Pie Iron Tasty Tacos

pie iron tasty taco with sour cream and salsa on a white plate

Tortillas spread with butter, then stuffed with taco meat and cheese, grilled until crispy, and topped with all your favorite taco toppings = comfort food around the campfire. And these pie iron tacos are so easy to make. Bring along some precooked taco meat, shredded cheese, tortillas, and whatever toppings you desire to make this a tasty reality.

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Who doesn’t love food cooked over a campfire? Actually we know a lot of people who don’t and we just have to feel sorry for them. Because we love to cook over a campfire, especially in a pie iron. These are sometimes called camp cookers, pudgy pies, or even hobo pies, but we use the term pie iron. Whatever you choose to call it, know that these trusty tools make extremely delicious food cooked over the campfire.

What we love about Pie Iron Tasty Tacos:

  • These are simple to make
  • They can be made as mild or as spicy as you want
  • We can cook them over wood, charcoal, or gas
  • You can top them with whatever you want
  • Who doesn’t love tacos?

The Ingredients:

  • Butter (it helps to make the tortilla crispy)
  • Tortillas (your preference, flour or corn)
  • Taco Meat (we always make ours at home in advance)
  • Shredded cheese (go for the blend, you’re worth it)
  • Assorted toppings (shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, etc.)
pie iron that has been buttered
small tortillas poked into square pie iron
large tortilla draped over square pie iron
taco meat and shredded cheese on tortilla in pie iron

The Process:

  1. (Optional) Preheat your pie irons over the fire while getting your supplies ready.
  2. Butter the insides of your pie irons.
  3. Insert a large tortilla in the bottom half of your pie iron, draping the excess up top. Or insert one small tortilla in each half of your pie iron. Press in bottom to form a pocket. See pictures for examples.
  4. Place 1/4 to 1/3 cup of taco meat on top of the bottom tortilla.
  5. Sprinkle 1/3 to 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top of the taco meat.
pie iron closed with tortilla sticking out
cooked tasty taco in pie iron
square pie iron closed showing trimmed edges
pie iron tasty taco with sour cream and salsa on a white plate
  1. Carefully bring the top tortilla down on top of the mound of meat and cheese and latch the pie iron together. You are aiming to completely fill the tortillas so there is good contact between them and the pie irons. Do not include liquid items such as salsa at this stage or you will end up with a mess.
  2. Trim off the excess tortillas and either snack on them as is, or save them to make crispy cinnamon tortilla chips.
  3. Place on coals and cook, flipping every four minutes or so, until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Remove from pie iron and place on a plate, topping with whatever you desire.

Equipment needed:

  • Pie iron(s): We have a double pie iron from Rome, a double from Field & Stream, two singles from Field & Stream, and two single Coghlan’s Camp Cookers. Pie irons also come in circles and waffle versions. We recommend a circle or square for this recipe.
  • Cutting board and knife: We like to have a clean surface to work on and you will need the knife to trim the excess tortilla after you close the iron.
  • Heat resistant gloves: If you are going to be working around a fire, at some point you will probably get burned. These gloves can help prevent that.

More Recipes to Enjoy:

Pie Iron Tasty Tacos

Grill up some tacos in your pie iron for a tasty pocket taco treat
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, camping, pie iron, tortillas
Servings: 4 tacos

Equipment

  • Pie Irons

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • 4 large Tortillas
  • 1 cup taco meat cooked
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • assorted toppings salsa, sour cream, etc.

Instructions

  • (Optional) Preheat your pie irons over the fire while getting your supplies ready.
  • Butter the insides of your pie irons.
  • Insert a large tortilla in the bottom half of your pie iron, draping the excess up top. Or insert one small tortilla in each half of your pie iron. Press in bottom to form a pocket. See pictures for examples.
  • Place 1/4 to 1/3 cup of taco meat on top of the bottom tortilla.
  • Sprinkle1/3 to 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top of the taco meat.
  • Carefully bring the top tortilla down on top of the mound of meat and cheese and latch the pie iron together. You are aiming to completely fill the tortillas so there is good contact between them and the pie irons. Do not include liquid items such as salsa at this stage or you will end up with a mess.
  • Trim off the excess tortillas and either snack on them as is, or save them to make crispy cinnamon tortilla chips.
  • Place on coals and cook, flipping every four minutes or so, until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove from pie iron and place on a plate, topping with whatever you desire.

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