How To Make A Walking Taco

Brace yourself: a Walking Taco is a frito bag filled with flavorful chili and toppings! Tacos in a bag are perfect for any party and let’s face it, just so fun to eat! You have to try them!

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Walking Tacos

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What Is a Walking Taco?

A walking taco is simply your favorite taco ingredients in a chip bag such as Fritos or Doritos.  It’s such a brilliant way to enjoy tacos, especially when you’re entertaining a room full of guests.  Such a fun party food!

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You’ll need to pick up small bags of Fritos or Doritos for your party size.

How to Make Tacos in a Bag

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Here is your set up. Open up your Frito Bags, get your taco chili and all your toppings in order…

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Spoon in your taco chili….

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Add the sour cream.

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Shredded Cheese!

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Add your jalapenos, or green onions if you can’t take the heat 🙂

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Here you have it, your perfect little bag of “Walking Tacos!”

Tips For Making Walking Tacos!

*You can also use snack size bags of Doritos instead of Fritos if you’d like.

*Cut the tops off of your bags of Fritos before your guests arrive so it’s easy to fill them with your homemade chili

How To Make And Eat Walking Tacos

How To Make A Walking Taco

Brace yourself: a Walking Taco is a frito bag filled with flavorful chili and toppings! Tacos in a bag are perfect for any party and let's face it, just so fun to eat! You have to try them!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings: 10 bags
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  • Dutch Oven



  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 6-8 little sweet peppers or 1 green and 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • Pinch of kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Herdez Salsa or your favorite salsa
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 Cup warm water
  • 3 cans of beans drained (I used black, pinto and red kidney)
  • 1 can black olives sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce Tabasco
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of Kosher salt fresh cracked black pepper and Lawry's Garlic Salt with Parsley (to taste)
  • 1/2 Cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • Bags of Fritos


  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped Jalapenos or green onions


  • Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onion and peppers for 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add ground beef, salt and pepper. Cook until browned. Drain if needed. I usually don't need to for the lean beef. Pour in tomatoes, salsa, tomato paste then stir to combine. Add 1 Cup warm water to thin out slightly then add in beans, olives, chili powder, cumin, hot sauce, lime juice, salt, pepper and garlic salt. I start with just a pinch of salt then keep tasting until it's to my liking. Add chopped cilantro and reduce heat to low to simmer until ready to serve.
  • Open bags of fritos. Spoon in chili, cheese, sour cream and jalapenos. Stick a fork in it and eat!!
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108 Responses
  1. Robin

    My high school used to serve these for lunch about once a month! I’m sure the “chili” was just hamburger and tomato paste, but it was still fun!

  2. Carrie

    I’ve heard of them! We used to make them in Girl Scouts (on camping trips) and call them “Tacos in a Bag” (so original…). We used bags of Doritos that we would slightly crush up, and then the usual taco toppings…and we’d always have a big bag of Doritos near by to replenish our bags for seconds! They were a winner with us as young girls, and my mom would also make them for dinner every once in a while!

  3. This is the greatest idea for Sunday’s Game! I just found out we are hosting the big party and I think I’m going to have to make this. It’s simple, and portable. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  4. These are so cool! I just published taco soup on my blog (with Fritos) and a couple of folks were commenting about Walking Tacos, which I had never heard of! This is such a fun, manly idea for a super bowl party 🙂

  5. Julie

    We cut them down the side and they were called frito boats, man I loved me a good frito boat! I’m very excited to introduce this to the kidlets.

  6. Pam Shank

    We have had them for years and are a great fundraiser. I haven’t had them with actual chili..just built from taco meat. looks great and they are fun to eat. thanks

  7. Sarah Patino

    We used to make these on camping trips in Girl Scouts!!! We made so much crud in a bag. Nachos/tacos in a bag, omelets in a bag, I could go on.

  8. Kathy

    We made these for the football concession stand here! And if you’re feeding a larger group, Sam’s club has a box of either fritos (or my favorite–Doritoes) 50 in a box for I think $13… it’s been a while since I’ve done them! My kids love them!

  9. Brooke

    NEVER heard of these before but YUM :)! they look really tasty…. can’t wait to try them out. Thanks for my “you learn something new everyday” lesson.

  10. Kimm Geria

    Our swapmeet use to sell them with regular chili and cheese and you would buy them and walk around the swapmeet eating them. I like your spiffed up version, will definately have to try it.

  11. These are a midwest staple! You can find them at every sporting event concession stand in these parts. We also make them for birthday parties, tailgating, you name it. They are so easy and delicious. We either use taco meat or chili or if you’re feeling really dangerous BOTH! Midwesterners cut the bags on the side seem to allow better access to the “goods”. The taco chili looks delish, will definitely have to try your variation!

  12. Jenny-

    YOU ARE A GENIUS! I was wondering what fun thing I could make for next weekend’s superbowl mania, and now I have it! Thank you!!!! What a awesome idea. Make my wheels spin on whatelse you could eat in a bag… maybe chicken casserols in a funions chip bag. well,,, maybe not 🙂

  13. I am living in Mexico with my husband and they actually sell this type of thing in the restaurant. They use doritos, lettuce, salsa, peppers, tomatoes, onions and a type of pork. They taste really yummy. Your version looks tempting as well. And, what is great is I can find all the ingredients. It is hard to find some basic things down here. Although I am pretty sure they don’t have Fritos. I can substitute some other kind of bagged chips…like Doritos. Thanks for posting. Love your website. Since I can’t find a lot of the ingredients I just have to look, but that is fun in it’s own way.

  14. Megan H.

    Found the little bags of fritos! Sweet! I cant wait to surprise my hubby with the walking taco! hahaha… how big are the cans of diced tomatoes?

  15. My daughter first saw these after she moved 2 states away from me. (darn son in law) HAHA, they are BIG where she lives. At every ball game, the art in the park festival, craft shows, garage sales. They are done differently there, but the concept is the same.

  16. Cheryl Newton

    How much chopped cilantro should I use? It’s mentioned in the directions, but not listed in the ingredients.

  17. gibsonj338

    Today, I went to the store to get the stuff to make Walking Tacos before I stumbled onto this website. When I was in elementary school, I went to this camp with my church and the group made Walking Tacos for dinner one night but only with chili from a can, corn chips and cheese and put the ingredients into a bowl and ate them that way. I never thought about putting all of the ingredients into the corn chip bag. The only thing you would have to clean would be the spoon(s) and the knife (when cutting the jalapenos).

    P.S. I’ve always known this recepie as Walking Tacos and nothing else.

  18. Never heard of these before. Love the idea. I can’t seem to get my kids to eat chili. Hopefully this one will work. Trying it tomorrow night. Thanks for all your awesome ideas. 😀

  19. Walking tacos are a staple in Northern Iowa where we used to live! They are our first & last day of school tradition. We just use regular doritos & regular taco fixin’s. But your recipe might actually be suitable to serve to outsiders!

  20. kristin

    These are such fun! Try doritos for a different flavor. Here’s a little hint– when cutting your bag open, cut it from bottom to top, that way you have more room to get the ingredients in and out!!

  21. love these! In texas we call them Frito pie and slit the bag down the side and hold it so it is a horizontal rectangle instead of vertical rectangle (makes a wider “bowl”).

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  23. Delicious! I believe these are fairly new, but we’ve been selling them at our swim meets for a few years, actually.

    Now to go convince my family to let me make it… *heehee*

  24. Shannon

    About how many does this make? I’m trying to plan meals for a camping trip for about 25 people and not sure if I need to double, triple, or quad this recipe. Looks super easy and delish!

  25. Janine

    I had never heard of these until my cousin had them on her dinner menu one week. I asked her what they were but she couldn’t really tell me how to make them since it’s a dumb and pour thing. She grew up eating them at the state fair. I’m excited to try them!

  26. Carie

    Never heard of these, but am putting them on my camping menu that I’m putting together right now! Thanks, the fam will love these this weekend! 🙂

  27. Vicky

    This is Frito Pie! A staple at all Friday night Texas high school football games. I graduated high school in 1979 and we were definitely eating it back then. I know my Dad made Frito pie when he was young in the 1940’s. Its a Texas thing, y’all! I’ve never heard it called a “walking taco”, though.

  28. Misskaren

    We used to eat these @ the little league field, I make them all the time still. We cut the bag long ways down side easier to stir it all together. They were called pepper belly’s. With chilli,

  29. Jade

    These look disgusting. The first thing that caught my eye was the Fritos. If you didn’t already know, Frito-Lay uses genetically modified ingredients which is basically like eating poison. You are feeding your children poison. Not to mention the other ingredients, I think I saw one can or two labeled as organic. You enjoying that rbgh filled cow? Mmm….No.
    Also…You are eating out of bag and encouraging others to do so, horses eat out of bags. People eat off of plates, I don’t care if there is a football game on.
    All in all, I would have to give this food a 1 on the 1-10 scale. I myself can make some delicious REAL tacos, in REAL tortillas, and if need be, serve them on paper plates. My god, woman.

  30. Jody

    We have these a lot in Texas. We call them Frito pies. We cut the bag along the side instead of the top for easier access. Love the new take on them. Great idea!

  31. James

    I was having a hard time putting together a meal for my upcoming camping trip, this is perfect! Can I ask how many people this recipe was able to feed? What quart size is your dutch oven? I want to make sure I have enough to feed 25 people. Thank you for sharing.

  32. try opening the side of bag not the cutting off top… this is the way we did MRE’s
    gives a larger and shallower opening to eat out of… otherwise the same
    enjoy… and if you lay it on the ground before you start you don’t worry about dropping it…

  33. Shilo Watts

    I know those pictures were set up.

    You would NEVER let hubby eat food on the couch, much less something that could be so messy as this.

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  36. Sara H

    I am making these for our gender reveal party, except I’m calling them “Tacos in a Blanket” and adding little babies in blankets to my menu sign. Expecting 50+ people so I’m excited for fewer dishes and mess!

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  38. Michele

    We call them Frito Pie, and you can omit the toppings, just use canned chili, or even use other kinds of corn chips. No limits on your creativity and tastes!

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