If you are having a day when getting dinner on the table is a chore, then these quick and easy taco melts will become one of your favorite 30 minute meals. These delicious bundles have a spicy flavored meat center with cheese, all baked inside a rolled out slice of biscuit dough.
For me, semi homemade are my catch words when I end up with a day when cooking is the last thing I have time for but still want to put a tasty meal on the table. Today, that means that Grand Biscuits get re-purposed into a wrapper for a spicy taco filling.
One of the beauties of these easy taco melts is that you can make them as spicy as your family likes. The filling is flavored with your favorite salsa, so mild or spicy salsa can be used as you wish. And if you like them extra spicy, just add a bit of hot sauce for extra heat.
If you love the taste of Mexican recipes as much as I do, be sure to check out my sour cream chicken enchiladas. They are super tasty!
Making these 30 Minute Easy Taco Melts
Get ready to use some of your favorite taco ingredients in one easy to eat bundle. Sour cream, salsa, cheese, avocados and ground beef all play a part in these taco melts.
Like most of the recipes that I make, I like to lighten them up if I can. In the case of these easy taco melts, that means no extra oil and not much cheese. I just sprayed a saute pan first with some cooking spray and cooked my onions, garlic and ground beef together until the beef was no longer pink and the onions started to get soft.
The spice for the casserole comes from your favorite salsa. I chose a chunky salsa and drained the sauce a bit so that it would not water down the filling. You don’t want the biscuit dough to get soggy. Now is the time to add some hot sauce if you want your taco melts to be extra spicy. (optional step)
Making the taco wrappers
While the beef and onions are cooking, open your Grands biscuit can and roll out each biscuit into a 6 inch round. I put a small amount of flour on a cutting board to help keep the biscuits from sticking.
Transfer each round to a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and get ready to put your taco melts together.
Assembling the taco melts
The taco melts come together quickly. I added about 1/3 cup of the beef mixture on one half of a biscuit round. Then I topped it with a scant tablespoon of cheese to keep the calories down. If you want yours to be extra cheesy, you can add more cheese over the beef mixture.
Then just grab the bare side of the biscuit dough and drape it over the filling and press down along the edges to seal the taco melts. The dough is fairy pliable and stretchy so don’t worry if you have them quite full.
Bake the taco melts in the preheated oven for 8-14 minutes until the dough is lightly browned and the filling nice and hot.
Time to taste these easy taco melts
These easy 30 minute taco melts have a piping hot center and a flaky biscuit wrapping. The salsa in the filling gives the melts the flavor of tacos in one easy to eat bundle with no taco making required.
I like to serve these taco melts with extra salsa, some sour cream and slices of avocado. Spring onions make a nice garnish to decorate the plate and brings out the flavor of the onions in the melt.
Flaky and buttery biscuits combine with salsa, cheese, onions and ground beef to make a tasty and easy to eat bundle of Mexican flavor. Your family will love these easy taco melts, and you’ll love how quick and easy they are to make.
Each of the taco melts works out to about 383 calories (includes 1/8 avocado, 1 tbsp of sour cream and a few teaspoons of salsa.)
Admin Note: This recipe first appeared on my blog in November of 2013. I have updated the photos, included nutritional info, and included a step by step tutorial for making these Easy Taco Melts.
- ½ onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, ninced
- cooking oil spray
- ¾ lb lean (I use 93%) ground beef
- ⅓ cups of your favorite chunky salsa (mild, or spicy - your preference)
- ¼ tsp hot sauce (optional)
- 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands! refrigerated biscuits
- flour for dusting the work surface
- ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese or Mexican cheese blend (2 oz)
- Avocados, sour cream, chopped spring onions and salsa to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375 º F.
- Heat a sauté pan and spray it will a cooking oil spray. Add the ground beef, garlic and diced onions and cook until the beef is no longer pink and the onions are soft and translucent. Stir in ½ cup of the salsa and the hot sauce if you are using it. Heat through until well combined..
- While the meat is cooking, open the biscuits and press them into 6 inch rounds with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface. Place the rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Spoon ⅓ cup of the meat mixture over one half of the biscuit base and top with 1 tbsp of the Mexican Cheese. Lightly pull up on the extra fold of the biscuit dough and drape it over the mixture and press into place on the edges.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 8-14 minutes until the biscuit dough is golden brown. Serve with the sour cream, avocados, chopped spring onions and salsa or your favorite Taco toppings..