5-Ingredient Weeknight Taco Bake

Last Updated on July 28, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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This taco bake is perfect for those busy weeknights where you need a quick, filling, delicious meal! With just 5 ingredients, this taco bake recipe is sure to be a family favorite.

Weeknight Taco Bake

This taco bake is giving my other taco Tuesday favorites a run for their money! It’s delicious, easy to prepare, and it’s only 5 ingredients!

taco bake with lettuce and tomato by a serving utensil

My family and I can’t resist Mexican food. Lately, we’ve been loving simple pork tacos or homemade crunchwrap supremes.

But I’ve been looking for a no-fuss meal that I can whip together on my busier nights and this taco bake is perfect! 

It’s got a buttery crescent roll crust filled with ground beef, cheese, and all those yummy taco seasonings. All we need to do is top a slice with our favorite taco toppings and dinner is ready to go! 

overhead shot of taco bake on a white plate with toppings

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Crescent Roll Taco Bake

This 5-ingredient taco bake takes almost no work to prepare and it’s so delicious. Be sure to add this one to your meal plan!

Ingredients

ingredients for taco bake
  • 1 can (8 count) crescent rolls
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ¾ cup salsa
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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How to Make A Crescent Roll Taco Bake

taco bake in a pie pan with slice removed

Don’t forget to download the full printable recipe below so you can print it out and use it whenever you feel like making this delicious recipe!

  • To make your taco bake, first, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Next, unroll the crescent roll dough and gently press the entire rectangular sheet over a 10-inch pie pan to create a crust. Trim the edges if necessary and set the crust aside.
  • Place a medium skillet over medium heat and add in the ground beef.
  • Cook the beef while stirring occasionally until it’s cooked through and browned. 
  • Add in the salsa and taco seasoning to the beef and mix well. 
  • Let the mixture simmer for about 3-4 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly for a few minutes. 
  • Spoon the beef mixture carefully into the prepared pie pan and spread evenly in the crust.
  • Sprinkle the top with the cheddar cheese until it’s covered well.
  • Bake the taco bake in the preheated oven for about 15-17 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • To serve, slice the taco bake like a pie and top with sour cream, salsa, avocado, lettuce, or tomato. 
process shot of taco bake

Tips Tricks and FAQs 

  • I know, you never hear to avoid greasing your pan, right? But with this recipe, you are definitely going to want to leave your pie pan grease-free when you fill it up. There is plenty of fat in the rolls and beef you won’t need to worry about it sticking! 
  • If you go with a more fatty blend of ground beef, you’ll probably want to drain some of that liquid out of it before adding in the salsa and seasonings. You don’t want that extra liquid to make your taco bake soupy! I like to put a paper towel in a heat-safe bowl and pour the whole skillet full of beef and drippings into it. The paper towel should let the grease drain through but catch the beef so you can put it back in your pan.
  • Here’s a tip I wish someone had told me a long time ago! Any time you have any extra dough, give it to your kids to play with while you make dinner! Not only will they leave you in peace while you cook, but they also feel like a part of the process which means better eating and a confidence boost. I like to give my kids the scraps of dough with a little rolling pin and a cookie cutter and let them bake them up when they are done. Get ready to be the mom of the year in your house!

Storage

Store your taco bake in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. I highly recommend grabbing a pie pan storage container to make storing leftovers so much easier!

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Taco Bake

slice of taco bake topped with lettuce and tomato on a plate

This taco bake is perfect for those busy weeknights where you need a quick, filling, delicious meal! With just 5 ingredients, this taco bake recipe is sure to be a family favorite.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 count) crescent rolls
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ¾ cup salsa
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. To make your taco bake, first, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Next, unroll the crescent roll dough and gently press the entire rectangular sheet over a 10-inch pie pan to create a crust. Trim the edges if necessary and set the crust aside.
  3. Place a medium skillet over medium heat and add in the ground beef.
  4. Cook the beef while stirring occasionally until it’s cooked through and browned. 
  5. Add in the salsa and taco seasoning to the beef and mix well. 
  6. Let the mixture simmer for about 3-4 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly for a few minutes. 
  7. Spoon the beef mixture carefully into the prepared pie pan and spread evenly in the crust.
  8. Sprinkle the top with the cheddar cheese until it’s covered well.
  9. Bake the taco bake in the preheated oven for about 15-17 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  10. To serve, slice the taco bake like a pie and top with sour cream, salsa, avocado, lettuce, or tomato.

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