My Top 10 Campfire Recipes

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Is there anything better than camp food? I'm sure there is somewhere but I'm also sure I can't think of it right now!

Whether it's over an open fire, on a gas-powered camp stove, or even straight out of the cooler, camp food just tastes better. Maybe it's the fresh air or the satisfaction of the creativity but either way, I am in love with camp food. I have Pinterest boards dedicated to campfire recipes and a camp box full of dry goods ready to go.


So with all that delicious food love rattling around in my brain, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite things I've made around a campfire this year. Here they are! My Top 10 Campfire Recipes:


1. Elote Ramen

Ok this one is cheating a little, because I make it basically the exact same at home and I love it just as much. But when absolute genius, Oscar Gonzalez, came up with Elote Ramen, he honestly changed my life forever. It's just so good you guys! And you can easily make it over a campfire.

Check out the recipe here: Food Beast YouTube Video

Oscar's recipe starts about 1:10 in, but really, they all look *tasty*



2. Nacho Fries Foil Packets

This recipe is a campfire staple. Even better: it's entirely customizable! Everyone around the campsite can have the meal they want with a foil packet. Layer in french fries, cheese, veggies, sausage, whatever you like! Check out this recipe for Campfire Chili Cheese Fries!



3. Sweet Potatoes with sausage and pickled red onion

I love sweet potatoes. They're great for any meal and you can have them by themselves or with all the fixins! On a recent camping trip, I chopped up a sweet potato and threw it in the frying pan with some butter, Trader Joe's Chile Lime seasoning, and sausage, then topped with a big spoonful of pickled red onions from home. Ooooo boy. Delicious!

(I use the Budget Bytes recipe for pickled red onion religiously, then just bring a jar-ful with me camping)




4. Breakfast Burritos

This one's a little bit of a cheat, but I highly recommend taking that exact same sweet potato mixture from #3, add an egg, and wrap it in a tortilla. Breakfast. Perfection. You really can't go wrong. Throw veggies, eggs, bacon, in your skillet and then wrap it all up for a portable, delicious, campfire breakfast!


5. Oatmeals (fruit, smores, pb)

If burritos aren't your thing, oatmeal makes another delightful breakfast option! And there are a million different options! Before leaving for camp, I make a few mason jars with 3/4 cup of oats and various toppings, then just add hot water when it's time to eat!

Fruit & Nuts:

A handful of dried cranberries

A few tablespoons of walnuts or almonds

A spoonful of brown sugar

Top with some fresh blueberries or cut strawberries

S'mores:

Handful of mini marshmallows

Handful of chocolate chips

Top with a crumbled graham cracker

Add a splash of vanilla almond milk to be extra fancy

PB&J:

Big spoonful of peanut butter

Small spoonful of jelly or preserves

Top with some fresh fruit

PB&Chocolate:

Big spoonful of peanut butter

Handful of chocolate chips

Sprinkle of cocoa powder

Top with a splash of vanilla almond milk (or your preference)


6. Grilled cheese

I don't care how lactose intolerant I am, I *love* cheese. It's delicious and I can't stop myself.

A properly grilled sandwich is peak campfire food in my mind. It's portable, toasty, and a whole meal in one convenient piece. Plus a grilled cheese offers endless possibilities: add bacon, apple, chicken, anything you like!

This gorgeous sandwich you see here was made with two types of cheese, bacon strips, and a few slices of tart apple. Put it all in a little Camp Chef sandwich smusher and grill over the open fire and it's just *chef's kiss*



7. Cinnamon rolls

If you have a big ole sweet tooth and are a fan of convenience, like me, may I suggest premade cinnamon rolls. Grab one of those refrigerated packages at the store and pop it open to roast like a bunch of marshmallows. You can roast them one-by-one over the fire on sticks or throw the whole package in a skillet and cover with tin foil to roast over the fire. Either way, delightful!



8. Camp Charcuterie

On a recent camping trip, Mother Nature thought she was funny and it rained on me the entire time. All three days. It poured. Which made it pretty difficult to get a real fire going. So I got a little creative with my food supplies and my Camp Charcuterie was born.

Any of these things can be included, that's the beauty of a charcuterie!

  • Trader Joe's Carmelized Onion Cheddar

  • Salami

  • Prosciutto

  • Pretzel Chips

  • Hummus (Dill pickle and Lemon are my favorites)

  • Berries

  • Cheese Curds

  • Baby carrots

  • Anything else!


9. Campfire Popcorn

I had never even thought of making popcorn over a campfire until I saw this Delish article. Since I love popcorn and Benny goes absolutely nuts for it, I thought I'd give it a try. 11/10, delicious, delightful, very satisfying.


10. Upgraded S'mores

A few years ago I ran the S'mores 5k and my ideas about s'mores were changed forever. At the finish line, an entire s'mores bar was set up with options galore. The classics were there, graham crackers and Hershey bars, but there were also Honey Stinger Waffles, Reese's, and Kit Kats! I highlyyyy reccomend switching up your classic s'mores with a Kit Kat or Reese's, it may change your life.

I'm also a fan of the jumbo marshmallows for the perfect ratio of marshmallow:chocolate:cracker. More than one regular marshmallow, less than two. Perfection.

You really can't go wrong with any s'mores. They're the perfect campfire food.




Some of my favorite camp cooking tools:




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