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Walking Tacos are just about the best meal ever. How many times do you cook a meal knowing that it’s meant to be eaten as you carry it around? Everything you thought you knew about table manners is out the window with this simple taco recipe!

Fill a Frito or Dorito bag with taco chili, cheese, pico, and sour cream for a party in a bag! Walking Tacos will become your NEW favorite party food!

Speaking of fun foods, make certain that you check out these recipes next – Taco Soup and Caramel Apple Nachos. Because why not go all out with recipes that you know are going to be amazing?!

how to make walking tacos with bags of chips

What is Walking Tacos??

Not only is this walking taco recipe easy to make, but it’s certain to be a treat for the kids, too. This is one of those carnival foods that you can bring right into the comfort of your own home. Talk about a great way to put a spin on Taco Tuesday!

While this recipe is really, really simple to make it’s even more fun to set up your walking taco bar. This is an area that you can pack full of toppings that everyone in the family is going to love. It’s a fun party recipe that everyone will devour!

Then, once they grab their bag of Doritos, they can start piling on the toppings as their tastebuds see fit. Some may want spicy while others may want pounds and pounds of cheese. The best part? Each person gets to decide on their own!

bags of walking tacos

Why Tacos in a Bag?

Even though this recipe was started out as a fun treat, it’s actually one that we do quite frequently. It’s too simple not to!

If you’re running short on time and simple dinner ideas, you really can’t go wrong with this walking taco! It’s the perfect weeknight dinner that is fun to make and eat!

Make certain to check out our 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Chicken Tacos and Taco Ring as well because you can never have too many good taco recipes on hand.

bag of doritos filled with taco ingredients

How to make Walking Tacos with Doritos

The list of ingredients couldn’t be any more simple!

Ingredients to make Easy Walking Tacos

Walking Tacos Toppings

  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Black beans 
  • Jalapeno, sliced
  • Green onions
  • Black olives, sliced 
  • Avocado 
  • Salsa 
  • Pico de Gallo
ingredients needed to make tacos in a bag

How To Make a Taco Bag

Step 1: Cook the beef

Cook ground beef in a skillet on the stovetop until no pink remains.

Step 2: Drain grease

Drain if necessary.

Step 3: Add taco seasoning

Add beef back into the pan,

Sprinkle with taco seasoning and add salsa, stir well and heat through.

Step 4: Serve

Serve immediately with bags of Fritos or Doritos and toppings of your choice.

steps to make walking tacos

Tips For Making Walking Tacos

How do you make a walking taco bar?

To make a walking taco bar, all you need to do is assemble your favorite taco toppings – cheese, lettuce, salsa, etc. –  into bowls along with your favorite small bag of chips. Doritos and Fritos are great options for a taco bar! Then, all you need to do is open the bag, add your taco meat and toppings and you’re good to go! 

What do you serve with walking tacos?

Honestly, this is a meal in itself. But if you’re wanting to serve something with you, you can always start out with some homemade guacamole and ships beforehand.

Because since this is made to walk and eat, there really aren’t too many other food items to add that are mobile.

Who came up with the walking taco?

What a creation, right?! This delicious recipe was actually invented in 1982 at the World’s Fair in TN. It’s quite famous all over now and you’ll find quite the variations as well.

Most people will change out the flavor of chips to make it more unique.

Looking for more fun recipes? I’ve got you covered!

Enjoy this simple walking taco recipe and let me know what you think!

walking taco

Walking Tacos

Walking Tacos are an easy dinner recipe that takes minimal effort for a fun on-the-go meal, camping food, or taco bar party. Pile small chip bags high with all of your favorite taco toppings – meat, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and salsa!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • Small bags of Fritos or Doritos 
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning Recipe or 1 packet store-bought (1 ounce)
  • ½ cup (8 oz) salsa 


  • Cook ground beef in skillet on stovetop until no pink remains
  • Drain if necessary
  • Add beef back into pan
  • Sprinkle with taco seasoning and add salsa, stir well and heat through
  • Serve immediately with bags of Fritos or Doritos and toppings of your choice


  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Black beans 
  • Jalapeno, sliced
  • Green onions
  • Black olives, sliced 
  • Avocado 
  • Salsa 
  • Pico de Gallo
Keyword: taco seasoning, tacos
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!


  1. J Martinez says:

    5 stars
    Actually, Frito-Lay published the first recipe for this dish in 1937. The dish was created by Daisy Doolin, mother of the company owner, Charles Doolin. The marketing department decided to include it in their 1937 recipe book made available to Frito-Lay customers.
    This not only predates the Tennessee claim, but also the Santa Fe claim that it was invented at a local Woolworth’s dining counter.
    The Doolin family has been able to put to rest this dispute by providing documents to confirm their publicity department served Fritos chili pie to a Dallas Dietetic Association in 1949 as well as a copy of the 1937 recipe book.

  2. 5 stars
    I grew up with these being called Fritos Pies. You could order them at dairy queen type drive-ins, high school sporting events, or just make them at home. So good. Thank you for reminding me how good walking tacos/fritos pies can be.

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