Campfire Nachos



Campfire nachos is a great camping recipe that doesn’t require much preparation, cooking, or clean-up…perfect for the outdoors! You can make these as simple or complex as your surroundings allow. If you have a cooler, you can expand your menu to include ground beef and even sour cream.

Because a cutting board, kitchen knife, and sanitary environment are hard to come by in the woods…you may want to prepare the nacho toppings and put them in zip-lock bags before you go. The more that you do ahead of time, the easier it will be to enjoy your meal too!

Here are the things you’ll want for your campfire nachos. The quantities below are based on a meal that feeds 2 adults and 4 children. Vary the quantities depending on your group size and appetite.



Campfire Nacho Ingredients:


  • 12 paper plates
  • 12 paper or styrofoam bowls
  • 12 plastic spoons
  • 1 pack of napkins or paper towels
  • 1 large bag of tortilla chips
  • 1 pound of ground meat
  • 1 taco meat seasoning packet (optional)
  • 2 cups of chopped scallions
  • 2 cups of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups of thinly sliced lettuce
  • 1 cup of sliced olives
  • 1 jar of cheese whiz (optional)
  • 1 jar of Salsa
  • 1 container of guacamole (optional)
  • Using a large skillet, pot, or pan, brown the ground meat and add the taco seasoning. This is best done in a dutch oven, or on a level surface above the hot coals. A roaring campfire is NOT a safe cooking method when you have a 12-inch skillet handle! And while the campfire adds to the fun…you can easily sneak off to the side and cook the meat on your propane-fired camping stove ;-).

    If you decide to use cheese whiz, you can drop the jar in a pan of boiling water for a few minutes and use a mitted hand to pour them on the chips.

    With the meat done, load up plates of nacho chips for the campers and if you’re lucky enough to have a picnic table, line both sides with the bowls of toppings and spoons. Spoon the meat and cheese on the chips as desired and the rest can be done self-serve by the campers.

    Campfire nachos are a quick & easy meal and can be quite a treat for all ages. If you really want to go all out, bring along a sombrero, guitar, some castanets, and let the festivities go on into the night around the campfire!

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