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Campfire Skillet Nachos (Grilling and Camping Idea)

Campfire Skillet Nachos

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 15 MINUTES

total time: 30 MINUTES

Ingredients

For the Nachos:

  • 12 oz bag of tortilla chips
  • 1 pound ground beef, taco seasoned & cooked
  • 2 cups Mexican blend cheese, shredded
  • 15.5 oz. can pinto beans, drained
  • 15 oz. can Southwest flavored corn and peppers, drained
  • small can sliced olives
  • small can sliced jalapenos

Optional Toppings:

  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup favorite salsa

Directions

1

To the cast iron skillet, add a layer of chips, followed by 1/2 of ground beef, cheese, beans, corn, jalapenos, and olives. Repeat with 2nd layer of all those ingredients.

2

Cover skillet with foil, and place inside grill heated to a medium temperature or on top of campfire. Let cook for about 10-15 minutes, until cheese is fully melted. Remove foil, and enjoy warm.

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lifting foil above grilled nachos on a skilet

It’s time to get outside and enjoy some fun outdoor cooking!

These campfire skillet nachos are a delicious and EASY meal or appetizer to enjoy while camping or in the backyard using your BBQ grill. Who doesn’t love crispy nachos with layers of melted cheese and toppings? The result is an irresistible skillet of zesty nachos that’s sure to be a hit with the entire family!

ingredients on counter for grilled nachos

Hip Tips: 

  • Grab a 12-inch cast iron skillet or disposable baking pan. You’ll also need some aluminum foil for the top.
  • Prep ahead by cooking the ground beef ahead of time with a taco seasoning packet, or homemade taco seasoning.
  • Customize this recipe easily. Any of the ingredients can be altered or omitted, and of course, this can be made without meat if desired.
  • Split ingredients into two layers so that you’ll have toppings on all the chips.
  • Place this skillet over the campfire or hot coals for about 15 minutes until cheese is melted, or in the BBQ grill on medium heat.

taco meat on top of skillet nachos

top view of skillet nachos on the bbq grill


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Campfire Skillet Nachos

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 15 MINUTES

total time: 30 MINUTES

Melted cheese nachos with layers of ground beef taco meat, beans, and other yummy toppings, cooked in a cast iron skillet.

Ingredients

For the Nachos:

  • 12 oz bag of tortilla chips
  • 1 pound ground beef, taco seasoned & cooked
  • 2 cups Mexican blend cheese, shredded
  • 15.5 oz. can pinto beans, drained
  • 15 oz. can Southwest flavored corn and peppers, drained
  • small can sliced olives
  • small can sliced jalapenos

Optional Toppings:

  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup favorite salsa

Directions

1

To the cast iron skillet, add a layer of chips, followed by 1/2 of ground beef, cheese, beans, corn, jalapenos, and olives. Repeat with 2nd layer of all those ingredients.

2

Cover skillet with foil, and place inside grill heated to a medium temperature or on top of campfire. Let cook for about 10-15 minutes, until cheese is fully melted. Remove foil, and enjoy warm.

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picking up a cheesy nacho from a skillet

Nacho average camping meal!

I love unique camping recipes, and this one is such a winner! If you’ll be making meals outdoors this summer, try it.

You can also easily serve nachos individually by placing them inside a foil packet. We’ve done this before, and each person can create their own combination and toppings to be melted on the campfire or on a grill. YUM!

foil packet nachos


Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects.


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Comments 16

  1. Tammy S.

    Thank you! We just bought a travel trailer and are taking it out for the first time this weekend and this is perfect to make at the camp fire! I’ve been looking for meal ideas!

  2. Dealzgurl

    Oh my! This looks soooo good….I would use the oven though. Cannot wait to try this!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good idea 👍 thanks for stopping by!

  3. Juma

    I do this a couple times a month in the oven it’s easy and quick dinner. I use ground turkey or left over chicken. I have even used left over turkey thighs/legs. I would love a plate for lunch now lol

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh perfect! And me too- thanks Juma!

  4. Jennifer

    Oh, this is a great idea! Perfect campfire food since u are just melting cheese and melding flavors, yum!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Exactly – yum! Thanks Jennifer ❤️

  5. Suzanne

    That looks so good!! We camp a lot and cookout often. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Enjoy Suzanne!

  6. mel

    My BIL makes something similar. He uses Black Beans and instead of corn he uses a can of drained Rotel. Then hits it with a few squeezes of fresh lime juice once it’s heated through. Yummm. We’re not going camping til next month, but this has my mouth watering that I might make it Friday for dinner! Serve it with some diced avocado and sour cream.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! I really love those ideas- thanks Mel!

  7. QGirlfriend

    YES Please! What a great idea 😋

  8. Shawna

    I’ve tried this before and I hated it. The fire was smoky and it all tastes like smoke. Is that typical? If not I’ll try it again

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hmm that wasn’t my experience, but maybe try in an indoor oven? Or grill.

  9. Angie

    Do the chips stay crunchy?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      It’s kind of a mix, crunchier outsides – maybe use less of the toppings if you want more crunch all around. 🤗 Thanks for asking!

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