Walking Taco

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    Walking tacos are a simple and delicious dinner idea with hardly any clean up. Your favorite taco meat and toppings served in a bag of Fritos or Doritos. These tacos are perfect for parties and potlucks! 

    These are a fun and delicious spin on your classic beef tacos. Instead of serving them in corn or flour tortillas, the meat and toppings are served in a bag of Fritos or Doritos. They have the best flavor and crunch!

    walking taco on white plate

    Walking tacos are fun to make for a grab and go dinner, summer get together, tailgating party or camp fire dinner. Some call them Frito pie, but I know so many that love to use Doritos instead of Fritos as well. Both add a yummy crunch and taste so delicious. These are super easy to make ahead of time and are a great crowd pleaser. There’s also very little clean up, which makes these great for gatherings.

    What is a walking taco?

    It’s basically a portable “taco” where you add taco meat and toppings inside of a small bag of Fritos or Doritos. I know there is a debate on whether these are called walking tacos or frito pie, but we’ve always called them walking tacos. Frito pie has more of a chili base. You can definitely add beans to this taco meat though if preferred.

    walking taco ingredients

    How to make walking tacos

    1. Brown the meat. Cook the meat and onions in a large skillet over medium heat. Once browned, drain off any extra grease.
    2. Add seasonings. Stir in the taco seasoning, salsa (or tomato sauce) and water and bring to a light simmer.
    3. Assemble the tacos. Pour the taco meat into the bag of Fritos or Doritos. I like to crush the chips first, then add the meat. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy with a fork.

    Favorite toppings

    These walking tacos are super easy to customize with your favorite toppings. Below are some of my top picks:

    • shredded lettuce
    • diced tomatoes
    • salsa
    • sliced olives
    • cheese
    • sour cream
    • guacamole
    • cilantro

    walking taco in a dorito bag

    Variations

    • Use ground turkey or a combo of turkey and beef to lighten it up a little.
    • Use kalua pork or salsa chicken in place of taco meat if preferred.
    • You can also add in vegetables such as bell peppers or corn.
    • You can cut the bag along the side and serve on a plate if you prefer.

    Tips for serving a crowd

    • Add in ranch style beans or pinto beans with the meat. This will help bulk up the meat if you’re serving for a crowd.
    • Make the meat ahead of time, then keep warm in the crockpot until serving.
    • Set up a walking taco bar so that guests can easily assemble their own tacos.
    • Don’t forget to set out utensils and napkins for serving. I always include some extra plates as well, in case some guests would rather enjoy on a plate instead of right out of the bag.

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    Walking Taco Recipe

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: walking taco
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 205
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Walking tacos are a simple and delicious dinner idea with hardly any clean up. Your favorite taco meat and toppings served in a bag of Fritos or Doritos. These tacos are perfect for parties and potlucks! 

    Ingredients

    Ground beef

    • 1 pound ground beef , 80-90% lean
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    • 1-2 Tablespoons taco seasoning , more to taste
    • 1/2 cup salsa
    • 1/4 cup water , more as needed

    S&P to taste

      For serving: 6 (1 or 2 ounce) bags of Fritos or Doritos, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, guacamole and sour cream

        Instructions

        • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook until browned, stirring occasionally breaking up any large pieces. 
        • Once browned, drain off any extra grease. Then add in the taco seasoning, salsa or tomato sauce and water. Bring to a light simmer. Add more water as desired. 
        • Add meat into the bag of Fritos or Doritos. Feel free to crush the chips first if desired. You could also serve meat over a bed of lettuce and add crushed chips on top to make a salad.
        • Add your favorite toppings on top and enjoy with a fork.

        Notes

        Nutrition info: Chip bags and toppings are not included in the nutritional value. Add in accordingly for what you use. 

        Nutrition

        Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 285mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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