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Contest-Winning Beef Stuffed Crescents Recipe

Contest-Winning Beef Stuffed Crescents Recipe

My neighbor makes these Beef-Stuffed Crescents using jalapenos instead of green chilis and calls them "rattlesnake bites!" I love that this recipe is so easy and has so few ingredients. I've made it for potlucks and family gatherings…and never have any leftovers. —Jennifer Bumgarner, Topeka, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and chilies over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add cream cheese, cumin and chili powder. Cool slightly.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 375°. Separate crescent dough into 24 triangles. Place 1 tablespoon of beef mixture along the short side of each triangle; carefully roll up.
  • 3. Place point side down 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 11-14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 175 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 282mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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jeanemed User ID: 1512060 231794
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"Fun idea, but I did not like the cream cheese in the mixture. It made it way too thick for my taste. I won't be making it again"

annamariegreenvale User ID: 3535629 100363
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"Made these exactly to the recipe the first time, they were good, but a little bland. The next time I added a few red pepper flakes, some frozen mixed vegetables, onion & garlic to the meat. Delish!! My whole family loved them and they were a complete meal-to-go with protein, vegetables and bread. Even better as left-overs. A little messy to put together, but well worth the effort"

MutterM User ID: 7739862 173758
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"I really like this recipe. I used home made puff pastry since I did not have any crescent rolls, and that worked great. I took these appetizers to a gathering of friends and they loved them."

Byelaya Smert User ID: 5946030 171454
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"I use hot italian sausage when I make these instead of beef and a tablespoon of sugar. AWESOME! Always a pleaser."

Brenda D User ID: 1438504 171402
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"I have made this recipe several times and my family loves it. The first few times I made it exactly as called for. I like to experiment, so I've tried a few variations. My oldest son's favorite variation I cook a chopped onion with the beef and add some garlic powder. My youngest son likes it when I make it 1/2 pound of beef and a 1/2 pound of spicy sausage and a little onion. My husband likes all variations. Ha! It is a great recipe and is very versatile. In fact, this will probably be what we have for supper because it really does go together fairly fast. Happy cooking!"

kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 160639
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"These are amazing. Hard to eat as leftovers, but excellent when freshly baked."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 111905
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"I agree with other posters that these are really filling. I only had one and a half, but my boyfriend ate quite a few. He really liked them, but I thought they needed something more. I think I will saute some red pepper with the meat and chilies next time to add more color."

Nama7 User ID: 7310531 160638
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"I just finished making these. I followed the recipe exactly. My hubby is working on his 5th roll. I put a scoop of sour cream on the plate for dipping. This will go on our regular menu rotation"

brittnipapke User ID: 7081888 157957
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"I made a scaled down version of this and used all ingredients but the cumin. They were excellent. Im eating light these days and only had one, and it was quite filling. But I definitely could have had more, they're that good."

Faith918 User ID: 7079765 173756
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"I actually used ground sausage instead of ground beef. It definitely gave them more flavor!"

tsherretta User ID: 5470106 209739
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"Very tasty, but next time I would cut crescent rolls in half. One was very filling."

Heideth User ID: 2986151 173755
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"I thought these were really bland, and I stupidly bought cheap crescent rolls which I would not recommend. I would add something to spice it up a little more. Maybe garlic?"

SpinningYogini User ID: 965432 176425
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"I love this idea. I took these to a Mexican-themed potluck the other day. I changed the recipe a bit. Rather than using the spices called for, I used taco seasoning and cooked according the package directions. I added low-fat cream cheese after most of the moisture was cooked down. I also had a few sliced black olives in the fridge, so I threw them in, also. I also had enough meat mixture to use 3-1/2 tubes of crescent rolls."

tncook1 User ID: 55004 87260
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"I have not made this recipe. You say spread the filling at the small end, Is that the one opposite the point end?"

loveswoodturning User ID: 6377036 156682
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"Great recipe! I actually keep the crescent rolls in a rectangle, spread the beef mixture down the middle, and then bring the edges up and seal together. I can usually get by with just 2 packages of crescent rolls and sometimes just 1. I usually put extra chili powder in too!"

Mamaorr User ID: 5857072 172669
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"These were really good and very kid friendly. We love serving these as an appetizer or as part of the main course. Great for football!!!"

gina.elaine User ID: 6259936 140790
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"I have made this multiple times. So good!"

cracka34 User ID: 6633624 103492
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"These are super quick and easy! I did tweak the recipe a bit though. I used ground turkey and garlic and herb laughing cow cheese and they were great!"

ilka896 User ID: 6549264 104184
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2012

"These were ok but I had to add a lot more spices for it to be more flavorful"

ilka896 User ID: 6549264 104183
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"quick and easy to make"

literarybuns User ID: 6717390 156681
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"I used the recipe as a jumping-off point and went wild with it. I used taco seasoning in place of the spices, fresh jalapenos instead of canned chiles and added some shredded cheddar and fresh tomatoes. Next time, I think I'll also have a dip on hand, maybe salsa or chipotle ranch dressing."

AmyBburg User ID: 6714599 100361
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"I rarely follow a recipe, but this time I did, and I was not disappointed! These little bundles were delicious and I made them for a crowd and they got good reviews! Will be making them again :)"

Cori.3 User ID: 6408937 111904
Reviewed May. 10, 2012


Undertoadphoto User ID: 6530885 87176
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"Great party recipe! We also added extra jalapeños and a little shredded sharp cheddar...mmmm! Everybody loved 'em!"

CaseyFink User ID: 5203687 160637
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"My kids were raving over these! We had them for dinner with rice and salad, but they would be a good appetizer."

kiki61 User ID: 5785048 157955
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

"The flavor is so great and the recipe very easy! This is one I would make again! I did change one thing after reading the reviews. I used 2 small cans of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies, mild flavor and drained, instead of just the green chilies. This gave it a great kick! With 2 hungry teenage boys in the house, this recipe is a great one to help keep them full!"

hamwich424 User ID: 4996696 140789
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"Very tasty and easy to make!"

KaleR User ID: 6062184 104182
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"My husband and I loved these, and my kids seemed to like them also!! I put some of the mixture in jumbo crescents and the rest in the regular crescents for my kids. We used a salsa queso for dipping, and thought it was a great addition. Because the recipe makes so many, and has so many calories per serving, we thought we would use these for party food next time we make them. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!"

etbing0218 User ID: 4462932 171360
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"My family loves this recipe. One thing I did to add some flavor was to use salsa instead of green chilies. No leftovers."

csnoeren User ID: 5038169 87174
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"Following the advice of other comments, I used canned, diced jalapenos instead of green chilies. These came out great! I made them for a Superbowl party, and got lots of compliments."

brockmanmel User ID: 3620179 209738
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"My family loved this recipe. I had meat mixture left over, so I could have probably used 4 tubes of crescent rolls. DELISH!!!"

yummo7 User ID: 2400411 171359
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"Was bland but if you saute minced onion till golden, some minced garlic just to let out the floavor and minced mushroom sauted, it's wonderful."

skrany User ID: 1678448 209737
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Fantastic, my boys devoured them! This is definitely a keeper recipe! Thanks!"

cvernsmith User ID: 6365959 160625
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"We will make it again, but it was a little bland as is. We'll probably add more green chili and something else to give it a little kick. It was easy and the overall flavor shows a lot of promise. We'll just have to experiment with it and see what happens. Thanks for sharing!"

Queen of Lions User ID: 5928820 173753
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"The flavor was really bland."

kat83 User ID: 2934264 209736
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"just ok, easy."

melissa.rohde User ID: 6150822 173752
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"The only I would do different is get the jumbo crescents and put 1/3 cup in each one...I would just like to taste more of the meat mixture!!! But my picky picky daughter who is 8 years old had three of them! Definately will have to become a staple in my house."

kamyers User ID: 6176319 173750
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"All my kids loved this one. quick and easy and yum. We did dip it in salsa to give it a little bit of a kick. Will for sure be doing this one again."

wefarm2live User ID: 2555499 156679
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"This is the second time I have made these and they are great! I make a triple batch at a time and use 2 chilis and one jalepeno and it gives it just the right kick!"

Tiggerfan01 User ID: 5952912 173747
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"This was a great recipe! I used jalapenos instead of the green chilies. Brought these to work today and everyone loves them! Very easy to make too."

dougjessica2 User ID: 4345114 86076
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"This was great! I loved the spices in it and The nice creamy inside! I did think about using the jumbo crescents next time because you couldn't get a lot of mixture in each one! But it was still very yummy for being light!"

joaquin User ID: 3871491 173745
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"I halved this recipe as it was just my son and I one evening for dinner. I added some onion powder and garlic powder. They were very quick and easy to make and my 2 year old gobbled them up!"

curly95662 User ID: 3282260 171280
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"These were AWESOME!! I just made them tonight for the first time and substituted with Ground turkey. I was a little hesitant at first because my daughter in-law didn't think they sounded too appealing. And, I am not sure why there were a couple of bad reviews but all I can say is they are missing out! I too think I may use only 16 crescents next time, only to cut down on the bread portions. Try them, you will love them!"

fridayvmh User ID: 3325387 171278
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"The boys loved it!! Next time I will double the Recipe!"

Sharon Fowler User ID: 4821874 103491
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"Could you substitute the beef with chicken instead? That would make a little healthier."

fivereverse7bar User ID: 3106205 172667
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"quick and easy!"

kengrants User ID: 4608201 140787
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"These were really good! Everyone in my family loved them, especially my one year old!"

ggirton User ID: 1760606 140786
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"added jalapeno and it was a great hit"

bkcgraham User ID: 3226274 157928
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2009

"this has to be one of the worst recipes i have made in years. the base recipe was horrible and i added alot to it trying to salvage it but it didn't help much."

greeneyes06 User ID: 2973993 140785
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"This recipe was not a big winner at my house, I ended up feeding most of it to the dog, she liked them."

Tap_3x User ID: 2340701 172659
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2009

"We really enjoyed this recipe. I made mine with jumbo crescents (added more filling) because we prefer the larger size."

Dougetta User ID: 399549 86075
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2009

"these are a tasty winner at our house"

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