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A camping holiday is a wonderful way to explore the great outdoors. Quick and easy meals like camp oven nachos are fun to prepare – and delicious to eat.

  • Serves6
  • Cook time20 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes
Camp oven nachos

Ingredients

  • 500g beef mince
  • 30g pkt Taco spice mix
  • 1 red capsicum, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 300g jar tomato salsa
  • 400g can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 230g plain corn chips
  • 1/2 cup (60g) black olives, sliced
  • 2 cups (240g) grated tasty cheese
  • Coriander leaves and sliced chilli, to serve
  • Sour cream sprinkled with chilli, to serve

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 2758kJ/660 Cals (32%), Protein: 38g (76%), Fat: 37g (53%), Sat Fat: 20g (83%), Sodium: 1646mg (82%), Carb: 44g (14%), Sugar: 6g (7%), Dietary Fibre: 7g (23%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.

Method

  1. Step 1

    Prepare a campfire.

  2. Step 2

    Place the mince, spice mix, capsicum, garlic and half the onion in a medium bowl. Use your hands to stir to combine. Set aside.

  3. Step 3

    Heat the oil in a large camp oven or heavy-based flameproof frying pan over low embers. Add the mince mixture and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 5 mins or until the mince changes colour and the capsicum softens. Add the salsa and black beans and cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until well combined and heated through. Remove and set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Place half the corn chips over the base of the camp oven or pan. Layer with half the mince mixture, half the olives and half the cheese. Repeat with remaining mince, olives and cheese. Cover with lid or foil. Cook over low embers for 10 mins or until the cheese melts.

  5. Step 5

    Sprinkle with remaining onions. Serve with coriander leaves, sliced chilli and sour cream.

Recipe tip

  • Cooking times may vary depending on the intensity of the campfire. 

  • If you are using a camp oven, add some hot coals on top of the lid to create a more even heat.

  • Make it at home: Our recipe is cooked over a campfire. To create it in your kitchen, cook the mince mixture on the stovetop over medium heat. Assemble in an ovenproof baking dish and bake at 200°C for 10 mins or until the cheese is melted and golden.

COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Clever storage: It’s a good idea to prepare ingredients in advance and have them packed and stored accordingly with your chilled items in an esky.

Spice up your camping holiday with camp oven nachos

When it comes to food, you needn’t think that campfire cooking is limited to only steak, chops and snags. With a campfire oven and a flameproof frying pan, this camping nachos recipe will bring the flavours of everyone’s Mexican favourite enjoyed at home to the great outdoors, as we guide you on how to make camp nachos. Serve them alongside delicious and easy camping recipes that are fun to make and perfect to feed a crowd. 

 The origin of campfire ovens

Campfire ovens were originally called Dutch ovens and are sometimes still referred to as that. These cast iron cooking ovens have their origins in the Netherlands in the 1700s. Campfire ovens have long been an Aussie icon with drovers, shearers and miners making their cast iron cookers prized possessions. The great thing about these ovens is that they’re solid and durable and retain and distribute heat evenly over a campfire or grill. When choosing fuel, charcoal is cleaner than coal and it can provide long-lasting fires, which is ideal for campfire cooking. Lighting a charcoal fire is quick and easy with a couple of fire starters and you’ll have less cleaning up to do because charcoal produces minimal ash.  

What is the difference between a frying pan and a skillet?

While this recipe is made using a camp oven, it can also be made using a heavy-based flame-proof frying pan or cast iron skillet if you have one, which regular campers often do. The two items are similar, both are flat-bottomed, but a good traditional skillet has some extra versatility because it can be deeper than a frying pan, giving it a larger cooking capacity. Skillets are great when frying because you can flip food easily and save potential messy mishaps when stirring ingredients over high heat. So, if you have one, preparing nachos in a cast iron skillet is a great idea. However, cast iron skillet nachos isn't the only way to enjoy this dish – a good old flame-proof frying pan does a great job, too.

Easy tips for how to make this campfire nachos recipe

This dish is an assembly of classic ingredients, but why not put your stamp on it? One of the benefits of a dish like camping nachos is that you can swap ingredients and improvise it to taste. If you like your food hot and spicy, use chilli-flavoured corn chips instead of plain. If you’d prefer a vegetarian version, omit the mince and you can bulk it up by adding small cans of drained corn kernels and sliced mushrooms. You can swap black beans for red kidney beans if they’re more readily available and add another layer of delicious flavour with a good dollop of guacamole along with sour cream to pair the skillet nachos with.

Making camp nachos at home

Not going on a camping holiday? No problem. This tasty dish is easy to make at home, too. Simply cook the mince mixture on the stovetop over medium heat. Assemble your nachos, as instructed, in an ovenproof baking dish and bake at 200°C for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden. Create a feast with easy and delicious Mexican recipes to satisfy all ages. 

Campfire cooking – safety first

When preparing for campfire cooking, check official fire regulations. If you’ve set up in a campsite with a designated fire area, you must use it. If there is no designated area but fire pits are officially permitted, build it 10 metres away from your campsite and away from overhanging branches. Never leave a campfire unattended and supervise children around the pit when it’s in use. Never light the fire during strong winds and ensure you check weather forecasts. A fire extinguisher is a handy camping tool, but take baking soda with you to throw on the fire to help extinguish flames. Extinguish the fire when you’ve finished using it.

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Camp oven nachos

Camp oven nachos
  • Serves6
  • Cook time20 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 500g beef mince
  • 30g pkt Taco spice mix
  • 1 red capsicum, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 300g jar tomato salsa
  • 400g can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 230g plain corn chips
  • 1/2 cup (60g) black olives, sliced
  • 2 cups (240g) grated tasty cheese
  • Coriander leaves and sliced chilli, to serve
  • Sour cream sprinkled with chilli, to serve
    Description

    A camping holiday is a wonderful way to explore the great outdoors. Quick and easy meals like camp oven nachos are fun to prepare – and delicious to eat.

    Method
    1. Step 1

      Prepare a campfire.

    2. Step 2

      Place the mince, spice mix, capsicum, garlic and half the onion in a medium bowl. Use your hands to stir to combine. Set aside.

    3. Step 3

      Heat the oil in a large camp oven or heavy-based flameproof frying pan over low embers. Add the mince mixture and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 5 mins or until the mince changes colour and the capsicum softens. Add the salsa and black beans and cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until well combined and heated through. Remove and set aside.

    4. Step 4

      Place half the corn chips over the base of the camp oven or pan. Layer with half the mince mixture, half the olives and half the cheese. Repeat with remaining mince, olives and cheese. Cover with lid or foil. Cook over low embers for 10 mins or until the cheese melts.

    5. Step 5

      Sprinkle with remaining onions. Serve with coriander leaves, sliced chilli and sour cream.