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Walking Tacos – Portable Party Tacos for a Crowd!

Walking Tacos – Portable Party Tacos for a Crowd!

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!

Other portable party foods to try are my Walking Gyros, Walking Dessert Tacos, and these Street Corn Empanadas!

close up of eating a walking taco

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.

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!

basket of chips

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 seasoned ground beef, ground turkey, or shredded chicken
  • chili, with or without beans
  • nacho cheese sauce
  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • diced onion
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • salsa verde
  • jalapeños
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • pico de gallo
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overhead picture of toppings for taco bar

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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!

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closeup of inside of a walking taco

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!

Other favorite taco toppings!

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bag of doritos with text "walking tacos"

Easy Walking Tacos Recipe

close up of eating a walking taco

Walking Tacos - Bag Snack Bar

Yield: 12 tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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!





  1. If you haven't already done so, cook your meat of choice with taco or southwest seasoning per package directions.
  2. Keep warm in a crock pot or in the oven, along with cheese sauce, and prepared chili.
  3. Prepare, chop, and slice all the toppings and put in serving bowls or containers.
  4. To prepare a walking taco, start by picking your chips.
  5. Open the bag and gently crush or smash the chips into small pieces.
  6. Add your favorite toppings to the bag of crushed chips.
  7. 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

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Wednesday 30th of October 2019

Make for Halloween every year at office. Staff love them and look forward to them yearly. Glad this recipe is easy and delicious


Thursday 31st of October 2019

Thank you! Check out my walking Gyros and dessert tacos too if you are looking to change things up:)


Tuesday 10th of September 2019

These were so awesome for game day last week! Super easy to serve, tasted amazing and the best part---- EASY CLEANUP!!

Lisa Hitzeman

Monday 9th of September 2019

These are so fun and perfect for a crowd! I'm going to make these for our next football party!

Michaela Kenkel

Monday 9th of September 2019

Made these for our watch party this weekend!! Loved the recipe and all of your helpful tips and ideas. I wish these delicious walking tacos could have helped my team! ;)

Brandi Burgess

Sunday 8th of September 2019

This is one of our FAVORITE meals! So kid friendly and EASY for a crowd!

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