How to Make a Taco Crescent Ring

Whether you're entertaining holiday guests, hosting friends to watch the Big Game, or just staying cozy for a family movie night, this Taco Crescent Ring is the perfect easy dinner or crowd-pleasing appetizer for any occasion!

Everyone loves Taco Night—especially when it involves a fun twist on the classic! This Taco Crescent Ring includes all of the delicious, flavorful ingredients of the Mexican original, but they’re wrapped up in a buttery, flaky crust. It’s an impressive-looking and easy way to serve tacos to a crowd. Simply slice the ring into wedges and let your guests pile on all of their favorite toppings!

Busy moms will appreciate this cheap dinner idea, too. It’s always a gift when you find a tasty meal that the whole family will enjoy (no complaints from the kiddos)!

Taco crescent ringCOURTESY BLAIR LONERGAN, THE SEASONED MOM

How to Make a Taco Crescent Ring

This recipe comes together with about 15 minutes of prep and just a handful of kitchen staples.

Ingredients

  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup salsa

Directions

Step 1: Prepare the taco filling

Cheese on top of browned ground beefCOURTESY BLAIR LONERGAN, THE SEASONED MOM

Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink; drain.

Add water and taco seasoning mix to the beef. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes (or until mixture thickens). Stir in grated cheese and salsa. Set aside.

Step 2: Assemble the crescent ring

Crescent dough spread out in a circle on a panCOURTESY BLAIR LONERGAN, THE SEASONED MOM

Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Unroll the crescent dough; separate into 16 triangles. Overlap the wide ends of each triangle to form a ring (the dough will look like a sun when you’re finished). Don’t worry—this doesn’t have to be perfect!

Step 3: Fill the crescent ring

Rolled up crescent ring with raw doughCOURTESY BLAIR LONERGAN, THE SEASONED MOM

Spoon the beef mixture over the wide ends of the dough. Fold the points of the triangles over the filling and tuck the points under the wide ends (some of the filling will still be visible, which is fine).

Step 4: Bake

Bake the Taco Crescent Ring in a 375°F oven for 18-22 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is heated through.

Taco crescent ring with a slice removedCOURTESY BLAIR LONERGAN, THE SEASONED MOM

How to Serve the Taco Crescent Ring

You can fill the center of the ring with a variety of taco toppings (as shown), or you can set up a Taco Bar with all of the toppings in individual bowls. Simply slice the ring into wedges and serve! It’s best when warm, but it’s also great at room temperature.

Pair the crescent roll taco ring with some chips and salsa, as well as any of these classic toppings:

  • Chopped lettuce
  • Diced tomato or extra salsa
  • Diced avocado or guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sliced green onion
  • Sliced olives

Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations

  • You can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for the ground beef, if you prefer.
  • For a spicier taco ring, add a dash of hot sauce to the beef mixture and use hot salsa.
  • Have leftovers? This taco crescent ring will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. While the crust may get a bit soggy, it will still taste delicious!
  • To reheat the taco ring, place individual slices on a baking sheet. Warm in a 325ºF oven just until heated through (about 10 minutes).
  • Wrapped tightly, you can freeze individual slices of the taco ring for up to 3 months.

Taco crescent ringCOURTESY BLAIR LONERGAN, THE SEASONED MOM

More great ways to take advantage of refrigerated crescent roll dough:

If your family loves crescent roll dough as much as my family does, keep a tube of the dough stashed in your refrigerator to use in a variety of easy last-minute recipes. For family-friendly dinner options, try these Mini Crescent Burgers or my kids’ favorite 5-Ingredient Taco Casserole.

Hosting a party? Your guests will go crazy for this Buffalo Chicken Dip Crescent Ring and this Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Ring!

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Blair Lonergan
Blair Lonergan lives with her husband and three young boys in a 100-year-old farmhouse at the base of Central Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. A freelance writer and food photographer, Blair shares easy, quick-prep recipes for busy families on her blog, The Seasoned Mom. Her work has been featured in magazines and online at Today, SELF magazine, Buzzfeed, Parade, and Redbook magazine.