Thursday, June 11, 2009

Walking Tacos

This is not so much a recipe...as it is an idea. Summer's here...and this is a fun way to feed kids (of all ages) while camping, on a picnic or in your own backyard. I heard about 'walking tacos' from my brother...who lives in Iowa...and said they serve them at every ballgame, fundraiser and picnic in their area. So maybe I am the last one on the block to hear about 'walking tacos'...but it was a new concept for me. I tried them out on the grands last weekend...and we'll be using this idea again.


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • chopped tomato
  • shredded lettuce
  • salsa
  • grated cheese
  • sour cream
  • olives, guacamole, chopped onions, etc.
  • individual lunch-sized bags of nacho chips or corn chips
Directions:

  1. Brown and drain ground beef...add taco seasoning and prepare according to directions on package.
  2. Prepare and arrange all toppings on a tray...next to the hot meat sauce.
  3. To serve...crush an individual bag of nacho chips slightly...then open the bag by slicing along the side. Start adding toppings as desired...beginning with the meat, and adding whatever you desire on your taco salad. Stir up your taco salad with a disposable fork...then eat it right out of the bag!


We had such fun with this on the weekend...that I just had to share the idea with you. Oh yes, and the best part is...NO dishes!



38 comments:

  1. Never thought to serve them this way! Great for a picnic and no dishes..I like this!!

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  2. I like this! What a GREAT think to keep in mind for over the summer! I'm gonna bookmark it.

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  3. Oops, I meant thing, not think. Didn't proofread. :rolleyes:

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  4. REALLY creative - I love it! Bookmarking this one!

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  5. did you say NO DISHES.....i am in!

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  6. These are so popular at school sporting events!

    Our booster clubs sell them for $2/bag and they go like hotcakes!

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  7. What a fantastic idea! My kids would love it!

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  8. I have never heard of these either but will certainly be trying them. Summer is not the time to be inside doing dishes while the family is outside playing!

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  9. This week I just brought home the children's book "Walk-Around Tacos and Other Likeable Lunches" by Nick Fauchald... apparently this hit has been to NYC too! Terrific idea... my boys will love this one.

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  10. I hadn't heard about this ... great for camping this Summer.

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  11. Oh my this is Great! I can definitely cook this one.
    Michelle (who doesn't like to cook but has enjoyed more than a few of Mennonite girls recipes) in WA

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  12. LOL I never heard of walking tacos until this post. Very clever. I'm totally liking it!

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  13. What an awesomme idea. . .something we always put in our tacos is petite blanched peas . . . so I would add that to the tray too. .

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  14. This is a great idea!! I am going to try this for sure!

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  15. We make a taco salad with nacho chips and we top it off with catalina dressing - so good. Love this idea of using the chip bag as a bowl! What a great idea for our upcoming camping trip!

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  16. Long ago, when I was in Jr. High, a local eatery served a version of this only it was Frito pie. They started with an individual bag of fritos, slit it open along the side, put in a big spoonfull of chili, added chopped onions and topped with shredded cheese. It was eaten out of the bag. Worked great and there was no clean-up.

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  17. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! We are going to our families over the 4th of July! This will be a great easy and no mess dinner!

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  18. That is a great way to eat taco salad. Our elementary school does this as one of the special lunches for the kids, they love it!

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  19. My daughter loves these. She was wondering how to make them. She actually had one at a football game.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Crystal

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  20. We do love our tacos but I've never thought of transporting them. Thanks for the great idea!

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  21. We've enjoyed these at Sonshine Fest...I forget what they called them, but "walking" makes sense.

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  22. Oh, and I wanted to ask...where did you find those cute little salad tongs?

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  23. Here in Alberta we call them taco in a bag. They sell well at $2/bag from our school concession at sporting events and it is an easy way to feed a crowd at home.

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  24. this IS a brilliant idea! You can also do Frito's this way for frito pie. Just split open the bag like you did for this and top the Frito's with chili and cheese!! Super yummy! I use to have this all the time at the ballpark growing up.

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  25. Wonderful idea! Love it

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  26. I actually had this in Illinois at a little food stand. Your version looks a bit healthier than the Fritos-with-cheeze whiz thing I had. =)

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  27. Good Grief...what a super idea! Wow....I am going to have to find a way to serve this to someone somehow somewhere...Hmmm....a late night staff meeting at the office? Grin. Love it! What a great thing to share with all of us at this time of the year.

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  28. Fabulous idea!! My whole family will love this. None of us had ever heard of it before.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  29. This would be a good camping idea meal. Sounds fun!

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  30. That's really clever! A guy I work with makes something similar for potlucks, but all stirred up together. I love it in the little packages like that :)

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  31. You are brilliant! I will use this recipe. Kathy

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  32. You have got to be kidding
    This is an AWESOME recipe
    I cannot wait to use this!!!!
    My guests are going to be in complete AWE!!!

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  33. Can someone tell me where i can buy individual bags of doritos? sounds like a dumb question but i've looked at superstore, costco etc and they only sell them in variety packs with other types of chips.

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    1. FSC...they can be found at stores like Seven-Eleven in individual bags...but recently I have have bought them at Safeway (I think 6 or 8 bags in a wee box). Safeway over here also has them on a rack in individual bags at their deli. Hope that helps.

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  34. Thinking About It All -- blogSeptember 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    When I was in Middle School (7, 8, 9) a café across from the school would split open a Frito bag, pour in a scoop of chili, sprinkle on shredded cheese, and add onions (if desired). They called them Frito Pies. They were very popular.

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    1. My sister lives in south Texas...and they also call them Frito Pies. Frito Pies or Walking Tacos...the same idea. A good one!

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