High Protein Walking Taco Recipe

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Make this High-Protein Walking Taco recipe with protein chips, taco meat, and all your favorite toppings. Ready in minutes, it’s perfect for on-the-go, feeding a crowd, or nights when you just want a quick cleanup! 

A hand holding a taco in a bag of high protein Quest tortilla chips.

What is a Walking Taco? 

If you’ve never heard of walking tacos, you may have heard of Frito pie, walking taco bags or taco in a bags. They’re all the same things! 

Popular in the Midwest, walking taco recipes feature a base of chips, taco meat, and toppings. As the name suggests, all the ingredients combine in a single-serve chip bag, making the meal easy to eat as you walk. 

Walking tacos are the perfect party food, and you can easily make a walking taco bar for a fun way to feed a crowd!

Ingredients You Need

Bags of Quest high protein tortilla chips with taco meat and fixings for walking tacos.
  • Chips – Unlike other walking tacos, we use Quest protein chips to add an extra boost of protein to this recipe! We love the nacho cheese version, but any flavor will work. 
  • Meat – We use ground beef with taco seasoning to make taco meat, but feel free to use ground chicken or ground turkey if preferred. 
  • Toppings – Lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream (or Greek yogurt) take this walking tacos recipe over the top! 

How to Make This Easy Walking Tacos Recipe

  1. Prepare. Use leftover taco meat, or make taco meat fresh. 
  1. Layer. Lightly crush the chips in a single-serving bag. Open the bag of chips. Then, add part of the taco meat and toppings of choice. Enjoy! 

Flavor Variations and Topping Ideas

  • Use Flavored Chips. Traditional walking taco recipes feature a bag of Fritos corn chips or Doritos, but anything goes! Mix and match your favorite chips to find out what you like best. 
  • Add Extra Mix-Ins. Make this recipe even more filling with additions like black beans, corn, or sautéed veggies. 
  • Use Questo Cheese. Swap the cheddar cheese for warm, gooey queso for a delicious chili cheese situation.
  • Load Up on Toppings. Feel free to load up on toppings with additions like pico de gallo, black olive, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, guacamole, and green onions! 
Up close photo of chopped cilantro and plain Greek yogurt on a walking taco.

Common Questions

Can I make this recipe ahead of time? 

We don’t recommend combining all the ingredients in advance, because they’re likely to become soggy. However, you can prepare taco meat up to three days in advance! Store it in an airtight container in the fridge, and reheat it when you’re ready to eat. 

How much meat should I use per person? 

It’s up to you and how hungry you are! We typically use about four ounces but feel free to adjust that amount to suit your needs. 

Are walking tacos just nachos? 

The two are similar but not quite the same. The primary difference is that nachos are served layered on a plate, and walking taco bags are served in a bag. 

A fork digging into a bag of walking tacos with high protein ingredients.

High Protein Walking Taco Recipe

Make this walking taco recipe with high-protein chips, taco meat, and refreshing toppings for a better-for-you twist on this classic Midwest meal!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: walking taco bags, walking taco recipe, walking tacos
Servings: 1
Calories: 330kcal
Cost: $3.00


  • 1 1.1 ounce bag Quest Tortilla Chips (nacho, chili lime or loaded taco flavor)
  • 1/2 cup ground taco meat
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce
  • 2 Tablespoons salsa
  • 1 Tablespoon plain Greek yogurt or sour cream


  • If making the taco meat from scratch, follow these directions.
    1/2 cup ground taco meat
  • Cut open the top or the side of the tortilla chips bag. (If desired, crush the chips before or after opening the bag. Otherwise, you can crush the chips after you add the toppings.)
    1 1.1 ounce bag Quest Tortilla Chips
  • Add the taco meat to the chip bag and the toppings, of choice (see notes).
    2 Tablespoons shredded cheese, 1/4 cup shredded lettuce, 2 Tablespoons salsa, 1 Tablespoon plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Eat immediately. Store leftover ingredients separately in the fridge.



The calories are calculated for the exact toppings (Greek yogurt not sour cream) in this recipe, but feel free to add more toppings, such as diced avocado, jalapeños, and/or sliced olives.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 17g

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