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Campfire Grilled Nachos

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Grilled Nachos are fun to make over the campfire or on a grill. The recipe can be found at the bottom of the post.

grilled nachos in a foil pan

It is no secret, we love to eat! We especially love to eat while we camp. There is just something tastier about food cooked over the fire or in cast iron on the grill or campfire. Do you agree?

We came up with these grilled nachos that are so easy to make and quite tasty! We have since posted grilled walking taco nachos that you should check out! They are even easier to make than these loaded nachos.

Where do Nachos Come From?

Did you know that nachos were invented by accident? According to online sources, a man in Mexico by the name of Ignacio created them when a group of hungry American women appeared at the restaurant he worked at. The establishment was closed, but he felt bad for them and went to the kitchen and make something out of the limited ingredients on hand. He fried tortilla chips and baked with cheese and jalapenos. The name nachos are derived from Ignacio. Over the years they have become an American favorite.

Campfire Nachos

They are certainly a favorite meal of ours, so we created camping nachos. One of the best things about this camping recipe is that it is easy to customize to accommodate various tastes or dietary restrictions.

If you want to cut down on carbohydrates, substitute sweet potato for the chips. Pick your favorite between flour or corn tortilla chips. Leave out the taco meat if you are vegetarian. If a picky eater does not want peppers or tomatoes, a pan of their favorite toppings can be made separately. The options go on and on.

Do you want a foil pan dessert to go on the campfire after these grilled nachos are done? Try our  S’mores Nachos or Grilled Peach Crisp. They are just as simple to make and the whole family will love them!

sweet potato nachos being eaten with forks

Grilled Nachos Recipe

The ingredients for this nacho recipe can be varied depending on what people like. Diana and I like sweet potato nachos, while the kids like to use corn tortilla chips.

We also used onion, tomato, avocado, green chiles, black beans, taco meat made with ground turkey, and cheese. We have also made Grilled Chicken Nachos by using a prepared rotisserie chicken instead of taco meat.

Other toppings could include jalapenos, pinto or refried beans, or different meats.

We cook ours over a campfire in a foil pan. We also make it at home in a cast-iron skillet.

ingredients for grilled nachos

Your cook time for this recipe will depend on how thick your nachos are and how hot the fire is. Please do not place these nachos over an open flame or your meal will burn. If you are doing regular or sweet potato nachos, the cooking time will be a lot longer than the tortilla chips.

2 pans of grilled nachos

Please be careful not to burn yourself, as these are hot when they come off the grill. They cool off fairly quickly in a foil pan.

No need to dirty up any dishes. We even ate with our fingers, so there were not any utensils to wash. How awesome is that? A super tasty meal in a single pan that you eat by hand.

a close up of sweet potato nachos

How delicious do these nachos look? We make them on most camping trips and every few weeks on the grill in our backyard. We will caution you that they are slow to cool off when cooked in cast iron. Take steps so you do not burn the nachos or yourself!

Grilled nachos are a favorite camping meal of ours! Are there any ingredients that you would use that we did not mention?

collage of campfire grilled nachos

You will also love these fun camping recipes!

Pie-Iron Pizza Sandwiches
Grilled Pizza Buns
Dutch Oven Salisbury Steak
Dutch Oven Blueberry Dump Cake
Dutch Oven Brownies

Yield: 4 servings

Campfire Grilled Nachos

Campfire Grilled Nachos

Everyone gets to customize their own nachos with this simple recipe made over the campfire or grill. Add your favorite ingredients!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • tortilla chips
  • ground meat
  • taco seasoning
  • beans of choice
  • cheese
  • tomatoes
  • onion
  • avocado
  • chilis or peppers


  1. Prepare the taco meat or protein according to your favorite method.
  2. Chop up all of the toppings.
  3. Assemble the nachos by placing a layer of tortilla chips or sliced (sweet) potato in the bottom of your foil pan or cast-iron skillet.
  4. Add a layer of your desired toppings, including cheese.
  5. Repeat the layering of chips and toppings until the pan is filled.
  6. Add a thick layer of cheese on the top.
  7. Cover the pan with a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil and crimp it around the edges.
  8. Place on a grate over a campfire or on a grill. Do not place it directly over an open flame or the bottom might burn.
  9. Cook each foil pan of nachos until the cheese is melted and toppings are cooked and tender. This will take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes give or take depending on the temperature of the fire/grill.
  10. Peel back the corner of the foil to check to see of the nachos are grilled to your liking.
  11. Pull the pan off the campfire and eat.


We love these nachos made with thinly sliced sweet potato instead of tortilla chips. How do you like your nachos? Please share a photo of yours on Pinterest or on our Facebook page.

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 528

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Tuesday 30th of June 2020

What kind of cheese do you suggest?

Let's Camp S'more

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

(Sharp) Cheddar


Wednesday 10th of June 2020

These look so good. Can’t wait to try them on our next camping trip. Going to do them in the grill this weekend as a trial to see what everyone likes in them.

Let's Camp S'more

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

I hope they love them!


Wednesday 10th of July 2019

when layering with chips on bottom does it make them soggy? We would love this but my hubby hates soggy stuff!


Friday 19th of July 2019

No! Just make sure to drain anything liquidy (like green chiles) before adding them.


Friday 7th of June 2019

Thanks for sharing! Do they keep well for another meal?


Monday 10th of June 2019

Chips would get too soggy, but potato or sweet potato would keep well.


Friday 7th of June 2019

This looks so good! I love all the veggies in it too!


Monday 10th of June 2019

We make this at home on a weekly basis and mix it up with different veggies.