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How to Make Walking Tacos

I’m going to show you how to make walking tacos!  These are “tacos” that you eat in a bag instead of tortillas.  All of the great taco fillings are added to a bag of Fritos!  Watch the video showing you how to make walking tacos, then scroll to the bottom and print out the recipe so you can make them at home!

Bag of Walking Tacos

Have you ever had Fritos before? I bet some people have eaten them or have 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, Walking Tacos. Too bad for him though because I made this yummy recipe on a day that he was on a trip.

They are delish. I need a fork NOW!!

Preparing Walking Tacos

How to make Walking Tacos:

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

Ingredients for Walking Tacos

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

Preparing Walking Tacos

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.

Making Walking Tacos

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).

Making Walking Tacos

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

Walking Tacos

Whose mouth would not water at the sight of that modified bag of Fritos?

Eating Walking Tacos

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 sharing how to make Walking Tacos, 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 bags of Fritos into Walking Tacos…. Like Me!

How to Make Walking Tacos

How to Make Walking Tacos
Tacos with a twist!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 servings (1 Walking Taco per serving)
Calories 326 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chili beans (or any beans), drained
  • 8 to 10 small bags Fritos, tops of bags cut off
  • desired taco fixings (lettuce, tomato, sour cream, avocado, cheese, etc)


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


  • Calories were calculated without any of the additional toppings.


Serving: -2servingCalories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 17gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 730mgPotassium: 504mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 94IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Fritos, ground beef, ground turkey, tacos
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Recipe Rating

Amy Drake

Tuesday 10th of January 2023

These are also great with cheese nachos

Melissa Sperka

Friday 20th of July 2018

My boys gobble these up!!

Pam Weston

Wednesday 20th of April 2016

These aren't so new. We had them at our high school and local fair in the 60s, but they were called Pepper Bellies! They are good no matter what they are called and now you can make them with tortilla chips. We sometimes do the same thing on a plate. Same ingredients, just more of them!

Jen Samuel

Wednesday 9th of September 2015

These look like they'd be great for camping! No dishes!!! I will try these for sure.


Wednesday 19th of August 2015

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