August 17, 2012

It Begins: Taco Balls

And we're off.  Here we go.  First one!
Let's just dive right in and start with the latest modified recipe.  I found this very tempting pin titled "taco balls" which to my mind immediately equated to ground beef and delicious taco-ness in a pastry, judging by the picture.  The link was actually to the not-at-all taco-like recipe for chicken enchilada puffs.  Well that's not what I drooled over in my head.  I was not to be dismayed- I had a craving and I was going to make it.  With some modifications, I present: Taco Balls.

  •  1 package jumbo crescent rolls
  •  1 lb ground beef
  •  1/2 cup onion
  •  3 oz cream cheese
  •  1/2 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
  •  1/3 cup enchilada or taco sauce
  •  taco seasoning mix (premade, or make your own: 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, and 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes)
  •  1/4 cup Mexican shredded cheese for sprinkling

  1.  Preheat oven to 375° and line cookie sheet with foil and spray with no-stick spray
  2.  Brown ground beef and onion in a pan; drain oil
  3.  Place cream cheese and 1/2 cup Mexican cheese in medium bowl and microwave for about 30-40 seconds, to soften.
  4.  Add seasoning mix, taco sauce, and cooked beef and onion to cheese mixture and stir until combined.
  5.  Unroll crescent rolls on prepared pan.
  6.  Scoop 1 large heaping tablespoon of beef mixture into the center of the two short ends of the crescent roll.
  7.  Pull outer corners of the crescent roll over the beef mixture, and then pull the long end over, completely enclosing filling. Pinch seams closed.
  8.  Sprinkle tops of puffs with additional shredded Mexican cheese.
  9.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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