Turkey Taco Ring

Every year I try to come up with an easy, creative and tasty way to use the little bit of turkey left from Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that I don’t have a huge amount of leftovers, but I don’t want any of that bird to go to waste.

After the formality of Thanksgiving day, Friday is usually spent lounging around watching sports and spending some down time with the family.  I usually spend the day in yoga pants and a t-shirt. So I came up with this easy turkey taco ring to match our informal day.

Turkey Taco Ring


Turkey Taco Ring


  • 1/2 lb. turkey, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1 tube Grands crescent rolls
  • lettuce
  • ripe olives
  • chopped tomatoes
  • sour cream
  • salsa


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix 1 cup cheese with the diced turkey.
  3. Mix the taco seasoning and the water together and mix with the turkey mixture.
  4. Arrange crescent rolls on a greased cookie sheet or pizza pan, forming a ring with the pointed ends facing the outer edge of the pan and wide ends overlapping.
  5. Place turkey mixture all the way around the wide end of the crescent rolls.
  6. Fold point over turkey mixture and tuck under the wide end of rolls.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Fill the center of the ring with lettuce, remaining 1/2 cup cheese, ripe olives and chopped tomatoes. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

I’ve also filled the ring with lettuce, cheese and pimentos and served it with ranch dressing for a little different taste.  I place the baking pan right on the counter top and everyone serves themselves.  My family loves this so much that sometimes I buy turkey meat from the deli in order to make a turkey taco ring, even when it’s not the day after Thanksgiving.

It’s casual.  It’s rustic.  It’s delicious!  It’s perfect for a lazy day.

What’s your favorite way to use leftover turkey?

Leftovers?  Try my turkey taco ring!

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  1. This looks wonderful. I’m a little sad that I probably won’t have much leftover after today to try a lot of leftover recipes.

  2. These are delicious!! I think even those who aren’t turkey fans would enjoy these. 🙂

  3. Thanks for this recipe, Alli. It certainly looks delish and I’m sure it is a hit. Thinking of making this today…lol

  4. Oh, this is the perfect leftover recipe! Looks delicious!!!

  5. Crescent roll recipes are always good and this one sounds great! Pinned to my Crescent Rolls Board 🙂

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