Camping Food: Campfire Taco in a Bag
Our family spends a lot of time camping in the summer months. We love being active outdoors surrounded by natural beauty and when we come back to the campsite, cooking up an easy meal over the campfire, like Campfire Taco in a Bag.
Campfire Taco in a Bag and All the Fixings
Campfire Taco in a Bag is super easy to make, almost too easy for an actual recipe but it’s great to have a list of easy camping recipes for meal planning ahead. The hamburger cooks perfectly over the campfire; seasoned with Taco seasoning (mild for the kids), spread over crushed taco chips and top with preferred ingredients for a meal the kids are sure to love.
The fun part is letting the kids choose their toppings while the adults can slather on spicier flavours. Whichever ingredients you use, Campfire Taco in a Bag is a kid favourite sure to fill those hungry bellies.
*Note: This easily makes enough for 4 adults. If you have younger kids, you could split a bag between two for less leftovers.
When you’re camping you want to take along ingredients that you can use in more than one meal. Campfire Taco in a Bag ingredients are versatile and a little planning ahead is all you need for a quick and easy campfire meal.
*Don’t forget, how to build a cooking fire is key to cook times however you should be prepared to adjust times based on the look and texture of the food you are cooking.
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- 1 lb lean ground hamburger
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 4-5 individual serving size taco chip bags (I use Nacho Cheese flavour)
Preheat the campfire for cooking. See the article How to Build a Cooking Fire.
In a medium foil pan, place the thawed hamburger and place over the fire. Once it begins to cook, using a metal spatula stir the meat to separate into smaller chunks and continue to stir every couple minutes until the meat is browned.
Because the meat is cooking over a campfire there shouldn't be excess grease but if there is, drain off that grease into a styrofoam cup or onto a paper plate to discard into the trash. See campfire cooking safety tips.
Place hamburger back over the fire sprinkling the taco seasoning and 3/4 cup water and mix until coated. Cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 5 minutes longer or until the seasoning has thickened and the water has nearly evaporated.
Gently crush the taco chips in each of the 4 bags and use a pair of scissors to cut off the top of the side of the bags.
Scoop a generous amount of hamburger over the crushed taco chips and top with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and salsa or your other favourite ingredients. I use mild salsa for the kids but you can spice that up, depending who you are serving, or add some hot sauce. Easy clean-up!
If you are serving adults this would make a generous 4 serving size. For smaller kids, they could easily split a bag between 2 kids.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411 Total Fat: 23g Sodium: 560mg Carbohydrates: 22g Protein: 28g