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Dad Cook: Good Recipes for Dinner: Taco Squares with 3 to 4 Ingredients

Updated on December 18, 2012

Dad, The Family is Going to Love This Quick Easy Recipe!

If you have read my other Dad Cook recipies' you know that I am interested in meals that are easy to make, require few ingredients, and last but not least taste great. This latest easy to do recipe I am winging it on a bit as I never asked my mother for the actual recipe and decided it was simple enough to figure out on my own. I know the women reading this are rolling their eyes right now and saying "yeah right"! "He probably said that last time he said he was going to take the garbage out too!"!

Whether this ist he case or not, I assure you that even the "simplest" of Dads can pull this one off!

Have fun!

3-4 Ingredient Taco Squares

Before I get into the basic ingredients, you will need a glass Pyrex style cookware or metal deep baking pan.

  1. Pillsbury Grands! Crescent Rolls
  2. 2 or 3 cans of refried beans (depending on size of cookware )
  3. 1 lb ground beef
  4. Cheddar or Mexican blend shredded cheese

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Finished Product Should look something like this
Finished Product Should look something like this | Source
Canned Crescent Roll...Mishap...
Canned Crescent Roll...Mishap... | Source


  • Can Grands Creasent Rolls, unseparated
  • Can Refried Beans
  • as desired Ground Beef
  • as desired Shredded Chedder or Mexican Cheese
  • a pinch or two cornmeal



  1. Pre-Heat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prep your cook ware with pam, margarine or corn meal (for the health conscious) to prevent sticking (cover all inner surfaces of cookware)
  3. Open Pillsbury Grands! Crescent Rolls and Unroll: NOTE: Do not break the pieces off into the pre-cut triangles but leave in one large rectangle
  4. Place crescent roll dough into cookware and allow the sides of the cookware to be covered with dough as well in “crust” form
  5. Open desired amount of Refried bean cans and fill the cookware until the beans are about ½ way up the crust
  6. Brown Ground beef in a frying pan and spread evenly on top of the refried beans
  7. Add Shredded Cheese liberally to top off the dish
  8. Bake in Oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until the crescent dough is golden brown and the refried beans and hamburger are thoroughly hot to the touch

Alternatively, you can mix the refried beans and hamburger together before placing it in the dish on top of the rolled out crescent rolls

Refried Beans
Refried Beans | Source
Ground Beef
Ground Beef | Source

Patience is a Virtue!

Your wife and kids will have to be a little patient with this meal but it will be worth the wait. You can hold over their appetite by offering some chips and salsa or queso dip, or both!

This Easy DIY Taco Square recipe is a fun way to mix it up a little for dinner time and is simple enough your younger kids can “help”!

© 2012 Peter Leeper


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    • Aupriann Myers profile image

      Aupriann Myers 4 years ago from WASHINGTON

      This looks great and as a mother with a picky eating child and husband, this sounds like it will be a hit in our home.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      It sounds good. I agree with phdast7 about the onion and chile powder for this great taco squares recipe!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      This sounds great!

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      Tiffany R Isselhardt 5 years ago from USA

      Sounds yummy! One thing I love to do, as an alternative, is to take the meat, cheese, etc. and use it as a filling for crescents. I separate the crescents into squares (2 crescents/square), put some of the ingredients in the middle, and then fold the edges around. Taco pockets!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sounds and looks great! :) Only thing I would do different is throw a chopped onion in with the ground beef while it is cooking and stir in a couple of teaspoons of chili powder. But then my three boys like cooked onions. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Peter Leeper 5 years ago from Londonderry, New Hampshire

      good catch duffs mom... I overlooked mentioning that...updated!


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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Sounds great - do you brown the burger first?