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Change up your Taco Tuesday routine with these walking tacos. Seasoned ground beef filling, fresh veggies and your favorite condiments, like sour cream and salsa, are prepared and eaten straight out of a bag of Doritos! Eating them this way means less dishes and less mess.

Tacos in small, open Doritos bags and toppings on the side.

They are popular in the city where I live and are a common party food for after a night out. Now I just make them at home and enjoy them with my family. They are also great for camping.

Read on to learn how to make taco in a bag (walking tacos), step by step.

What Are Walking Tacos?

Taco in a bag with forks and toppings in the background.

‘Walking tacos’ also known as ‘taco in a bag’ are literally tacos prepared in a single serving size bag of tortilla chips. They are called walking tacos because they are portable; you can hold the bag and eat as you are walking around or standing.

Ingredients

Taco in a bag ingredients prepped on light grey background.
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 small bags Doritos tortilla chips (single serving size: 2.75 oz./80 g)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced red onions, fresh cilantro, salsa, sour cream, hot sauce, etc.

Step 1: Cook the Ground Beef

Ground beef in a pan.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef and crumble it with a wooden spoon as it cooks. This should take about 6 to 7 minutes.

Step 2: Add Seasoning & Water

Ground beef in a pan with taco seasoning on a spoon.

Once the beef is cooked, add the taco seasoning and water and mix well. Bring to a boil.

Step 3: Simmer

Cooked ground beef in a pan with a wooden spoon.

Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Remove from heat. Season with some salt, if needed.

Step 4: Crush the Tortilla Chips

A small bag of Doritos in woman's hands.

Gently crush the tortilla chips in the bags with your hands (before opening the bags).

Step 5: Cut The Bags Open

A small bag of Doritos with scissors.

Cut each Doritos bag open with scissors across the length of the bag.

Step 6: Add Taco Meat

Taco meat on a spoon and 2 small Dorito bags.

Spoon some taco meat on top of the crushed tortilla chips in each bag.

Step 7: Add Toppings

Open Dorito bags with taco filling and a small bowl of pickled red onions.

Add the cheese, lettuce, red onion, fresh cilantro, salsa, sour cream, hot sauce and/or whatever toppings you love for tacos.

Open Dorito bags with taco filling and sour cream.
Open Dorito bags with taco filling and lettuce.
Open Dorito bags with taco filling and a bottle of hot sauce.

Step 8: Serve!

Taco in a bag with forks.

Serve the taco bags with forks!

Taco in a bag with a fork on white background.
Taco in a bag with forks.

Variations

You can use any taco meat for taco in a bag. Try:

  • ground chicken, turkey or pork
  • grilled strips of steak
  • diced chicken breast
  • shredded chicken
  • pulled pork

Take your pick! As for toppings, you can use our suggested toppings or use your favorite if we’ve missed any.

Taco in a bag with a fork.

Instead of Doritos, you can use any brand of tortilla chips. Frito bags are also quite popular.

If you’re serving a crowd, you can set up a taco bar and let your guests put together their own tacos.

Top view of tacos in a bag with condiments on the side.

How to Make Walking Tacos aka Taco in a Bag

Joss D
Seasoned ground beef filling, fresh veggies and your favorite condiments, like sour cream and salsa, are prepared and eaten straight out of a bag of Doritos!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 526 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 small bags Doritos tortilla chips - single serving size: 2.75 oz./80 g
  • Salt - to taste

Toppings:

  • Cheddar cheese - shredded
  • Lettuce - shredded
  • Red onion - sliced
  • Fresh cilantro - chopped
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef and crumble it with a wooden spoon as it cooks. This should take about 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Once the beef is fully cooked, add the taco seasoning and water and mix well. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Remove from heat. Season with some salt, if needed.
  • Gently crush the tortilla chips in the bags with your hands (before opening the bags).
  • Cut each Doritos bag open with scissors across the length of the bag.
  • Spoon some taco meat on top of the crushed tortilla chips.
  • Add toppings as desired.
  • Serve the taco bags with forks!

Equipment

Medium Frying Pan

Notes

  • Nutrition information doesn’t include the toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 30gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 433mgPotassium: 534mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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