When it comes to camping, it’s not just about enjoying the great outdoors, but also indulging in delicious meals cooked over an open fire.
The aroma of food sizzling on the grill blends perfectly with the fresh air, creating a mouthwatering experience.
Whether you are a seasoned camper or a beginner, these camping recipes are sure to elevate your outdoor dining adventures.
From jerky to s’mores, get ready to tantalize your taste buds!
1. Grilled Pepperoni Pizza
This classic favorite is easy to prepare and perfect for camping.
Start by preheating your grill over medium-high heat.
Roll out store-bought pizza dough into individual-sized crusts and place them on a greased sheet of aluminum foil.
Spread a layer of marinara sauce on top, followed by a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese and your favorite toppings, such as pepperoni slices, mushrooms, or bell peppers.
Carefully transfer the foil-wrapped pizzas onto the grill and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
2. Campfire Nachos
These gooey and crispy nachos are perfect for sharing around the campfire.
Start by spreading a layer of tortilla chips on a cast-iron skillet or aluminum foil.
Top the chips with shredded cheese, black beans, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, and any other desired toppings.
Place the skillet over the fire or grill and cook until the cheese is melted and the nachos are heated through.
Serve with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.
3. Dutch Oven Chili
Warm up on chilly nights with a hearty bowl of Dutch oven chili.
In a cast-iron Dutch oven, brown ground beef or turkey with onions and garlic.
Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, and a mix of chili powder, cumin, paprika, and other spices to taste.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover the Dutch oven with its lid and place it over the campfire or hot coals.
Let it simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld together.
Serve hot with shredded cheese and cornbread.
4. Campfire Guacamole
Enhance your snacking experience with this smoky and flavorful campfire guacamole.
Start by grilling halved avocados over the fire until they are slightly charred.
Remove the avocados from the heat and let them cool.
In a bowl, mash the grilled avocados and mix in diced tomatoes, chopped onions, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt to taste.
Serve with tortilla chips or as a topping for grilled burgers and sandwiches.
5. S’mores Cones
Put a twist on the classic s’mores by making them inside waffle cones.
Fill the cones with mini marshmallows, chocolate chunks, and crushed graham crackers.
Wrap the cones tightly in aluminum foil and place them on the campfire grill or hot coals, rotating occasionally for about 5-7 minutes, or until the ingredients have melted and combined.
Unwrap the foil carefully and enjoy the gooey goodness of these handheld s’mores treats.
Q1: Can I make these recipes on a gas stove instead of a campfire?
Yes, all of these recipes can be easily prepared on a gas stove or even in a regular oven if you’re camping in a cabin or RV with cooking facilities.
Q2: Are there any vegetarian options among these camping recipes?
Absolutely! The grilled pepperoni pizza can be customized with a variety of vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, or olives.
The campfire nachos can be made with vegetarian-friendly toppings like black beans, corn, and bell peppers.
The Dutch oven chili can be adapted by using plant-based meat substitutes or bulking up the veggies.
Q3: How do I control the cooking temperature while camping?
If you’re cooking over a campfire, you can adjust the heat by moving the food closer or further away from the flames.
For a gas stove or oven, simply adjust the burner or oven temperature according to the recipe instructions.
Q4: Can I make these recipes ahead of time and reheat them while camping?
Yes, you can preassemble some of the ingredients or fully prepare these recipes in advance and reheat them over the campfire or on a gas stove.
Properly store and cool the pre-prepared food in airtight containers and reheat them thoroughly before serving.