The Walking Taco: It's Not Fried. There's No Taco Involved. And It's Not Fried.

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Andy Salinas
Turns out, Andy Salinas' Walking Taco is really a taco salad in a Doritos bag.
Andy Salinas made it into the Big Tex Choice Awards as a finalist with his Walking Taco. He says, "It's a taco that you can walk around the fair and eat." I'm confused. I've never met a taco that wasn't already portable.

Salinas takes a bag of Doritos®, cuts off the top, crushes the Doritos up, adds seasoned meat, jalapeños, lettuce, onion, tomato, grated cheese, sour cream and salsa. He says that at the stand it'll be "a build-your-own taco" situation. You tell them what you want, then he mixes it all up in the bag and you walk away with your taco salad. I mean Dorito-Frito pie. I mean your "Walking Taco." Which isn't fried. I'm so confused.

Don't get me wrong. It's probably delicious. It's just not a taco. 

I smell a contender for the Most Creative spot here, though. Whenever someone makes a food more complicated than it needs to be, they seem to win that Most Creative title. See: Fried butter. Fried Coke. Fried Beer.

Salinas was a finalist in the first year of the Big Tex Choice Awards in 2005 with deep-fried coconut-coated pineapple rings. Sound familiar? That's probably because this year, Abel Gonzales Jr. is a finalist with his pineapple upside down cake. Which is pineapple rings dipped in cake batter and fried. We'll see if Gonzales (aka Mr. Fried Butter, Fried Coke, Fried Cookie Dough and Fried PB&J) can win with an idea Salinas couldn't turn into a title.

If the Walking Taco (salad) isn't your bag, Salinas also offers up roasted ears of corn at his booth. Says it's his best seller. "We sell 50,000 to 60,000 a year over those 24 days, depending on what the weather's like."

Looking for something sweeter? "This year, we're bringing another new item out too," Salinas says. "It's caramel corn on the cob." You heard that right. Caramel corn. In the shape of an ear of corn. On a stick. How the holy hell did that not make it into the Big Tex Choice Awards finals?

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14 comments
JPB123
JPB123

Walking Tacos (Not an original name) have been around in Iowa for over 25 years - what?!?!  Maybe I should steal the Iowa State Fair fried Oreo's recipe off Pinterest and win lots of awards in Texas...  sheesh

zzz05
zzz05

I had walking taco once, but a dose of antibiotics cured it.

Paco Jamal Warner
Paco Jamal Warner

I don't see how it made it into the competition, it's not an original recipe or even name. They serve this shit in the Midwest instead of Frito Pie. Next you're going to tell me about his crazy idea to fry sliced potatoes.It's a shame, this spot could have gone to some other deep fried abomination, like a fried Bible or a fried gun. This shit doesn't belong at the State Fair of Texas. Boo, hiss, go fuck yourself.

zzz05
zzz05

Yeah, street vendors used to sell this in Boston as Frito Pie.

Nan00
Nan00

wonder how much they're charging for this.  It sounds kinda like what Martha Stewart taught the women in prison to make. She may have had less to work with. 

Yoshoe
Yoshoe

Sounds wonderful and ready to try it! :)

Nick R.
Nick R.

Walking taco, then walk to the toilet.

gabbahey
gabbahey

This is how we were sold Frito Pies back in middle school and high school, only with Fritos,

20 some odd years ago...

Love how history repeats itself.

I will try one or three of these anyway.

Mayor_of_Meh
Mayor_of_Meh

unoriginal...let's reward this man with all those coupons!!

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I've seen this concoction before at a racetrack I went to years ago, split open a bag or Doritos/Fritos, put in taco salad fixings, enjoy..

I'd rather seen the Caramel corn on the cob in the running myself, much more original :)

Bob
Bob

Sounds like when George Bush was sold to us as a "compassionate conservative."

Or back when the "moral majority" was raising money to clean up politics.

Just because the guy selling it to you calls it that, doesn't mean that it is so.

Lipstick on a pig, and all that.

cp
cp

Walking taco sounds delish. It's a frito pie, but with doritos instead of fritos, taco meat instead of chili, and a bunch of other good stuff, so quit complaining. I will definitely try it!

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

Definitely do try it, but definitely don't tell Andy it's a Dorito-Frito pie. He disagrees. 

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