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Walking Tacos

These Walking Tacos are great for an on-the-go dinner, campfire meal or easy game night supper. The ingredients transform a bag of chips into a taco in a bag! —Beverly Matthews, Pasco, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium chili seasoning mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 5 packages (1 ounce each) corn chips
  • Toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and sliced green onions


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles, 6-8 minutes; drain. Stir in chili seasoning mix, pepper, tomatoes and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Just before serving, cut open corn chip bags. Add beef mixture and toppings.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving (calculated without toppings): 530 calories, 28g fat (6g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1017mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • Anthony
    Jun 11, 2020

    This is actually called a "Frito Pie". It was invented at the Five and Dime Store, right off the main Plaza in Old Santa Fe, in Santa Fe, New Mexico by Teresa Hernandez in the 1960s when it was a Woolworth's Drug Store. Teresa ladled her mother's homemade Texas style chili into an opened Frito's bag and topped it with cheddar cheese.

  • Samantha
    Jun 10, 2020

    These are and have always been called FRITO PIES, you should look up the history on them its interesting. Also change the name of your recipe to Frito Pie.

  • Janet
    Mar 23, 2020

    As others have mentioned, this is classic "Frito Pie!"

  • JulieGr
    Mar 8, 2020

    If you cut the bag along the long edge, they are easier to fill and eat. ;-)

  • Nan Mock
    Jun 15, 2019

    Delicious, and fun to eat!

  • Gwyneth
    May 21, 2019

    Freaking fantastic! My kids loved these. there was a debate on the name so we agreed on chili crunch Snack Packs. because these definitely are not tacos and they definitely don't walk!

  • Jason
    Jun 19, 2018

    Odd..never seen them called "walking tacos" before. This was originally invented in either Santa Fe or San Antonio (depending on who you believe) and is widely know as a "Frito Pie"...

  • jkcoach98
    Feb 17, 2018

    I thought this might be a fun way to serve Tacos, but I was disappointed in the taste. Nice idea though. I might try a different recipe next time.

  • Amber
    Jan 26, 2018

    Growing up in 70s Los Angeles these were called chili fritos and the ice cream man sold them from his truck. They were great then and the great now ??

  • cbachtel
    Aug 8, 2016

    Sounds great for kids, but I too am wondering, like ktterry1906, since I had never heard of these, how do you eat them? With fork, or fingers, or just tip up bag and pour into your mouth? Since it's "on the go", I wouldn't think with a fork, but other ways would be pretty messy.