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Walking Tacos (Perfect for a Crowd)

Walking Tacos are a fun, delicious, and inexpensive way to feed a crowd! The perfect party food for game day and everyone can make them with all their favorite toppings!

walking taco and a fork

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. It’s essentially a taco in a bag that you can eat on the go!

Tacos make a quick meal and are a super easy way to serve a crowd. Better yet because you don’t have to wash all those dishes that a crowd can leave when the party is over.

How do you make one? The ingredients are the same as regular tacos just served family style and served in a bag.

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bowls of ingredients for walking tacos

Ingredients Needed

Chips – Doritos (cool ranch and spicy nacho are my favorites)

Beef – Ground beef is best but you can use ground turkey or ground lamb.

Taco Seasoning Mix – Use your favorite or homemade. You can also use this recipe for slow cooker taco meat to make a large batch ahead of time.

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My favorite taco toppings:

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 Walking Tacos or a Walking Taco Bar

First: Pick your bag of chips and open the bag at one end.

Second: Crush the bag with your hands or against the counter to crush them into bite-sized pieces.

Third: Add your ground beef mixture to the bag. Add nacho cheese sauce if you like.

Fourth: Top with lettuce, cheese, salsa, etc. Grab a fork and enjoy!

When you are done, just throw the chip bag away. NO DISHES!!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Or dump it all into a dish and make a walking taco casserole for family dinner!

assorted walking taco toppings

If you are a classic or purist and want your walking taco to be a Frito Pie in a bag, start with a bag of Fritos Corn Chips, add chili, cheese sauce, and chopped onions. BOOM!

Can I use any types of chips?

Frito chips are the most popular, but I prefer spicy nacho or cool ranch Doritos!

How to Keep the Ingredients Warm while Tailgating

I prefer to keep my taco meat warm in 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.

walking taco on a marble backdrop

Are they gluten free?

If you use certified GF corn chips or specifically GF chips and taco seasonings then they are GF!

Want more portable snacks? Try my Walking Dessert Tacos and a Walking Gyro taco!

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Fun way to serve a crowd at birthday parties, football games, Cinco de Mayo, and Taco Tuesday!
  • Use homemade taco seasoning for the best flavor.
  • Substitute ground chicken for the beef.
  • This is a great way to use up leftover taco meat.
  • If you don’t have small bags of chips, regular tortilla chips in a bowl work just as well!

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walking tacos

When you need a great idea and an inexpensive way to serve a crowd, serve this easy walking taco recipe, enjoy time with great friends and delicious food, or a football game, and don’t worry about the clean up!

walking taco with a fork

Walking Tacos

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!
4.85 from 19 votes
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Course: Perfect Party Foods
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 433kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart




  • 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!



  • Fun way to serve a crowd at birthday parties, football games, Cinco de Mayo, and Taco Tuesday!
  • Use homemade taco seasoning for the best flavor.
  • Substitute ground chicken for the beef/
  • If you don't have small bags of chips, regular tortilla chips in a bowl work just as well!
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 722mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g

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    Recipe Rating


    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:)

    Michele Hall

    Tuesday 10th of September 2019

    Definitely making these again. So delicious and easy to clean 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!!

    Nikki Lee

    Monday 9th of September 2019

    These are a family favorite! Easy for busy nights or a party! Love them!

    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!