Skillet Nachos: Unleash the Flavor Over a Campfire

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Hey there, fellow foodies and outdoor enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into the crunchy, cheesy, and oh-so-addictive world of Skillet Nachos.

Nachos have their roots in Mexican cuisine but have become a global snack loved by many.

But here’s the kicker: I’m going to show you how to elevate this comfort food by making it on a campfire!

Seriously, there’s something magical about munching on nachos while cozied up to a crackling fire.

So why are skillet nachos special? Well, cooking them over a campfire imparts a unique, smoky flavor that you just can’t replicate on a stovetop.

Ready to get your tastebuds tingling? Let’s get started.

Skillet Nachos Recipe

Sink your teeth into these mouth-watering skillet nachos, perfect for your next camping trip! If you’re new to camping cuisine, a pathfinder campfire survival cooking kit is the perfect starter pack for recipes like these Skillet Nachos.

Skillet Nachos

Skillet Nachos

Sukhen Tanchangya
Get ready to elevate your campfire game with these skillet nachos, a melting pot of cheesy, spicy, and smoky flavors.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mexican-American Fusion
Calories 400 kcal


  • Cast iron skillet
  • Tongs
  • Heat-resistant gloves
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • Tortilla chips
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken (optional)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Sour cream, for topping
  • 1 handful of cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  • Preparation: Place a layer of tortilla chips at the bottom of your cast-iron skillet.
  • Layering: Sprinkle half of the shredded cheddar cheese, black beans, tomato, onion, and jalapeño over the chips.
  • More Layering: Add another layer of chips and repeat the layering process.
  • Topping: If using chicken, add it to the top layer.
  • Cooking: Cover the skillet with aluminum foil.
  • Heating: Place the skillet over the campfire, and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  • Garnishing: Remove from fire, add slices of avocado, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of cilantro.
  • Serving: Serve immediately with lime wedges on the side.


Monitor the cooking process carefully to avoid burning the bottom layer of chips.

Want to read more? Check out our campfire recipes.

Nutrition Facts

Nutritional ComponentAmount Per Serving% Daily Value
Vitamin C15%

Also learn: Campfire Pizza Pocket

Cooking Tips and Tricks

  • Use pre-cooked chicken to save time.
  • Opt for a heavy-duty cast-iron skillet. It distributes heat evenly and is durable.
  • Rotate the skillet occasionally for even cooking.
  • Fresh herbs like cilantro can add a burst of flavor and color.
  • If you’re looking for a vegan alternative, you can skip the cheese and use a plant-based substitute.


Well, there you have it—your guide to making mouth-watering Skillet Nachos right on your campfire. This recipe is not just a fun activity but also a crowd-pleaser.

Whether you’re on a family outing or a romantic getaway, it’s sure to make your outdoor experience even more delightful.

So, go ahead, try this on your next adventure and let the smoky, cheesy magic happen! Happy cooking! 🍴✨

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Sukhen Tanchangya

Sukhen is a passionate blogger and has a passion for camping. He enjoys cooking, especially over a campfire. Sukhen enjoys sharing adventure insights and outdoor cooking tips.

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