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Pull-Apart Basketball "Taco"

Pull-Apart Basketball "Taco"

Prep time30 min
Total time42min
ServingsMakes 19 servings.
  • 1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 pkg. (1 oz.) reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
  • 38 RITZ Crackers, divided
  • 1 cup finely shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped pickled jalapeño slices
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup sliced black olives
  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook meat with taco seasoning mix as directed on package; cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, arrange 19 crackers, with top sides down and sides touching, in solid 9-inch round on parchment-covered baking sheet. (See tip.)
  • Spoon meat mixture over crackers; top with cheese, onions and jalapeño slices. Cover with remaining crackers, top sides up, to make 19 sandwiches.
  • Bake 10 to 12 min. or until meat mixture is heated through and cheese is melted.
  • Use sour cream to make the seams of the basketball; top sour cream with olives. Serve warm.
Nutrition Notes

Share this Mexican-inspired appetizer and feel good knowing it's a smart choice for party fare.

Recipe Tips
  • How to Shape the RITZ Crackers into 9-inch Round
    To make the 9-inch round of crackers, use 12 crackers to make the outer ring of the circle. Then, use 6 of the remaining crackers to make the inner ring. Add remaining cracker to center of ring.
  • How to Easily Garnish to Resemble Basketball
    Spoon sour cream into small resealable plastic bag; press bag to remove excess air before sealing. Cut small piece off one bottom corner of bag; use to pipe sour cream onto dip to resemble lines of a basketball. Stand olive slices on ends to make the solid black lines for the seams.
  • Special Extra
    Don't worry if some of the taco filling goes "out of bounds" while enjoying this appetizer - just scoop it up with additional RITZ Crackers to enjoy.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 6g 
   Saturated fat 2.5g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 20mg 
Sodium 270mg 
Carbohydrate 6g 
   Dietary fiber 0g 
   Total sugars <1g 
   Added sugars <1g 
Protein 7g 
Vitamin A2 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Calcium4 %DV
Iron6 %DV
Potassium2 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV

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