Aug 29

How To Make Walking Tacos // Tacos In A Bag

Walking Tacos Recipe -- these little tacos in a bag are equally perfect for game day get togethers or busy school nights, even camping… So simple and easy to make! | via @unsophisticook on

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.

Walking Tacos Recipe -- these little tacos in a bag are equally perfect for game day get togethers or busy school nights, even camping… So simple and easy to make! | via @unsophisticook on

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.

Walking Tacos Recipe -- these little tacos in a bag are equally perfect for game day get togethers or busy school nights, even camping… So simple and easy to make! | via @unsophisticook on

by Tara | 31 comments

  • I am totally on board for walking tacos, and even more with that crock pot. What a great idea!

  • Oh my goodness how have I never heard of these? I'm hosting a birthday party soon and these will be perfect : )

  • Granny D

    Thanks for posting this idea! I received one of the triple Crock Pots as a gift from the Kansas Star Casino near me and I was trying to think of something to serve in it at our office Halloween party tomorrow.

  • CWil

    i help run a concession stand and we make these but use cheesy dorito chips..yummo!

  • These are so fun! Love that crock pot!

  • Colette Stanley

    We grew up with these at the pool in the summer, and they're called Frito Pie in Louisiana and Texas! Mmmmmm.

  • My kids love these, they are always a big hit at the concession stand for our school sporting events.

  • Wendy

    Both of my sons play travel sports & going away to tournaments can be tough on the budget. So, a few parents started implementing a walking taco night at each tourney & it works out great. Everyone brings meat, taco fixings or a dessert to share. Such an inexpensive & easy version of a pot luck. The only cooking involved is for the person(s) that brings the meat. If anyone has family in the town we're in, they typically take the job of making the taco meat. Otherwise, people have cooked the hamburger with seasoning ahead of time, popped it in a cooler (later hotel fridge) until the day of the meal & then put it in the crock pot on low/keep warm setting until dinner time. I love this!

  • Nancy

    Love these! We serve them at KSU tailgates - they're perfect! Haven't seen a crock-pot like that one though; love it.

    • KSU as in K-State? (Manhattan KS?)

      • Nancy

        Yep...KSU Wildcats. Purple & Proud :)

  • How very clever and can't wait to give these a try!! Sounds Yummy!

  • We love walking tacos but always serve ours in Doritos bags! Will totally have to try the Fritos version!

  • I've been wanting to try those walking tacos for a while. You've conviced me, I have to try next week!

  • Char

    We call them 'taco in a bag' in Canada. I make the taco meat up ahead of time and then freeze in single serve bags, then just take the remaining ingredients along for quick lunches while camping.

  • Laurel

    I absolutely love this! We are having a get together this weekend and will be trying this out :)

  • Cami

    These are really easy and kids love them. I use cheese doritos for the walking tacos and make another version with the fritos using chili, cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos as toppings. So yummy and always a big hit!

  • Absolutely genius! The possibilities are endless! And I love that crock pot! Walk on Unsophisticook, walk on!! Love it.

  • Rhonda

    these are an awesome idea we also do them when we camp. you can also use nacho cheese doritos or chili cheese Fritos. we also do this at a.m. p.m. we get a bag of nacho cheese doritos or Fritos and add the chili and cheese for the nachos into the bag

  • Christy Lucas

    Great recipe. When I was in high school, we made these for football games in the concession stands. Our only difference was we used Doritos instead of corn chips. Adds a little more flavor.

    • Jeannette

      I also run a stand for my daughters varsity basketball team. Wanted to try them this year. What did u sell them for?

  • We made these camping, if you buy bagged lettuce and cheese, you have no clean up except you pan you cooked your meat in and the crock pot. Love this recipe!

  • Helen Blankenship Cook

    Also very good with Doritos

  • Yolanda

    We call these Frito Pies here. They're made with red chile, pinto beans, cheese and onions.

  • Kayla

    That's so weird! In Iowa, we always use Doritos. I'll have to try Fritos!

  • Since the Kentucky Derby is close to Cinco De Mayo I think I'll do these for our gathering to watch the Derby. Great idea!!

  • Eva

    Sounds more like a frito pie but in a frito bag lol

  • Melissa

    I love these with nacho cheese doritos.

  • Lila

    We use Doritos and cut the bag on the side - makes it so much easier to eat out of the bag.

  • Dris

    Our church sold these at the county fair back in the 80's, except as frito chili pie! Yummmmm!!

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