Camp food doesn't have to be boring. Sure, the usual smores and hotdogs are good, but you can definitely do better with a tasty campfire recipe or two.
What’s great is that these campfire recipes don't have to be complicated. With the right ingredients, some heavy-duty foil, a smokin’ hot cast iron skillet and a bit of creativity, you can whip up some really good grub that you and your buddies can enjoy when car camping, hiking or backpacking.
Here are some awesome campfire recipes for you to try on your next outdoor trip:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day--- make sure to prep a filling meal to fuel you for the day’s activities.
Cast-Iron Bushcraft Breakfast
Nothing beats a huge, rustic breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns and tomatoes after spending the night in your bushcraft camp. The best part of this meal is that you can easily create it with just one cast-iron skillet.
Cast-iron skillets are a mainstay in camp cooking: they’re sturdy, you can throw them over the fire and they can serve a lot of purposes. It’s pretty easy to cook in them, too. For this bushcraft breakfast, all you have to do is oil the skillet and throw in the ingredients in. It’s the perfect meal to start the day.
Camp Cooker Breakfast
These pockets of eggs, cheese and ham make for a stellar breakfast. It's basically a sandwich toasted inside a camp cooker. 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.
All-In Camp Breakfast
Disclaimer: this all-in camp breakfast is not for the ultralight backpacker. It involves a few pots, pans (cast-iron, of course) and a percolator for your caffeine fix, so it won’t be good for weight savings. Still, it’s a great breakfast option if you’re car camping, where you can afford to carry a few extra pounds.
This all-in camp breakfast recipe includes a tasty hash from taters and sweet potatoes, plus a hearty serving of eggs, sausages, and grilled apricots.
There are quite a handful of elements involved in this meal, so make sure to prep some of your ingredients at home. You can put your spices in small tictac containers or make a custom-made spice mix at home to save on weight and space. If you like to drink coffee, don’t forget to grind it at home, or bring instant coffee instead.
For the eggs, try this hack: crack them open at home and place it in a plastic water bottle. This way, you don’t have to worry about breaking them on the way to the campsite. Don’t forget to put them in the cooler so they don’t go bad. When you’re ready to cook, simply pour your eggs into the pan.
Lastly, set up a couple of different “stations” in your camp kitchen to make things more efficient and organized, just like in the video above.
Campfire Bread Bowl
This ingenious recipe is for every lazy camper who hates cleaning up.
Imagine: a bread bowl that hardly needs any utensils to make. The best part is that you can eat it on the go!
To create this meal, you’ll have to do some home prepping. Carve out the bread, put in some filling (you can use the ever-trusty ham 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 voila--- you've got one filling meal, sans the dirty dishes. Check out the full steps here.
Griddle Camp Breakfast
Cast iron skillets or camp cookers aren’t the only stars in your breakfast camp kitchen…you can prepare a morning feast with a good old griddle, too.
The video above shows a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausages, bacon, and eggs cooked on a hot griddle. All you have to do is oil your griddle and lay everything out. Again, don’t forget to mix your pancake batter at home and store it in a sturdy zip baggie to keep your camp kitchen mess-free.
After a morning of hiking, swimming and exploring, make sure to recharge with a tasty lunch. Here are some ideas for you to try:
Coconut Lime Shrimp
If cast iron skillets are a breakfast mainstay, then tin foils are your go-to lunch staples. You can make just about anything with a sheet of foil, just like this fancy-looking shrimp dish.
Don't be fooled by its gourmet looks; this coconut lime shrimp dish is pretty easy to make. All it takes is a special 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 and cook it over the campfire. If you don’t have any shrimps, you can use the same marinade to cook other kinds of protein, like chicken and pork. Check out the full recipe here.
Stuffed Pepper Boats
This hearty meal made of giant bell peppers, ground meat, sauce, and cheese is something you won't expect to find in a camp.
The video above shows an outdoor preparation of the dish, which you can definitely do if you love rustic cooking. However, if you want to speed things up, you can prepare the stuffed peppers at home and seal them in foil. When it's time for lunch, simply cook them over hot coals and you're good to go. It’s the perfect comfort food, especially during the colder months.
Southwest Chicken Packets
This high-protein chicken recipe comes with black beans and pepper jack cheese that's sure to fill any hungry stomach. Add in some salsa, corn and sour cream and you'd think you were in a restaurant instead of the wilderness. Check out the full recipe here.
Camp Philly Cheesesteak
This Philly Cheesesteak is the sandwich to beat all other camp sandwiches out there.
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 beef and filling at home and just assemble the sandwich at camp so the bread doesn't end up soggy and oily.
If you want to avoid a huge mess and have the sandwich ready for sharing, you can make small crosswise cuts instead of one long horizontal one. Remember: don’t cut all the way through! Insert the cheese, beef and other fillings in between the cuts, pack the whole thing in aluminum foil and grill it over the campfire for that cheesy, gooey, beefy sandwich.
Everyone needs a nice, hot meal to cap the day off. Here are some camp dinner ideas:
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. It’s simple yet effective!
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 mix in other ingredients and sauces. Just don't forget to grease the foil before placing the ingredients and to slice your veggies really thin, so they can be cooked all the way through.
Steak and Fries Over A Campfire
Spending the night in your log cabin? Don't forget to bring a nice slab of steak to grill over the campfire. While you're at it, chop up some apples, bell peppers, and onions for the full, rustic dining experience.
Craving for some pizza? No problem. You can make one using a cast-iron skillet. Use store-bought pizza dough or like the video above, go the extra mile and prep your own dough at camp. Make sure to bring extra flour to dust your board!
Another cool twist to the usual pizza is to turn them into tasty pizza cones. Roll tortilla wraps into a cone and stuff it with pepperoni and grated cheese. Next, wrap them in foil and throw them over some hot coals. Keep an eye on the cones though--- you don't want them to burn! Check out the full recipe here.
Desserts and Snacks
Of course, no camping trip would be complete without snacks and desserts. These are perfect for when you’re camping with kids and picky eaters:
Smores are great, but what if you can make them even better?
Pack some ice cream waffle cones and an assortment of sweets on the way to camp. The selection can range from chocolate chips, caramel candies, strawberries, peanut butter and of course, marshmallows. The idea is to scoop your preferred ingredients into the ice cream cone, wrap the cone in foil and throw it over some hot coals. Instant dessert!
Pound Cake Campfire Dessert
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 the 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.
Who doesn't like a good cobbler? 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 easily, as shown in the tutorial above. Top it off with some ice cream if you can find some in your campground.
Blueberry Orange Muffins
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.
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. See the full deets of this recipe 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.
Camping wouldn’t be complete without some signature smores and hotdogs, but it’s also nice to try something different every now and then. These campfire recipes are fun for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. They’re easy to prepare and are the perfect break from our usual camping fare.
Camping recipes don’t need to be bland or predictable. We’re sure there are tons more good camping food out there so if you have any favorites, don’t hesitate to sound off in the comments below!