Last updated on August 24th, 2019 at 05:11 pm
Need to feed a crowd with something fun, delicious, and inexpensive? Walking tacos are the perfect portable party food and everyone can use 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 great 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!
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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
- 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:
- Pick your bag of chips
- Open the end
- Crush the bag with your hands or against the counter to crush them into bite-sized pieces.
- Add your meat of choice
- Top with lettuce, cheese, salsa, etc.
- Grab a fork and enjoy
- When you are done, just throw the bag away
- NO DISHES!!
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!
FAQs about Walking Tacos:
- Q: Can I use any types of chips?
A: Yes, you can but I prefer spicy nacho or cool ranch Doritos!
- Q: How keep the warm ingredients warm while tailgating?
A: I prefer a crockpot but if you are traveling, you can place them in an oven proof dish and place in the grill to keep warm.
- Q: How many walking tacos per person do I need?
A: One walking taco per person is usually all you need but if you have hearty eaters, I would allow for 2 per person.
- Q: Are walking tacos gluten free?
A: If you use certified GF corn chips or specifically GF chips and taco seasonings then they are GF!
When you need 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: 433 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 75mg Sodium: 722mg Carbohydrates: 24g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 22g
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