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Appetizer Recipes

Pull-Apart Basketball "Taco"


Fun to serve and delicious to eat - it's a WIN WIN combination!

What You Need

  • 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
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeño slices
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sliced black olives


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. 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 circle on parchment-covered baking sheet. (See tip.)
  3. Spoon meat mixture over crackers; top with cheese, onions and peppers. Cover with remaining crackers, top sides up, to form 19 cracker sandwiches.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 min. or until meat mixture is heated through and cheese is melted.
  5. Garnish with sour cream to resemble seams of basketball; top seams with olives. Serve immediately.
Cooking time (duration)

Prep: 30 min. Total: 45 min.

Number of servings (yield)

19 servings




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Nutritional Information

How to Shape the RITZ Crackers into 9-inch Circle: To make the 9-inch circle of crackers, use 12 crackers to make the outer ring of the circle. Then, use 6 of the remaining crackers to make for 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 1 small corner off bottom of bag; use to pipe sour cream onto dip to resemble basketball. Stand olive slices on ends to form solid black line 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.

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