Walking Tacos

If you’ve ever bought one of those huge variety packs of snack sized chips, what’s always the last kind of chip left in the bag? The Fritos.

Maybe these aren’t new to you, but I first heard about Walking Tacos from my sister Shelly. The whole concept is that these are tacos on the run…or walk. Take a snack sized bag of Fritos or Doritos and crush them up. Open the bag and fill it with taco meat and all of your favorite taco toppings.

Then your free to roam, work the crowd, or watch the game without being tied down to a table.

The best part is that there are no plates and easy cleanup. Use a disposable fork or if you’re feeling fancy, a plastic fork from IKEA.

No, I don’t have big hairy man hands. My husband grabbed one to go.
I know it’s hard so let me walk you through this. First, crush your chips with the bag still closed.
Open the bag, scoop some taco meat inside, and then add your favorite toppings. Our toppings included black beans (which add some bulk if you’re trying to feed a crowd), lettuce, tomato, sour cream, shredded cheese, and a salsa/ranch mixture.
Walking Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 (1 ounce) taco seasoning packet (or this homemade taco seasoning)
  • 6-8 snack sized bags of Fritos or Doritos
  • Suggested Toppings:
  • black beans
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • ranch/salsa mixture (1:1 ratio prepared ranch dressing and your favorite salsa)

Instructions

  1. Brown beef or turkey and drain the fat. Add the onion to the meat and sautee a couple of minutes until soft. Add the taco seasoning along with 1/2 cup of water and simmer until water is absorbed. If serving immediate pour in a bowl. You can also combine the meat and black beans if you want and keep them warm in a slow cooker.
  2. Crush your chips with your hands and open your bag. Add whatever toppings you desire and eat with a fork as you walk around! I always drizzle it with my ranch/salsa mixture.
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  1. Reminds me of my childhood and Frito Boats! Love!

  2. Those of us from Texas have been doing this for years! It’s a high school football favorite. Cut a snack sized bag of Fritos lengthwise, top with chili, cheese, and onions, and eat with a spoon out of the bag. It’s Frito Pie to go. Brings back memories of fall nights!

  3. Um, the Fritos are the FIRST to go in my house. They are divine.

    I’ve seen this before at county fairs. I’m sure haters will say it’s cheap and bad for you…but, dang, it’s good.

  4. We had something similar at a campout. We had chips and chili. You just have to be careful that the chili has cooled down so you don’t burn your hands.

  5. Looks simple and.yummy :)
    question about this “ranch/salsa” stuff though… sounds magical!! Can you please share the recipe with me ?????

  6. Ranch/Salsa is just what it sounds like. 1 part ranch and 1 part salsa mixed together. Makes a great dressing for a salad or for these walking tacos. Guess what’s on my menu this weekend?

  7. Cool idea ;)

  8. Best invention ever!!

    Will need to try it :)

    Talitha
    http://www.ttimechatter.com

  9. Yuppers! Us Texans call this yummy dish Frito Pie
    Had my very first one at the Oklahoma State Fair over 20 years ago and has been a favorite in our household ever since. Great item while watching the Super Bowl.
    ColleenB.
    Texas

  10. These are called Frito Pies and were invented at a Woolworths lunch counter in Santa Fe, New Mexico several decades ago. Just a little history…

    • Woolworths lunch counter – now that is really history. Shopping in Independence, Missouri and then lunch at Woolworths – was really a treat way back when.

  11. What a great idea! I love it!!

  12. These make great camping food! I love your photos. :-)

  13. I LOVE this idea – so much fun!

  14. We had these in high school. The student government would make these for us and we’d go outside and eat them with live music and stuff. It was super fun- and they are super yummy. I will need to make these for my husband for fun sometime! :)

  15. this is such a great idea! love your colorful bowls and spoons too :)

  16. Walkin Tacos are a huge hit at our house and also at our Scout camps. Thanks for sharing, despite the fact that the “only from scratch” people will surely come after you for it. ;)

  17. @Gina,
    Yes, Jeanine’s right. Just equal parts salsa and ranch.

  18. I looove walking tacos! So delish

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

  19. I’ve seen this before but haven’t tried it yet. Will have to give it a go this football season!

  20. What a great I dea. I’ve never heard of it but canr wait to try it

    Irene

  21. Love the pictures!

  22. I think we’re gonna do this for my kids’ birthday party next year :) What a wonderfully easy, but different idea!!!

  23. Our school in MO has been selling these for years at football games. I organize an annual Christmas vendor fair, and made these last year to sell in our concession stand, but I made 20 pounds of hamburger into sloppy joes, and used it for sandwiches and walking tacos with Doritos. Very big sellers!

  24. We served these at the concession stands of my brother’s T-Ball games. That was about mid-70′s. But we called them Frito Pie, and I don’t remember seeing anyone crush the chips.

    And Fritos are the last chips to be eaten? They’re first here, they’re great with bean dip, ok with queso if you’re out of regular corn chips, and Frito salads are awesome!

  25. Can this be made ahead of time and place in a lunch pail to be eaten 3 – 4 hrs later? Sounds great

  26. We used to have this for school lunches until we got new food guide lines.

  27. Yum! These look really good. My husband loves them, but I’ve actually never tried them. FIrst time for everything, I guess!

  28. My kids like this with the Dorito bags! Extra spicy!

  29. @Anonymous,
    I don’t know the guidelines for how long you can keep these out. I would think you should eat them hot too.

  30. whata awesome idea!! I need to do this :)
    http://www.yourcharmedlifeblog.com

  31. My friend does this too…she calls it Taco in a Bag! Awesome meal for camping!

  32. This is a very clever idea. Sounds easy enough to make. I actually think it’s kind of healthy because just a small snack size bag of Fritos will ensure you don’t overeat. Definitely can’t wait to try these!

  33. Such a cute idea! It actually reminds me of Frito Pie- I’ve never tried it but one of my ex-boyfriends was from Texas and would always ask me to make it for him, haha!

  34. I recommend trying this recipe with Nacho Cheese Doritos as well! That is how they were served at our concession stands in Iowa. :)

  35. This is the kids’ favorite meal at the camp I work at!

  36. that’s almost like a “Frito pie” that’s what we call it in New Mexico. It is usually a bed of fritos, refried beans – most people prefer ground beef then the regular taco toppings.
    It’s a favorite during the warm months.

  37. we have always had these since i remember i’m from Texas an we call them Frito pies we add chili with no bean nacho cheese and add anything u like in your nachos yummy

  38. I have a question made tacos last night, can i still make this? I was thinking about putting corn chips in a baking dish then layering the taco meat, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and salsa. Put in oven and heat up for like 15-20 min.. What do you think?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Joann,
      I would definitely heat up the meat and cheese. I wouldn’t top it with the tomatoes, lettuce, and salsa until after you pull it out of the oven… Sounds good though.

  39. I just came across this and I absolutely love the idea! Not sure we can get Fritos in Germany but I will have a look around for something similar!

  40. Vorece VAnderveer says:

    Young lady, I’ve had so much fun with your recipes and getting them from you. My Grandmother made things like the walking tacos/frito pie. Leftover cornbread was the bass of the sandwich. Whatever was left over from dinner(lunch) was put on or in the cornbread. I had forgotten that, thank you for reminding me.

  41. Christy- We LOVE this idea!! It’s totally a family favorite now. Just wanted you to know it was featured on our site today: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/food/101-camping-tips-ideas/ Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  42. Had flagged this awhile back and decided it was time to have this on my menu for this week; after making them am wondering why it took me so long. My boys loved them and I loved clean up. Thank you.

  43. I served Frito Chili Pies when I worked at the A & W Root Beer restaurant in my hometown 54 years ago. They’ve been served in my home also for over half a century, and my Mom and Dad used to eat them too! We topped it with grated cheese and onions. Now I make the chili with my own home-made low sodium DIY seasoning in a large batch and divide it into individual portions to be used with a pound of ground beef. My hubby loves it so much I usually make two pounds because he always wants more, and I use leftover chili in soft corn tortillas or to make enchiladas with. This is a real kid-pleaser recipe!

  44. This is a favorite in our family. But this is how we make them.. My husband is really good at making his chili, so when were on a budget he makes a big pot and the first night we have chili with cornbread, the next night we make elbow noodles and mix that into the chili, and for lunch we have frito chili pies with the left over chili. We use frito corn chips, topped with chili, shredded cheese, and mustard!! It is the best!:-) And you can also use the the left over chili to make chili hot dogs & chili cheese fries. But if we decide to eat it all in one night, then my husband and son eat their chili with noodles, and me and my daughter make our chili frito pies with mustard. Every time my husband makes his famous chili “in our family”;-) I always have to ask “did you get the fritos?” Haha He has had to go back to the store so many times that finially after 15yrs he’s got it down and doesn’t for get any more!lol And thank you Christy for this great idea! It’s something new we haven’t tried but now I’ve got dinner plans tonight!:-) btw this is my first time to your site and I’ve booked marked it and look forward to seeing your new ideas!thanks:-)

  45. Instead of eating it with Fritos.. you ought to try it with Doritos. That’s what we all use here in Ohio! <3

  46. How much black bean in the recipe?

  47. My church has sold these for years at our tows annual Old Settler days, and they are truly a hit!!