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Sharing How To Make a Walking Taco with you today!  Frito bags filled with flavorful chili and toppings!  Perfect taco in a bag for game day eats!

How To Make a Walking Taco

You are in for the perfect Game Day recipe with my How To Make a Walking Taco!

Happy to help you find the perfect game day eats!  In fact, all this week I will be posting fabulous Superbowl Sunday recipe ideas for you.  All of this party food is so much fun to make!!

So, a month or so ago one of my friends was telling me about these “Walking Tacos,” I said what on earth is a walking taco!?  Come to find out, they make the perfect party food.  It’s a taco in a bag people!!  And you can take them anywhere!  No washing dishes afterwards either!  I thought is was hilarious and the perfect idea, so here you have my take on the perfect walking tacos 🙂

How To Make A Walking Taco

How To Make a Walking Taco

Here are most of your ingredients for the Taco Chili.  Not pictured is the lime and hot sauce.

Taco In A Bag

How To Make a Walking Taco

Go pick up how ever many small bags of Fritos you need.  My grocery store only had the bigger 99 Cent bags, the small ones are perfect, so find those 🙂

How To Make a Walking Taco

Making the chili, dump it all in!

How To Make a Walking Taco

Seasonings that make the chili mmmm!

The BEST Game Day Taco Recipe

How To Make a Walking Taco

Here is your set up.  Open up your Frito Bags, get your chili and all your fixin’s in order…

How To Make a Walking Taco

Now the fun begins, spoon in your taco chili….

How To Make a Walking Taco

Sprinkle in your cheese…

How To Make a Walking Taco

Add your sour cream…..

How To Make a Walking Taco

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

How To Make a Walking Taco

My bags were a little big, so I cut the extra bag off the top to be able to eat my tacos better

How To Make a Walking Taco

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

Tips For How To Make A Walking Taco

*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
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, dinner, party food, quick fix dinner, walking tacos
Servings: 10
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. Open bags of fritos. Spoon in chili, cheese, sour cream and jalapenos. Stick a fork in it and eat!!

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    renee says:

    Those look fantastic, what a great idea!

  3. 3

    I use to eat these at the ball park all the time! Gotta love a Frito Pie 🙂

  4. 4

    What a fun idea! Perfect for a part ~ love the do dishes part.

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    Leiah says:

    we called these frito boats when I was a kid.

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    Leslie says:

    I love this! They often sell this at local high school football games & such. I like your take on it!

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    Robin says:

    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!

  9. 9
    Caitlin says:

    Cute idea!! I’ve never heard of them before, but a great idea!

  10. 10
    Diana says:

    This was a great reminder! We used to eat in the bags like this years ago. We called it Frito Chili Pie. Talk about saving on cleanup!

  11. 11
    Aggie says:

    How cute! I’ve never seen these before!

  12. 12
    Mikalisa says:

    Super idea! Who enjoyed them more? The kids or the adults? Lol. Thanx so much 4 sharing once again!

  13. 13
    Lyn says:

    I saw these at a Woolworth’s in Santa Fe many years ago! Nice to have the recipe!

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    Chris in Iowa says:

    Yes, but here they make them with small bags of Doritos instead of the Frito’s. I love them!

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      B3rL3igh says:

      Yep, we used to have them with Doritos back in high school and middle school. Loved walking taco day!!!

  15. 15
    cassie says:

    I have never heard of walking tacos but what a fun idea!!

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    Bob says:

    I’d never heard of them, but they’re a great idea!

  17. 17
    Carrie says:

    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!

  18. 18

    great idea, I am going to try this!

  19. 19
    Jenifer says:

    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!

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    Kim says:

    Love this idea – actually love all your ideas! We are having friends over and will definitely be making these 🙂

  21. 21
    Julie says:

    I love this idea…really want to try it soon!

  22. 22
    Melissa says:

    Too cute! And no dishes?! I think that is the best part! X-D I would also love to try this with some crushed up cheesy Doritos or Cool Ranch Doritos. Mmmm!

  23. 23

    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 🙂

  24. 24
    Heather J. says:

    I hadn’t heard of these until I went to girl’s camp last year. My favorite thing! Thanks for reminding me….these will be perfect to make next weekend!

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    Debbi says:

    I’ve seen these at sporting events and even at the kids schools for carnivals and stuff. I’ve seen them made with just cheese and doritos too.

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    Amber says:

    This is a meal I learned about my freshman year of college. Perfect meal for college students living in a dorm or an apartment!

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    TIffany says:

    We have these at the Ball Park and everyone LOVES them!! I think they are genius!!

    Love the fun, yummy twist you added to yours!

    Happy Sunday,


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    Ed Schenk says:

    Interesting concept. I have a tendency to eat my tacos hunched over the sink.

  29. 29

    Great idea! My kids are going to love this.

  30. 30
    Nancy says:

    I think we’ll be making these for super bowl Sunday! We used to eat these as kids and I had totally forgotten, thanks for the memory and the recipe!

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    Julie says:

    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.

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    Pam Shank says:

    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

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    Sarah Patino says:

    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.

  34. 34
    Kathy says:

    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!

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    Lisa says:

    This is so clever. I definitely want to try this.

  36. 36
    Brooke says:

    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.

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    Kimm Geria says:

    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.

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    Becca says:

    We call them Frito Boats. They’re also known as Chili Pie. Legendary, these things are 🙂

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    Amanda says:

    Oh my goodness- that is the coolest idea ever!! 🙂 And looks delicious! 😀

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    shauna says:

    This has to be the best idea ever! Sooo excited to make these 🙂

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    Niki says:

    These are big at the high school. You can gett hem at the games or their arts and crafts stuff. They typically don’t use homemade chili though!!!

  42. 42

    I hadn’t heard of these before. What a fun idea!

  43. 43

    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!

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    Kristy says:

    I’ve heard of them, but they were called “Traveling Tacos”, they are yummy!

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    Barb says:


    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 🙂

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    Hannah says:

    Oh yeah! These are great for Girl’s Camp!! Yum!

  47. 47

    What a wonderful idea…….I am gonna copy it for my Frito Chili Pie….love it…cute pics of your boys!!!!

  48. 48

    This is one of my kids favorite school lunches! But yours look so much better. I am not a big fan of fritos and they are good with Doritos also!

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    Amber Jones says:

    What a fantastic idea! thanks for sharing!

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    wagmomof5 says:

    This looks awesome!! I haven’t heard of these before and I can’t wait to try them 🙂 Thanks!

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