Walking Tacos Recipe (Great for Camping and Kids Parties!)

Walking tacos are a fun and easy recipe the kids love. Great for camping, birthday parties, graduation – even if you need to feed a crowd!

walking tacos recipe

Walking Tacos Recipe

Jamie here!  Whether you're looking for an easy snacky meal for Game Day – or a casual kids' party food – this one won't disappoint!

My family loves to camp and I'm always looking for super easy meal ideas I can prep in advance for meals.   This recipe for walking tacos is going to make our next camping trip a breeze!  The best part is, every person can customize their walking taco just how they like it. (As a picky eater – I promise that is one of my favorite parts of ANY meal!)

How to Make Walking Tacos:

walking tacos ingredients in bowls

Ingredients needed: 

  • Ground Beef
  • Rotel Tomatoes
  • Store Bought or Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • Onion
  • Black Beans (optional – but can help stretch your beef!)
  • Corn (optional – but can help stretch your beef!)
  • Doritos or Fritos corn chips Bags (the singles are best)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Black Olives

You'll want to start with a variety of single-serving bags of Doritos or Fritos for your walking tacos.   The 1-oz bags are fine – but if you have bigger kids, you might want to pick up the 1 and 3/8 oz size (they're 2/$1 at most stores).  I got Cool Ranch and Nacho flavor for fun, my teen says Cool Ranch WINS 😉

taco meat for walking tacos

How to Make Taco Meat

There are loads of taco meat recipes out there – but this is my go-to easy taco meat recipe 🙂

  1. Brown 2 lbs of ground beef and 1/2 Onion on Medium heat until cooked through
  2. Drain any grease and return to stove on low
  3. Add in a can of Ro-Tel
  4. Stir in 4-6 Tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning

Optional: Add a can of black beans and or corn (it makes it extra filling and stretches it even further!)

Once your meat is cooked throughout, open the bag of chips you're using and smash your chips a bit so they are bite sized.  Fold the edges of the bag down into more of a bowl shape and then load in whatever meat and toppings you'd like – walking tacos DONE!

SO easy and perfect for picky eaters or a crowd of people – and who DOESN'T love a taco in a bag?!


Walking Tacos Recipe

This fun recipe is perfect for camping and easy dinner nights!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican


Walking Taco Taco Meat

  • 2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Can RoTel Tomatoes
  • 4 - 6 T Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 Onion Chopped
  • 1 Can Black Beans (optional - but this can help stretch your beef!)
  • 1 Can Corn (optional - but this can help stretch your beef!)

Toppings for Walking Tacos

  • Doritos or Fritos Single Bags Any Flavors you want - feel free to be creative!
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Tomatoes Chopped
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Black Olives


Cooking Your Walking Taco Meat

  • Brown 2 lbs of ground beef and 1/2 Onion on Medium-High until cooked through
  • Drain any grease and return to stove on low
  • Add in a can of Ro-Tel
  • Stir in 4-6 Tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • You can be done here or add in a can of corn and/or can of beans to stretch your beef a little further!

Building Your Walking Taco

  • Prep your favorite kind of taco meat for the filling.  (See below for how I make my taco meat)  Let it cool a little and set it out along with all your favorite toppings.
  • Open the bag and smash the chips around some so they're bite sized.  
  • Fold the top edge of the bag down so it's more of a bowl shape. 
  • Load in your taco meat, cheese, lettuce, and other toppings and dig in!


One of the GREAT things about Walking Tacos is that you can customize them exactly how you'd like.  You don't have to buy all the ingredients above if you know that no one in your family uses sour cream or avocado. 
If you know of any other fun toppings for these, definitely let us know! 

Walking tacos are SUCH a great option for kids birthday parties, football games, sleepovers, backyard movie nights and of course – camping!  It could even work for a Graduation Party taco buffet.  You can definitely forego the single-serving bags and save a little money by just buying the bigger bag of Fritos or Doritos and by using paper bowls.

It's the same concept – plus it's cheaper and easier to eat this way.  (But then they're not officially walking tacos – there's just something fun about eating out of the bag!)

walking tacos recipe

How To Prep Walking Tacos for Camping

If you're planning to go camping, you can prep the taco meat ahead of time and store in a Ziploc bag in a cooler.   I recommend bringing a disposable Hefty Foil pan to reheat the taco meat over a grill or fire circle.  (The best cleanup is no cleanup!)

You'll want to fill your cooler with the toppings you plan on using – chopped tomato in a storage container, a bag of pre-shredded lettuce, and shredded cheese.

Grab any other bags of your favorite taco toppings – we usually bring along black olives, avocado, salsa and sour cream. (If you do avocado, you'll want to wait and slice it fresh).

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Have you tried this easy walking taco recipe while you're camping or at home?  Do you have any fun or unique toppings you add?  Let us know in the comments! 

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