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I will never be done with tacos. And these spicy taco bites are the next step in my love affair with Mexican food.

I will never be done with tacos. And these spicy taco bites are the next step in my love affair with Mexican food.

It is absolutely not a secret that I have a deep, undying love for Mexican food. A fact that a lot of my friends tease me about because I could eat Mexican food every single day of the week. Don’t laugh. I’m not kidding. I had personally never really considered it an obsession though…

Until I had a can of crescent rolls leftover from when I made these brie bites for our housewarming party. Forget the fact that I could have made another batch of my chocolate cheesecake croissants or pigs in a blanket or cream cheese danish or mini cinnamon rolls or, you know, actual crescent rolls.

I didn’t. From the moment I laid eyes on that extra can of dough in the fridge I knew I was going to be giving them a taco makeover. A tac-over if you will. A spicy tac-over because these spicy taco bites got a little extra kick from some added red pepper flakes.

I will never be done with tacos. And these spicy taco bites are the next step in my love affair with Mexican food.

These are beyond easy and they make a ton if you’re using an entire pound of ground beef, which makes them perfect party fare. Plus you can customize them to what you like. If you don’t like black beans use refried beans instead. Add green chiles or peppers or tomatoes or avocado or top with a dollop of guac instead of sour cream. Do whatever makes you smile. Srsly.

And even though my undying Mexican food love is so. real. I prefer to enjoy my enchiladas covered in tender barbacoa and chile verde sauce or cheesy chicken quesadillas at my fave local Mexican joint complete with a frozen margarita and basket of warm tortilla chips.

I’ll gladly stick to tacos and taco-like things at home.

And while you could {and should!} serve these at your next party I won’t lie…I ate these. All of these. For lunch. Right after taking these photos. #noshame

Obsession obschmession. Me + tacos = true love <3

I will never be done with tacos. And these spicy taco bites are the next step in my love affair with Mexican food.

I will never be done with tacos. And these spicy taco bites are the next step in my love affair with Mexican food.

I will never be done with tacos. And these spicy taco bites are the next step in my love affair with Mexican food.

Spicy Taco Bites

Yield: 4 dozen bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbs homemade taco seasoning,, or 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 can black beans,, partially drained
  • 4 8 oz cans of crescent roll dough

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan brown ground beef. While browning add taco seasoning and cook through, breaking the meat up into small pieces. 
  2. Once brown add partially drained black beans and stir to combine. Allow to simmer over medium heat until beans heat through.
  3. While the meat is browning unwrap the crescent roll dough and keep it wrapped in a tube shape. 
  4. Slice in half, using the perforations as a guide then slice each half in half again. Slice each quarter into 3 equal pieces of about 1/4" thickness for 12 pieces total. Repeat process on the other 3 cans of dough.
  5. Flatten each piece into a disk about 1" across and lightly pinch up the sides to create a small well. 
  6. Add about 1 Tbs of meat to each well and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
  7. Top each one with cheese and bake for another 2-3 minutes. 
  8. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and a sprinkling of chopped cilantro if desired.

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Amanda

Tuesday 19th of September 2017

I love spicy food. This looks so cute and easy to try! Cannot wait to give it a try. Thanks Meaghan for sharing such a beautiful photos!

Meaghan

Friday 22nd of September 2017

Same! I hope you love them, Amanda!

~Meaghan

Anne-Mette

Monday 27th of March 2017

Hi,

This looks really good. I have a question, though. You say it makes 4 dozen bites, which would equal 48 bites, but in the instructions only 12 bites are made. Is this recipe for 48 bites or 12 bites?

Meaghan

Monday 27th of March 2017

Good catch! I've updated the recipe but you'll need 4 cans of crescent roll dough to make 4 dozen bites and all other ingredients are the same. To only make 12 you'll need just 1/4 pound of prepared taco meat and about 1/4 cup of black beans.

~Meaghan

Heloise

Sunday 26th of March 2017

Hi Meaghan, I'm also a big fan of Mexican food. I couldn't eat it every day but I could five days a week. This is such a great recipe and I think it's ideal for a party, don't you think? I'm definitely making this with sour cream. Heloise

Meaghan

Monday 27th of March 2017

Heloise, these are absolutely perfect for a party! I hope you love them!

~Meaghan

Kristina @ Love & Zest

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017

It's funny how our obsessions never define us until our friends tell us they do! Just this week I've been tagged FOUR times in the past two days by different people, but the same picture. Our friends know us well. ;) These little taco bites look delicious! I love that they are on crescent rolls.

Meaghan

Monday 27th of March 2017

Too, true! I've always really loved Mexican food but it's funny how much my friends notice how often I eat it :P

~Meaghan

Dan from Platter Talk

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Such a great appetizer idea here and your use of crescent roll dough is genius! Our kids will love these little taco bites, thanks so much for sharing!

Meaghan

Monday 27th of March 2017

I never thought of that but these are absolutely perfect for little hands. Enjoy!

~Meaghan