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Taco Pie with Crescent Rolls Recipe

Get all the taste of tacos, with none of the mess, with this Taco Pie with Crescent Rolls recipe. It’s quick too. Dinner is on the table in just over a half hour.

If you have leftover ground beef after making this, check out our other beef recipes.

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I’m a huge fan of tacos. I could eat them every day. But, what I’m not a fan of is the cleanup.

With tacos, at least the way I serve them, each topping is in its own bowl. So that’s a lot of bowls to clean after. Plus, serving tacos is a little bit of a pain too because every time you want another, you have to make another.

A friend invited me over for dinner once and served a meat pie. While I was eating it, I kept thinking how delicious it would be with taco seasoning and toppings. And thus, this Taco Pie was born.
It has all the flavors of tacos without the messy cleanup. Perfect for a weeknight dinner.

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This Taco Pie recipe isn’t our only twist on tacos. For more ideas, check out our Taco Recipes.

Taco Pie with Crescent Rolls Recipe

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Taco Pie with Crescent Rolls Ingredients:

How To Make Taco Pie with Crescent Rolls:

Pre-heat the oven to 375 F.

Diced onions in a pan.

Dice the onion. Cook it in a pan with a little oil until the onion starts to get translucent, about seven minutes.

Ground beef and diced onion in a pan.

Add the ground beef. Be sure to break into into crumbles as it cooks. Cook it for about eight minutes, until it’s browned.

Taco seasoning and water on top of cooked ground beef in a pan.

Add the water and taco seasoning. Stir until combined. Bring the water to a boil, then remove from the heat.

Crescent rolls in the bottom of a cake pan.

While that’s cooking, open your package of crescent rolls. Roll them out into one big sheet. Gently push together the perforations. 

Put the crescent rolls into the bottom of an 8- x 11-inch pan.

Refried beans spread out in a cake pan.

Add a can of refried beans, making sure to spread the beans evenly across the crescent rolls.

Ground beef spread out in a cake pan.

Add the onion and beef mixture, also making sure to spread it evenly.

Diced tomatoes on top of ground beef spread out in a cake pan.

Drain the can of diced tomatoes. Spread them across the top of the meat mixture.

Shredded cheese on top of diced tomatoes in a cake pan.

Shred the cheese and spread it across the top. (Note: If you’re using bagged shredded cheese, increase it to 4 oz.)

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Shredded lettuce on top of cooked Taco Pie in a cake pan.

Shred the lettuce and put it on top of the Taco Pie when it comes out of the oven.

Let the Taco Pie cook slightly before serving. If you scoop it straight out of the oven, it will fall apart on the plate. If you let it rest, it will hold up better.

You can serve with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Taco Pie on a plate.

Taco Pie: Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use a different type of meat?

If you don’t like ground beef (or if it’s too pricy), you can make Taco Pie with ground turkey or ground chicken instead.

It will have a little less flavor, so I recommend adding a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce to the meat as it cooks. That will give it more of a beef-like flavor.

We recommend that any time you’re substituting ground turkey or chicken for beef, like in our Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes.

Do you have to shred your own cheese?

Anytime you’re making a recipe that requires cheese to melt, like this one, it’s better to shred your own cheese than using pre-shredded cheese.

Bagged shredded cheese is convenient, but it’s filled with preservatives that prevent it from clumping in the bag. Those same preservatives prevent the pre-shredded cheese from really melting in the oven.

A block of cheese doesn’t have those same preservatives, so it melts better. That’s why we suggest picking up a good cheese grater and shredding the cheese yourself.

Can you freeze a Taco Pie?

Taco Pie is a really great weeknight dinner because of how convenient it is. From start to finish, it’s under an hour. But, if you want to make it even easier, you can assemble it ahead of time, wait until the meat mixture is completely cooled, then cover it with foil and freeze it.

Then, when you’re ready to eat it, you can put the frozen taco pie in the oven. It will take longer to cook (closer to 40 minutes) since it’s cooking from frozen. But, that makes it a good meal to make when you’re cooking dinner for a friend in need (who just had a baby, is mourning a relative, etc.).

How do you store leftover Taco Pie?

If you have any leftover taco pie, wait until the entire tray has cooled, then cover it with foil and stick it in the fridge. It will last about four days in the fridge.

To reheat Taco Pie, cut it into servings and then microwave them on high for 60 to 90 seconds until the meat is warm.

If you’re not going to eat the leftovers within that time frame, you can freeze it in portions and then follow the instructions for reheating above.

Cilantro on top of guacamole in a bowl.

What goes with taco pie?

We top our Taco Pie with sour cream (or non-fat Greek yogurt). You could also top it with Guacamole or Salsa.

Serve it with your favorite Mexican inspired side dishes, like yellow rice and black beans.

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What can I do with refrigerated crescent rolls?

If you bought too many packs of refrigerated crescent rolls and now you’re looking for another recipe to make with them, we have a few other ideas:

Yield: 8 Servings

Taco Pie With Crescent Rolls

Get all the taste of tacos, with none of the mess, with this Taco Pie with Crescent Rolls recipe. After only 20 minutes on hands on time, dinner is ready in under an hour.

Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 12 oz. (8 count) package of refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 15 oz. can refried beans
  • 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 oz. block of cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup lettuce

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Dice the onion. Cook it in a pan with a little oil until the onion starts to get translucent, about seven minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef. Be sure to break into into crumbles as it cooks. Cook it for about eight minutes, until it’s browned.
  4. Add the water and taco seasoning. Stir until combined. Bring the water to a boil, then remove from the heat.
  5. While that’s cooking, open your package of crescent rolls. Roll them out into one big sheet. Gently push together the perforations. 
  6. Put the crescent rolls into the bottom of an 8- x 11-inch pan.
  7. Add a can of refried beans, making sure to spread the beans evenly across the crescent rolls.
  8. Add the onion and beef mixture, also making sure to spread it evenly.
  9. Drain the can of diced tomatoes. Spread them across the top of the meat mixture.
  10. Shred the cheese and spread it across the top.
  11. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  12. Shred the lettuce and put it on top of the Taco Pie when it comes out of the oven.

Notes

If you’re using bagged shredded cheese, increase it to 4 oz.

Let the Taco Pie cook slightly before serving. If you scoop it straight out of the oven, it will fall apart on the plate. If you let it rest, it will hold up better.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 259Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 60mgSodium 419mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 20g

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