When my sister and I were in high school, we had a large group of friends who regularly invaded our house to hang out. (Some of those people are still in our lives. I’m looking at you -Jenny Two Times and Tomato.) We had (still have!) what everyone considered “a cool Mom” and she didn’t mind a hoard of loud teenagers taking over her living room and raiding her kitchen. It got to the point where my Mom would stock the fridge with stuff we all liked because it was such a regular occurrence. One thing in particular she would make is what is commonly referred to as Seven Layer Dip. But in our house we called it “Walking Taco.”
For years and years I’ve thought that we called it Walking Taco because you walk the chip across the plate of the seven layers of ingredients. Even typing that makes me pause and wonder how I came up with this definition because it doesn’t make much sense. Over the weekend, the dip came up as a topic of discussion and my sister said that it was called Walking Taco because you dip the chip in and WALK AWAY with what is essentially a “taco” on a chip.
But I was not convinced. Screw logic! I wanted to be right. I called my Mom the next day to confirm the true meaning behind the term Walking Taco. She laughed when I told her the reasoning behind my definition and corroborated my sister’s definition. It was in fact because you WALK with it. Not because you walk the chip across it.
Who walks a chip?