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Walking Tacos For A Crowd

Posted by  ·  August 19, 2017  ·  Last Updated: August 26, 2018

If you are feeding a crowd how about serving them each a walking taco. This is my go to meal for large groups in the summer. This walking taco recipe can easily make servings for 50 or even 100 people. I serve this every Fourth of July! The best part about serving a walking taco is that the clean up is easy. No need for paper plates, you eat right out of the bag and throw away! Mess free! You and your guests will love walking tacos!
feeding a crowd

How to make walking tacos

walking taco recipe
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Walking Taco Recipe

This recipe will make about 16 walking tacos using small individual bags of Fritos corn chips.  If you are making this for dinner, simply get a regular bag and use individual bowls. It is a great interactive family dinner!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crowd, hamburger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 43 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 - 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 15 to 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 3 cloves garlic (pressed or finely minced)
  • 1  1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • black olives optional
  • jalapenos optional
  • salsa optional
  • finely chopped lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes


  1. Brown ground beef, onion and garlic in a skillet. Add in seasonings and cook for a couple minutes until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes and refried beans. Cook slowly until heated through and bubbly. Adjust seasonings for personal taste.  Open individual bag of Fritos, place a couple spoons of the meat and bean mixture right inside the bag. Top with your favorite toppings and you have delicious walking tacos.

Recipe Notes

Calorie information is calculated without corn chips and toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Walking Taco Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 43 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Potassium 117mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 1.1%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 4.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About 16 small individual bags of Fritos corn chips.  If you are making this for dinner, simply get a regular bag and use individual bowls. It is a great interactive family dinner!

Feeding a crowd

Here is how I make feeding a crowd super easy! I feed them a walking taco!

Walking Tacos For 50

For about 50 walking tacos (you will need to decide how many servings your crowd will eat. If your guests are hearty eaters allow for two servings each) I triple the recipe and make ahead. This recipe can be made a couple of days ahead and refrigerated or even frozen for a longer period.

Brown 3 pounds of meat with 3 chopped onions and about 9 pressed garlic cloves. Open three freezer bags and in each bag place, one can of tomatoes, one can of refried beans, 1 pound of meat and the spices. Seal bag and squish it a bit to mix the ingredients.  Keep bags in the refrigerator until the morning of your party. Pour contents of the bags into a large crock pot. My crockpot will hold three bags. Cook on low for several hours before serving.

Walking Tacos for 100

For 100 servings I make 6 freezer bags of the walking taco mixture. Typically this is the amount I make every year for our party. Having this amount on hand makes us prepared for unexpected guests. The best part is that the individual bags can be opened and used as needed. Any extra bags that weren’t needed freeze beautifully.

Individual bags of Fritos Corn Chips can be purchased at SAM’s Wholesale club in boxes of 50. About three bags of the walking taco mixture is needed for a box of 50 bags of corn chips.

walking tacos recipe


Waking tacos are a great meal during the summer months for outdoor eating. During the winter we love serving up this Cincinnati Chili Recipe to large crowds. Another crowd pleasing meal is Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches.