{crock pot} walking taco bar

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You may have had walking tacos at county fairs and sporting events. They’re so delicious and such a convenient lunch/snack for family gatherings, potlucks, picnics and they’re perfect for game day! Just make up the taco meat in advance, put it in your slow cooker to keep it warm, place the taco accoutrements around the Crock Pot and voila! Lunch is served! Everyone loves this fun Crock Pot Walking Taco Bar!

for the taco meat:

2 to 3 lb. lean ground beef, browned until almost done

2 large onions chopped

1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes OR tomato puree

2 heaping Tablespoons cumin

1/4 cup chili powder

2 Tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce (or your favorite)

1 Tablespoon regular or smoked paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cayenne pepper OR teaspoon red pepper flakes

Place browned meat, onions, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, Sriracha, paprika, garlic powder, and red pepper in the bowl of your 6 to 8 quart Crock Pot. Mix well. Set cooker on HIGH setting for 2 to 4 hours, or on the LOW setting for 4 to 6 hours. Cover. Once taco meat starts to boil, reduce heat to WARM setting. Now the meat is ready to serve, just cover it and place a ladle or large spoon next to the slow cooker for easy scooping.

Place little bowls/ramekins/teacups around the slow cooker. Fill them with any or all of the following toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, hot sauce, shredded lettuce, chopped avocado or fresh guacamole (sprinkled with lemon juice so it doesn’t brown,) fresh pico de gallo or salsa, chili beans, sliced black olives, and lemon/lime wedges.

Place a basket filled with little, single serving bags of Fritos or Doritos corn chips alongside the other ingredients.

To serve: Cut the bags of Fritos along the side edges of each bag. Top the chips with taco meat and any/all of the toppings suggested above.



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  10 comments for “{crock pot} walking taco bar

  1. February 12, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    These were sold at the world’s fair in 1979 as “Petros”. The theme was Energy. I still make them and call them Petros. If you put shredded cheddar cheese on the fritos before the meat sauce, they are super delicious. At the fair they used canned chili, the cheese, sour cream and diced green onions.

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  3. Bonnie
    November 8, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Prefer Doritos.

    • Melissa
      November 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      We like plain Fritos more. They don’t contain MSG, and they don’t overpower the rest of the flavors in the “tacos.” 🙂

  4. Ed
    December 13, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Catalina dressing would go good with this…I use it in my “taco salad”, also using Fritos

    • Melissa
      December 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Yum! Great idea! 🙂

    • ann
      September 6, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      I’m going to try the Catalina dressing. We usually do Ranch as it cools the heat level for me, but the Catalina dressing sounds good too.

  5. Megan
    September 6, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Approximately how many does this serve?

  6. Becky
    September 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Used to serve these at Friday night football games. Frito chili pies!

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