Taco Ring is an easy party appetizer no one can resist! Seasoned taco meat and cheese is tucked into buttery crescent roll dough, then served with your favorite taco toppings!
Even if you haven’t had a taco ring before, I bet you’ve seen them! They’re a staple for game day get-togethers and holiday parties. It’s everything delicious in a single party snack—crescent rolls, melty cheddar, and tacos. And then there are the toppings! You can customize your taco crescent ring with any toppings you like, from salsa to guac, tomatoes to olives—or just go to town and add a little bit of everything.
Easy Taco Ring Recipe
I happen to think taco rings are perfect for Christmastime because they look like wreaths and with toppings like green lettuce, jalapeños, and guacamole, and red toppings like salsa and tomatoes, it even has the festive color scheme down pat!
There’s a little bit of prep involved in the recipe because you’ll need to make the ground beef and assemble everything, but the good news is that there are a few different ways to make this ahead of time. You can either make the ground beef and refrigerate it for up to a day and then assemble and bake, or you can assemble the taco ring, pop it in the refrigerator, and then all you have to do is bake it and garnish it on the day of your party. It’s up to you!
(PS – Looking for another savory, meaty appetizer for a party? Then you need to try my Cocktail Meatballs!)
- Ground beef – To make a vegetarian taco ring, you can substitute a plant-based ground beef substitute.
- Taco seasoning mix – Use store-bought or make your own.
- Shredded cheddar cheese – A shredded Mexican blend will work, too!
- Refrigerated Original Crescent Rolls – Pick up an extra package and make Pigs in a Blanket too!
- Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced ripe olives, taco sauce or salsa – Basically, any toppings you like on your tacos.
How to Make a Taco Ring With Crescent Roll Dough
Preheat your oven to 375°F.
2. Cook the Taco Meat
Cook the beef in a large skillet until it’s no longer pink. Drain off the fat, then add the taco seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.
3. Make the Filling
Transfer the beef to a medium bowl, then stir in the cheese.
Unroll both of the cans of dough and separate them into 16 triangles. Arrange the triangles in a ring on an ungreased baking sheet, with the short sides of the triangles forming a 5-inch circle in the middle and the dough overlapping. Spoon the taco meat mixture onto the center of the dough and top with the remaining cheese. Fold each dough triangle up over the filling, tucking the tip under the bottom.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crescent roll dough is lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes, then slice and garnish with the toppings.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
If you have leftover taco ring, place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave or in a 350ºF oven, until warmed through.
What is a taco ring?
A taco ring is a Tex-Mex-inspired party appetizer made with crescent roll dough. The dough is arranged in a ring, then filled with a mixture of taco meat and cheese. Once baked, it’s garnished with traditional taco toppings.
What goes with taco ring?
Any taco toppings you like! Shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, sliced olives, additional cheese, cilantro, sliced green onions—it’s all good.
Can you freeze taco ring?
Yes, if you want to freeze leftover taco ring, you can place it in a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze it for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator, then reheat it in the microwave or oven.
More Crowd-Pleasing Party Appetizer Recipes
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 package 1 oz taco seasoning mix (or make your own)
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
- 2 cans 8 oz refrigerated Original Crescent Rolls (8 Count)
- shredded lettuce chopped tomatoes, sliced ripe olives, taco sauce or salsa, as desired
- Heat oven to 375°F. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef until no longer pink. Drain excess grease.
- Add taco seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly thickened.
- In medium bowl, mix beef mixture and cheese.
- Unroll both cans of dough; separate into 16 triangles.
- On ungreased large cookie sheet, arrange triangles in a ring so short sides of triangles form a 5-inch circle in center. Dough will overlap.
- Top the center of the rolls with taco meat mixture.
- Fold each dough triangle up over the filling and tuck the tip under the bottom of the circle.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes and slice. Serve with toppings.