Taco Crescents (Only 5 Ingredients)

Taco Crescents – Only 5 ingredients and ready to eat in under 30 minutes! Taco meat, cream cheese, and cheddar wrapped in crescent rolls. Can make filling ahead of time. These are great for dinner or served as an appetizer. Whenever I take these to a party or potluck I never have any leftovers. People go crazy over these things! Serve with a salsa ranch dipping sauce. #appetizer #groundbeef #mexican #taco #creamcheese #partyfood #gameday

Taco Crescents - taco meat, cream cheese and cheddar wrapped in crescent rolls. Great for a quick dinner or party!! serve with a salsa ranch dipping sauce.

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These taco crescents were inspired by one of my favorite breakfast/tailgating recipes – Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents. I was thinking about new recipes and wondered how taco meat would taste instead of sausage. I gave it a try and it was fabulous!

How to Make Taco Crescents

These crescent bites are SUPER easy to make. Start with browning some ground beef. As the meat is cooking, break it up into small pieces. Drain any fat. Mix hamburger, taco seasoning, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese together. Cut refrigerated crescent rolls in half. Top each roll with the taco meat mixture and bake.

  • I used lean ground beef, low-fat cream cheese, and low-fat crescent rolls and I couldn’t tell a difference.
  • Can substitute ground turkey for ground beef.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • I like to pulse the cooked ground beef in the food processor a few times to make sure it is chopped very fine.
  • The filling can be made ahead of time and refrigerated up to 3 days.
  • I like to do bite-size crescents. I split the crescent roll in half to make two triangles. Feel free to skip that and just put double the meat on one full crescent roll.
  • I use a pizza cutter to cut the crescent rolls in half. It makes it much easier!
  • I use a small cookie scoop to scoop the filling on to the crescent rolls.
  • These bites taste great hot out of the oven or cooled to room temperature.
Taco Crescents - taco meat, cream cheese and cheddar wrapped in crescent rolls. Great for a quick dinner or party!! serve with a salsa ranch dipping sauce.

What to Serve with Taco Crescent Bites

I served the crescents with a little salsa and ranch for dipping. These Taco Crescents are great for a quick lunch or dinner. They would even be perfect for tailgating! I can’t wait for college football next week! Are you as excited as I am?!?

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Taco Crescents

Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Taco Crescents – Only 5 ingredients and ready to eat in under 30 minutes! Taco meat, cream cheese, and cheddar wrapped in crescent rolls. Can make filling ahead of time. These are great for dinner or served as an appetizer. Whenever I take these to a party or potluck I never have any leftovers. People go crazy over these things! Serve with a salsa ranch dipping sauce. #appetizer #groundbeef #mexican #taco #creamcheese #partyfood #gameday

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese , softened
  • 1 (1-oz) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 (8-oz) cans refrigerated crescent rolls

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Cook the ground beef in a skillet. Drain fat. Mix hamburger, taco seasoning, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese together.
  • Separate rolls into triangles. Cut eat triangle in half lengthwise. Scoop a heaping tablespoon onto each roll and roll up.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Notes:

  • I used lean ground beef, low-fat cream cheese, and low-fat crescent rolls and I couldn’t tell a difference.
  • Can substitute ground turkey for ground beef.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • I like to pulse the cooked ground beef in the food processor a few times to make sure it is chopped very fine.
  • The filling can be made ahead of time and refrigerated up to 3 days.
  • I like to do bite-sized crescents. I split the crescent roll in half to make two triangles. Feel free to skip that and just put double the meat on one full crescent roll.
  • I use a pizza cutter to cut the crescent rolls in half. It makes it much easier!
  • I use a small cookie scoop to scoop the filling on to the crescent rolls.
  • These bites taste great hot out of the oven or cooled to room temperature.

Steph

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  1. I made these the other night and found them to be very pretty out of the oven but overly salty. I would recommend cutting back on the taco seasoning to 1/2 or 3/4 ounce to lessen salt. Otherwise very good.

  2. Hi! I'm a new reader. I thought I would try this recipe since it looked so easy… and it was! It tasted soo good, and my hubby said I could make it again (always a HUGE plus!). Thank you very much for this recipe! I'll definitely be making it again!

  3. You can also just make squares. Put one package of crescent rolls on bottom of 9X13 pan, spread the meat mixture & sprinkle cheese on top & then top with 2nd package of crescent rolls. After baked, cut into squares. Same flavor but less time consuming.

    1. Thank you for the great idea! I made these today with my children at daycare. Making them as squares was so much easier and used only two packages of crescent rolls! Just needed to bake them a little longer, about 25 minutes.

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