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22 Camping Recipes

My family has been camping plenty of times. As we’ve gone each spring, summer, and fall, even in winter when I lived in Florida, cooking over the campfire or on the camp stove was one of the highlights of the experience. Now, as an adult on my own, I’ve crafted entire cookbooks on outdoor cooking projects for ghost clients and tried out dozens of recipes myself.

If you and your family or a group of friends are heading out and need some good ideas for tasty, easy campfire meals, you’ll find these offerings a great resource. You can also check out our basic camping list to always take everything with you.

Wrapped Potato “Pods”

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The main recipe I remember from my childhood camping trips is our aluminum foil-wrapped potato pods. They’re simple and easy and complete any campfire meal. You can also add some extra ingredients to your campfire potatoes, such as butter or onions.

Camping Breakfast Sandwich

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Combining English muffins, pulled pork, eggs, and cheese into one incredible breakfast sandwich is easy with this delicious recipe from The Adventure Bite. This meal will give you energy for an entire day!

Campfire Breakfast Skillet

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For an easy meal, everyone can share, whip up this simple breakfast skillet, combining potatoes, eggs, veggies, and more for a delicious start to the day.

Pro tip: Cut up your potatoes before you head out for the trip. It makes meals like these so much easier and faster that morning.

Campfire French Toast

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Another classic in our family growing up was easy French toast. We usually made it on the camp stove, but this great recipe is perfect for folks with a cast-iron skillet over the fire.

Mac ‘n Cheese with Kielbasa

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Good old mac ‘n cheese is darn amazing. Add in the natural smokiness from the campfire and the hearty touch of protein from kielbasa sausage and upgraded mac n’ cheese wins. Hands down.

Bacon and Cheese Pull-Apart Loaf

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Whether you use it as the full meal or a side, this amazing bacon and cheese pull-apart loaf will get the crowd going. And yes, you really can make it over the campfire!

Dutch Oven Nachos

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Pull out that Dutch oven, you’re making nachos tonight! This simple, delicious recipe for Dutch oven nachos is perfect for the less traditional campfire meal without a lot of extra work.

Campfire Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Another family classic, this grilled cheese sandwich for the campfire is easy and delicious. And if you like to add some extra flavors, toss in tomato slices, ham, or bacon, and whatever else you love in your sandwiches.

Campfire Pizza

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Who says pizza is for the oven? With this recipe, you can make amazing campfire pizza in a cast-iron skillet. Be sure to pack the tasty toppings the whole family loves.

Dutch Oven Campfire Lasagna

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Another recipe most folks think you need an oven for is lasagna. Well, this recipe turns that on its head and shows you how to make lasagna while you’re camping.

Campfire Garlic Bread

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Whipping up some of that tasty lasagna or mac ‘n cheese while you’re camping? Well, you can easily accompany it with some delicious garlic bread made in the fire, too!

Dutch Oven Enchiladas

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For some tasty Tex-Mex, while roughing it, you’ll find these Dutch oven enchiladas score big with the crew.

Shish Kabobs

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Whether you’re a meat-lover or veggie-lover, shish kabobs are a great campfire meal. A ton of great recipes are perfect for the campfire, including this chicken and pineapple option, these beef kabobs, and these amazing Ratatouille kabobs.

Campfire Cowboy Stew

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What campfire recipes list would be complete without a good cowboy stew recipe? This one’s simple, delicious, and pretty fast to whip up for that hungry crowd after a long day of fun in the sun.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

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For a quick, simple side on your outdoor cooking adventures, the crowd-pleasing grilled corn on the cob is a super-easy way to go. This recipe calls for aluminum foil, corn, sugar, salt, and pepper, and better. That’s it.

Baked Beans with Bacon

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Camping trips call for traditional recipes sometimes, and this baked beans with bacon recipe will over the whole family with just a few simple ingredients.

Campfire Chili Cheese Fries in Foil

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Did somebody say chili cheese fries? Well, you can actually make them while you’re camping, with just a few simple ingredients and a roll of foil. Easy, fast, and delicious, every time!

Dutch Oven Cornbread with Green Chilis

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Another amazing option for your camping trip is this delicious, spicy recipe for Dutch oven cornbread with green chilis and shredded cheddar cheese. Yum!

Dutch Oven Roast Chicken

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If you’re looking to feed a whole crowd of folks, pull out that Dutch oven and a few simple ingredients to whip up this Dutch oven whole roasted chicken over the fire.

Campfire S’Mores “Nachos”

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If you’ve got little kids or folks not so keen on roasting their marshmallows on sticks, this campfire s’mores “nachos” recipe is the ticket. Combine the usual ingredients in a pan for an over-the-fire treat in no time.

Campfire Popcorn

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Finally, what camping cookery list would be complete without a simple how-to for making some popcorn over the fire? Check out this simple recipe for the basics, then, if you’re so inclined, sprinkle on some parmesan cheese, garlic, or any other seasoning you love for a twist.

Campfire Cooking is the Best

Before you head out, make sure you read up on all the ingredients you’ll need to avoid over-priced rates at the campgrounds or having to run to a local grocery for the things they don’t carry. And stock up on plenty of foil! The best recipes are easy, but most of them require some foil or a Dutch oven.

The best meals will combine a few recipes like a pairing of the Dutch Oven Nachos, the Shish Kabobs, and Grilled Corn on the Cob. Or try a meal with Campfire Pizza, the Potato “Pods”, and a side of Campfire S’Mores “Nachos” for dessert.