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The Best Campfire Nachos (Over a Fire or Grill)

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Nachos might be the ultimate campfire snack. They’re fast and easy to prepare, have all your favorite ingredients, and are so delicious that nobody can resist them! Plus, they’re great for sharing with friends. But why settle for basic nachos when you can try something new?

Equipment Needed for Campfire Nachos

  • A cast iron skillet, or Dutch oven

  • A lid or foil to cover the pan. 

  • Foil or Parchment paper to line the pan. This will make your clean up afterwards simple. 

  • A spatula or large spoon to scoop out the yummy finished product.

The Basic Campfire Nachos Recipe:


  • A tablespoon of cooking oil

  • ½ lb bag of tortilla chips

  • pre-seasoned taco meat

  • 1 cup shredded cheese

  • 1 can of black beans

  • fresh ingredients to taste: diced tomatoes, green onion, black olives, cilantro, avocado, jalapeno peppers, etc.

  • 4 lime wedges

How To Make Campfire Nachos


  • Make sure the bottom of a large Dutch oven or foil is lightly oiled so that the nachos don’t stick.

  • Put a layer of chips down in the bottom of the pan, followed by a sprinkling of meat, a quarter cup of black beans, and a healthy amount of cheese. Top with tomato, avocado, green onions, and/or cilantro. Repeat this process for the second, third, and final layers until all ingredients are used.

  • The pan should be placed over your campfire on a metal grill for about 10 minutes, until the cheese melts. Serve with a few lime wedges (optional).

Variations and Substitutions:

Our collection features the best campfire nachos recipe ideas to add a special touch of flavor and texture to your next camping trip. 

From classic flavors like roasted tomatoes and guacamole to creative combinations like queso fresco and black beans, these easy recipes will make your campfire grill meal an unforgettable outdoor night.

With layers of crunchy chips, melted cheese, spicy meats, crisp vegetables, and creamy sauces, each bite will be packed with flavor and texture that will surely please everyone around the fire. So gather some friends, break out the ingredients, and let’s get cooking!

Easy Campfire Nachos In The Dutch Oven

campfire nachos in the dutch oven
image @ frugalcampingfamily

If you have a cast iron dutch oven for your campfire grill, you can make this delicious recipe with a few simple ingredients. Featuring avocado, black beans, and turkey, this easy campfire nachos is perfect for those who don’t eat beef!

One Pan Campfire Nachos Recipe

one pan campfire nachos
image @ pipandebby

That’s right; only one large cast iron skillet is needed for this delicious recipe! With ground beef, jalapenos, green onions, and sour cream, this easy campground  recipe may turn into a family favorite, even if only for it’s simplicity! We give it a solid 5 stars!

And let’s be honest; nachos in a cast iron skillet on a camping trip are just so good!


Layered Dutch Oven Camp Nachos

layered dutch oven nachos
image @ escapeadventures

Who knew a cast iron dutch oven could be so useful on the camping trip? From creating snacks over an open fire to cooking a full meal, the dutch oven is a must-have item for campfire cooking. 

This nachos recipe from Escape Adventures Style, with black beans, green onions, fresh cilantro, and lime, is perfect for the dutch oven!

Pro tip: keeping a little water inside your oven will steam your tortilla chips and melt the cheese perfectly!


Simple Campfire Nachos

small dutch oven with liner and nachos and fork
image @ aredspatula

Here is an easy camping recipe with a lot of versatility! Just cook taco meat beforehand, and grate your favorite cheese (like a nice monterey jack blend, for instance) at home first to avoid the extra work at the campsite.

Plus, you can use any of your favorite toppings for a unique batch of nachos for your next outdoor adventure!


Camp Dutch Oven Nachos

dutch oven with campfire nachos and written caption
image @ barebonesliving

In about 15 minutes, once the cheese is melted, it’s time to feast! Here is a great three-layer cheesy nachos recipe for the great outdoors you’re sure to love! With black olives, cilantro, tomatoes, and green onion, this appetizer can feed up to four people. Or, serve as a full meal for just two!

Not to mention the cooking time is amazingly fast!

Vegetarian-Mexican Campfire Nachos

Vegetarian-Mexican Campfire Nachos
image @ thelivinkitchen

Did you know not all campground nachos require meat? Meatless options are great for camping meals, and this recipe is no exception. You can also incorporate your favorite blend of canned goods if you don’t have prep time to deal with fresh vegetables. 

Try canned corn, olives, and refried beans for a truly vegetarian experience while camping.

Another pro tip: Keep your cast iron skillet loosely covered with aluminum foil to trap the heat and cook your nachos faster!


Must-Try Campfire Nachos

heaping plate of campfire nachos
image @ momswhosave

This recipe works whether you have a Dutch oven or a large cast iron skillet. Hey, we love versatility! However, this recipe also involves many layers of melted cheese and tortilla crisps-the real secret behind outstanding nachos! 

Worry you might have remaining chips? Don’t-this robust recipe will have you dipping into the cast iron pan again and again!

With black olives, green onion, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, and sour cream, making nachos has never tasted so good with this must-have nachos recipe. Add some green chilis for an even stronger kick!

Campfire Potato Chip Nachos

Another unique twist on campfire nachos is to use some kettle cooked potato chips instead of tortilla chips. This is ideal if you have kids that maybe don’t like the traditional chips served with nachos.

Ham and Mexican-style shredded cheese is another “5 stars” twist on this gluten-free dish that will astound everyone around the fire pit during spooky ghost story time.

Grilled Nachos

grilled campfire nachos on a blue plate
image @ twopeasandtheirpod

I know what you’re thinking; you can grill nachos? Yes!

If you have a grill grate for your camping adventures or grill outside in the backyard-this grilled nachos recipe makes for a great summer meal. Just put your tortilla crisps, cheese, and beans in a pan with medium heat. 

Veggies like avocado, tomatoes, and mango create an appealing experience for your taste buds. Optional toppings for this grilled nachos recipe can include sour cream, red pepper, guacamole, and cilantro.

If you’re cooking over an open flame, grilled nachos are the way to go. Make this recipe and try it on the whole family!

Campfire Nachos With Beans

campfire nachos in cast pan with jalapenos
image @ princesspinkygirl

You don’t necessarily need to cook ground beef to make this recipe full of protein. You can add refried beans or pinto beans to create a topping full of nutrition, calories, and flavor!

You can also add various toppings (like green onions and corn) to the final layer of chips, cheese, and spices for an amazing plate of camp nachos. Try diced green chiles or black olives with this nachos recipe, and test it as a new family favorite.

Foil Packet Campfire Nachos

foil packet of campfire nachos with sour cream
image @ happymoneysaver

Maybe you don’t have a cast iron skillet. Or perhaps you want an easy outdoor excursion and don’t want to pack even one pan for cooking. That’s ok! You can create campfire nachos using just aluminum foil with this recipe!

You can also make prep time easier by preparing this meal at home, before your outdoor trek into the national forest. These campfire nachos ingredients will freeze easily for storage until time to camp.

You can create a packet out of aluminum foil, or use a foil pan (like a roasting pan) for this recipe. Start by spraying your foil pan or foil sheets with a little cooking spray; it’ll help keep things from sticking! 

Place the foil packets on the grill with medium heat until the cheese is melted inside and the ground beef (should you choose any) is done. Add some diced green onions and a little sour cream to taste, and you might find this recipe earns 5 stars with your family and friends!


Loaded Campground Nachos On The Grill Recipe

loaded nachos on the grill
image @ passionforsavings

An easy 5 stars recipe, loaded campfire nachos are incredibly easy to make and don’t require a ton of cook time. And we think the recipe developer really nailed that perfect blend of veggies and cheese with this recipe!

Remember, you want to create a few nice layers of chips, cheese, and veggies/meat for a fully-loaded campfire nacho dish. Nonstick cooking spray will help keep the foil from sticking to your tortilla crisps. 

You can also line one pan or cast iron skillet loosely with foil, if you’re making a really heavy batch of loaded nachos, and want to use that fancy camping skillet you saved for such an occasion.

Sour cream, chives, red pepper flakes, and even extra cheese make great toppings for a robust plate of loaded scrumptious nachos after a long day of hiking and camping.


Simple Beef Nachos With Doritos

simple beef nachos with doritos
image @ thismomisonfire

If you’re worried about your campfire nachos being a bit boring for some picky eaters, try mixing up the chips! Everyone loves Doritos, and what better way to jazz up nachos in a cast iron skillet than with some Cool Ranch Dorito chips(or whatever flavor is your favorite)?

You can also get super creative with this recipe and try different food combinations for toppings; like feta cheese, bell peppers, or sliced pickles. No matter how you decide to top your nachos, one thing is for sure; you won’t have any leftover chips with this dish!

Vegan Campfire Nachos

Choosing to be vegan for your health or personal reasons can be an extremely rewarding thing. On the plus side, since vegan cheese exists, you can cook this vegan version of delectable campfire nachos easily!

The ingredients include tortilla chips, lots of canned veggies like beans and sweet corn, and even some chopped onion. You can also incorporate guacamole, sliced jalapenos, and vegan cheddar cheese to make a satisfying plate of goodies to enjoy while camping.

Australian Campfire Nachos

Australian Campfire Nachos
image @ gocampingaustralia

Do you love bolognese sauce? Then you’ll love how Go Camping Australia infuses their campfire nachos with this delightful sauce! Use a disposable foil tray to add chips, salsa of choice (mild or hot), desired toppings (such as diced tomatoes or guacamole), and plenty of grated cheese (try Colby jack for a twist!). 

Depending on how you like your nachos, you can mix all these ingredients together before spreading them on the tortilla crisps or create even layers of cheese and toppings for your taste preferences.

Campfire Pizza Nachos

Campfire pizza Nachos
image @ cookingwithjanica

Why not combine a love of Italian food with camping? Here’s a unique twist on campfire nachos; pizza!

With a garlic cream sauce (containing milk) you may want to prep this at home, or even pop it in the oven for a backyard barbeque! With a skillet and a total prep/cook time of 20 minutes, you can have ooey-gooey pizza nachos the whole family will enjoy. 

You can even jazz this up by adding your other favorite pizza toppings, like pepperoni or banana peppers!

Beefy Campfire Nachos

cast iron pan of nachos on a grill
image @ aroundmyfamilytable

If you need to use some leftovers, here’s a great way to repurpose some ground beef; which can come in handy when camping. You could plan to make tacos one day, and finish off the leftover taco meat with some yummy nachos!

Pro tip: slicing all your ingredients at home and transporting in small containers or plastic ziplock bags will help you when it comes time to cook by the campfire. Less work and less stress!

Pulled Pork Campfire Nachos

pulled pork nachos in foil packet
image @ campfirecook

Can’t decide if you’d like to barbeque this weekend on your hiking trip? Why not try this variation of campfire nachos? Pulled pork with a BBQ rub is perfect for outdoor adventures when you’re feeling hungry. 

You can make some amazing camp nachos with barbeque pork, apple juice, and Doritos for a truly unique blend of flavors.

This variation is also great for backyard cookouts, family reunions, or even summer birthday parties. Don’t like pork? Substitute with beef ribs instead!


Campfire Moose Nachos

pan of campfire moose nachos on the grill
image by leupold

Wait, moose? That’s right! You don’t have to stick to traditional taco meat, beef, chicken, or pork. You can mix things up by adding an exotic meat, like moose to your nachos! 

This variation includes moose meat, Enchilada sauce, and chili powder for a plate of nachos no one one your camping trip will forget.

Other exciting exotic meats you could try with your campfire nachos include Elk, Bison, Wild Boar, and even Duck.

Campfire Nachos Tonight?

So now you know everything you need to make awesome cheesy campfire nachos. Cook up a pot at your next fireside gathering and listen to the raves. Then, on to some campfire dessert! 

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