10 Camping-Friendly Recipes to Consider for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Posted: August 2, 2022 11:00 am

One of the greatest joys of the summer season is an epic camping trip. While this is a great way to connect with Mother Nature and enjoy time with loved ones as you disconnect from reality, there is no doubt that it can be challenging to come up with easy meal ideas. Here are 10 of the best recipes that you can make while camping.

Campfire Nachos

Make it a fun fiesta at your campground with these cheesy campfire nachos. All that you need to pull this off is a good cast iron skillet and a fire to cook them up. After layering tortilla chips along the bottom of the skillet, simply add cheese, olives, tomatoes, and green onions before adding another layer of chips and cheese. One of the best things about this nacho recipe is how easy it is to customize. You can add cooked ground beef or chicken for an additional protein boost. Or add more vegetables or black beans if you want to make a healthier dish.

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Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese

What could be more comforting than a warm bowl of macaroni and cheese around the campfire on a chilly night? This dutch oven mac and cheese recipe makes it easy to enjoy this classic while camping. Using this technique, you steam the pasta rather than boiling it, making it easy to prepare over a campfire. The size of the dutch oven also makes this recipe a good choice when cooking for a crowd. Although you can use any cheese that you prefer, this recipe calls for an aged white cheddar. Shredding it before leaving home will make the cooking process much easier once you arrive at camp. Be sure to add the crushed potato chips for an additional layer of crunch and texture to your mac and cheese.

Campfire Apple Crisp

If you are getting bored of the usual s’mores for dessert option, be sure to consider this campfire apple crisp recipe. Juicy apples cook up in a foil packet with an oatmeal streusel topping consisting of oats, brown sugar, butter, white sugar, and cinnamon. Top this warm goodness with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. You can also sub out the apples with pears, peaches, or blueberries. Best of all, there is no cleanup involved with this campfire dessert.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Kick up your side dish game around the campfire with this grilled Mexican street corn recipe. You can shuck the corn right at your campsite and throw them on the grill to bring out the natural nutty flavor of the corn. The corn is topped with a mix of mayo, cotija cheese, garlic, cilantro, and chili powder. The finishing touch on this corn is a bit of fresh lime juice, bringing out the sweetness of the corn. You may want to plan on more than one ear of corn per person because this side dish is always a hit.

Camp Stove Chilaquiles

A hearty breakfast will fuel up your group for the outdoor fun that you have planned for the day. Turn to this camp stove chilaquiles recipe for a great breakfast that everyone will devour. This Mexican breakfast dish combines fried tortillas with cheese and poached eggs that cook up in a skillet brimming with salsa. While the recipe calls for homemade fried tortillas, you can skip that step and use regular tortilla chips. Top your chilaquiles with black olives, fresh avocado, sour cream, and green onion.

One Pot Pesto Pasta with Bacon

It could not be easier to whip up this one pot pesto pasta with bacon recipe while hanging out around the campfire at night. This recipe includes everyone’s favorite bacon, zippy pesto, and pine nuts. The addition of zucchini and cherry tomatoes add a nutritional boost to this dish. Because everything cooks up in one pot, you will save yourself the hassle of lots of dirty dishes. Fry up the bacon and then add the veggies before mixing in the pasta and sauce. Serve this pasta with a loaf of crusty bread and some fruit for a complete meal.

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wraps

These crispy buffalo chicken wraps will add a bit of spice to your ordinary campfire meal. Tortillas are stuffed with shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, herbs, lettuce, and cheddar cheese before they are pan-fried over a fire. You can make it easier for yourself by buying a rotisserie chicken and shredding it before taking off for the campsite. With this done, the wraps will come together in a few minutes.

Caprese Chicken Foil Packets

There is a reason why foil packet meals are so popular when roughing it in the great outdoors. In addition to making clean-up a breeze, these meals are easy to prepare over a campfire. You can glam up a normal foil packet meal with this caprese chicken recipe. Each packet starts with a layer of baby red potatoes and a chicken breast that is topped with pesto and grilled for about 30 minutes. Bring the packets off the fire and add a bit of fresh mozzarella, a tomato slice, and more pesto before throwing it back on for a few more minutes. Super easy and delicious!

Mediterranean Salmon Foil Packets

Here in one more foil packet meal to add to your campsite meal rotation. These Mediterranean salmon foil packets are bursting with flavor. With only five ingredients, you do not need to haul a lot of food with you to the campsite to make this meal happen. Salmon fillets are topped with prepared pesto, chopped onion, grape tomatoes, and feta cheese before being wrapped up in foil and put on the grill over the fire. This flavorful meal is light and nutritious.

Campfire Cones

For a kid-friendly dessert that everyone will love, turn to this fun campfire cones recipe. A waffle cone serves as the holder for fresh fruit, miniature marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Customize the cone to suit your preferences and wrap it in foil before putting it over the fire. The marshmallows and chocolate will melt over the fruit for a delicious creation.

You do not have to settle for hot dogs over the fire for every meal while on your outdoor adventure. These 10 ideas will make it easy to enjoy delicious and unique meals while camping.

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