For the past month or so you may have noticed that Taco Bell has introduced a new item on their menu: a taco with a crunchy shell made out of Doritos. The commercials talk about how “finally” they realized to combine two great things, Doritos and taco meat, into one delicious package. What Taco Bell failed to realize was that North Dakotans have been combining Doritos and taco meat for years before their “original” idea. How you may ask? Well, the answer is simple. Taco in a bag.
For those of you not familiar with the delicious cuisine of taco in a bag, you are not alone. I first came upon taco in a bag about a week or so into my relocation to Fargo when I attended a local festival. As I was ordering my familiar corn dog with a side of fries, I saw out of the corner of my eye what appeared to be patrons eating something out of a Doritos bag with a fork. I was instantly curious. When I reported my findings back to some locals they laughed and said, “Oh, yeah. That’s taco in a bag.”
What exactly is taco in a bag you ask? Well, its pretty simple.
1. Take a personal size bag of Doritos (or Fritos in some cases) and crunch them up a little bit.
2. Open the bag (I suggest cutting it lengthwise rather than opening the top normally) and top with ground beef with taco seasoning.
3. Top with cheese, lettuce, sour cream and any other fixings you would typically adorn a taco with.
Still not sold on taco in a bag? I don’t blame you. In fact, it took me over a year and a half to try it for myself. Give me tatortot hotdish or beer with a pickle any day, but taco in a bag was just plain weird. Finally, about a week ago, I could take it no longer. It was time to see what all the fuss was about. I opened the bag, topped with the fixings, and took a bite. The verdict? Life changing.
So Taco Bell, I know you think you are being super “innovative” but I hate to break it to you, North Dakotans already beat you to it. And what makes this delicacy worlds better than its Taco Bell cousin is the simple fact that taco in a bag is not only delicious but practical too. I mean, try eating a taco on the go without getting messy.