Taco Ring

This Taco Ring has quickly become my family's most requested dinner. I think my kids could eat an entire ring by themselves! I like that it's a change up from ordinary tacos (there's absolutely nothing wrong with those!) and I don't gorge myself on this like I do tacos. All the flavors and toppings are still there, just in a different form.

Cut the ring into small pieces for a hand held snack or appetizer. Dunk them into salsa or sour cream! Or, for a heartier meal, cut the slices bigger and pile on the toppings!

It only takes a few simple steps. The first layer should look like this. The diameter of the center circle should be about 5 or 6 inches.

The second layer goes in between the first layer's triangles.

Spoon over the meat mixture (drain any grease or pat with a paper towel, if needed) and sprinkle on the cheese. This can be bit messy . You might think that one pound of meat won't be very much, but it really is!

Wrap it all up with a cozy crescent dough blanket.

Bake until golden. Viola!

Slice it up and devour!

If you want to get fancy, pile the toppings into the center of the ring!

Taco Ring

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 package of taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup (113 g) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 (8 ounce/450 g) cans refrigerated crescent rolls [here, I must use two rolls of blaetterteig that I slice into 8 triangles each using a pizza wheel]
  • Optional additional toppings: shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, black olives, jalapenos, sour cream, taco sauce, salsa

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and onion until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are soft. Drain fat, if needed. Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes until thickened.

Separate the crescent dough into triangles. Arrange 8 triangles into a ring, leaving a 5-6 inch diameter hole in the center. Arrange the remaining 8 triangles in between the first triangles. The ring should look like a sun.

Spoon the beef mixture onto the end of the triangles closest to the center of the ring. Sprinkle over the cheese. Bring the top layer of triangles up and over the filling, tucking the pointed end under the ring. Repeat with the bottom layer of triangles.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until dough is golden brown and thoroughly cooked. Cool slightly before slicing. Garnish with toppings, if desired.

Recipe source: Pillsbury

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