Updated from the archives -- originally posted in October 2012
You might be wondering just exactly what are walking tacos, and I totally get your confusion. I was also puzzled the first time I heard the term... I mean, tacos seem pretty portable as is. Right?
But after learning that they're just typical taco fixings added to a snack size bag of Fritos (or Doritos, as commenters have suggested), I am totally in love with them. I mean they're easy to make and relatively mess-free -- what's not to love? Walking tacos are not only perfect for quick meals before I have to get the kids to the sports practice of the day, they're also a fantastic option for game day get togethers.
The Crock-Pot Triple Dipper is the perfect way to serve walking tacos. The three 1-quart mini crocks hold the perfect amount for a small crowd!
I filled mine up with seasoned ground beef (2 lb. browned ground beef + 4 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning + 1/2 cup of water), Velveeta queso (16 oz. Velveeta + 1 can Rotel), and spicy black beans (2 cans black beans drained and rinsed + homemade taco seasoning to taste). A cheaper alternative to the seasoned ground beef is this seasoned beef & beans taco meat, which will really stretch your ground beef further.
Update August 2016: Unfortunately, it looks like the Triple Dipper has been discontinued -- bummer! Two or three of these Crock-Pot Little Dippers would be a great alternative for keeping your taco meat and other fixings warm.
Additional toppings I had available were chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream. Fresh pico de gallo and/or this super simple guacamole recipe would be perfect, as well.
I will say that finding just the snack size bags of Fritos at the grocery store can be pretty difficult. They typically only come in a variety pack with other chips, meaning you only get a few bags of Fritos. But I discovered you can pick up this box of 50 bags on Amazon for as little as $0.22 per bag! Now if I can just keep my kids from taking them in their lunches...
P.S. For those of you that prefer Doritos, you can find the snack size bags of Doritos on Amazon, too -- as low as $0.26 per bag!
There really is no set-in-stone walking taco recipe. Just open a snack size bag of Fritos (or Doritos) and add your desired toppings. (I like a little of everything.) Eat it straight from the bag, and the entire thing can be tossed when you're finished -- so simple!
Have you ever served walking tacos? I can see these being a big hit at birthday parties, too! Or what about for camping?! Check the comments for lots more suggestions.