Our Walking Taco Bar is the perfect way to serve up a saucy taco filling and your favorite toppings for the big game and Cinco de Mayo too. Crush the chips in your bag, top them with a flavorful beef taco filling, pile high with lots of taco toppings, add a plastic fork and you're all set!
Walking Taco Bar Recipe
How much fun is this? Adults and kids can walk around with their portable taco in hand and even jump up and down without making a mess when your favorite team scores a touchdown!
Our homemade beef taco filling will stay warm in your slow cooker during the game so guests can serve themselves. A walking taco recipe is an easy way to enjoy a taco and it's many taco toppings and keep it all in the bag!
A walking taco is a fun way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo too!
It's guaranteed, everyone will love our tacos to go recipe whenever you serve them! Because, really now, who can resist a taco in a bag?
When dining on a Walking Taco plastic forks are the typical utensil to use and offering them in team colors makes for even more game day fun!
Frito corn chips or Doritos nacho chips both are common "portable chip bags" to serve at your taco bar party, the choice is yours. I chose Doritos for a little extra spice and flavor.
Be sure to crush the chips in your bag before assembling your walking taco so they're easy to eat.
A walking taco is sometimes called a frito pie depending on what part of the country you live in. Whatever you call it, our easy walking taco recipe is a great way to serve up this fun recipe!
We have lots more taco recipes here at Swirls for all your taco lovers! You’ll definitely want to check them out.
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Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Make your taco filling with ground turkey
- Serve with nacho chips
- Make a vegetarian taco filling
- Replace the ground beef with ground chicken
- Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef
- Make vegetarian tacos and replace the ground beef with black beans
- Use ground pork in place of the ground beef
Walking Taco Bar Ingredients
Once you have your bag of chips and beef taco filling, it's time to think about piling on all of your favorite taco bar ingredients! Let the taco party begin and let your imagination run wild with bowls of assorted toppings such as:
- black beans
- chopped onions
- chopped tomatoes
- fresh heirloom tomato salsa
- homemade mango salsa
- homemade peach salsa
- refried beans
- shredded lettuce
- sliced jalapenos
- sour cream
Types of meat for tacos
- Ground beef
- Ground chicken
- Ground pork
- Ground turkey
- Vegan ground beef substitute
Chips for walking tacos
Feel free to serve your walking taco with your favorite chips or offer a variety of chips such as:
- Corn chips
- Nacho chips
- Potato chips
- Ranch tortilla chips
- Scoops tortilla chips
- Tortilla chips
And here's a print out that you can display on your Walking Taco table for your guests that explains the steps for making their Walking Tacos!
How to make walking tacos
Scroll down for the full recipe instructions and ingredient amounts in the recipe card below
- Cook ground beef, onion, garlic and taco seasoning until beef is browned.
- Stir in tomato sauce and green chiles and bring to a boil then simmer.
- Serve with your taco toppings in individual bowls and bags of tortilla chips.
Decorations for a taco party
Anytime I serve tacos is a good time for a taco party! But really, tacos are the best party food and I love the festive atmosphere when you have a Walking Taco Bar fiesta.
Start with hanging this Taco About A Party Banner (this makes me crack up every time!), add a colorful Serepe Plastic Tablecloth, or this set of hand woven serape table runners in fextive colors (or both!) and these adorable Fiesta Paper Striped Party Straws with Tacos, Sombreros and more on them.
A taco serving plate with all the sections is an ideal way to serve all your favorite toppings and be sure to don your let's taco about it t-shirt (again, cracking up here!) and let the fiesta begin!
Easy Taco Recipes
- Chicken Street Tacos
- Fish Tacos
- Skirt Steak Tacos
- Mini Taco Bowls from Jersey Girl Cooks
- Easy Pork Street Tacos from Grumpy's Honeybunch
Ingredients for tacos in a bag
- ground beef - base for your taco filling
- onion - adds savory notes
- garlic - gives a depth of flavor
- homemade taco seasoning or storebought taco seasoning - provides all the spices for your taco filling
- tomato sauce - makes it saucy!
- chopped green chiles - for added flavor and heat
- your favorite taco toppings, such as shredded cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and jalapenos
- snack size bags nacho chips or corn chips
Game Day Recipes
Plan on offering a variety of foods for those football enthusiasts? Dips and hand held food recipes are an easy way to feed those hungry sports fans.
Pretzel Ranch Chicken Tenders is an easy recipe with a crunchy pretzel coating and spicy dipping sauce making them a perfect appetizer for movie night, watching the big game or a fun dinner for kids.
I’ve turned the comfort food favorite of Chicken Parmesan into trendy Chicken Parmesan Sliders for your Super Bowl party! A seasoned mini chicken burger coated in crunchy panko breadcrumbs is topped with melty mozzarella cheese and seasoned sauce and served on mini slider buns.
Cheeseburger Empanadas are the perfect finger food and so much fun to eat! Filled with a ground beef filling bursting with the flavors of cheeseburgers, even the kids will love these little pockets of goodness!
Get out your slow cooker for these Cranberry Sweet & Sour Meatballs. Simply put frozen meatballs in your favorite slow cooker, top with just a few ingredients and let them cook themselves. You’ll end up with amazingly saucy meatballs that your guests will go crazy over! Bet you can’t eat just one!
Dill Pickle Dip is an easy recipe for a creamy, tangy cream cheese dip that’s flavored with pickles, relish, pickle juice and fresh dill. A delicious party dip that takes just minutes to make and will be a hit at your next get together!
Did you know that you can have your spaghetti and meatballs and eat your pizza too with Deep Dish Spaghetti & Meatball Pizza? Cut in bite size pieces for a delicious party appetizer or serve as a main dish. Either way, kids (big and little) will love this pizza for sure!
Walking Taco Bar
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- 2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 Tbs. homemade taco seasoning or store bought taco seasoning
- 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
- 1 can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles
- your favorite taco toppings , such as shredded cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and jalapenos
- 8` snack size bags nacho chips or corn chips , such as Doritos or Fritos
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- Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and cook ground beef, onion, garlic and taco seasoning until beef is browned, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in tomato sauce and green chiles and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mixture can be transferred to a slow cooker set on warm or low so your guests can serve themselves at your party.
- Assemble your favorite taco toppings in individual bowls and arrange around your slow cooker with bags of chips.
- To assemble your Walking Taco: Select your bag of chips and gently crush chips. Open bag, top with taco beef mixture and your favorite toppings!
- Make your taco filling with ground turkey
- Serve with nacho chips
- Make a vegetarian taco filling
First Published: January 29, 2019... Last Updated: January 11, 2023, for better readability and user experience
I love it all !! Can not wait to cook all of it for family get togethers. The walking taco us best thing ever . We have always done chillies pies that way but never thought of taco s.
Thank you so much Tammy! I'm always happy to hear when someone is excited about my recipes. Please let me know how it turns out for you. In the meantime, thank you so much for stopping by Swirls and Always Savor the Moment, Gwynn
Charlotte A Judah
Going to use Walking Taco Bar for wedding reception and salads and dressings with some of the fruity drinks!!!Sure to be a "HOMERUN"!!!!!Add some horeshoes, cornhole games and a bonfire with Smores and we have got a great time!!!
Been looking for something Unqie for Wedding reception...Well here it is!!!!!Along with fruity drinks and your different salad dressings,Who couldn't love it.Add horeshoes,cornhole games, bonfire and Smores..This is a"HOMERUN"!!!!Thanks❤❤
Hi Charlotte, I'm so happy to heaar that you are planning to use my recipes for a wedding reception! Sounds like it will be a great day! Please let me know how it all turns out for you. And thank you for stopping by Swirls. Enjoy the wedding. I hope it turns out to be a perfect day for everyone! Enjoy those recipes and Savor the Moments, Gwynn
I love all your recipe. My family meal is more wonderful thanks to you.
Oh my goodness, you just made my day! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so very happy that you enjoy my recipes. Thank you for taking the time to let me know and thank you for being a fan of Swirls. I truly appreciate you! Savor The Moments, Gwynn
I’m doing this for my next bunco night! I can prep the night before, and pull it out of the fridge, and warm up the cooked taco meat! Thanks!
Hi Ronda, I’m so happy to hear that you’ll be making this recipe for your get together! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know. I truly appreciate you following Swirls. Happy Cooking and Savor the Moment, Gwynn
It look so easy. i like it
We call these walking taco's at my house. They are a family favorite, with doritos. We open the bag from the side instead of the top to make them easier to eat.
Delicious, and fun to eat!
So happy you enjoyed this recipe Janelle! Thanks for stopping by Swirls. I truly appreciate you being here. Savor The Moments, GG
Such a great idea Samantha! I'll be giving that a try for sure. Always looking for easy! Savor The Moments, GG
It's very easy Ford. Hope you enjoy and Savor The Moments, GG
I love the name! It’s perfect for this recipe! We love these for entertaining! Everyone can add what they want & they are always a hit!
Yes, it's so much fun Chelle! Thanks for stopping by Swirls and happy cooking, GG
This is such a great idea! Perfect for football season, I’ll definitely be doing this!
What a fun way to feed a crowd. No stress. Just delicious food for everyone to enjoy.
It's so much fun to serve walking tacos. Everyone loves them!
I love the idea of a walking taco bar. This is perfect for tailgating at the ball game.
I absolutely love this idea! We had small friends gathering this past weekend and I made us this walking taco bar. They all loved it, and it's something we will be recreating at our future gatherings too!
Love this idea of a walking taco bar! Can't wait to try it at our next Bible Study!
I really love this idea, it's just great!
This is so fun! Such a great idea for my kids! They enjoyed it! Thanks!
I'm organizing a party this Saturday. I'm going to serve this. A wonderful idea. Thanks!
They are so much fun to serve at a party Natalie! Enjoy!
I'm so happy to hear this Anna!
Jersey Girl Cooks
So fun to serve this!
I made this recipe this evening for my 14yr old and her friends, it was a huge hit! Such a creative, delicious meal for her slumber party. We couldn’t be more satisfied! I’ll definitely be making my taco meat that way from here on out. I can’t wait to try out some of your other recipes!
This makes me so happy Britt! Thanks for sharing this with me. Happy Cooking, GG
Love it! Yum!
Taco Bar is the best!
Absolutely! Delicious and fun way to serve tacos for a party!