Easy Dutch Oven Camping Tacos Made Over Campfires Or Camp Stoves!

This is one of our easiest Dutch oven camping recipes that is on the table in about 20 minutes!

When you want a super quick meal with a Mexican flair, you need to try these yummy Dutch oven camping tacos.

Dutch Oven Camping Tacos by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with ground beef hamburger tacos in hard shells topped with shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream with a background of a forest with green trees and a campfire wood pile and text over the image that reads Dutch oven camping tacos.

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How To Make Beef Tacos At The Campsite

You can make easy camping meals that bring in exciting international flavors no matter where your campsite is located.

If you want to expand the global theme to your camping dinner recipes, just add a similar flavor profile to your side dishes and appetizers.

Step 1. Prepare your cooking equipment.

If you are making this as one of our campfire recipes, you’ll need to get your fire going in order to cook over coals (not flames) … you can also use charcoal briquettes.

If fire restrictions prevent you from using an open flame … or you just prefer cooking with propane, you can also make this as one of our camp stove recipes so get your stove ready for cooking on a level surface.

Step 2. Prepare the veggies and measure out all ingredients.

You’ll need to chop cilantro, tomato, onion and jalapeno pepper for the taco toppings.

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Step 3. Brown the meat.

Camp Cooking Tip: If you measure your ground beef at home, you can freeze it in a plastic freezer
bag in a flat square so it transports easily in a cooler or RV refrigerator and
defrosts nicely when it is time to use it.

You’ll be browning the hamburger over a medium-high heat.

Don’t drain the fat.

Step 4. Add the seasoning.

One of the things that makes this recipe so simple is the flavor-filled taco seasoning you add to the meat.

Step 5. Thoroughly cook the hamburger.

You will continue cooking the ground beef until it is fully
cooked and the seasonings are completely incorporated.

Step 6. Build the tacos.

Every taco starts with a hard taco shell and the meat mixture, then you can add whatever
toppings you like.

We like our tacos at the campsite the same way we like them
at home … loaded with lots of toppings!

So, we add cilantro, tomato,
onion, jalapeno pepper, cheddar cheese, guacamole
and sour cream.

You can use prepared guacamole but we like making this fresh guacamole camping appetizer and then reserve some for our taco dinner.

This No Cook Fresh Guacamole Appetizer Camping Snack Recipe by CampingForFoodies is one of our favorite camping food snacks for summer! As avocados are in season, this is so easy and one of our best simple camping recipes snacks kids and families devour. It is one of our awesome appetizer ideas for camping pot luck parties too! Serve it as one snack in an entire spread or an appetizer to a yummy camping meal.

Print This Dutch Oven Camping Tacos Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef hamburger
  • 2 packets taco seasoning
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 12 hard taco shells
  • Hot pepper sauce, if desired


  1. Prepare campfire or camp stove for cooking.
  2. Place 10-inch cast iron Dutch oven on cooking grate over coals of campfire or on a propane camp stove.
  3. Add ground beef to the Dutch oven and brown over medium-high heat using a wooden spoon to break up the hamburger as it cooks.
  4. When the hamburger crumbles are almost fully cooked, don’t drain the fat … just add the taco seasoning to the pot … stirring until it is fully incorporated.
  5. Continue cooking uncovered until the hamburger is fully cooked.
  6. Build the tacos, starting with spooning the taco meat into the shell and layering in the toppings of your choice.
  7. You can use prepared guac for this recipe or make a fresh batch of homemade guacamole!
  8. Serve warm.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 780Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 2012mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 9gSugar: 5gProtein: 29g

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