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I first heard about walking tacos a couple years ago at a friend’s birthday party. She handed me a cup and told me to help myself. My first reaction was, what am I supposed to do with this?
For someone that lives and breathes food, I don’t know why I was so confused by this idea of how to make a walking taco. In any case, once I made one I realized that this was, like, the best idea ever.
And even though my friend made her walking taco recipe in a cup, I have since found that I much prefer to make mine as healthy turkey taco bowls.
What Is A Walking Taco?
If you haven’t heard of walking tacos before, you’re probably wondering what on earth they are! The image in my head was an actual taco walking around with arms and legs. Ha.
What are walking tacos? They are simply all the ingredients of a taco, in a form that you can eat while walking around. This can be a bag, cup, or bowl.
If you’re looking for dinner in a bowl with an Asian twist, try egg roll in a bowl!
Why a Taco Bowl is the Best Kind of Walking Taco Recipe
One of the most common ways to make walking tacos is to place the fillings into a bag of chips. I don’t like this method.
First of all, chips are filled with all kinds of processed ingredients… and carbs. I can definitely find a way to have something crunchy in my taco bowls without them. (More on that below!)
Second, I actually don’t think it’s very comfortable to walk around eating out of a bag. The opening is not very large, and there isn’t much room in there to mix everything together.
Besides, bags of chips are not very sturdy. And, let’s just say I’m not the most coordinated person in the world…
The solution for a studier walking taco recipe that’s easier to eat? Make turkey taco bowls instead! They are still walking tacos, but much more convenient.
And if you’re making them for a crowd, you can totally use disposable paper bowls. This will achieve the same thing that the bag would from a cleanup standpoint, but is still much more comfortable.
Healthy Ground Turkey Taco Bowls
This healthy ground turkey taco bowl recipe is so versatile. That’s the biggest reason I love it so much.
Because these are taco bowls, they work equally well if you’re sitting down or if you’re walking around. So whether you need a low carb weeknight dinner with your family, or a way to feed a crowd at a big party, they’ve got you covered.
Let’s talk healthy weeknight meals first. This taco bowl recipe takes a total of ten minutes of prep time and ten minutes to cook. Who couldn’t use more 20-minute meals in their life?! Yes, please.
On the other hand, if you have a lot of people to feed, it’s really easy to scale this walking taco recipe for a larger crowd. And even if not everyone is low carb (probably not!), I promise that they are crowd pleaser that they will all enjoy.
People that aren’t health conscious will still make healthier swaps when they taste delicious! Ground turkey is a great way to do that effortlessly.
Just like my popular taco salad recipe, this is one of those Mexican meals that virtually everyone will love. Even if they don’t care about healthy eating. But especially if they do!
Walking Taco Ingredients
The ingredients for walking tacos are super simple. Like the name implies, these are basically turkey taco bowls that you eat with a fork instead of holding a taco.
The Turkey Taco Meat
For the taco meat, you’ll need:
- Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey – My fave – super delicious and no artificial ingredients!
- My super easy 5-minute homemade taco seasoning mix
What to Serve With Walking Tacos
The rest of the taco bowl ingredients are super simple:
- Romaine lettuce
- Red onion
- Fresh cilantro
- Cheddar Parmesan crisps – you can make these ahead, and skip the seasoning!
- Sour cream
Feel free to customize the ingredients with whatever you like in your walking taco recipe. Salsa can replace the tomatoes, if you have a favorite recipe or brand.
The Cheddar Parmesan crisps are a unique addition that you’re going to love. They are crispy and crunchy, making the perfect low carb stand-in for the chips that some people make walking tacos with. All you need for them are cheese, so give them a try!
How To Make Taco Bowls
If you are just making this turkey taco bowl recipe for dinner, you can make it simply as written.
Brown the turkey on the stove, over medium-high heat. Once it’s cooked through, stir in the taco seasoning and some water. Simmer and stir fry until the meat absorbs most of the liquid, but is not dry.
You can make the Cheddar Parmesan crisps in parallel while the turkey is cooking. Chop up the avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, too. Preparing one part of a recipe while another is cooking is a big time saver!
Finally, divide all the ingredients among six bowls. If your family is extra hungry or there are fewer of you, feel free to make it four bowls instead of six. Break up the cheese crisps and sprinkle them in. There you go – an easy low carb weeknight meal!
How To Make Walking Tacos for 50 or 100 People
What if you want to make walking tacos for 50 people? Or even 100? You totally can.
I’ll admit I’ve never made them for such a huge crowd before. But, my daughter’s birthday is this weekend, and I will be making a walking taco bar like this for about 30 people.
To make walking tacos for a crowd, start by changing the number of servings on the recipe card to the number of people you need. This will show you how much of each ingredient you need.
Then, you’ll just need to brown the ground turkey taco meat in bulk – a huge pan can help! Make the cheese crisps in batches, too.
You can prepare everything ahead, so that it’s ready to go. This cheese crisps store well, so feel free to make them the day before. The ground turkey is the only part that is best cooked fresh, and then you can place it in a heated buffet server, if you have one, to keep warm.
Other than that, everything is the same! Instead of assembling the taco bowls for people, simply make a spread of each ingredient in a large bowl. And, have disposable bowls out for people to build their own walking tacos. Easy, peasy!
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Tools To Make a Walking Taco Bowl:
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- Skillet – An excellent universal tool in the kitchen. A good skillet like this one is ideal for your turkey bowl.
- Meat Chopper – I love this tool! It makes breaking up ground turkey a cinch.
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These homemade taco bowls are an EASY recipe for how to make walking tacos. They are delicious and healthy! Learn how to make a turkey taco bowl for 4-6 people, or even walking tacos for a crowd of 50 or 100 people.
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Brown the ground turkey in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
- While the meat is cooking make the cheese chips according to this recipe. When they are done, let them cool for a few minutes until crisp, then break them into small bite-size pieces.
- When the turkey is browned, stir the taco seasoning and water into the skillet. Adjust as needed to mix well with the seasoning. Bring to a simmer, then bring down heat and stir fry for a few minutes, until no liquid is left.
- Divide all ingredients among 6 bowls (or even large cups). Grab a walking taco bowl and a fork - feel free to walk around with it!
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For an easy weeknight meal, divide among 6 bowls to serve (or 4 bowls if you're more hungry).
To make walking tacos for a crowd, see the tips above the recipe card.
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Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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