I had just turned double digits when I downed my first walking taco. It wasn’t until my thirties that I realized none of my friends had any idea what the hell that meant.
Here’s the skinny: A walking taco is what happens when all the things you love about a fast food American taco meet the convenience of strolling around with a bag of chips. It’s apparently a Midwest thing, although its popularity varies across state lines. It is similar to what others (mostly southerners) call Frito Pie, which is mixed in the bag or casserole style. Most importantly, the key to the walking taco is portability.
There’s no use pretending this is some gourmet meal; it’s a crunched up taco in a Fritos bag. The walking taco is the stuff of backyard parties, office softball games, or any event that might require you to stand and talk for long periods while wolfing down enough grub to soak up the booze you’re consuming. It’s tasty, mess-free, and a hell of a lot easier than piling food on a paper plate. Here’s how to make your own.
YIELDS: 1 – 4 servings
PREP TIME: 0 hours 15 mins
COOK TIME: 0 hours 15 mins
TOTAL TIME:0 hours 30 mins
4 bags, Fritos corn chips (small)
1 lb. ground beef (any)
1 head of lettuce
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 bag, shredded cheese
Brown ground beef in a pan, breaking up with a wooden spoon, and drain before adding meat to a separate bowl.
Open bag of Fritos from the top and add in ingredients as desired. Finish with a dollop of sour cream.
Throw a fork in the bag and start eating.