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Super Simple Supper (Recipe: Walking Tacos)

Sometimes it is the most simple of ideas that makes you slap your forehead and say, “Duh… why didn’t I think of that?” That is how I feel about this recipe for Walking Tacos. Such a simple idea, inspired by a day at the county fair.

School will be starting again in just a short few weeks, which means that our schedules go from just slightly hectic to crazy always rushing around and hurrying out the door hectic. This holds true for dinnertime during the school year too, which usually has to be eaten around the table really late at night or snatched to eat on the go in the car. I will be 100% honest when I say I value family meal time more than just about any other ritual in our home, but as my kids get older and more involved in extracurricular activities, I recognize that a sit down dinner with all 6 of us together just isn’t going to happen every night. The next best thing is a home cooked meal that can be eaten on the go.

No, these walking tacos aren’t the healthiest of options, but I bet they are better than what you can get when you make a visit to your friendly neighborhood drive through. Plus, you can add beans, corn, veggies… you can add all kids of things to sneak some healthy into your bag.

The next time you are tempted to just give your kid another sandwich as you walk out the door to the next event, think again and think inside the bag… Walking Tacos. A delicious and hearty dinner that is about as super simple as you can get!

Recipe: Walking Tacos


  • With your browned grown beef still in the skillet, add the Bush’s black beans, 3 Tbs of water and your taco seasoning. Heat through.
  • Gently take each individual bag of chips and crush the chips. Once the chips are crushed, cut open the top of the bag.
  • Scoop your taco meat/bean mixture into the bag. Top with your favorite toppings…tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, avocados, sour cream…whatever your heart desires.
  • Take a spoon and stir your chips / taco meat creation together
  • Head out the door with your walking taco bag  in your hand and a spoon and enjoy a hearty dinner on the run!

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  1. These walking tacos sound sooooo good. So creative to be eaten out of the bag. Girl, you are good! xo

  2. How fun! We do this with Fritos and chili for tailgating – so easy and NO DISHES! A mom after my own heart :)

  3. How cute is this idea?!?! I love it!

  4. That is such a great idea. Although I might forgo the chip bag and use sandwich baggies instead…

  5. OMG! this is totally genius–I wish I’d known about it when I was still in grade school. Can I please come to your house for dinner? I can take it to-go. ;-P

  6. what a smart idea – i love it. i make a taco salad with doritos and it didn’t even dawn on me to do this. you are a genius!!

  7. BRILLIANT!! Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for a great idea!

  8. Love this! My kids came home from camp, telling me all about ! Genious, pure genious!

  9. Oh my gosh I LOVED walking tacos as a kid! They served them in our concession stand in high school. They are so fun!

  10. our school made these for a big fund raiser, back to school, open house / fair a while back. the kids loved them. cheers!

  11. If my daughter were still at home I can see her taking this enroute to volleyball games.

  12. What a great idea! Great photos too!

  13. Very innovative!
    I’m having a giveaway at my food blog, check it out here http://atasteofkoko.blogspot.com/2010/07/ximending-giveaway.html

  14. Gucci2323 says:

    They sold these at the snack stand at my high school football games (sometimes topped with chili and toppings). We were the Chargers. They called them Chargeritos!!! So yummy. Takes me back to more simple times :)

  15. I love the creativity of this recipe! When school starts back up we are in the same boat as you with activities and dinner on the run. I’ll be trying to gain some family dinner time whenever I can – it’s something I value as well!

  16. Great idea!!! And yeah, why didn’t I think of that?

  17. YUM!

    We had a taco casserole last night that this kind of reminds me of, except not in a bag. It looked gross but was actually really good. Layer of crushed chips, then refried beans (black or pinto), then taco meat and sauteed onion, then cheddar cheese, then a homemade red chile enchilada sauce, then more crushed chips. You back till it’s all bubbly and then serve topped with all your favorite taco toppings. I made it just because I had a bunch of almost stale tortilla chips to use up, but I think I’ll actually make it again. Now, if I could just make it look appealing for a photo!

  18. That’s an adorable idea, one my grandkids would go for in a minute!

  19. My mom gave up on every night family dinners once I entered high school…it just gets to be too stressful! I love this as an alternative to takeout or the drive through…definitely healthier!

  20. It’s really rare that I’m truly bowled over by an idea and today you’ve done that! This is one of the most clever things I’ve seen in a long time. I can’t imagine any child that wouldn’t be crazy about this! Great job.


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