Jostling around, I worked the room.
Yes, with new born babe carefully snuggled on my back, a cheese grater in hand, and a Pampered Chef Round baking stone underneath me, I shared with ladies far and near my love of all things “Rings.”
No, not diamonds, even though I hear they are a girl’s best friend, I prefer to contradict that statement and testify that this Taco Ring might just be up there as well.
Ah, such memories swirl as I think of my years as a Pampered Chef consultant, and this “Ring” technique (along with the braid) was at the heart of it. I can’t even believe that with all my years blogging at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, these recipes were not posted until last week when I shared my Turkey, Ham and Cheese Ring.
I love sharing recipes that have never met a doubter, and this is one of them. I’ve made rings for a quick dinner, luncheons, bridal showers, 50th anniversary parties, you name it, I’ve served it.
It’s has such a beautiful presentation when completed that it’s perfect for entertaining. I’ve served them sweet and savory, vegetarian, beef and poultry, healthy or pure indulgence – there are so many options with this technique, just know that this Taco Ring unleashes a world of possibilities, and have fun with it.
If you’ve had one in the past, but never made it yourself, don’t be fooled into thinking it was difficult. It’s the easiest thing to whip together and it just can’t be messed up.
Since my kids love when I make this, they all had different requests, so I accommodated them all.
This is a prime example of having your proteins cooked ahead of time is the key to true, blue 10 minute Dinners. My pre-coooked chicken and Crock Pot Taco Meat allowed me such ease in whipping this together.
The recipe I share below is for those desiring to serve it as a very basic Taco Ring with just meat and cheese in the middle. Here is where you have the choice to improvise. Since we love black beans, I add them into the meat mixture to make it a meal. I will also add chopped onions, garlic, pepper and even a dash of salsa to really make the filling substantial. When I’ve been out of black beans, I’ve spread refried beans right onto the Crescent Roll dough before piling on the meat mixture. Again, there is no right or wrong with this technique. Add what you love.
Depending on where you are serving this, determine the diameter of your circle by the bowl you will use. If you choose not to serve any salsa or dipping sauce, you can position the triangles much closer together and not even leave a hole in the middle. If serving this for guests, you can even just arrange tortillas chips in the middle for a quick fix as well.
There are so many wonderful possibilities.
Enjoy! I can’t wait to hear your favorite.
C.O.S.T. Cooking Tip: Add some additional beans to thicken of the consistency of the Dump and Run Taco Soup, and it would make a great filling for this easy taco ring.
Recipe: Easy Taco Ring
Summary: This delicious twist on tacos gives some melt in the mouth Mexican goodness to all your guests.
- 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
- 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite. I love Mexican blend)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- black or refried beans*
- 1 medium tomato *
- 1 bell pepper *
- 1 cup salsa *
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 3 cups lettuce, shredded (optional, for topping)
- 1/2 cup pitted ripe black olives (optional)
- sour cream
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Use your already pre-seasoned Taco Meat and stir in cheese OR
- Cook ground beef in large skillet until beef is no longer pink; drain.
- Remove pan from heat.
- Stir in taco seasoning mix, cheese and water. If desired, add in black beans, chopped onions and garlic.
- Unroll crescent dough; separate into triangles.
- Arrange triangles in a circle on Round Pizza Stone with wide ends overlapping in center and points facing outside.
- Leave a 5 inch diameter opening in center if you will be adding in toppings to the center to serve.
- Scoop taco meat mixture evenly onto widest end of each triangles up over filling and tuck under wide ends of dough at center of ring. (Filling will not be completely covered).
- (If you do not have a round stone,you may use a 9×13. It just won’t be as presentational.
Layered one can of rolls on the bottom, spread the meat mixture, then topped with the second can of roll.)
- Bake at 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Top with lettuce, tomato, onion, olives, and bell pepper, if desired
- Serve with salsa and sour cream.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8
Head on over to Balancing Beauty and Bedlam to try the Turkey, Ham and Cheese Ring. Oh my, it’s so good!
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Same technique, different ingredients. I told you my children requested a little of everything. 🙂