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{September 16, 2010}   Old El Paso Soft Taco Bake

I absolutely adore when Publix has taco kits BOGO, and I always get two of these Soft Taco Bakes.  We really love “taco night” and probably have it at least a couple of times a month (if not more!)  What I like about this one is that you get all the yummy taco flavor without getting your hands messy.  How often do you really get to use forks on taco night anyways?

The only thing I add to this is more cheese.  I sprinkle some taco-cheese in each layer, and even sprinkle some on the top layer before spreading on the nacho cheese mixture they include.  Don’t send me hate mail health-nuts, we just really like cheese.

I’m sorry that I didn’t take a portion size picture, but just try me on this one.  It’s really good!


{September 16, 2010}   Taco Crescents

Recipe adapted from Willow Bird Baking

I love tacos.  I love crescent rolls.  Put them together and you’ve got yourself another winner…


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans of the giant crescent rolls (I used the ‘big and buttery’ kind)


  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Brown ground beef.  Drain.  Add taco seasoning and some water & let simmer (just like when you make regular tacos).  You won’t need to let all of the liquid simmer off, but you also don’t want it to be soupy.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and most of the cheddar cheese.  Reserve a bit of the cheddar to put on top of your crescents.
  4. Add the ground beef to the cheese mixture.  Stir to combine.
  5. Spoon some of the mixture onto each crescent roll.  It works best to do it one at a time so you’ll get a feel for how much to use.  I probably used about 1 heaping tbsp on each because I didn’t want them to be overstuffed.
  6. Roll and seal the openings.  The easiest way to do this is by folding in the corners and sealing the wide end first… then rolling the crescent up like normal.
  7. Sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top.
  8. Bake for about 11-13 minutes until golden brown.

Don't let the look of the mixture scare you away...

Ready to go in the oven

What they look like when you overstuff... oops!

Makes 12 large crescents.

You will have some stuffing leftover, so be creative and please share with me your ideas of what to do with it.  🙂

et cetera
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