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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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  • Marlena
    Dec 31, 2020

    I also found this when you google the origins of the walking taco. So looks like everyone is correct. The “walking frito pie” began in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the 1982 World's Fair. ... Frito pie (also known as “Frito Chili Pie,” “Frito Boat”, “Chili Frito Casserole” or, in the Midwest, a “Walking Taco") is a corn chip and chili con carne dish of disputed origin, popular in the South Western United States.

  • Stephanie
    Dec 13, 2020

    Correction. These are not frito pie.walking tacos come with hamburger meat and frito pie is with chili. From a southern girl

  • Liz
    Sep 5, 2020

    Who cares what you call it in your neck of the woods!!! Still tastes the same! Delicious ??

  • Brittany
    Aug 27, 2020

    These are always great! I have to laugh at the debate of the name. I have never heard of it being called Frito pie. Must be a north/ south thing. Definitely called walking taco around my neck of the woods in MN.

  • Barbara
    Aug 24, 2020

    here in So Cal, these were called pepper bellies and were sold at little league park concession stands during baseball season.

  • Corbett
    Aug 21, 2020

    Lots of people tellign to to change the name. "Walking Taco" is what I grew up calling them in the Midwest. I am accustomed to, and prefer, making them with a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. Hince, calling it a Frito Pie wouldn't make sense for that application. A bag of Doritos full of taco filling... "Walking Taco" is a great name for it. I also recommend cuting the bag open from the side, like a boat. This will make it easier to eat.

  • soonrzfan
    Jul 22, 2020

    Looks good, but messy to eat out of a bag! I'll use a bowl or plate, thx.

  • zegunism
    Jul 21, 2020

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  • John
    Jul 14, 2020


  • 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.