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Taco Meatball Ring Recipe
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Taco Meatball Ring Recipe

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While it looks complicated, this attractive meatball-filled ring is really very easy to assemble. My family loves tacos, and we find that the crescent roll dough is a nice change from the usual tortilla shells or chips. There are never any leftovers when I serve this at a meal or as a party appetizer! —Brenda Johnson, Davison, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1/2 medium head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • Sour cream and salsa, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without salsa and sour cream) equals 203 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 457 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup cheese, water and taco seasoning. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 16 balls.
  2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 12 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Drain meatballs on paper towels. Reduce heat to 375°.
  3. Arrange crescent rolls on a greased 15-in. pizza pan, forming a ring with pointed ends facing the outer edge of the pan and wide ends overlapping.
  4. Place a meatball on each roll; fold point over meatball and tuck under wide end of roll (meatball will be visible). Repeat. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until rolls are golden brown.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter. Fill the center of the ring with lettuce, tomato, onions, olives, jalapenos, remaining cheese, and sour cream and salsa if desired. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Taco Meatball Ring in Country Woman September/October 1999, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without salsa and sour cream) equals 203 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 457 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"The tip of roll just covers one meatball on outer edge...not entire center. These are a bit tricky at first...but spectacular for parties."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"Sorry but this recipe makes no sense. I ended up with a mass of overlapping dough in the middle. And lettuce wilts and gets really gross when placed on warm bread dough in the middle. I don't want to wait until the meatballs and dough cools, because I want to serve them hot. I ended up serving them separately. It was tasty and fine for my family, but I would NEVER serve this at a party!"

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"I made this taco meatball ring on Superbowl Sunday. We are vegetarians so I substituted Morning Star Meatless Meatballs for the meatball mixture. I brushed the dough with salsa con queso before baking; and added drained mandarin oranges to the lettuce mixture for the center. It was very tasty."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"outstanding !"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Very good. I have made this twice for company/family and everyone really enjoyed it. No leftovers."

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