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October 09, 2021 2 min read

A beloved classic, now being served at a campground near you. What better way to end the day outside than with a cold beer, warm campfire, and a big plate full of cheesy nachos?

As great bar food and/or lazy weeknight dinner, nachos seem ideally suited to be a camping staple. These Nachos can be made from a variety of fresh and/or canned ingredients, doesn’t require any specific culinary sklill to pull off, and can be eaten with your hands or a fork.
However, the lack of a conventional oven might lead people to believe such cheesy, crunchy deliciousness isn’t achievable in the great outdoors. Well!

Using a cast iron Dutch Oven with a lid, you can make nachos no matter where you are. With nachos, it’s even possible to do the whole thing on the camp stove or over a fire.

While these techniques will help you make nachos at a campground, the secret to exceptional nachos lies in one simple concept: layers!


  • 4QT Dutch Oven
  • Chimney Starter
  • Dutch Oven Parchment Liners


  • 1 tablespoon neutral flavored oil
  • ½ lb tortilla chips
  • 1 (7.75 oz) can El Pato hot tomato sauce, or equivalent
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1 large avocado, cubed
  • 4-5 green onions, sliced
  • handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small lime, cut into wedges


  • Lightly oil the bottom of a large dutch oven, to prevent the nachos from sticking.
  • For the first layer, evenly spread ⅓ of the chips into the dutch oven, topped with ¼ can El Pato, ¼ can black beans, ¼ cup cheese, and a handful of avocado, green onions, and cilantro. Repeat for the second layer.
  • For the third and final layer, use the remaining ⅓ portion of chips, ½ can El Pato, ½ can black beans, ½ cup cheese, and the remaining avocado, onion, and cilantro.
  • Cover the dutch oven and place on a metal grill over your campfire for about 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Serve with the lime wedges.


Nutrition (Per Serving)
Calories: 987kcal
*Nutrition is an estimate based on information provided by a third-party nutrition calculator

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