Walking Taco

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  • Portable and perfect as a snack, appetizer or party dish, Walking Tacos are all the rage and totally delicious! Just pile taco toppings on top of your favorite bag of chips!

    overhead of walking tacos with condiments

    What is a walking taco?

    I had no clue when I first heard the term. I figured it referred to a taco cartoon character with legs. But I was corrected and now I’m here to share my portable taco knowledge.

    Walking tacos are simply all the ingredients for tacos, ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, in a convenient bag. They are eaten with a spoon, fork or spork, if you are lucky enough to get your hands on some! Almost like a Frito Pie.

    close up of walking taco with fixings

    This makes them superior to the classic crunchy taco. We’ve all been there. You nosh into your hot , crispy taco shell to find fresh, luscious lettuce, taco meat and more and what happens?

    The whole shell breaks. Not just into your mouth, but the rest of it too and now you’ve got a taco salad. Not a bad thing, but not what you wanted.

    Walking Tacos prevent the inevitable from happening and just start with a deconstructed taco from the very beginning.

    how to make a walking taco bar - fritos and doritos

    Taco Meat

    I like to use ground beef, but ground chicken or turkey works well too. Feel free to use my homemade taco seasoning or store bought. Make it on the stovetop, but also think about Instant Pot or slow cooker versions if you are feeding a crowd for football games.

    Or just a lively Taco Tuesday…

    Chips

    The type of chips you use is totally up to you and if you are making a walking taco bar (more on that below) you can use a variety.

    Fritos and Doritos seem to be the most popular, but try other flavors like Cool Ranch or even Spicy Cheetos!

    Individual snack size bags work best because you can just cut off the top and be ready to assemble, but if you are serving a crowd you can also set up a taco bag station.

    dorito and frito bagged tacos

    Offer individual plastic bags and place your chips of choice in bowls. Just make sure your bags are big enough to include lots of yummy toppings! Then people can make their own tacos in a bag and mix and match chip options.

    I’ve even seen walking taco bags for sale online. They come in a range of different chip options like Tostitos, Doritos, Fritos and more.

    Walking Taco Bar

    Making a walking taco bar is exactly like making a regular taco bar, but instead you can offer snack size bags of chips, or as described above, other baggie options with a mix-and-match feature.

    ingredients for walking tacos

    Some of our favorite taco toppings include:

    Once you’ve got your toppings figured out, it follows like an assembly line from there. You start with your bag of chips. Put your taco m eat on top (you could even use shredded chicken instead of or as well as beef.)

    taco meat in a skillet

    Then load that baby up with all of the toppings your heart desires! And voila! You’ve just made your first walking taco.

    This is a great option for a fun way to mix up taco night at home. But it’s also perfect for parties and picnics.

    It’s not exactly easy to walk around and mingle while trying to eat a taco. But if you can eat it with a fork out of a bag? Genius!

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    More fun ways to mix up taco night:

    Crispy Pork Tacos
    Crispy Pork Tacos are soft tacos filled with mango salsa, cool avocado, crumbly queso fresco, butter lettuce and crispy onion straws.
    Crispy Pork Tacos are soft tacos filled with mango salsa, cool avocado, crumbly queso fresco, butter lettuce and crispy onion straws.
    Barbacoa Tacos
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    These Barbacoa Tacos are savory, a little spicy, and major crowd pleasers! Get ready for a tasty homemade Mexican dinner!
    Jalapeno Lime Flank Steak Tacos
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    Flank Steak Tacos with a jalapeno lime marinade that will have you craving more. Made with few ingredients and lots of flavor, it's sure to become a family favorite!
    Best Breakfast Tacos
    Homemade breakfast tacos on a cutting board
    Make your own breakfast tacos at home! Perfect for a fun brunch gathering or even serve breakfast for dinner.
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    Walking Taco

    Portable & perfect as a snack, appetizer or party dish, Walking Tacos are totally delicious! Just pile taco toppings on top of your favorite bag of chips!
    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time5 mins
    Total Time25 mins
    Course: Appetizer, Snack
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: walking taco
    Servings: 16
    Calories: 285kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Tacos:

    Instructions

    • Add ground beef to a large skillet, using vegetable oil, if needed. If using lean beef (turkey or chicken) oil will be necessary. Cook until no pink remains.
    • Drain and return to the skillet.
      ground beef cooking in a skillet
    • Add beef back into pan and mix with taco seasoning and salsa, stir well until fully coated.
      ground beef with salsa and seasonings
    • Serve immediately with bags of Fritos or Doritos and toppings of your choice.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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