Last updated on March 12th, 2020 at 01:20 pm
Walking tacos are a fun, delicious, and inexpensive way to feed a crowd! The perfect portable party food and everyone can make them with all their favorite toppings!
What is a walking taco?
Have you heard of a walking taco before? Maybe you have already had one and didn’t know that it had a name. A walking taco is essentially a taco in a bag that you can eat on the go!
Tacos are a super easy way to serve a crowd and even better because you don’t have to wash all those dishes that a crowd can leave when the party is over.
How do you make a walking taco? Walking taco ingredients are the same as regular tacos just served family style and served in a bag!
If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy walking tacos recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Taco in a bag
The best way to describe a walking taco is a taco in a bag! Having chips in a perfectly portioned bag is the best way to start! Most walking tacos start with Fritos or corn chips as most tacos do, if you like the hard shell tacos, but I like to start with Doritos.
Small bags of Cool Ranch and Spicy Nacho are the best flavor for the chips in my opinion. These chips can be purchased separately but if you have a crowd you can buy a box of 20-30 chips in an assortment of flavors, including Fritos.
Once you have your chips picked out, gather the rest of your favorite taco ingredients and toppings!
A few of my favorite Walking Taco Toppings:
- taco seasoning ground beef, ground turkey, or shredded chicken
- chili, with or without beans
- nacho cheese sauce
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomatoes
- diced onion
- salsa verde
- sour cream
- shredded cheese
- pico de gallo
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Walking taco recipe
To get your crowd to start assembling their walking taco bags, put your toppings on a table so the crowd can see them and reach them easily. You can make a sign or just demonstrate with the first one.
How to make a walking taco:
Step One: Pick your bag of chips
Step Two: Open the bag at one end
Step Three: Crush the bag with your hands or against the counter to crush them into bite-sized pieces
Step Four: Add your meat of choice
Step Five: Top with lettuce, cheese, salsa, etc
Step Six: Grab a fork and enjoy!
When you are done, just throw the bag away
If you are a classic or purist and want your walking taco to be a Frito Pie in a bag, start with Frito Corn Chips, add chili, cheese sauce, and chopped onions. BOOM!
Can I use any types of chips?
Yes, you can but I prefer spicy nacho or cool ranch Doritos!
How keep the warm ingredients warm while tailgating?
I prefer a crock pot but if you are traveling, you can place them in an oven proof dish and place in the grill to keep warm.
How many walking tacos per person do I need?
One walking taco per person is usually all you need but if you have hearty eaters, I would allow for 2 per person.
Are walking tacos gluten free?
If you use certified GF corn chips or specifically GF chips and taco seasonings then they are GF!
When you need a great idea and an inexpensive way to serve a crowd, have a walking taco bar, enjoy time with great friends and delicious food, and don’t worry about the clean up!
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Easy Walking Tacos Recipe
- 5 1-ounce bags Nacho Doritos
- 5 1-ounce bags Cool Ranch Doritos
- 5 1-ounce bags Kettle Chips
- 5 1-ounce bags Corn Chips
- 2 pounds ground beef, chicken, or turkey, cooked with taco seasoning, and drained
- 1 cup chili
- 1 cup cheese sauce
- 2 large tomatoes, diced small
- 2 cups lettuce, shredded
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups salsa
- 1 cup guacamole
- 1 cup pico de gallo
- 3 jalapeños, sliced
- 1 cup chopped onions
- Southwest or Taco Seasoning
- If you haven't already done so, cook your meat of choice with taco or southwest seasoning per package directions.
- Keep warm in a crock pot or in the oven, along with cheese sauce, and prepared chili.
- Prepare, chop, and slice all the toppings and put in serving bowls or containers.
- To prepare a walking taco, start by picking your chips.
- Open the bag and gently crush or smash the chips into small pieces.
- Add your favorite toppings to the bag of crushed chips.
- Stir and enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 722mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 22g
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