Thursday, January 16, 2014

Walking Tacos

Food in a bag is fun.  Our church makes walking tacos to sell at our church "tent" in late summer at a local event in a nearby town.  They don't use tomato sauce in theirs but I like it saucy so I added it to mine.  It helps everything blend together when you stir.  If you really want to ditch the clean up, use a plastic spoon or fork instead of a metal one you have to wash. 

Walking Tacos

1 pound ground beef
2/3 cup diced green peppers
2/3 cup diced onion
8 ounce can tomato sauce plus 1 can water
2-1/2 teaspoons taco seasoning
4 dashes cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy!)
4- 1 ounce size bags of Fritos corn chips or Doritos Nacho Cheese chips

Toppings:
shredded Mexi-blend cheese, cheddar, or Chihuahua cheese
thinly sliced lettuce
sour cream

Cook beef, green pepper, and onions until veggies are soft and the beef is cooked through. 
Add tomato sauce to pan then fill can with water and dump that into pan also.
Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until liquid is almost gone.  It still needs to a be a little saucy.
Time to start layering. For individual bags of chips* open them on their side with a pair of scissors.   They put so much air in bags anymore you will have plenty of room for your toppings.   If you are using Doritos you will want to give your chips a smash to break them up a little.
Sprinkle in some cheese.  I like to add cheese now so when I add the meat the heat will melt it!
 Next is the meat mixture.
 Lettuce. 
 Sour cream.
 More cheese.
 Salsa and guacamole if you feel like it.
Stick a fork or spoon in it, stir and enjoy!  
If you don't want to buy the bags you can layer all your yummies into a bowl.  Just as good, just not as fun!

*(The best I could find for a single size sack was larger (4 oz) without buying several bags together so I had to cut it in 1/3 and dump out some chips to make it equal an individual size.)

38 comments:

  1. Love taco salads and this one looks yummy !

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  2. Such a cool idea, I bet kids go mad for these!

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    1. So do the adults. I think it's fun!

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    2. YES! I've done this with Recovery teams for feeding large groups of people, and when the job is difficult having a "fun" food really made their day!

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  3. So tasty-looking! Great idea! Tacos are a staple at our house.

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    1. We eat something taco style at least once a week.

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  4. Never thought about this! What a great idea!

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  5. This is a great, and yummy, idea. Thank you for sharing! I pinned it so I can try it out with my son, I'm sure he'll love it too!

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  6. Haha, I love this idea, and it made me laugh. Pinned for the best time I decided to take my dog for a long walk while hungry. :)

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  7. Love this idea! The kids will be ecstatic when we try this! Pinned!

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    1. I am sure they will have fun eating them! Thanks for pinning!

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  8. I haven't had walking tacos in years. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Sharing and pinning.

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    1. Glad I could bring back a fun memory. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I saw this on TV once. Pinning for tomorrow!

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  10. Clever!! Perfect for camp trip as well. Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see you back on Thursday.

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    1. Absolutely! Cook your meat ahead and then all you have to do is a little reheat!

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  11. Congratulations…this post is featured on this week's Create It Thursday! Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea with us last week.

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  12. Briliant! I found you featured on Leslie's party ~ Create It Thursday! Pin'd =) Marcy @ day2day SuperMom

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  13. I love these! Thanks for linking it up with Craft Frenzy Friday this past week! Your post has been picked to be a feature so come over tonight and check it out!

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  14. I had this at a street fair once and I thought it was GENIUS, but I did note the taco meat could have been tastier--so your recipe really takes it to the next level! The eating out of a bag concept is way too fun.

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    1. That is partly why I added the tomato sauce. The homemade taco seasoning really helps too!

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  15. Love this idea! Just wanted to let you know I had picked it to be featured on Craft Frenzy Friday this week! It was a recipe/idea that would work great for my family - and so easy! Thanks for linking up!

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  16. I had these at a carnival last fall...delicious. Also chili pie is good to serve out of frito bags

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    1. Absolutely! Change up your spices to make it more chili like and you have Frito Pie instead!

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  17. I love tacos, but they sure make a mess.This is a great idea! No dishes to wash and easy to carry outside to eat on the patio/deck! Going to try this for sure.Thank you for this great recipe idea!

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  18. I am making chili today because the kids love to eat it over corn chips in a bag like this. I will have to try your taco version. Thanks so much for shaing!
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark

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