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campfire nachos with chicken cooking on a cast iron griddle on a tripod grill over the campfire

Loaded Campfire Nachos with Chicken

Loaded campfire nachos, with shredded chicken and hummus, are a cheesy delicious camping meal everyone will love. Easy recipe with all the best toppings!
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Course: Appetizers, Camping Recipes, dinner
Cuisine: American, Tex-Mex
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 631kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff


  • 12 ounces tortilla chips
  • 10 ounces roasted red pepper hummus
  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup queso
  • 1/2 red onion medium size, minced
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • Add a generous layer of tortilla chips to your pan, spreading them out so they cover the entire pan*.
  • Add small dollops of roasted red pepper hummus around on top of the chips.
  • Mix the shredded chicken with salsa and spread it around next, also giving it a little spritz of lime juice.
  • Then spoon white queso all around on the nachos.
  • Scatter minced or chopped red onion on as another layer.
  • Finally add shredded cheese, spreading it out evenly all across the nachos.
  • Once you have the height you think you need over the campfire, place the pan full of nachos on the tripod grill (you can either use a heated lid with a skillet or Dutch oven, or use aluminum foil as sort of a tent wrapped around the griddle pan to trap the heat).
  • Cook the nachos until the cheese has fully melted and everything is heated through. It’ll probably take 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Then serve with your favorite toppings like tomatoes, avocados, and sour cream.


*When we made this recipe, we used a large homemade griddle we use for so many different recipes, along with aluminum foil. While I wouldn’t change the way we did it, I might recommend using a Dutch oven or a larger cast iron skillet with a lid, so you have the heat both above (with coals) and below, much like an oven.


Calories: 631kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 938mg | Potassium: 740mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 369mg | Iron: 7mg
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