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Chugwater Chili Taco Plate

Leslie Beadles Chugwater Chili

Sometimes clever and pretty can be easy too! And a can of crescent rolls can be used in the most creative ways. The recipe is simple. Brown the ground beef, season it with Chugwater Chili Gourmet Blend, and spoon it onto the unrolled crescent rolls. Don't worry if the dough pieces are not the same size or they tear a little bit. The dough is forgiving and easily pushes back into place. 


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Chugwater Chili Gourmet Blend
  • 2 cans of refrigerator crescent rolls
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream 


1. Heat your oven to 375 degrees. 

2. Brown the ground beef. For better results, tenderize the meat with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 teaspoon of water. While cooking the meat, break it into small pieces using a pastry blender.

3. Unroll the crescent roll dough onto an plain cookie sheet. Place the dough pieces into the shape of a sun. At this point the dough will not fit entirely on the baking sheet. 

4. Spoon the taco meat onto the wide part of the dough triangles. You may want to move some of the pieces closer together.

 5. The picture above is 8 crescent rolls and 1/2 pound of taco meat. 

6. Pick up and tuck the smallest part of the triangle so that the meat filling is mostly covered. You may need to pull and pinch some of the pieces of dough to cover most of the filling. 

7. Bake the Tasty and Clever Chugwater Chili Taco in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve with lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, and sour cream. 

8. Place a bowl of lettuce, shredded cheddar, and salsa in the center.

9. We thought two crescent rolls were good for a serving. We didn't actually have sour cream in the refrigerator, but we had whole milk ricotta cheese from a different recipe we tried earlier this week. Mixing southwest and Italian palates sounds a little weird, but the sweet ricotta cheese went really well with the buttery crescent roll. 

10. My family especially my children love melon with almost any meal. A sprinkle of Chugwater Chili Gourmet Blend on the honeydew pictured here is a sweet savory treat.

If you make this pretty plate, let us know! We'd also love to know other fun ways to use refrigerator rolls in the kitchen. 

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