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Mexican ground beef for campfire nachos

I love to make this ahead of time for a quick meal at the campsite. The meat is so flavorful and simple to make.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef for nachos, ground beef mexican recipes, mexican ground beef
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 2 pounds ground beef I like to use a 93/7, but use whatever beef you like best!
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper The amount of cayenne pepper you choose to use will depend on spicy you like your food. We tend to like it a little spicy, so we use a fair amount:)
  • ¾ cup salsa of choice
  • 1 cup water


  • Add ground beef, salt, garlic salt and ground beef to a skillet. Brown over medium heat. Towards the end of cooking, add in remaining spices. Do not add the salsa and water yet though. Cook until no pink remains. Last is the salsa and water. Add and cook over medium heat. You will want to cook until almost all the water is gone. You still want some juices, but not really watery. Taste and adjust salt and pepper once the water is reduced.
    Now, cool on the counter, place in an airtight container or ziplock bag and place in fridge.
    It will be ready to go on your camping trip!
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!