Walking Tacos Recipe

Stephie Predmore | Stephie Cooks

Walking tacos are so stinkin' delicious! These easy kid-pleasers are great for keeping smiles on everyone's faces.

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Do you call them “walking tacos” or “tacos in a bag”?

I have become aware that different parts of the country are prone to using different names, a la the pop/soda/coke debacle: some use the term “walking taco” to describe tacos made in a bag of tortilla or corn chips that you can carry in your hand (and walk around with), while other call them “tacos in a bag”.

Side note: If you went to my high school, you were also used to the term “tacos in a bowl” to describe tortilla chips served in a bowl with the taco fixings placed on top, nearly always purchased at a football game.

Whatever the name, the concept is the same: portable tacos. I can get down with this.

While doing a bit of research for this recipe, I realized that some people apparently like a more chili-like mixture on top of their walking tacos, while others go for a more traditional taco meat. Call me a traditionalist (“You’re a traditionalist!”), but I like the taco meat style, personally.

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For this incredibly easy taco meat, I bypassed the pre-packaged taco seasoning and used my own mix of seasonings. While I often keep a little jar of my homemade taco and chili seasoning on hand (right next to my homemade ranch dressing mix), sometimes I like to just whip up enough seasoning for one batch of tacos. When I do, this is my go-to. It will take you approximately 1 minute to measure out the ingredients, all of which you probably have on hand already – significantly less time than it will take you to find the taco seasoning aisle at the grocery store. Trust me, I know.

I also chose to forego the more traditional Frito chips and use bags of tortilla chips that I found in the natural section at my grocery store. You can certainly use any type of tortilla or corn chip that floats your boat, though – it’s all about what you like and want to feed to your family.

I personally think these would make a perfect assembly line food for fall bonfires…anyone else agree? Follow them up with some Grilled S’Mores and you’ll have a bunch of happy campers indeed. 

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Walking Tacos Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 pound Ground Beef, or ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Ancho Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 4-6 bags Corn Chips, or tortilla chips
For Topping:
  • Lettuce
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Taco Sauce


  1. In a skillet, cook ground beef or ground turkey over high heat until cooked through.
  2. Drain off any accumulated fat and return meat to the pan.
  3. Add the seasonings and water; stir to combine and cook over medium-high heat until most of the water has cooked off.
  4. Serve over tortilla or corn chips with your favorite taco toppings.


  • Note that using smoked paprika will result in a decidedly smoky flavor. If you prefer, you can certainly use regular paprika instead.


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Author: Stephie Predmore
Recipe Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 147
Calories 281

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g
  Saturated Fat 5g
Sodium 565mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 16g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Stephie Predmore

About Stephie

Stephie is all about encouraging the art of cooking in her friends and family through her blog, Stephie Cooks. We love that she's also encouraging classic favorites as our Copycat Recipe expert, taking back of the box favorites and updating them for the way we eat today.

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