Sure, smores and hotdogs are great, but things could get pretty boring if those are the only food you eat every time you went camping. The good news is there are a lot of campfire recipes that you can try out there. With the right ingredients, some heavy-duty foil, a smokin’-hot skillet and some creativity, you can whip up some really good grub that you and your camping buddies can enjoy.
Check out these 15 tasty campfire recipes for your next camping trip.
Don’t be fooled by its gourmet looks; this tasty shrimp dish is pretty easy to make. All it takes is a coconut-lime marinade that you can prepare at home. Let the shrimp soak up that marinade for at least 30 minutes, pack them up in foil, cook it over the fire and then voila: milky-savory shrimps with just the right kick. If you don’t have any shrimps, The Baking Fairy recommends using the same marinade to cook other kinds of protein, like chicken. Check out the full recipe here.
Hobo dinners are a camp favorite. They follow the tried-and-tested principle of preparing some food on foil then throwing them into the fire. Simple, yet effective, right? This recipe uses some lean ground beef, baby carrots, and potatoes, but we all know that when it comes to hobo dinners, your imagination is the limit. You can add or mix in other ingredients and sauces of your choice. Just don’t forget to slice your veggies thin, so they are cooked all the way through. See the full recipe here.
These pockets of eggs, cheese and ham make for a stellar breakfast. It’s basically a sandwich toasted inside a Coleman Campcooker and it’s all melty cheese and savory ham. Replacing the ham with some bacon wouldn’t hurt either. Just make sure to butter your bread on the outside to keep it from sticking to your cooker. See the full steps from Twin Dragonfly Designs here.
This hearty meal made of peppers, rice, beef, Italian sauce, and cheese is something you won’t expect to find in a camp. While it may look sophisticated, you can actually whip this one up at camp with relative ease. You can prepare the stuffed peppers at home and seal them in foil. They can last up to 3 days in the fridge. When it’s time to eat at camp, simply cook them over hot coals and you’re good to go. Check out the full recipe here.
Pound cake for camp dessert? Why not! This dessert made from pound cake cubes, bits of gooey chocolate and tangy berries is the total upgrade from traditional smores. It’s perfect for kids and adults who have an incurable sweet tooth. You’d need an iron skillet for this dish, so don’t forget to pack one for the road. For the full recipe, click here.
This high-protein chicken recipe comes with black beans and pepper jack cheese that’s sure to fill any hungry tummy after a full day of outdoor activities. Add in some salsa, corn and sour cream and you’d think you were in a restaurant instead of the wilderness. This foil dish is pretty easy to prepare, too. Just make sure you’re using heavy-duty foil to avoid burning the whole thing. Check out the full recipe here.
Yes, you can make pizza outdoors. Or at least, a variety of it. This awesome pizza cone recipe from The Joys of Boys blog is a creative take on the quintessential city favorite that involves some tortillas, cheese, and pepperoni. Simply roll the tortillas into a cone, stuff it with pepperoni and cheese, wrap it in foil, throw it over some coals and wait for the magic to happen. If you want to go crazy, you can add more ingredients like ground beef, peppers or even mushrooms. Too good to be true? Check out the full recipe here.
Philadelphia is known for its guilt-inducing cheesesteaks. Thankfully you don’t have to drive all the way to Philly just to get them; you can make the campfire version of their famous cheesesteaks instead. For this recipe, you’d need a loaf of bread, some roast beef, onion and pepper filling and of course, the cheese. You can prepare the onion and pepper filling at home and make the sandwich at camp so the bread doesn’t end up soggy and oily. Take a look at the full recipe here. Don’t forget to slice the bread between the filled areas to avoid making a mess.
Who doesn’t like a good cobbler? It just reminds of some good old summer days spent outdoors, doesn’t it? This blackberry campfire cobbler is cooked in a Dutch oven and is the perfect way to end a long summer day. The kicker? You can make it with just three ingredients, according to this recipe. Top it off with some ice cream if you can find some in your campground.
Cleaning up is a tedious part of camping. This ingenious recipe was invented for every lazy camper out there who doesn’t want to clean up after meals. Imagine a bread bowl that hardly needs any utensils to make. And you can eat it on the go, too. Simply carve out the bread, put in some filling (you can use the ever-trusty ham, eggs and cheese combo or go crazy with other ingredients) and wrap it in foil. When you’re in camp, simply put them beside some hot coals, wait for the cheese to melt and the egg to cook and you’ve got one filling meal, sans the dirty dishes. Check out the full steps here.
Never underestimate the power of orange peel and blueberry muffin mix while out camping. These two ingredients are all you need to create some tasty blueberry muffins over a campfire. Yup, no oven required. Simply scoop some blueberry muffin mix into an empty orange, wrap it in foil and toss over the fire. Check out the full recipe from Apron Strings here.
Camping is all about enjoying the great outdoors, but it doesn’t mean you can’t bring some classic comfort food like mac and cheese with you. This beloved snack can be prepared at home beforehand, then cooked over some hot coals at camp. Like many of the featured recipes in this post, foil and foil containers will be your best friend. Follow the recipe here.
Nachos are one of the most convenient and tasty foods to bring to camp. They take so little effort to prepare but they really add a lot of fun. For this recipe, you can prepare some garlic cream sauce at home and throw in everything else at camp. Don’t forget to bring your cast iron skillet— you’ll need that to pull this recipe off. See the full deets here.
Ever heard of beer pancakes? They sound like the perfect breakfast. The idea is to use some leftover beer from the night before to create this fluffy meal, according to Chow Hound. Make sure to use some light beer; you don’t want to get everyone drunk before 9 am. Check out the full skillet recipe here.
Okay so we had pizza cones; how about a real pizza out in the wild? We know, pizza doesn’t really belong with campfires and tents but if you’ve got a trusty Dutch oven, some pre-made dough, and fresh toppings, what’s going to stop you from enjoying good food outdoors, right? Plus, it’s a nice change from all the toasted hotdogs we’re so used to eating. Check out the full recipe here.
Camping wouldn’t be complete without some signature smores and hotdogs, but it’s also nice to try something different for a change. These foods are fun for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. They’re easy to prepare and are a nice break from our usual camping fare.
Camping food needn’t be bland or predictable. We’re sure there are tons more good camping food out there. Do you have any favorites? Let us know in the comments below!