Not Your Mama’s Walking Tacos

walking tacos with Doritos

Once August & September hits – it begins camping season for us.  The temperatures are beginning to get much milder, and the weather is usually perfect. Sometimes we head out to an actual destination, while other times – we just pop up a tent in the backyard.  Backyard campouts are fun too!  

One of my favorite things about the camping is the food. S’mores, hot dogs, anything cooked in a cast iron skillet – I love it all.  Another one of my favorites are Walking Tacos. But I make mine a little different than the typical recipe.  I don’t use taco seasoning, and instead I use fresh ingredients – and the flavor that you end up with because of it is unbeatable.


walking tacos with Doritos

They are super fun to make, and to eat.  The kids just go crazy over them! Oh heck, who am I kidding – I go crazy over these too!!

And, you certainly don’t have to wait for a campout to enjoy these.  Make them up any time.  They’d even be a really fun lunch option for when you or your kids brown bag it.


***Remember, you can make these ANY TIME – not just for camping!!***


{Not Your Typical} Walking Tacos

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 6 to 8 1 oz snack packs of baked cheese flavored tortilla chips like baked doritos
  • 3/4 pound pound ground sirloin ground turkey or chicken can also be used
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed & minced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup black bean & corn salsa
  • optional toppings of your choice such as shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, etc


  • For the prep before camping trip:
  • In a skillet, start browning the ground meat. Stir in the onions, jalapeno (if using), garlic powder, chili powder, salt & pepper. Cook until the meat is cooked through and the onions are translucent. Drain any grease that has come off the meat. Stir in the black bean & corn salsa. Allow to cool, and then transfer to a plastic container or wrap the mixture in a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil. Chill in a cooler until ready to eat at the camp site.
  • For the camp site:
  • Warm the meat mixture in a cast iron skillet, or if using a tinfoil packet – warm over the campfire. (The mixture can also be served cold, but is better warmed) Evenly distribute the mixture in between the snack size tortilla chip packs, crimp the edges, and give each pack a good shake. Top with any toppings you desire & eat straight from the bag.

crystal, the mrs