10+ Camping Recipes to Make this Summer

Posted: June 10, 2022 2:29 pm

Camping is an adventure. You are able to do outdoor activities, gather around the campfire and made special camping recipes. The latter is extra special: after being outside all day, camp food hits different. It is hearty, tasty and woodsy, which is different than what you may be used to at home, but that makes it all the more unique.

Since camping season is here, take a look at these 10+ camping recipes to make on your next trip. Plan in advance so all you need to remember is a cooler, comfortable clothes, a good book and instructions for how to pitch a tent.

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Recipe #1: Do-Ahead Campfire Bannock

Bannock is a comfort food from Canada. Pieces with butter and jam are a nice breakfast, along with plenty of coffee for busy days ahead. For easy prep, mix all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a reusable sandwich bag. Then, when it comes time to prep, all you need is a cup of milk and a little butter for frying. Simple! Golf-sized balls of dough are perfect for Bannock, as is a cast-iron skillet for cooking.

Recipe #2: Campfire Orange Cakes

This moist cake works when prepared over a grill or camp stove. While confetti cake works well, regular cake or brownie mix is also tasty. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream for extra effect. We recommend some type of vanilla cake since orange flavor is infused with the cake. Only the orange shell is used, so the filling can be transformed into orange juice. Simply fill 2/3 of the orange with batter, put the top back on, wrap the cake in foil and bake.

Recipe #3: Tuna Salad Sandwich

An ideal lunch when camping gives you the fuel you need for the rest of the day. With this recipe, tuna salad does not have to be boring! It is savory and has celery, green onions, lettuce, banana peppers, real mayonnaise and tuna. Two cans usually work well for this, and the water-packed variety is best in this case! Put the filling into a flakey and buttery croissant. Serve with grapes, veggie sticks and your favorite chips.

Recipe #4: Campfire Potatoes

Thinly sliced potatoes, toppings and tons of cheese are cooked in foil. Bacon and green onions can jazz things up as well. Shredded cheese works best—the combo of cheddar and mozzarella is tasty and rich. Pack some sour cream to put over everything if you are feeling extra indulgent. These are a tasty side dish that will take any meal from drab to fab.

Recipe #5: Camp Fajitas

Camp Fajitas go well with Campfire Potatoes, since both have similar ingredients. Lime juice, strips of meat, spices, peppers, herbs, shredded cheese, sour cream and flour tortillas are great for lunch or dinner. Do some preparation at home and then save the rest for the campsite. Serve with greens or beans.

Recipe #6: Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets

A shrimp boil takes a long time to make, but these packets are a breeze to put together. Large de-veined shrimp, garlic, smoked andouille sausage, corn, potatoes, Old Bay Seasoning, parsley, lemon and plenty of butter give you a complete meal in less time than it would take to make the fancier version. Allow enough time to cook each packet thoroughly—15 to 20 minutes should be enough, but get started on prep early to not be hangry while these are cooking!

Recipe #7: Camping Hot Dogs

All you need for these Camping Hot Dogs (which also work if you are camping in your backyard) are hot dogs and frozen crescent roll dough. Wrap each hot dog in pastry, cover it in foil, poke it on a stick and wait 15-20 minutes until it is cooked through. Top with cheese, sauerkraut, ketchup, mustard, relish, onions chili or whatever you can think of. Try corn, potato salad, coleslaw or pasta salad for side dishes!

Recipe #8: Campfire Cones

Love s’mores, but not the gooey mess they sometimes make? Try Campfire Cones, a new trend that is taking the food world by storm. They are the perfect end to a meal and solve common problems of the traditional dessert. Fill a waffle cone with s’mores ingredients, wrap it in foil and then toss in the campfire until melted. There is nothing like the classic marshmallows and chocolate, but chocolate chips, coconut, nut butter, marshmallow cream, crushed graham crackers, chocolate coated candies and peanut butter cups are also delightful additions as well. If you are camping with kids, have them pick out their favorite candies to take along and stuff into a cone at the end of the night.

Recipe #9: Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread is a classic, and it tastes even better when made in a cast iron skillet. Top with butter, jam or savory topping and enjoy it when it is hot and fresh. Cut into generous pieces and prep a special sweet or savory butter to enjoy when outside in nature. Serve with fried chicken or another hearty dish, such as chili.

Recipe #10: Campfire Chili

Ground beef, salsa, kidney beans, chili beans and tomatoes make chili an accessible dish to make, even when camping. You can use the rest of the salsa for your favorite corn chip—versatility is everything when camping. Sprinkle some cheese or sour cream over the top to make things taste even more savory. Serve with corn bread or chips.

Recipe #11: Campfire Meatballs

When camping, try to bring two coolers: one for meat, and one for everything else. This will make it less worrisome if raw meat spills. Italian bread crumbs, ground beef, egg, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese work together to make juicy meatballs that are good on their own, on sub rolls, or on top of rice or pasta. Consider doubling the recipe and freezing half to enjoy at home post-camping adventure.

Recipe #12: Breakfast in a Bag Cooked Over a Campfire

Bacon, eggs and cheese are made in tightly sealed paper bags. Put them over coals and grates of an oven, not an open flame! Serve alongside Bannock, cereal, toast, pancakes, coffee, yogurt, fruit and more and have a breakfast buffet. When camping, you have earned it.

Happy camping!

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