Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Last Updated on March 13, 2020

These Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos are just too much fun. Who says that you always have to sit down at the dinner table to enjoy a tasty meal? Sometimes, you have to bend the rules and eat your dinner on the go.

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

More than likely, you’ve probably heard of walking tacos, right? They’re typically something that you’d find at the local fair or carnival. Check out these Air Fryer Carnival Cheesy Potato Fries for another fun “carnival” type food! 

But why wait until just once or twice per year to get your Walking Taco to fix? These tacos are incredibly simple to create and so delicious that Taco Tuesday will turn into Taco every day! 

Truth be told, these Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos are just really fun to eat. It’s a recipe that I can whip up in no time at all and the kids are sitting at the table ready to devour them before I can say, “Dinner is ready.” 

Just because I’m intrigued by the name, I had to dig a little deeper into what “walking taco’s” actually means. 

What does walking taco mean?

It’s actually pretty much like it sounds. This food actually gained popularity at the Iowa fairs and it basically consists of walking and eating taco ingredients inside a potato chip bag with a plastic fork. Sounds like the most simple dinner cleanup ever, right? 

How do you eat a walking taco?

Just know that this isn’t a “mess-free” recipe. The easiest way to eat a walking taco is to put all the ingredients in the chip bag and try to get them in your mouth without making a mess. Sounds fun, right?

But in all seriousness, eating a walking taco is supposed to be fun! A little mess is fine when it’s all for the sake of this delicious recipe. 

What goes good with walking tacos?

Since they’re a pretty good meal on all their own, you need to think more about toppings with this question. Add some heat with fresh jalapenos or dabs of hot sauce. If you like sour cream or salsa on your tacos, go for it! 

When it comes to adding in ingredients, you can really have fun with this easy recipe. 

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Who invented the walking taco?

It’s been said that the walking taco has been around since the 1960s. However, I think this is more conjecture as I have not been able to find any facts. What I did find is that the walking taco, also known as the “walking Frito pie,” was introduced in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1982 at the World’s Fair.  

Can you use other chips for this Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos recipe? 

You can! You’ll find a couple of varieties of options, but the other main chip that is most commonly used is Fritos. Between this option and Nacho Cheese Doritos, you’ll be certain to have a delicious and crunchy walking taco no matter what. 

As you can tell, this is a super fun and simple dinner recipe that everyone in the family is going to love! Are you ready to learn how to make this delicious taco recipe? 

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

To get started, just gather up the list of ingredients below.

Taco Meat:
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 cup vegetable stock
 
Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos
 
Tacos in a Bag:
4-6 individual bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
chopped romaine lettuce
chopped tomatoes
shredded cheese
chopped avocado
sour cream
hot sauce or salsa
Any other taco toppings you love!

How to make Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Add beef combined with seasoning to your Instant Pot.

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Mix well and break up the meat.

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Add vegetable stock and pressure cook for 3 minutes.

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Remove the lid and break up the meat.

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Add meat and toppings to your Doritos bag! Shake well to mix.

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

See how simple and easy this Walking Taco recipe is? It really doesn’t take any time at all! 

Can you save leftovers for these Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos?

If you’re going to try to save any leftovers, it’s easiest to just brown up the taco meat and save that separately from anything else. If you add in all the toppings and try to save it that way, everything is just going to be a big soggy mess. 

As long as you don’t mix the taco meat in with any other toppings, you can actually use it for other recipes, too.

Here is a great seasoning recipe that you can use to add to your leftover ground beef! 

What type of cheese works best with walking tacos?

Shredded cheese is always going to be your best bet, but there are so many different types to choose from. My kids prefer Colby Jack cheese. I prefer Mozzarella cheese. My husband prefers cheddar or pepper jack cheese. No matter your preference, you can’t go wrong. 

We tend to always have a heavy hand when it comes to adding in the cheese so feel free to mix and match as you want. 

What are some great toppings for tacos?

Even though I’ve listed quite a few topping choices above, there are always more that you can easily add in or omit.

Onions are a great option for an added layer of crunch. Black olives are also a wonderful option.  

As you can tell, this walking taco recipe is really fun and easy to make. The part that takes the longest is preparing the ground beef, but that hardly takes any time at all! 

Everyone will love being able to add in their own toppings and enjoying their very own hand-held walking taco! Now all you need are a few carnival games.  Check out the full length “how-to” video on my youtube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe! 

Don’t forget to print out the recipe for later!

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Pressure Cooker Walking Tacos

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

Taco Meat:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock

Tacos in a Bag:

  • 4-6 individual bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • chopped romaine lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes
  • shredded cheese
  • chopped avocado
  • sour cream
  • hot sauce or salsa
  • Any other taco toppings you love!

Instructions

  1. Add the ground beef to the bottom of the Instant Pot then sprinkle the seasoning over the meat.
  2. Mix the seasoning into the meat and break it apart so that it is not sitting in one large chunk.
  3. Add the vegetable stock to the Instant Pot. Then close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure using the "manual" or "pressure cook" button for 3 minutes with a natural pressure release.
  4. Remove the lid and break the ground beef into smaller pieces.
  5. Open a bag of Doritos and break them into bite-sized pieces. Add the taco meat and toppings until satisfactory. Shake the bag to mix it up and then eat!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 606Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 77mgFiber: 8gSugar: 4gProtein: 29g

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