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Taco Meatball Ring

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


  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 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


  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup cheese, water and taco seasoning. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 16 balls.
  • Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° until meat is no longer pink, about 12 minutes. Drain meatballs on paper towels. Reduce heat to 375°.
  • 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.
  • Place a meatball on each roll; fold point over meatball and tuck under wide end of roll (meatball will be visible). Repeat. Bake until rolls are golden brown, 15-20 minutes.
  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • These meatballs are so satisfying that you'll want to make extras to top your spaghetti or tuck into taco shells.
  • Lining your pizza pan with parchment or nonstick foil (and leaving a little extra hanging over the sides) will help ensure a seamless transfer from pan to platter.

  • Editor's Note
    Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 203 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 457mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.


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    • Sue
      Feb 4, 2020

      I made it just as written and it tasted fantastic!! My husband asked for it again.

    • Margaret
      May 9, 2019

      I usually make this on holidays. It's so yummy and everyone enjoys it. There are never any leftovers for me to take home.

    • xlsalbums
      Jan 8, 2015

      This was okay. It did take some time to make it look pretty and even.

    • swwtsue
      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.

    • LC_TOH
      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!

    • Orbs
      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.

    • shecomeundone
      Jan 28, 2014

      outstanding !

    • Swubbie
      Jan 19, 2014

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

    • dinakaedoll
      Jan 4, 2014

      instead of crescents it be more Mexican flavor with bell peppers halves or corn bread muffins. mini taco shells ring would be ideal too.

    • christycincy
      Feb 18, 2013

      This was very delicious, but a little messy to serve. What I did was used a pizza cutter to slice into wedges after it came out of the oven, before adding the fillings to the middle, then using a cake server. The fillings kind of fell all over the place. If anyone can recommend an easier way to serve, feel free to share. We loved the flavor of the meatballs. My boyfriend suggested making the meatballs on their own to use in taco shells or on taco salad. We may try that soon.