Which Recipes Should You Try On Your Next Camping Trip?

One of the best parts of camping is eating food cooked over a camping fire pit instead of trail rations or dehydrated camping food. Even if the food itself is simple, there’s something satisfying about enjoying it outside in the open air with all the natural elements surrounding you. Whether it’s hot dogs or marshmallows cooked with your campfire pot hang and marshmallow skewers, families, couples, and individuals have enjoyed plenty of meals with just the right amount of char to them. If you’re looking for something a little more challenging though, it’s time to try these campfire recipes.

Campfire Mac & Cheese

Far from just warming up some water to make instant mac and cheese, campers can make this meal using a good camping pot over a flame with just a few simple ingredients from your camping pantry. Use macaroni, parmesan, mozzarella, and cheddar, and combine it with Alfredo sauce and half-and-half in a pot over your campfire grill. Make sure that the pasta is somewhat cooled before putting in the cheese, otherwise the cheese will melt into one large clump. Once all the ingredients are in the pot, simply stir it all together. Use foil tins to distribute the macaroni, and then enjoy!

Camping Foil Packet Meals

Foil packets are beloved by campers because they’re basically one-pot meals that offer truly incredible results. All campers need to do is combine their favorite meat and vegetables, add some seasoning, and then wrap it all up in foil to toss into a fire started with your camping fire starters. The fire will cook everything on the inside and infuse each component with the spices and flavors of all the other ingredients (if you’re looking for a convenient way to carry all your spices, you should get camping spice containers!). Choose a Mexican theme with chicken peppers, and chipotle seasoning, or combine sliced up corn-on-the-cob and potatoes. Foil packets are so easy to customize and so simple to cook that they’re truly difficult to get wrong. But remember when cooking, that safety while camp-cooking is most important!

Campfire Cowboy Casserole

Reach for this recipe when there are plenty of mouths to feed, and you need a crowd favorite. Cowboy casserole is basically a deconstructed hamburger, with the addition of barbecue sauce, bacon, and beans. It swaps out the bun for a biscuit, and it’s extremely easy to make. All a cook needs is a camping cook skillet and a dutch oven. Once the ground beef is cooked, the rest of the ingredients are added and brought to a boil. Even the biscuits are cooked in the skillet (on top of the rest of the ingredients.)

Mountain Man Campfire Breakfast

For ravenous morning campers, try the Mountain Man breakfast to keep everyone well-fed through all of the day’s activities. Sausage, bacon, peppers, potatoes, and cheese are combined with a dozen eggs for a one-pot meal that satisfies. Similar to the Cowboy Casserole, all cooks need is a cast-iron skillet. They also need the core ingredients to whip up a hearty morning meal that is guaranteed to stick to the ribs. This meal will take some time and a little more effort to fix, but your efforts will be well rewarded. This meal is often served to Boy Scouts who are looking for a way to stay energized for the physical challenges ahead.

Campfire Tiramisu

For a truly gourmet cap to your meal, try tiramisu cooked over an open flame. This recipe uses powdered milk, chocolate bars, and espresso powder to make it all come together. Campfire cooks will also need Kahlua and ladyfingers, as well as white chocolate pudding. Campers rave about this recipe chocolatey goodness and praise the departure from more traditional desserts like s’mores. It only takes 20 minutes for the whole dessert to come together.

Want More Delicious Campfire Recipes?

Here are a few more great recipes covered more in depth on our website. Try them now!

  • Dutch Oven Camping Chili
  • Dutch Oven Jalapeño Cornbread
  • Dutch Oven Lasagna
  • Dutch Oven Gumbo
  • Camping Bacon & Cheese Quiche
  • Dutch Oven Cheesecake
  • Dutch Oven Jambalaya

Making delicious recipes over a campfire as part of your camping nutrition practice may seem daunting at first—whether it’s with a campfire rotisserie or another tool—but with a little practice, you’re sure to impress fellow campers! Bring your own firewood and a firewood stand to further heighten your experience, and you’re sure to create a dinner to remember for your friends and family. Just remember to practice campfire safety when you build your campfire and when you cook!

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