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Taco Crescent Ring

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 8
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It's no mistake that this genius taco crescent ring is one of the all time, most popular recipes on It's easy, beefy, cheesy and comes loaded with all the best taco toppings. And did we mention how fun it is to make?
Updated Nov 10, 2023
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What is Taco Crescent Ring?

Our taco ring has ground beef, seasoned with Old El Paso™ taco seasoning and yummy cheese tucked inside a flaky crescent roll ring. It’s fun to make and delicious for an easy weeknight dinner, a hearty appetizer or will get devoured on game day.

How Should I serve Taco Ring?

We love to fill our ring with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes, so that each person can grab some to enjoy with their slice. Offer taco sauce or salsa and hot sauce on the side, to top it. If you really want to go all out, offer all your favorite taco toppings along side the taco crescent ring: sour cream, sliced black olives and shredded cheese, just to name a few!



  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef until no longer pink. Drain beef; return to skillet. Add taco seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly thickened. In medium heatproof bowl, mix beef mixture and cheese. Let cool while preparing the crescent ring.
  • 2
    Unroll both cans of dough; separate into 16 triangles. On ungreased large cookie sheet, arrange triangles in ring so short sides of triangles form a 5-inch circle in center. Dough will overlap. Dough ring should look like the sun.
  • 3
    Spoon beef mixture on the half of each triangle closest to center of ring.
  • 4
    Bring each dough triangle up over filling, tucking dough under bottom layer of dough to secure it. Repeat around ring until entire filling is enclosed (some filling might show a little).
  • 5
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until dough is golden brown and thoroughly baked. Cool 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into serving slices.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Be sure that the meat filling is cooked and cooled a little when you begin laying the pastry dough out. Spoon the filling in an even mound that surrounds the center opening, so there’s plenty of dough to wrap up and over it. Use a small metal spatula or table knife to help tuck the dough in.
  • tip 2
    For a nice glossy finish to the dough, brush it with an egg beaten with a spoonful of water before sliding it into the oven.
  • tip 3
    Make a taco-style salad to serve with the crescent ring. Toss shredded Romaine lettuce, halved cherry tomatoes, chunks of avocado, and sliced radishes. Make a creamy dressing by stirring some red or green spicy taco sauce into some plain ranch dressing to drizzle over top.
  • tip 4
    Don't care for ground beef? Substitute ground chicken instead.
  • tip 5
    Don’t be afraid of making this dough-wrapped pastry ring. Just work quickly as you arrange the crescent triangles in a ring on the largest flat baking sheet you have. Placing a glass or metal bowl that is 5-inches in diameter on the baking sheet will help guide you as you create the ring of dough.
  • tip 6
    Transferring the hot taco meat to a bowl to mix the cheese is done to help cool it slightly before it’s place on the crescent ring. If the beef mixture is too hot, it will make the dough hard to work with.
  • tip 7
    Spoon the filling in an even mound that surrounds the center opening of the crescent dough ring, so there is plenty of dough uncovered to wrap up and over the mound. Use a small metal spatula or table knife to help tuck the dough in.
  • tip 8
    For a nice shiny top to your taco ring recipe, mix a beaten egg with a spoonful of water and using a pastry brush, brush it lightly over the dough before baking the crescent ring.
  • tip 9
    You can make a perfect crescent ring by placing the dough pieces around a 5-inch diameter bowl placed on your cookie sheet. Work quickly with the dough, so it won’t get difficult to work with.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the dough hard to work with?

Cold dough is easy to work with, so be sure to take it out of the fridge just before you start to assemble the taco crescent rolls “sun”. If you let your taco meat cool slightly before placing on the crescents and you work quicky, the dough will be a breeze to handle.

What other meats can I use instead of ground beef

The taco crescent ring would be equally delicious if you used ground pork, chicken, or turkey! Use whatever you have on hand or is on sale.

Nutrition Information

360 Calories, 21g Total Fat, 17g Protein, 26g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Crescent roll taco ring is a fabulous weeknight dinner, an easy way to impress guests or the perfect food to enjoy when hosting or going to a football party. Check out a few of our other favorite crescent ring recipes: buffalo chicken or bacon cheeseburger.
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