Saturday, October 16, 2010

Taco Ring

Taco Ring = Heaven from the oven. If you never try any of my other recipes, you MUST try this one! This should be on a 100 Recipes Everyone Should Try Before They Die list. It's that good. It's a family favorite and a super-easy comfort food. Whatever you do, don't just read this, cook it!

Once again, you'll have to excuse the lighting
This is a recipe from an old Pampered Chef cookbook. My family has been making it for as long as I can remember, and I think I've only seen the recipe once. We always make it from memory and we have altered it some too. This is a buried treasure. I think it is sad that most people have never heard of this recipe :( But how would they? I feel that it is my duty to share this little slice of heaven with the world, the world that has yet to experience the delightfulness of taco ring!

Taco Ring

1 pound ground beef or turkey (I use turkey)
1 packet taco seasoning
1/4 cup(ish) taco sauce, optional
1 can refried beans (I use reduced-fat or fat-free)
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls (16 rolls total, I use reduced-fat)
1-1/2 to 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Salsa, for topping, optional
Sour cream, for topping, optional

Preheat oven according to crescent roll package. Brown meat and drain. Add taco seasoning and add a little water. Cook on low for a few minutes. Mix in taco sauce until desired consistency (I guessed on the amount, I just add until I think it's enough). Add refried beans, mix well. Cook on low for a few more minutes.

Arrange crescent rolls in a circle, with the wide end towards the middle and the point facing outwards. This can be done on a rectangular bar pan too if you don't have a round one. Then, use a roller to flatten the inside of the circle to make a larger base for the filling.

Spoon the meat around the circle, making it as even as possible. Top with cheese. Fold pointed edges of crescent rolls over the meat and press them into the center of the pan.

This is my Betty Crocker pose
Fold over and press
Bake according to crescent roll package, until cheese is melted and crescent rolls are golden brown. Then the best part, eat it! Top with sour cream and/or salsa, or whatever Mexican-ish topping you like! This is delicious with sweet corn (fresh Iowa sweet corn if you can get your hands on it)! Enjoy!
Yield: 8 servings (unless you have a husband who really really loves taco ring, then it serves 6 :)

Heaven on a plate, right here

This recipe is so versatile. Experiment with making the recipe more spicy if you like that sort of thing. Use a different kind of meat, try various toppings, the options are endless! You can also arrange the crescent rolls in the shape of a wreath or braid, which I will try to show sometime. This recipe can also easily be halved (is that a word?) to serve less people!

My Review
  • Preparation: 5
    • Cook the meat, fill the rolls and bake!
  • Taste: 5
    • Definitely at the top of my favorites list. Without-a-doubt delicious!
  • Cost: 5
    • This is a top-rated recipe for the budget, makes great leftovers too!
  • Clean-up: 5
    • Anthill of dishes, skillet and a stone
  • Changes
    • NONE!!!!!
  • Summary
    • As I am sure you have noticed, I really like this recipe. It's nothing fancy, I suppose you may not be that impressed (though I would cry). But we love it! Oh-so-simple, oh-so-delicious, if you're human at all you will like it too! And just a little tidbit here, I love my Pampered Chef round stone! Check it out here!


  1. I had dinner with your in-laws and sister the other day and heard all about this famous Taco Ring. I must admit that when I heard them describe it, I was completely lost. But then I stumbled on the recipe on your blog and decided to try it out. It was very easy to prepare and the whole family loved it. And the nice thing: I always have these ingredients on hand. I of course baked it on my Pampered Chef stone and it turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

  2. All time favorite! Love that everyone likes it. Did you hear another family used your blog to make this during our blizzard?