How To Make A Walking Taco

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What is 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 this easy Walking Taco recipe!

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Walking Tacos

You are in for the perfect Game Day recipe with this easy Walking Taco recipe!  Whether it’s for Super Bowl Sunday, or you’re feeding a crowd, walking tacos are the perfect party food.

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frito bags for walking tacos

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!

Ingredients Needed For Tacos In A Bag

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • onion
  • bell pepper
  • garlic
  • ground beef
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • diced tomatoes
  • prepared salsa
  • tomato paste
  • pinto beans
  • black beans
  • kidney beans
  • black olives
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • hot sauce
  • lime juice
  • cilantro
  • bags of Fritos
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • jalapeno 

 

ingredients for walking taco

How to Make Tacos in a Bag

  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!!

spooning taco meat into bag of walking taco

Can I Use Different Chips For Walking Tacos?

Yes, try Doritos, the Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch varieties work great.

adding sour cream to walking taco bag

Add the sour cream.

How to Assemble Your Walking Tacos

Assembling a walking taco is easy! Follow these step-by-step photos showing you how to make the best walking tacos ever.

adding cheese to walking taco bag

Shredded Cheese!

adding green onions to walking taco bag

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

walking taco in frito bag

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

How To Serve

Serve these convenient bags of tacos for your next party or game day get together. There’s minimal mess to clean up and your guests love them!

How To Store Leftovers

Store any chili and topping leftovers in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Tips For Making the Best Walking Tacos

  1. You can also use snack size bags of Doritos instead of Fritos if you’d like.
  2. Cut the tops off of your bags of Fritos before your guests arrive so it’s easy to fill them with your homemade chili.
walking taco in frito bag
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How To Make A Walking Taco

These Walking Tacos are Frito bags filled with flavorful chili and toppings! Tacos in a bag are perfect for any party!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings: 10 bags
Author: Jenny
Cost: $25
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Equipment

  • Dutch Oven
  • chef knife
  • cutting board

Ingredients

Chili

  • 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

Toppings

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

Instructions

  • 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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102 Responses
  1. Kati

    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*

  2. Deanna

    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”).

  3. 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!!

  4. Nancy

    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!

  5. Whitney

    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. 😀

  6. 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.

  7. Cheryl Newton

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

  8. Cindy

    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.

  9. 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?

  10. Val

    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.

  11. Dani Johnson

    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!

  12. Barb

    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. Prairie Princess

    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!

  14. Niki

    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!!!

  15. 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.

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