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. Walking tacos offer the perfect blend of flavor and portability, allowing you to enjoy a mess-free taco experience on the go.

To go along with my walking tacos, try these festive side dishes and desserts!

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feeding a crowd

This walking taco recipe can easily make servings for 50 or even 100 people. I make a walking taco bar every Fourth of July! The best part about serving a walking taco is that the prep and 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!

What You Need To Make This Easy Walking Tacos Recipe

  • Ground beef
  • Onions
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Refried Beans
  • Garlic
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Bags of Fritos Corn Chips

Your Favorite Taco Toppings:

  • Grated Cheddar Cheese (or your favorite Mexican Blend Cheese)
  • Sour Cream
  • Jalapenos
  • Black Olives
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Green Onions

walking tacos recipe
This recipe uses about 16 small individual bags of Fritos corn chips.  If you are making this for dinner, simply get a regular bag of corn chips or tortilla chips and use individual bowls. It is a great interactive family dinner! This is a fun quick easy dinner to add to your meal rotation.

Feeding a crowd

Here is how I make feeding a crowd super easy! I feed them a walking taco! This delicious mixture of taco meat flavored with homemade taco seasoning mix, refried beans, and tomatoes poured over a bag of chips is always a crowd-pleaser!

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 of time. The beef mixture 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 the bag and squish it a bit to mix the ingredients.  Keep bags in the refrigerator until the morning of your party. Pour the contents of the bags into a large crockpot. 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. Feel free to mix it up and use Nacho Cheese Doritos or Cool Ranch Doritos chip bags. Either way, it does taste like nachos in a bag. YUM.

walking taco in fritos bag
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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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 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


  • 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.


Calorie information is calculated without corn chips and toppings.


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 117mg | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Servings: 16
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

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  1. I made this for a group of camp counselors during their training week. HUGE hit! It came together so fast and easy and disappeared almost as quickly.

    I used to just make taco meat for walking tacos/taco salad. Adding beans and tomatoes stretches the meat, tastes amazing, and definitely gives the meal that little extra something.

  2. Tiffany, I have never had that happen. It is usually thick. I drain the ground beef when cooking before adding. I add the whole can of tomatoes. If for some reason the can of tomatoes was more liquid than tomatoes I might drain off a bit of their liquid. If once made it seemed to liquid I would add more beans.

  3. Made this for our graduation party and it was a huge hit! But it was really soupy. We drained the meat mixture from the crock-pot before serving. Are the tomatoes supposed to be drained or undrained when adding to the bag?

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