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This Easy Taco Ring Recipe with Crescent Rolls is an easy dinner or appetizer made with taco meat baked in crescent roll dough. A family favorite perfect for Taco Night!

taco ring recipe with crescent roll dough and ground beef on plate with lettuce and tomatoes.

My family loves tacos, and this easy taco ring recipe is a fun way to change up Taco Tuesday.

It’s also a great recipe for game day or an easy appetizer for parties or game night. And, the leftovers make a great after school snack for hungry teens!

Serve with your favorite taco toppings for a fun fiesta anytime!

If your family loves taco recipes with ground beef as much as we do, check out my baked ground beef tacos and easy ground beef taco dip.

ground beef, taco seasoning, crescent roll dough and shredded cheese.

Taco Crescent Ring Ingredients

You can find these simple ingredients in your grocery store if you don’t already have them at home.

  • Ground beef — Use lean ground beef or extra lean beef if you can. I like to use leftover taco meat to make this easy recipe easier. You can sub ground turkey or ground chicken if you want.
  • Crescent dough — 2 cans of crescent rolls, any brand
  • Taco seasoning — I use homemade taco seasoning, but a packet of taco seasoning is fine.
  • Shredded cheese — I like a combination of cheddar cheese and Mexican blend, but use your favorite taco cheese here.

How to Make Taco Ring with Crescent Rolls

First, cook the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain grease if needed, and add taco seasoning and water.

Simmer until the liquid is absorbed, and allow to cool down slightly.

Mix in part of the cheese. This will help bind the beef so that it’s not super crumbly.

cook seasoned ground beef with shredded cheese.

Next, form the ring with crescent roll dough. Use a pizza pan or pizza stone if you have one. A large 9×13 baking sheet also works.

Place a 5-inch bowl in the middle of the tray. You want a 5-inch circle in the middle of the ring, and this will serve as a guide to help you form the ring.

Open both cans of dough, and place the wide ends of the crescent triangles up against the bowl. You will need to overlap the triangles a little bit.

crescent roll triangles on pizza pan around glass bowl in center.

You can remove the bowl from the center of the ring now.

Next, spoon the taco-seasoned ground beef on top of the wide ends of the triangles.

You want a thick layer of beef here. Otherwise, the ring will be too flat.Then, sprinkle remaining cheese on top of the ground beef filling.

cooked taco meat and shredded cheese on crescent roll dough.

Finally, take the tip of each triangle, and fold it over the meat filling. Press the points of triangles under the bottom layer of dough.

Pinch the dough together so that the ring is tightly sealed.

fold dough over taco meat with finger.

Cooking Time

Bake the taco ring in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until it is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Remove from the oven, and allow to cool slightly before serving.

side view of baked taco ring with lettuce and tomatoes in center.

Serve with Taco Toppings

For a fun presentation, fill the center of the ring with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes or black olives.

Serve sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, and salsa on the side.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Refrigerate leftover taco ring in an airtight container for up to 4 days. You can freeze the leftovers in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Reheat taco triangles in the microwave, in the oven or toaster oven or in the air fryer.

taco ring sliced with hamburger meat and cheese inside.

Helpful Tips

If using leftover taco meat, you will need at least a pound. Heat the meat and mix with cheese before using, as cold taco meat is crumbly and harder to work with.

Allow the ground beef mixture to cool slightly before assembling the ring. It should be warm, but cool enough to handle.

The first time you make this recipe, it may be a little tricky. Don’t worry about forming a perfect circle! It gets easier the next time you make it!

You can brush the crescent dough with an egg wash for a shinier finish if you like.

Add your favorite taco fillings. Black beans, corn, jalapeño peppers, chopped onions are great additions. You can also spread a thin layer of refried beans on the bottom of the dough before adding meat.

More Crescent Roll Recipes for Dinner

5 from 3 votes

Taco Ring Recipe with Crescent Rolls

By: Dee
This Easy Taco Ring Recipe with Crescent Rolls is an easy dinner or appetizer made with taco meat baked in crescent roll dough. A family favorite perfect for Taco Night!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese divided
  • 2 cans crescent roll dough
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  • Cook ground beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink
  • Drain grease, add water and taco seasoning, and simmer until liquid is mostly absorbed
  • Mix in 1 cup of cheese, remove from heat, and allow to cool while you prepare the dough ring
  • Preheat oven to 375℉
  • Place a 5-inch bowl in the center of a pizza pan or large baking sheet
  • Open packages of crescent roll dough, separate into triangles, and arrange dough triangles in a circle around the bowl with wide ends of triangles up against the bowl. They should overlap a little
  • Remove the bowl. Spoon taco meat mixture on top of the dough, close to the ends of the triangles. Top with remaining cheese
  • Bring tip of each triangle up over the filling, and press into bottom layer of dough to seal the ring. The filling will be completely covered
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until dough is golden brown and cheese is melted
  • Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before slicing


You can use leftover taco meat in this easy recipe, but warm it up first before forming the taco ring.
Drain the taco meat well so the taco ring doesn’t get too soggy.
Fill the center of the ring with lettuce, tomatoes and olives and serve with taco toppings.


Calories: 399kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 1019mg, Potassium: 218mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 693IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 205mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. Bruce says:

    Great presentation for Dad’s turn to cook. Had lots of toppings to add! What a hit and supper easy to make!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Bruce. I’m so glad you liked the recipe!