Walking Taco Bake


The Walking Taco Bake is a fun and delicious twist on traditional tacos, perfect for family dinners or casual get-togethers. Combining seasoned ground beef, crunchy chili cheese Fritos, and a creamy cheese topping, this dish is sure to be a hit with everyone. Here’s how you can make it:


  • 1 lb Ground Beef: You can also use ground turkey for a leaner option.
  • 1 Package Taco Seasoning: Adds the classic taco flavor to the meat.
  • 2/3 cup Water: For simmering the meat and seasoning.
  • Chili Cheese Fritos: A crunchy base that adds a burst of flavor.
  • 1/2 Can Cheddar Cheese Soup: For a creamy, cheesy layer.
  • 1/4 cup Milk: To thin the cheddar cheese soup.
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded: Melts beautifully to create a gooey, cheesy topping.


  1. Brown the Meat: In a skillet, cook the ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until it is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Season the Meat: Add the taco seasoning and 2/3 cup water to the skillet. Stir to combine and let it simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the meat is thoroughly coated with the seasoning.
  3. Prepare the Baking Dish: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Layer the chili cheese Fritos on the bottom of an 8 x 8-inch baking dish. Evenly spread the seasoned meat over the Fritos.
  4. Make the Cheese Sauce: In a small saucepan, heat the cheddar cheese soup and 1/4 cup milk over low heat, stirring until smooth and warm. Pour the cheese mixture over the meat in the baking dish.
  5. Add the Cheese: Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the top of the dish.
  6. Bake: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 12-14 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Serve: Remove the pan from the oven and scoop the desired amount onto a plate. Enjoy!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  1. Easy and Quick: Perfect for busy weeknights, this recipe comes together quickly.
  2. Family-Friendly: Kids and adults alike will love the combination of flavors and textures.
  3. Customizable: Easily adjust the ingredients to suit your taste or dietary preferences.
  4. Flavorful: The combination of seasoned meat, crunchy Fritos, and creamy cheese is irresistible.
  5. Comfort Food: Warm, cheesy, and satisfying, this dish is perfect comfort food.
  6. Great for Leftovers: This bake reheats well, making it a great option for meal prep.
  7. Versatile: Can be served as a main dish or a hearty side.
  8. Crowd-Pleaser: Ideal for potlucks, parties, or casual gatherings.
  9. Fun to Eat: The combination of crunchy and gooey elements makes it enjoyable to eat.
  10. Minimal Cleanup: Only a few dishes to clean up afterwards.

Tips for Making Walking Taco Bake

  • Ground Meat: Feel free to use ground chicken or a vegetarian meat substitute for a different twist.
  • Cheese Options: Substitute the mozzarella with cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a Mexican blend cheese.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the heat by choosing a mild or spicy taco seasoning.
  • Additions: Consider adding a layer of refried beans or black beans for extra protein.
  • Serving Suggestions: Top with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, or chopped fresh cilantro for added flavor.

How to Store Walking Taco Bake

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Reheat individual portions in the microwave or the entire dish in the oven until warmed through.
  • Freezing: This dish can be frozen before baking. Assemble the bake, cover it tightly with foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed.

The Walking Taco Bake is a fantastic dish that brings all the flavors of a classic taco into a convenient and comforting casserole. With its easy preparation and delicious taste, it’s sure to become a favorite in your household. Enjoy the crispy, cheesy, and savory goodness of this unique take on tacos!

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