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Traveling Tacos {Taco in a Bag}

These Traveling Tacos are a huge hit at our swim meet concessions. See the other time I love to make them! For a fun weeknight dinner or a meal on the go this recipe for a taco in a bag is perfection! 

These Traveling Tacos are a huge hit at our swim meet concessions. See the other time I love to make them! For a fun weeknight dinner or a meal on the go this recipe for a taco in a bag is perfection! 

 

Photo courtesy of Scott Ripley, our swim team photographer

 

It's been a whirlwind summer, thanks to neighborhood Swim Team. Two of my three kids swam on the team, and I ran concessions. It's all we've done for weeks!

Tomorrow we're hosting a Division-wide final meet, which runs all day. Then, that evening, we have our End of the Year Party. It will be a long, hot day, and I'm excited to relax with my family after many weeks of hard work.

One of our biggest sellers at concessions is the Traveling Taco. It's an easy way to feed a crowd! Personally, I try to stick to just one per season because of the sodium.

The rest of the year, my kids love to have Traveling Tacos when we host a birthday party or game day. It's so easy to brown the meat and let it stay warm in the crockpot, then set up a buffet for the toppings, and let the kids serve themselves.

The “traditional” concessions stand version comes with cheese, lettuce and sour cream. We put out salsa and hot sauce for customers to add. When I make these at home, I put out more toppings–like black beans and fresh tomatoes–for more nutrition.

 

Traveling Tacos (Taco in a Bag)

Traveling tacos or tacos in a bag are pretty simple and once you try them you are going to wonder why you never thought of this sooner! I know I did! 

What will I need to make tacos in a bag at home? 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package (1.25 oz) taco seasoning (or make your own)
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 6 individual sized bags of Doritos or Fritos chips
  • shredded lettuce
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream

How to make traveling tacos:

  1. Brown and drain the ground beef, then add taco seasoning and water. Heat through.
  2. Gently crush the chips in each bag, and then open each bag.
  3. Scoop the taco meat into the bag and top with favorite toppings.
  4. Add a fork to the bag and serve.

You can make this recipe gluten-free by using Fritos instead of Doritos and ensuring that the taco seasoning is GF. I make my own taco seasoning.

These Traveling Tacos are a huge hit at our swim meet concessions. See the other time I love to make them! For a fun weeknight dinner or a meal on the go this recipe for a taco in a bag is perfection! 

Looking for other easy dinner recipes? 

These are the Packable Meals that we take for lunch or dinner at swim meets. They're perfect for dinner on the go but they also make an easy option for those busy school nights when you need to get something on the table without much fussing! 

Packable Meals for Swim Meets | healthy family meals that you can pack in a lunchbox or cooler for swim meet dinners

 

And these are my recommendations of swim equipment that lasts the longest.

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This recipe is linked up to Friday Food at MomTrends.

Printable Traveling Tacos Recipe:

 

Yield: 6 servings

Traveling Tacos {Taco in a Bag}

Traveling Tacos {Taco in a Bag}
Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package (1.25 oz) taco seasoning (or make your own)
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 6 individual-sized bags of Doritos or Fritos chips
  • shredded lettuce
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream

Instructions

  1. Brown and drain the ground beef, then add taco seasoning and water. Heat through.
  2. Gently crush the chips in each bag, and then open each bag.
  3. Scoop the taco meat into the bag and top with favorite toppings.
  4. Add a fork to the bag and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 24g
Ever eaten a Taco in a Bag? These Traveling Tacos are an easy and fun recipe!

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Fatcat

Friday 27th of July 2012

That's pretty cool. I thought when I read the title, maybe you were going to put the taco meat in a thermos and go traveling, which is also a pretty fun idea. Hmmm.

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