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If you need a quick meal on the go, try Walking tacos! Everything you love about tacos gets combined into a yummy bag of Doritos! This is a great meal for parties or when you need a quick meal. Clean up is a breeze and everyone loves this delicious meal.

A walking taco on a wooden platter with a plastic fork in the bag.
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We have had some family stuff and our friends have been so kind to bring dinner to help us. One of them brought us walking tacos, and we loved them. So… of course, we made them again.

Yes… it is tacos in a bag!

I just had to share with you this easy walking tacos recipe because our family simply loves them. Last time you all loved my Walking Taco Recipe with Fritos!, but today we are making it with Doritos! It is so easy too!  

The kids just love the fact that they are eating tacos in a bag. The first time they had them, they kept asking, “So no plate? No bowls?” It was hilarious. We kept telling them, nope. We just are eating tacos in a bag. 

What is a Walking taco?

I have been asked several times what are walking tacos, and the answer is simple. You just need a single serving of chips, some kind of meat, and some toppings.

You cut open the chips and pour in your ingredients and enjoy! Yes, it is that simple. We make these on busy nights and for birthday parties.

Usually we end up with left over taco meat or left over chili and I make this walking taco recipe. If I have leftover meat, I often freeze it.

It’s perfect to pull out of the freezer on busy nights for this meal. Having a few things in the freezer has really helped us. Dinner time can be so hectic but not with this easy meal!

Ingredients needed to make walking tacos.


Close up of a walking taco on a wooden platter with a plastic fork in the bag.

How to make Walking Tacos:

The ground beef browned and seasoning with the salsa and the taco seasoning in a cast iron skillet.
  • Prepare the taco toppings.
  • You will need at least one bag of single serve Doritos for every person. We buy ours in bulk at Sam’s or online on Amazon. 
  • Each person will crush their bag of chips to crunch up the Doritos.
  • Cut open the bag of Doritos down the side.
  • Spoon the Taco meat inside and then top with your favorite taco toppings.
  • Stir with a spoon and eat straight from a bag!

Change up the classic Walking Tacos Recipe:

This Walking Tacos recipe is easy to change up, just by changing your chips.

We have eaten them with regular Doritos, but you can try the Cool Ranch Doritos, or even Fritos.  One of my kids wanted to make them with some Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, which I bet would be good too.

The fun thing about this Walking tacos recipe is that everyone will love it and they can make it their way just by changing the chips and by adding in what they want.

Plus Mom will love it, because the clean up will be less. 😉 At least, that might be my personal favorite part.

A close up of a walking taco with Doritos on a wooden platter with a plastic fork in the bag.

What to serve with walking tacos:

This is such a fun recipe for parties! Everyone can grab an individual bag of Doritos.  I like to put out lots of different taco toppings. Everyone can grab a chip bag and add what they like. It’s super easy. I usually put out sour cream, green onion, salsa, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, guacamole and hot sauce. Just use what you have on hand and that you know everyone likes.

We love to make a Walking Taco Bar!

Sometimes I will put out different bags of doritos so people can choose. Even with these different options, it’s still so simple. It’s the perfect party food.

Overview of the top of a walking taco with extra bags of Doritos behind it.

Walking Taco Bar Ideas:

I use divided serving trays. These work perfect to put all the various toppings in. Guests can stop by each platter and grab what they like. It really makes it so easy. Another great idea is to have a Nacho Bar for parties. So fun!

I love ideas that allow me to actually enjoy the party or my guests. No one wants to spend the entire party or event in the kitchen preparing and getting ready.

With simple meal ideas like this, you can enjoy the party with all of the other guests. Make memories and enjoy your time with everyone! It’s sure to be a great party.

Time Saving Tip:

Make your taco meat ahead of time. Toss it in the crock pot with ¼ cup of water and your taco meat will stay fresh, warm, and delicious! Then it is ready when you are ready to eat. This is a great tip for those of you throwing a party or family gathering too.

If you don’t have a crock pot yet, here are some nice ones on sale.  I love the programmable crock pot  for when you are not at home. It’s great so that you can have it cook for the perfect amount of time. I love coming home to dinner waiting!

A walking taco on a wooden platter with a plastic fork in the bag.

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A close up of a walking taco with Doritos on a wooden platter with a plastic fork in the bag.

Quick & Easy Walking Tacos Recipe

4.94 from 111 votes
What is a walking taco? You are going to love this walking tacos recipe. It is easy to make and the entire family loves Walking tacos. Learn how to make a walking taco. We love making a walking taco bar for parties!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American, Mexican
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Calories 299



For the Taco Meat:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning (or 1 packet of taco seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup salsa

For Serving:

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  • Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add in the ground beef and brown until the beef is no longer pink (break up as it cooks). Drain off any excess grease.
  • Stir in the taco seasoning and the salsa. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3-4 minutes until the flavors are combined.
  • When serving, gently crush the chips into the Doritos bag. Then cut open the top or the side of the bag.
  • Top each bag with the taco meat and the toppings of your choice.
  • Gently stir together and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

Calories 299kcal, Carbohydrates 2g, Protein 20g, Fat 23g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 81mg, Sodium 240mg, Potassium 350mg, Fiber 0.5g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 137IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 26mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    love that idea! Yummy!

  2. Patti says:

    I would add Mango Salsa because I love it!

  3. Mary Culp says:

    I love Walking Tacos! They are made in the bag makes for easy cleanup!

  4. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes, you will want 1 bag per person.

  5. Carol says:

    Is a 1 oz individual bag of Doritos big enough? We’re having a fund raiser and I want to make sure they’re big enough.

  6. Bette says:

    I would add your toppings. Rotel cheese would go good also. Have not made these in a bag.

  7. Janel says:

    I make walking tacos, we have toppings of lettuce, onion, tomatoes, black olives, guacamole, sour cream, cheese. Everyone can top their own however they love.

  8. Carrie Barnard says:

    I love that tip! Thank you

  9. Roxanne says:

    I absolutely love these, and Soo fun!!! I like to have Pico de Gallo, crunchy jalepaneos, green chillies, chopped olives, a mild, and a hot, hot sauce, lettuce, a few different cheese options, I also like giving the option of a ranch dip as well as sour cream. These are fun for the entire family… And Soo easy to clean up. ?

  10. Tara N says:

    5 stars
    This is a great and easy recipe! We like to add sport peppers and ranch dressing to it!

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