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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 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
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