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Contest-Winning Beef Stuffed Crescents

My neighbor makes these crescents using jalapenos instead of green chiles and calls them "rattlesnake bites!" I love that this recipe is so easy and has so few ingredients. I've made bundles for potlucks and family gatherings—and I never have any leftovers. —Jennifer Bumgarner, Topeka, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and chiles over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add cream cheese, cumin and chili powder. Cool slightly.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Separate crescent dough into 24 triangles. Place 1 tablespoon of beef mixture along the short side of each triangle; carefully roll up.
  • Place point side down 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 11-14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 crescent: 175 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 282mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.
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  • hchambers
    Oct 1, 2019

    These are great for kids. I used taco seasoning and my family loved them.

  • jeanemed
    Aug 26, 2015

    Fun idea, but I did not like the cream cheese in the mixture. It made it way too thick for my taste. I won't be making it again

  • annamariegreenvale
    Sep 29, 2014

    Made these exactly to the recipe the first time, they were good, but a little bland. The next time I added a few red pepper flakes, some frozen mixed vegetables, onion & garlic to the meat. Delish!! My whole family loved them and they were a complete meal-to-go with protein, vegetables and bread. Even better as left-overs. A little messy to put together, but well worth the effort

  • MutterM
    Sep 10, 2014

    I really like this recipe. I used home made puff pastry since I did not have any crescent rolls, and that worked great. I took these appetizers to a gathering of friends and they loved them.

  • Byelaya Smert
    Sep 9, 2014

    I use hot italian sausage when I make these instead of beef and a tablespoon of sugar. AWESOME! Always a pleaser.

  • Brenda D
    Sep 8, 2014

    I have made this recipe several times and my family loves it. The first few times I made it exactly as called for. I like to experiment, so I've tried a few variations. My oldest son's favorite variation I cook a chopped onion with the beef and add some garlic powder. My youngest son likes it when I make it 1/2 pound of beef and a 1/2 pound of spicy sausage and a little onion. My husband likes all variations. Ha! It is a great recipe and is very versatile. In fact, this will probably be what we have for supper because it really does go together fairly fast. Happy cooking!

  • kcrihfield89
    Feb 18, 2014

    These are amazing. Hard to eat as leftovers, but excellent when freshly baked.

  • pajamaangel
    Jan 16, 2014

    I agree with other posters that these are really filling. I only had one and a half, but my boyfriend ate quite a few. He really liked them, but I thought they needed something more. I think I will saute some red pepper with the meat and chilies next time to add more color.

  • Nama7
    Jun 20, 2013

    I just finished making these. I followed the recipe exactly. My hubby is working on his 5th roll. I put a scoop of sour cream on the plate for dipping. This will go on our regular menu rotation

  • brittnipapke
    Mar 16, 2013

    I made a scaled down version of this and used all ingredients but the cumin. They were excellent. Im eating light these days and only had one, and it was quite filling. But I definitely could have had more, they're that good.