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Campfire Nachos Recipe (Video!)

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All you need is one pan to make these loaded campfire nachos!  

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Camping is the ultimate way to relax for our family and making these easy campfire nachos makes lunch quick and easy!

For us a solid camping recipe need to fill everyone up and be large enough to feed everyone as quickly as possible. With 3 growing boys they can put away the food, especially when playing outdoors.

You can cook the hamburger meat ahead of time and bring it with you for this or cook it in camp if you run out of time at home. Or mix it up and use any meat you have already fixed for other meals. Leftover shredded chicken or pulled pork are both excellent options.

The kids love to help me cook as much as possible and camping doesn’t change these desires. Wash those dirty hands up and put them the work spreading out the chips and adding all the toppings to this before an adult puts it on the campfire.

How do you spice up nachos?

Pickled or fresh jalapeños are excellent options for spicing up your nachos. You can also stir in some sriracha or hot sauce to your sour cream to give it an added kick!

How do you make nachos that aren’t soggy?

Nachos get soggy when they get overcrowded and topped with too many toppings. If you love super crispy nachos heat your toppings separate and just warm your chips with the cheese alone over the fire. Then pile on the toppings.

I personally prefer to do it all together and don’t mind that some of them are less than perfectly crispy because I like the cheese to melt over the toppings and hold them together better.

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Campfire Nachos Recipe

This Campfire Nachos Recipe is a crowd-pleaser any time we go camping. They are easy and simple to whip up for a quick lunch or dinner!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
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  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, (yellow, white or both)
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • ½ cup pre-cooked hamburger meat, drained
  • 1 Jalapenos, diced
  • ¼ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup Cojtia cheese
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ½ cup guacamole, Sun-Dried Tomato Bacon Guacamole recipe
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 green onions, sliced into rounds


  • Place tortilla chips in a large, cast-iron skillet, and spread them out.
  • Top with shredded cheese, red peppers, pre-cooked hamburger meat, jalapenos, and cover with foil.
  • Place skillet on fire and cook until cheese has melted. About 15-30 minutes.
  • Remove from fire and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Top with cilantro, Cojita cheese, black olives, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and green onions.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 891mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g
Author: Holli Butterfield
easy recipes, camping, cooking, nachos, camp, campfire


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