Picnic Ideas: Taco Salad Bags!

I loved your suggestions for picnic meals, and last Monday tried a version of the Tacos in a Bag or Frito Pie that were suggested.

We . . . loved these.

Here’s how I made Tacos/Taco Salads for our Baseball Night Picnic:

(If you’re a kid and think any meal with the word “salad” in it is likely to be gross, call them Tacos in a Bag.  If you’re over the age of 15, add extra lettuce, call them Taco Salads, and tell yourself you’re eating a little more healthfully.)

First, I defrosted  some pre-cooked ground beef and seasoned it with taco seasoning.

Then, I packed the beef into a container and filled quart sized bags with individual ingredients.

We brought salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream, shredded lettuce and tortilla chips.

I chose to put just what we needed into the bags instead of bringing entire containers of ingredients.  (I generally don’t think to empty the ice-chest until the next time we need to use it . . . so I didn’t want leftovers!)

I also packed up forks, napkins, and one quart sized bag per person.

At the game, I let people choose what they wanted in their tacos/taco-salads, and for the sake of messiness and Mama Sanity, I loaded up each bag.

I instructed that they crunch up their chips and smush around their bags until they achieved the consistency they liked.

Then, I loaded my own and declared that no one could have seconds until I had a moment of peace to enjoy mine!

And I DID enjoy it.  As my husband declared, “These are REALLY good.”

Taco salad is simple, but . . . having this as a real meal at the ballpark instead or nachos and popcorn just tasted so good.

Eating out of a plastic bag isn’t EASY easy . . . but I do believe it was simpler and more kid-proof than balancing plates on our knees.

Have you seen my other picnic ideas?

And here’s our menu for this week:

Monday – Sub Sandwiches (Last week’s game with this picnic was rained out.)

Tuesday – Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Wednesday- Eat at church

Thursday – Pizza Snowballs

Friday – Out to eat

Saturday – Grill out

I’ll be linking this up over at Menu Plan Monday.



  1. We call those “walking tacos” at the racetracks in central texas :-) so yummy!

  2. Beth H. says:

    Us Girl Scouts call ’em Walking Tacos too! :) Also, my Boy Scouts will make them with the personal-sized bagged Doritos…..yummy!

  3. I have got to try this! My son will love it!

  4. My mom just told me about taco salads in a bag but I didn’t quite get what she was talking about. I bet this is it. That’s a great idea!

  5. Can you eat ground beef cold like that? I’d be afraid of getting food poisoning.

    • Oh no! I cooked it just before we left and put it in the insulated portion of our carrier so it was still hot when we ate it.

    • Maureen says:

      If it’s cooked through and not left at room temp for a long time, it’s fine to eat cold.

  6. Nony,
    How creative! No mess. Loving the picnic series. Now only if I could get motivated enough to go outside.


  7. At our 4-H fair I’ve seen these served in paper cups… seems like that would be a little bit easier way to eat it. I guess you’d have to crush the doritoes before you put them in :)

    • Yes, as we were eating them again last night, I thought there must be an easier way to eat them! I think someone suggested putting the bag inside a cup.

  8. Came over from pinterest. Never heard of these and absolutely LOVE the idea! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Cassie Lee says:

    Never had taco salad out of a bag – brilliant! Taco salad has to be my favorite meal. I do doritos instead of tortilla chips and cheese, add Italian dressing, and black beans.
    What a great picnic idea!

  10. I have also had these in small bags of frito’s or dorites (your preference) and called them walking tacos. :)

  11. tinfoil bowls?

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