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Gearhead Tips & Twists On Campsite Tacos

Storage and refrigeration options can be limited on the road, but you can still get creative with some delicious cuisine—such as one of our favorites: camp tacos. We start with this simple but satisfying recipe.


  • 4 chicken breasts  
  • 1 yellow bell pepper 
  • 1 red bell pepper 
  • 1 orange bell pepper 
  • 1 large yellow onion 
  • Olive oil 
  • 2 packets taco seasoning (one for the chicken and one for the veggies) 
  • Corn tortillas  



  • Shredded cheese 
  • Avocado 
  • Pico de Gallo or salsa  
  • Shredded lettuce 
  • Jalapeños 
  • Lime 


  1. Slice the onion, bell peppers, and chicken 
  2. Bring 2 pans to medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil 
  3. Add the chicken and veggies and sauté with taco seasonings until fully cooked and tender, respectively 
  4. Heat tortillas
  5. Fill tortillas with chicken and veggies, add toppings to taste  


Herd Hack: “Melt the cheese onto the tortillas—it keeps the tortilla from falling apart and keeps the cheese from falling out.” —Kait (@kaitvanhoff)

Mastered the standard recipe? Here are our favorite tips and twists for tacos of all kinds. After all, when you camp as much as we do, you can’t have the same tacos all the time.  

Taco Tips

  • Cut an avocado in half and throw it on the grill open side down for 4-5 minutes to enjoy charred avocado slices on your taco. 
  • Backpacking? Bring a black bean soup mix and use less water than the package calls for—boom, black beans for your tacos.  
  • Chop everything at home before you head out to make cooking and cleanup at camp a breeze. 
  • Precut veggies have a shorter shelf life—freeze them before they go in your cooler to keep them fresh longer.  
  • Cooking with a Dutch oven? Flip the lid upside down and warm tortillas while you cook your veggies and meat inside the Dutch oven. 

Taco Twists

  • Don’t discount breakfast and/or dessert tacos—try filling a tortilla with breakfast hash (potatoes, eggs, etc.) or heat a can of apple pie filling to put in the tortilla for dessert. 
  • Pour your meat, veggies, and toppings into a bag of corn chips for a walking taco. 
  • Heat premade shredded pork and throw it in your tortilla with corn and onions for a BBQ taco. 
  • Are you an angler? If you’ve caught and cleaned dinner, wrap the whole fish in foil, and put it in the fire or on the grill. Pull off the meat (watch out for bones) and add to your tortilla with mango salsa, lettuce, and avocado.