beg of you, you will regret it!  Ok, I’ve warned you, I feel like I’ve done my civic duties for the day, and if that wasn’t enough now I’m also going to share with you my yummy dinner recipe from tonight! Aren’t I just the best??!!

Crescent Roll Taco Ring with a Twist

So today’s recipe comes from a childhood favorite of mine. When I was probably 11 or 12 years old my Mom took me to a Pampered Chef party (and people wonder why I love cooking so much!) and we made a taco ring, it instantly became a fav at the Bond household of picky eaters.

Southwest Taco Ring Recipe

Yes, growing up I took after my Mom and her horrible pickiness in food. There is no greater person in the world than my Mom, but there’s gotta be something a little weird about you if you don’t like food ;-) Luckily after moving across the country to the West Coast and into the land of fresh veggies, fruits and fish I broadened my horizons and now love every aspect of food, from shopping for it, to cooking it, to eating it (that part is probably my favorite!) Although most of my recipes I post are somewhat new or innovative, I like to throw in an old classic here and there as well, ie. the taco ring of today! I added some peppers and onions to the ground beef to give it a little more flavor and texture (that’s the twist part!)

Taco Ring Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 (8 oz) cans of refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp water

Optional Toppings

  • sour cream
  • diced jalapeños
  • salsa

Begin by heating the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Next, add the bell peppers and onions.

Colorful Bell Peppers and Onions

Sauté for 5 minutes then add the ground beef and brown. In the meantime, pre-heat the oven to 375°.

Taco Ring Ground Beef Filling

Drain the grease from the ground beef, then add the taco seasoning, water and cheese.

Taco Ring Meat Cheese and Seasoning

Now it’s time to form a ring with the crescent rolls!

Start by placing a small glass on the center of a baking stone to get that perfect circle in the middle! Next, stagger the crescent rolls around with the wide ends overlapping in the center. Once they’re all on there it should look something like this ↓

Crescent Roll Ring

Next, pile the meaty, cheesy mixture of yummyness onto the crescent roll ring!

How to make the perfect taco ring

Now it’s time to get a little messy, you basically need a system of how to roll the dough up around that mound of meat after removing the glass without it all dumping into the middle.

Bell Pepper Ground Beef Taco Ring Filling

My recommendation: slow and steady! Look at that perfect little middle circle!

Once it’s all rolled up it should look something like this ↓

How to make a taco ring

Now it’s time to pop this baby in the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and beautiful.

Bell Pepper Ground Beef Taco Ring

Place a ramekin filled with your favorite optional toppings in the middle such as sour cream topped with tomatoes and jalapeños, salsa or guacamole.

Taco Ring Recipe

I love seeing that cheesy, ooey, gooeyness surrounded by all that meatiness and wrapped in flakey, delicious crescent rolls.

Crescent Roll Taco Ring with Sour Cream

Bell Pepper Ground Beef Taco Ring

Ok already, I’m hungry!  Time to slice into this baby and go to town!

Taco Ring with Sour Cream

I’m now ready to sit down and devour this while watching tonight’s episode of “The Great Food Truck Race”!  What a great Sunday night :-) Til next time bloggies!!

Taco Ring with a Twist

♣ Vegetarian Option:  Substitute meatless crumbles for the ground beef to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Gluten Free Mom has a recipe for gluten-free crescent rolls that could be used in place of the traditional Crescent rolls to make this recipe gluten-free.

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Taco Ring with a Twist

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Taco Ring with a Twist

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 (8 oz) cans of refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Optional Toppings
  • sour cream
  • diced jalapeños
  • salsa

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the bell peppers and onions to the oil.
  3. Sauté for 5 minutes then add the ground beef and brown.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 375°.
  5. Drain the grease from the ground beef, then add the taco seasoning, water and cheese
  6. Form a ring with the crescent rolls by placing a small glass on the center of a baking stone then staggering the crescent rolls around the glass with the wide ends overlapping in the center.
  7. Add the ground beef mixture to the middle of the crescent roll ring around the cup.
  8. Remove the glass from the middle and roll the dough up and over the ground beef.
  9. Place the roll in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and place a ramekin filled with optional toppings in the middle of the roll.
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