Camping Recipes, Dutch Oven

Campfire Nachos

campfire nachos

You don’t have to leave behind your Friday night faves when you head out camping. Why not treat yourself to these delicious campfire nachos either as an afternoon snack or as a full meal? The prep and cook times are quick which makes for a full meal for your group or family after a long day out and about. Not to mention that the delicious smell may bring some of your camping neighbors to your site! It is always fun to make new friends while out camping.

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The First Taste of Freedom

As a young teenager, I remember my first taste of freedom – it came in the form of a camping trip with friends, and it was love at first campfire. We ventured deep into the woods, armed with nothing but a tent, some basic camping gear, and our youthful enthusiasm. Our campsite was a clearing near a babbling brook, and as the sun dipped below the horizon, we decided it was time for dinner. That’s when my friend pulled out a bag of tortilla chips and a medley of ingredients that would forever change my perception of campfire cooking – the makings of campfire nachos.

Uncharted Territories and Culinary Surprises

Camping in the heart of nature has a way of working up an appetite, and after a day of hiking and exploring, the prospect of nachos over the campfire sounded like a revelation. We gathered around the fire, improvising a makeshift grill with a metal grate, and set to work. Layering tortilla chips with gooey cheese, salsa, jalapeños, and whatever other toppings we could scrounge up, we created a mountain of nachos on our improvised grill. The anticipation grew as the cheese began to melt, and the air filled with the mouthwatering aroma of our creation. Little did we know, those campfire nachos would become a staple of our camping trips, an anticipated tradition we’d cherish for years to come.

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A Bond Forged by Campfire Flames

Over the years, our camping trips evolved. Friends came and went, but the core group remained, and our love for campfire nachos never wavered. We experimented with different ingredients, swapping out jalapeños for bell peppers or adding a dollop of sour cream. Each camping adventure brought new experiences, from encountering wildlife to navigating thunderstorms. Through it all, the one constant was our campfire camaraderie, fueled by laughter, stories, and of course, those mouthwatering nachos.

campfire nachos

A Celebration of Milestones

Camping and nachos became synonymous with celebrating milestones in our lives. We marked graduations, promotions, and birthdays in the great outdoors, each occasion accompanied by a hearty batch of campfire nachos. The crackling firelight illuminated our faces as we raised our nacho-laden hands in cheers, celebrating not just the moment, but the enduring friendships we’d forged over countless camping trips.

The Legacy Lives On

Today, years after that first taste of campfire nachos, I find myself reminiscing about those unforgettable camping adventures. Life has taken us all in different directions, but the bond forged by those flickering campfire flames and the shared love of nachos remains unbreakable. And while our camping trips have become less frequent, the tradition of campfire nachos is a legacy that lives on, passed down to the next generation of adventurers – proof that the simple pleasures of the great outdoors and a shared meal around the campfire can create memories that last a lifetime.

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Campfire Nachos

Campfire Nachos

A fantastic, quick way to make a campfire snack or meal. This recipe uses fresh, cooler and pantry items that you can easily take camping with you. Remember if the chips are connected it is a single bite!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 900 kcal


  • Campfire or Grill
  • Dutch Oven
  • Holding Bowl
  • Parchment Paper



  • 1 bag Tortilla chips Your preference on flour or corn!
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 pkg Taco Seasoning
  • 1 bottle hot sauce Your choice but Tapatillo or Cholula work great!
  • 1/4 cup water

Cooler Items

  • 8 oz Shredded cheese Your choice on cheese but cheddar, Mexican blend, pepper jack, or monterey jack are delicious.
  • 1 lb Ground beef Trade for turkey, pork, or chicken
  • 1 pkg Sour cream
  • 1 pkg Salsa Salsa of your choice or Pico de Gallo

Fresh Items

  • 1 Onion Diced
  • 1 Bell pepper Red, Green, Yellow, or Orange diced
  • 1 bunch Cilantro Rough chop
  • 1 Lime Small and in wedges
  • 2 Avocados Cubed


  • Start your fire and place your Dutch oven over coals to bring to temperature
  • Lightly oil the bottom of a large dutch oven, to prevent the onions from sticking.
    1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • Place diced onions into the heated dutch oven and cook until translucent. After about three minutes add diced peppers to dutch oven.
    1 Onion, 1 Bell pepper
  • After another four minutes add ground beef to the dutch oven and brown. When complete add the taco seasoning and water per package directions.
    1 pkg Taco Seasoning, 1 lb Ground beef, 1/4 cup water
  • Once meat, onions, and peppers have been properly seasoned remove from Dutch Oven and place in holding bowl.
  • Place parchment in bottom of Dutch Oven. Then layer tortilla chips, meat/veggie mixture, and cheese till all of the chips and cheese have been used.
    8 oz Shredded cheese
  • Place the Dutch Oven back on the coals of the fire with the lid on. Place a few coals on the top of the Dutch Oven to heat from the top. Let sit for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Remove the Dutch oven from the fire and spread hot sauce, cilantro, lime, sour cream, avocados over the top of the chips.
    1 bottle hot sauce, 1 pkg Sour cream, 1 bunch Cilantro, 1 Lime, 2 Avocados
  • Devour while hot and serve with your choice of pico de gallo or salsa.
    1 pkg Salsa


A quick tip here is to complete all of your prep work at home. Dice the onions and the peppers at home and store them in a zip-top bag so that they are ready for use when the time comes. A little bit of prep at home will save you time at the campground after a full day of activities.
Feel free to mix and match your toppings to be exactly what you like. The possibilities are endless!
Keyword Campfire, Dutch oven, Nachos