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Walking tacos are an easy grab-and-go meal that is full of flavor! They are no mess, easy to make, and perfect for large gatherings!!

Add in some Spanish Rice, Pinto Beans, or try serving with other great finger foods like Chicken Flautas.

Walking tacos served in small chip bags.

We Love Easy!

A walking taco is just that, a taco you can eat while walking! It’s more of a taco salad in a bag.

It’s a favorite dinner the whole family loves!

Why we love them:

  • Easy to make. SO simple to make, and easy to clean up – a classic easy dinner!
  • Easy to eat. We love to have them on grab-and-go busy dinner nights or as fun food at outdoor parties or gatherings.
  • For a crowd. Make as little or as much as you need!
  • Change it up. They are completely customizable! Everyone gets exactly what they want – it’s perfect!
Taco seasoned ground beef in a skillet.

Walking Taco Ingredients

  • ground beef Ground beef can be replaced with ground chicken or ground turkey
  • taco seasoning mix Most 1-ounce packets contain about 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning. Make Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix using chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Reduce or increase the amounts according to your desired flavor.
  • water
  • Individual bags of corn chips My family likes Nacho Cheese Doritos or a bag of Fritos with tacos or use your favorites!
  • Toppings lettuce, shredded Mexican cheese, sour cream, guacamole, cherry tomatoes
Small bags of fritos and doritos on a table.

How to Make Walking Tacos

  1. GROUND BEEF. Cook beef and crumble in a large skillet until no longer pink. Drain fat. Add water and taco seasoning, reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  2. TOPPINGS. Slice up or shred any toppings you want to use, including cherry tomatoes, lettuce, or cheese.
  3. ASSEMBLE. Once the meat is done, open chip bags and add toppings, and serve immediately.

Taco Topping Suggestions

Our recipe card lists lettuce, cheese, Guacamole, sour cream, and tomatoes. But some other favorite taco ingredients include:

A white bowl filled with homemade taco seasoning.

Recipe Tips

Walking taco salad is easy to make and even easier to clean up!

  • Easy clean up. They are fun and convenient, but I suggest also having a stack of paper bowls for anyone who would prefer to use them to build their tacos instead. 
  • Feed the masses. For a group. In my experience, most people ate 1-2 servings. Provide both 1-ounce snack-size bags of chips as well as 2-ounce bags for those who want a bigger serving.
Sliced cherry tomatoes and shredded lettuce on a cutting board.

Storing Info

  • Make ahead of time. Cook the taco meat and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Many of the toppings can be prepped the day before and stored until you’re ready to serve.
  • STORE any leftover ingredients in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Walking tacos recipe in small chip bags.

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5 from 8 votes

Walking Tacos Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Walking tacos are an easy grab-and-go meal that is full of flavor! They are no mess, easy to make, and perfect for large gatherings!!
Servings: 6
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 28 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • 6 (1-ounce) packages corn chips Fritos, Chili Cheese Fritos, Doritos
  • Toppings: Lettuce, shredded Mexican cheese, sour cream, guacamole, cherry tomatoes

Instructions 

  • Cook beef and crumble in a large skillet until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  • Add water and taco seasoning, reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Once the meat is done, open chip bags, add toppings, and serve immediately.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 350kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 677mg, Potassium: 242mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 547IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is genius! We do this every time we are camping! My kids even ask for it at home. Such a fun switch up from taco salad.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this very helpful recipe! Will surely have this one again! Really easy to make and tasted amazing! Highly recommended!

  3. 5 stars
    Love the name! it’s very fitting, since that’s exactly what I’m doing as I eat this! It’s perfect for parties & the easiest to prepare!