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Tacos in a Sleeping Bag (Kid Friendly)

I was recently looking over some comments on the OAMM Facebook page, and noticed some requests for more kid-friendly ideas. I hear ya, because sometimes mealtime can be a challenge at my house with my own three picky little eaters.

I created these simple meat-filled rolls one day when I was experimenting with the previous night’s dinner leftovers. My skeptical-to-new-foods-five-year-old wanted to know what I was making and I quickly called them “tacos in a sleeping bag.” Amazingly, giving the dish a really cool name was all I needed to win over the hesitation and I became the coolest mom ever. The “tacos” have become a favorite at our house and I especially love the convinence of freezing a batch to have on hand for quick lunches.


Pam @Once a Month Mom


  • 2 packages refrigerated crescent roll or biscuit dough
  • 1 lbs. ground beef or turkey
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • .5 cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, etc. if desired


Preheat oven to 375ºF. Brown the ground beef or turkey in a skillet. Drain in a colander and rinse well in hot water to remove grease. Return to skillet. Add taco seasoning; mix well. Unroll crescent rolls or biscuits. Top each piece of dough with approx. 2 TBSP taco meat and a sprinkling of cheese. Roll crescent roll around filling (fold over and pinch edges to seal if using biscuit dough). Place on a baking sheet at bake at 375ºF for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream, if desired.

Freezing Directions:

Follow directions as above. When finished baking, allow to cool completely then flash freeze on a cool cookie sheet. When frozen, place in a gallon freezer bag.To serve: Heat frozen taco rolls in microwave for about a minute or reheat in the oven until heated through.

Servings: 16 rolls

Step One: Top each piece of dough with approx. 2 TBSP taco meat and a sprinkling of cheese.

Step Two: Roll dough around filling.

Step Three: Bake at 375ºF for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream, if desired.

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33 Responses to “Tacos in a Sleeping Bag (Kid Friendly)”

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  2. sarah says:

    we do something similar, browned meat mixed with cheese, wrapped in a biscuit. No taco seasoning and we call them suprise burgers. I have never tried freezing them.

  3. jenelle says:

    Love to see the kid friendly ones, we are so bored with lunch this will help.

  4. What a fun recipe! I think you’re right about the cool name factor! We don’t have kids, but the 5 year old that I often am is completely intrigued by this — while the 28 year old shouts NOM NOM NOM! Thanks for linking this up to Friday Potluck!

  5. Tricia, this is such a smart idea! Annalyn likes tacos, but she just eats bits and pieces of all the ingredients. This would be easier – and neater!

  6. Very fun! So true about the name of it!

  7. Tammy says:

    Loved this. I made them using refrigerated pizza dough and they looked Iike Hot Pockets. I also used lentils in place of half of the beef. The kids (5 and 7) did not even notice the lentils. My husband? Not so easy to dupe:)

    • Kathy says:

      yummmm… thanks for mentioning lentils… reminded me that I have a package of madras lentils in my cupboard that will definitely be added to the recipe.

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  12. annelisa says:

    Do you think you could flash freeze these before baking so they taste fresh when baking them as needed? Or would the sauce from the taco meat ooze out?

    I really like these ideas. I’m always short on quick lunches.

  13. Those sound so good! And maybe easier for a toddler to eat? Thanks for joining Tasty Thursdays. :)
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  20. jessica says:

    great farmer’s meal too! what type of baking sheets are these?

  21. april says:

    Has anyone tried these with Bisquick biscuit dough rather than premade refrigerated biscuit dough for a cheaper version?

  22. Dina Knutson says:

    Help! What did I do wrong? I reheated a sleeping bag and put it in my daughter’s lunch. She said it was VERY soggy. Thinking I need to let it cool before sealing it up in a container maybe?

  23. Amy says:

    Made with Immaculate Baking Co. crescent rolls and ground turkey! Yum!

  24. Pattimmac says:

    SERVE with lettuce and tomatoes? Are you kidding? What kid would eat the serve with? Why bother? :)

  25. Nifty says:

    Try freezing without baking them first. Then they will be crispier when you bake them.

  26. Meaghan says:

    Would it work also to put the lettuce and tomatoes inside it?

    • Lisa says:

      I wouldn’t suggest putting the lettuce inside – it will become very soggy. However, the tomatoes should work great! Enjoy!

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