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Taco Crescent Ring

Taco RingThere is a huge brand out there that came out with this Taco Crescent Ring at least 15 years ago.  Well I am still making it but I have my version.  It is easy and looks fancy plus both Mr.Picky and the kids eat it up with smiles on their faces.  It is not by any means healthy or by scratch.

I happen to have bought a box of 5 cans of crescent rolls as a treat to create what I felt necessary.  This is not a usual purchase and I know they are loaded with all kinds of junk.  Sometimes my stomach feels the need to eat some junk and doesn’t care what my brain or body want.

I was in need of a quick dinner and had everything on hand.  So this recipe was prepared once again to everyone’s satisfaction.  I thawed the meat from the freezer and the rest of the ingredients are usually on hand.

Taco RingTaco Crescent Ring:

  • 2 tubes of crescent rolls
  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 (16 oz.) can of refried beans (black or pinto)
  • 1 recipe of my taco seasoning or a taco seasoning packet
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese or mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup water
  • tomatoes, diced
  • sour cream
  • lettuce, shredded
  • salsa
  • olives,sliced

Brown ground beef and onion in a skillet and drain any extra fat.

Add in water, taco seasoning, and refried beans.  Stir and heat until combined.  Set aside to cool slightly.

Taco Ring

On a circular baking pan or baking stone spread the crescent rolls evenly in a sun shape.  Leave a circle about 6 inches wide in the center and have the pointed end face out, overlap here needed.

I will sometimes roll or press the rolls together to get a good base for the filling if needed.

Spread the meat mixture around the circle evenly allowing about 1/2″ of room near the edge of the inner circle.

Taco Ring

Sprinkle with the cheese.

Taco Ring

Starting anywhere began folding the pointed edge of the outside triangle into the center.  Slight press or tuck under the inner circle to hold the filling together.  Not all of the filling will be covered and that is the pretty part.

Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Serve with tomatoes, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, and olives to top each slice.
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Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnita Street TacosMy life changed when I tasted this recipe.  It is amazing, I mean amazing.  Mr.Picky suggested I go set up a stand on the corner for extra money, he said “they are so good you could make some good money”.  We ate them twice the first month I made them, and will forever hold a place in my recipe box.  This recipe comes from My Kitchen Escapades: Pork Carnitas, and I thank her for sharing.

There are no changing needed for the recipe.  Although sometimes I skip the step of crisping the meat.  You can easily make the meat the day before or earlier in the day and heat it up easily.

We serve this the carnitas as a street taco in our home.  But would be great filling for enchiladas or on nachos.  Did I mention you should try this recipe?

Pork Carnitas:

  • 4 pound boneless pork butt, fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tb fresh lime juice, I do 2 small limes
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1 medium orange, juiced and keep the spent halves

Adjust your oven rack to lower/middle and heat oven to 300 degrees.

Pork CarnitasCombine all ingredients including spent halves from oranges in a dutch oven.  Bring to a simmer over medium/high heat.

Cover pot and transfer to oven.  Cook about 2 hours at 300 degrees.

Remove pot from oven.  Using a slotted spoon remove meat to a bowl and discard any remaining solids.  Reserve the liquid in the dutch oven.

Over med/high heat reduce the cooking liquid until about a cup remains.

Once reduced add meat into liquid by shredding or slightly breaking apart the chunks.

You can stop at this point and toss meat to coat in gravy and serve.  In the original recipe you can place the meat onto a sheet pan and crisp in the oven.  We did not care for it this way and like to eat it just tossed in the gravy.

Pork Carnitas Street Tacos

*When we serve this as street tacos we use half corn/half wheat tortillas, meat, diced raw onion, chopped cilantro, and a wedge of lime.  Mr.Picky eats this without cheese which is a huge step and will eat leftovers any day.

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