Remember the walking taco from those long days of summer ? A clever convenience, designed to eat on the go and a mimic of the taco with a fun twist. The “old” walking taco consists of an individual size bag of Fritos corn chips topped with taco fixings. This Dinner Bar takes the old concept and gives it a healthy facelift– transforming it into a lean, nutritious Mexican-style favorite you can feel good about feeding your family. Adding a banana mango smoothie for dessert builds a balanced, simple supper that can be enjoyed anywhere!
You will need:
- 1 pound ground chicken or turkey breast
- 1 can black beans, rinsed
- 6 individual bags of Sun Chips (original or garden salsa flavor)
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced tomato
- Sliced jalapenos or chopped green pepper
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 small sliced bananas (fresh or frozen)
- 2 cups frozen mango chunks
- Reduced fat (2%) shredded Mexican cheese
- 2 cups 1% or 2% milk
- 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
- Diced avocado
- Reduced fat sour cream (optional)
- 1 taco seasoning packet
- ¼ cup water
How to make the walking tacos (serves 6):
Heat oil over medium heat in a large non-stick pan. Add onions and sautee until clear, about 5 minutes. Add ground chicken breast to the pan and brown. Once the meat is cooked, add taco seasoning packet, ¼ cup water, and black beans. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
While the meat/bean mixture is cooking, gently crush each bag of chips. Once the chips are crushed, cut the bags lengthwise with scissors. Prepare bowls of the meat/bean mixture, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, corn, shredded cheese, diced avocado, salsa and any other desired toppings.
How to make the banana mango smoothies (serves 6):
Use fresh bananas or sliced bananas that have been frozen (my personal favorite). Put banana, 2 cups frozen mango and 2 cups milk in a blender and blend until smooth.
Place serving bowls and the bags of chips on your “dinner bar” and let your family choose their toppings. Once all of the walking tacos have been assembled, pour the smoothies and enjoy this meal wherever you like!
Tip: Use disposable bowls, spoons, and cups for effortless clean up.
Let us know if your kiddos like these–you may even use this idea for picnics, a day at the pool or a quick lunch!
Contributing Author: Katherine Fowler, MS, RD