This walking taco is served straight out of a bag of Fritos for a super-easy and delicious lunch or dinner. It's a taco in a bag that's perfect for a Game Day party, picnic, campfire meal.

Walking Tacos are a really fun on-the-go meal you can assemble in minutes. This taco in a bag features Frito chips covered with seasoned ground beef and your favorite toppings. They’re always a hit at parties, picnics, campfires, game day and more!

Closeup of a walking taco made with Fritos, ground beef, cheese and onions, served out the bag of chips and eaten with a fork

Everyone needs to try this walking taco recipe at least once. It’s bursting with taco flavors and so much fun to eat! You can get this budget-friendly meal ready ahead of time and there’s almost no cleanup.

So what is a walking taco exactly? It’s a taco in a bag of chips like Fritos, instead of a taco shell. Meat or chili is spooned onto the chips along with toppings, and the whole dish is eaten from the bag.

The original walking taco recipe is a bit of a mystery, but you can find them being served today out of stadium concession stands in Texas and the Midwest. You might see them called a traveling taco or Frito pie in a bag, but it’s all the same thing!

This taco in a bag is a great on-the-go meal that works equally well as a casual dish for Game Day and other parties.

HOW TO MAKE A WALKING TACO

All you need for walking taco ingredients are the following:

  • Bags of Fritos chips
  • Ground beef (or chili beans for a vegetarian option)
  • Seasoning: storebought or homemade taco seasoning
  • Toppings: diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese etc.
  • Condiments: salsa, guacamole, sour cream etc.

This recipe is also a great way to use up leftover ground beef and chili (chili in a bag!).

This walking taco recipe features Fritos, ground beef, cheese, onions. This dish is easy to assemble at a party by putting out a walking taco bar

WALKING TACO BAR IDEAS

When you’re making walking tacos for a crowd, definitely consider setting up a walking taco bar so everyone loves can add their own toppings. It’s part of the fun for your guests, plus it’s easier for the host too!

You’ll need chips, seasoned beef, chopped onions, cheese and shredded lettuce. For condiments, put out your favorites like salsa, guacamole, sour cream and/or hot sauce.

There are also walking taco bags available for easy serving! These special bags unzip horizontally so it’s easy to add toppings to the walking taco chips inside. In addition to Fritos, there are also Doritos walking taco bags, Tostitos and even Cheetos!

Closeup of a taco in a bag with Frito chips, chili and onions

Closeup of a walking taco made with Fritos, ground beef, cheese and onions, served out the bag of chips and eaten with a fork
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Walking Taco (Taco in a Bag)

Walking Tacos are a really fun on-the-go meal you can assemble in minutes. This taco in a bag features Frito chips covered with seasoned ground beef and your favorite toppings.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 4-oz bags Fritos, or Doritos (4 oz bags - see note)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 oz taco seasoning mix, 3 tbsp, low sodium recommended

Toppings (Optional)

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cups lettuce, shredded
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, cheddar or similar

Condiments (Optional)

  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • sour cream

Instructions

  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and ground beef.
  • Sauté the beef for 5 minutes, stirring regularly to brown evenly. Add the taco seasoning and stir for 1 minute more. Remove from heat.
  • Assemble the walking tacos by spooning cooked beef onto the Fritos followed by toppings and condiments. Alternatively, arrange a walking taco bar and let people assemble their own.

Nutrition

Serving: 100g, Calories: 261kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 674mg, Potassium: 351mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 16.3%, Vitamin C: 5%, Calcium: 20.4%, Iron: 13.4%
Author: TipBuzz
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex
Keyword: taco in a bag, traveling taco, walking taco

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