Sunday, October 23, 2011

Taco Squares

Tonight we had Taco Squares for dinner!  Every time I make these I'm reminded that I don't make them often enough.  This is such an easy recipe and is so delicious!  My mom made this frequently when we were growing up.  She actually made it as a diet recipe using ground turkey.  I use lean ground beef instead.  I've adjusted the recipe to feed our small family.  The original recipe uses a 9x13 pan so if you have a large family simply double my recipe!  I did make an oops tonight that turned out to be a good thing.  The original recipe calls for a 325 degree oven, but I accidentally set mine for 375.  After 15 minutes or so I checked and they were nice and brown.  The original recipe usually cooks for about 25 minutes.  They were so much better at the higher temperature.  The crescent rolls stayed much crispier this way.  So I'm adjusting my recipe!!  I really hope you enjoy these!!!

 This recipe calls for Crescent Rolls!  Got your attention now???

 Start by browning 1 lb. ground beef or turkey along with 1 1/2 tsp. onion flakes. 
Once meat is brown, drain liquid and add 1 1/2 T chili powder and 1/2 can diced tomatoes. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.  (Today, I made the beef mixture early in the day and placed it in the fridge.  At dinnertime, I simply reheated it and assembled the taco squares.)

 Spray 1 1/2 quart casserole with nonstick spray. 

 Place 1/2 of the crescent rolls in bottom of casserole.

 Pour all of meat mixture over rolls.

 Place 4 slices of mozzarella on top of meat mixture.

 Place the other half of the crescent rolls on top. 

 Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

 I like mine with a little lettuce and sour cream!!  My hubby adds a little taco sauce to his! 

Dinner is served!!!

Taco Squares

1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey
1 1/2 tsp. onion flakes
1/2 can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 T. chili powder
4 oz. mozzarella slices
1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls

Brown ground beef and onion flakes and drain.  Add in diced tomatoes and chili powder and simmer for 5-10 minutes.  In a prepared 1 1/2 quart casserole, layer half of the crescent rolls.  Pour all of meat mixture over rolls.  Place 4 slices of mozzarella cheese over meat mixture and layer remaining crescent rolls over cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until crescent rolls are golden brown.

Shared on:
Everyday Mom's Meals Church Supper
Melt in Your Mouth Monday Blog Hop


  1. Great recipe. I love things I can make ahead and assemble later! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. I'm going to try this soon! Have a great week!

  2. Thanks Krista!! Let me know what you think!! I heart this recipe!!!

  3. Made this tonight & hubby loved it!!! I usually make a round crescent taco pie but with the top on this one- OMG I left out the tomatoes but added about 1/2 can of re-fried beans. Also added sour cream under the cheese. On my Pinterest board of "Things I've Tried"

  4. jenlynnkc1- Love the idea of adding sour cream. I usually top mine with lettuce & sour cream because my hubby wouldn't like the s.c. There are just SOOOO many ways to change this up like adding the beans. I've always wanted to try corn along with the tomatoes! Thanks for trying and glad you liked it!!

  5. Thanks Kristi- made it again per hubby's request- he's been sick for 3 1/2 years & food is the only thing he really enjoys now. Made the same way but did add the corn- frozen- it was so good!!! Mixed it into the meat bean mixture before I added to pan. He loves sour cream now- on the inside & on top with his lettuce, cheese & tomatoes!!!

  6. Hi! I've got this baking in the oven right now and it looks & smells so Yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. You're welcome Amy! Love this recipe!!! Hope you liked it!!