Thursday, February 2, 2012

How to Make Walking Tacos

Have you ever had Fritos before? I bet some people have eaten them or at least heard of them. My dad is one of those people. His favorite chips are Fritos and his answer is always the same at Subway. I’ll have blah blah blah with blah blah blah and a bag of Fritos. I also love this particular chip but not as much as the Frito Fanatic, my dad. This last week, I decided to make something that he would enjoy, a Walking Taco. Too bad for him though because I made this yummy recipe on a day that he was on a trip.

Delish. I need a fork NOW!!

First you need to prepare the taco filling. Saute the onions, then add the meat, and finally add the spices and beans.

Here are the rest of the things you need to make a Walking Taco. I don’t like tomatoes and some kinds of salsa so I avoided those two items myself.

Gosh! The Fritos Company hardly puts any chips in the bag. What a rip-off… or so you think. It’s actually good to have a small amount of chips in the bag that way you can load up the rest of your bag with meat and other yummy stuff.

Once the meat comes off the stove, you can put some of it in the bag. At this point, it’s already in the bag (No pun intended).

Now it’s time to load up the meat and Frito filled bag with the other “yummy stuff” that I mentioned earlier.

Who’s mouth would not water at the sight of that modified bag of Fritos?

Final step: Eat your miraculous creation. Then just toss the bag when you’re done- no mess! This Super Bowl festive recipe turned out great and every football-watcher dad (and everyone else too!) will LOVE these. YUM!!

I would like to thank Jenny at Picky Palate for this awesome idea and I hopefully will be able to make this for my dad when he is in town sometime later.

And even a kid can turn a bag of Fritos into a Walking Taco…. Like Me!


Walking Tacos 7

Walking Tacos

Yield: 8 to 10 walking tacos

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Awesome recipe for a Super Bowl party!


1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (15.5-ounce) can chili beans (or any beans), drained
8 to 10 small bags of Fritos, tops of the bags cut off
desired taco fixings (lettuce, tomato, sour cream, avocado, cheese, etc)


1. Heat a large saute pan to medium-high, swirl a Tablespoon of olive oil. Saute onions and mix in ground meats. Cook until lightly browned. Tilt the pan and scoop out any accumulated fat (or take a bunch of paper towels and let them soak it up. Discard the fat.

2. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixed spices onto the cooked meat. Pour in chili beans. Heat for about 10 more minutes & your taco filling is ready.

3. Set up a "fixings" table with a bowl of the taco meat and desired taco fillings, and let each person fill their Fritos bag with whatever fixings they'd like.

Source: This idea has been floating around the internet for a long time, but the taco recipe was adapted slightly from

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19 Responses to “How to Make Walking Tacos”

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    Kati — February 2, 2012 @ 6:51 am


    I love these! We always sell them at our swim meets; they’re so good. My family once actually got a big bag of fritos and dumped them into a bowl along with the rest of the stuff and brought it to a picnic. xD

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    Andrea (questfordelish) — February 2, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    I love it. Good job and thanks for sharing.

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    Angie @ Bigbearswife — February 2, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Love Walking Tacos! they look great!

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    Kimiko — February 2, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I’ve never had Walking Tacos before, but I’ve always wanted to try! They sound delicious!

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    Katy — February 2, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    These are served at every Little League concession stand since I was a girl. Except we call them Frito Chili Pie. You cut the bag on the side so it opens up more then add Chili, cheese, and onions if you like.

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    jerri — February 2, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    we do this with chili and cheese and make frito pie. I’m going to try the walking tacos next week.

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    Martha Upshaw — February 2, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Brooks, you (and your mom) make such wonderful things! Husband, Bud, says he’s going to make those Walking Tacos! Thanks for your recipe!

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — February 2, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    I’ve wanted to try these for so long! I’m like your dad, a sucker for Fritos. So salty and delicious, the perfect snack food!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 2, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    I love walking tacos but have never made them myself. Now I must!

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    ducky — February 2, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    Oo, I’m also one who has made these with chilie, called frito pies. I will make these tomorrow, as I just made a fresh pot of chili tonight! :D

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    sherrie — February 3, 2012 @ 5:27 am

    i love your sweet lil posts. my older son loves to cook! he’s pretty good at it too. i will def share this recipe w/him. we try to eat as healthy as possible bc we are all a bit hefty. i’m thinking we could do this w/100 cal dorito bags. maybe omit the meat and just use beans, lettuce, salsa and fat free sour cream. YUM!

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    Maria — February 3, 2012 @ 6:24 am

    I’ve never had a walking taco. Guess I better go on a walk so I can enjoy one:) Enjoy the big game!

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    Carly — February 3, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    What a great idea, I can’t wait to show my kids, they’ll love it!!

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    RecipeBoy's Grandma — February 3, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    This is new to me. Didn’t have these when Uncle Bruce was growing up. Otherwise they would have been a popular item in our kitchen for the Superbowl or any other day!

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    Kate Hannon (@CoastalKate) — February 12, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    You have the best sense of humor. This looks like a great treat. Yum.

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    Andrea — December 26, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    YUM! My family and I make these too but we do it with Nacho Cheese or Cooler Ranch Doritos :) never tried it with Frito’s but I’m sure that would be delish too!

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    Jennifer — January 12, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

    Colin & I think these look yummy ! Will try it soon.

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    dani — July 15, 2015 @ 9:57 pm

    they’re actually called frito boats. this is been served since Fritos were invented. you split them down the middle on the long side. opens up like a little boat and then you fill it with chili cheese and everything else you want.Fritos used to have commercials showing how to make these in the fifties

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    Liz — August 19, 2015 @ 10:06 am

    Wow! What a fun idea! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this. My family will love it tonight. Thanks!!!

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