Nothing completes a camping trip like sharing tasty, homemade meals with friends and family around the campfire. While roughing it means simple cooking methods, you can still enjoy satisfying cuisine with minimal fuss. Here are some crowd-pleasing recipes for your next outdoor adventure.
- Potatoes, diced
- Onions, diced
- Bell peppers, diced
- Kielbasa or other sausage, sliced
- Cheese (optional)
Instructions: Dice and sauté potatoes, onions and peppers in a skillet with oil or butter until browned. Add sliced sausage during the last few minutes of cooking. Make wells in the mixture and crack eggs into them, covering until the whites are set. Top with cheese if desired. Serve hot from the pan.
- Penne or macaroni pasta
- Diced chicken or vegetables
- Pasta sauce
- Water or broth
- Parmesan cheese
Instructions: In a large pot, combine dry pasta, sauce, protein and just enough liquid to cover. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until pasta is tender and liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Top with parmesan. Easy and only one pot to clean!
- Tortilla chips
- Shredded cheese
- Black beans or refried beans
- Diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños
- Sour cream, salsa
Instructions: Layer chips on a large piece of heavy-duty foil. Top with beans, veggies, and cheese. Fold up the edges to form a packet. Place packet on the edges of the hot campfire coals or on a grill rack above the coals. Cook until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Serve with toppings for assembling nachos around the fire.
- Salmon fillets
- Lemon slices
- Fresh herbs like dill or rosemary
- Olive oil, butter, salt and pepper
Instructions: Place each salmon fillet skin-side down on a large piece of foil. Top with lemon slices and fresh herbs. Drizzle with olive oil or dot with butter. Season well with salt and pepper. Fold the foil up tightly in a packet, leaving space for steam. Place packets directly on hot campfire coals or grill for 12-15 minutes until salmon is opaque. Enjoy the whole packet for an easy clean-up.
- Graham crackers
- Chocolate bars
Instructions: Break graham crackers in half. Place a piece of chocolate on one side and a roasted marshmallow on the other half. Press together and enjoy around the warm campfire! Roasting marshmallows over the open flame is a classic camping activity to end the day with something sweet.
- Refried beans
- Shredded cheese
- Diced veggies and meat of choice
- Hot sauce (optional)
Instructions: Warm tortillas to make them more pliable. Spread with refried beans and top with fillings. Roll up tightly and wrap securely in foil or plastic. Store in your pack and enjoy warm from your body heat on hiking breaks. Super portable and satisfying fuel for the trail.
With a little planning, you can enjoy tasty, nutritious meals under the stars without a full kitchen. The open fire takes any camping cuisine to the next level. Happy cooking and eating!
- Pack foods that don’t need refrigeration like nuts, dried fruit, jerky
- Store perishables in a bear-proof container or hung in a tree
- Pack condiments in leakproof containers or single serve packets
- Bring a small cutting board and utensils for food prep
- Pack out all trash, including food scraps buried in the fire pit
- Cool ashes completely before leaving a campsite fire ring