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Easy Campfire Recipes

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When you go camping and spend all day outdoors, you quickly find that you burn up plenty of energy, so when it comes time to whip up a quick meal at the end of the day, you want a meal that’s both delicious and nutritious. This guide on easy campfire recipes includes a wide range of meals that are fast and easy to make and loaded with the important nutrients you need to provide fuel for your next epic hike.

Simple Meal Ideas

If you love hiking and camping, before you head out for your morning adventure, you need a breakfast that’s loaded with protein, so you’ll have the energy you need to go the distance. But after a long hike, you’ll also need a meal that’s loaded with protein, nutrients, and packed with flavor, so you can refuel. Below, you’ll find some great meal ideas that are healthy and easy to make.

Scrambled Eggs

This is a simple breakfast that you can cook over your campfire. However, when cooked over an open fire, you may find that the eggs you’ve made in the past were pretty bland and lifeless. The recipe I’ve included here is very beginner friendly and loaded with flavor. If done correctly, you’ll end up with eggs that are light, fluffy, and just plain delicious.

Ideally, you’ll have some sticks of butter in your cooler, however, if you don’t, then clarified butter will do in a pinch.

For this recipe, all you need is eggs, butter, and water. You’ll add one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of water per egg.

You’ll use a saucepan for this recipe instead of a frying pan. Leave the egg yolks unbroken at first. Start off away from the fire, stirring and getting the water and egg whites to mix. Next, place the pot over the fire. Once the eggs begin you warm up you can break the yolks and mix everything together. At this point, the butter will begin to melt. Once it’s completely melted, remove the pan from the heat and continue to stir. The goal here is a slow warming process, so the eggs will be over the fire for thirty seconds, removed and stirred for fifteen seconds. Once the butter is melted and mixed well with the eggs, you can leave the eggs on the fire for a little longer. Continue to stir until the eggs come together. Remove from the heat. The residual heat in the pan will continue to cook your eggs. Continue to stir until the eggs are formed and fluffy. That’s it.

Granola

For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • One cup of dried cranberries
  • Half a cup of maple syrup
  • Half a cup of vegetable oil
  • Two cups of almonds or pecans
  • Six cups of oats

While you can always make granola at home before your trip, it tastes even better when you make it over a campfire and it’ll be a great snack or meal to take with you when you go for a hike and need a boost of energy. For this recipe, you’ll use a cast iron pan. Add the nuts and toss them. When the nuts have a nice nutty aroma, you can add the six cups of oats. Cook the oats and nuts over the fire slowly, until the oats and nuts turn a nice golden brown. Remove the pan from the heat and add the syrup and oil. If you think the mixture is too dry, you can add an extra half a cup of syrup. Toss everything together. Once everything is completely mixed, you can put it in a large bowl and add the dried cranberries. Place plastic wrap over the granola or you can store it in a Ziploc bag so it stays fresh and doesn’t get stale.

Bacon and Cheese Pull Aparts

This meal will keep you nice and full for hours.

To make, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons of butter
  • Two chopped peppers of your choice
  • One chopped onion
  • Eight eggs
  • Two medium-sized potatoes, chopped

This filling breakfast is a fun and easy camping meal, not to mention a great way to begin the day. You can prepare it in one pan and make enough to serve four people.

Begin by adding one tablespoon of butter to a cast iron pan, placing it over the fire. Melt the butter and spread it around the surface of the pan. Next, you’ll add the peppers, onions, and the potatoes. Cook until the peppers, onion and potatoes are tender. This should take approximately twenty minutes.

Next, you’ll add another tablespoon of butter. Once the butter has melted, you can add the eggs. The eggs will take up all the space between the onions, peppers, and potatoes. Make sure you cover the pan with some foil or a lid to ensure an even cooking time. The eggs should take only about four to five minutes to cook.

Camping Hot Dogs

campfire hot dogs

For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Twelve gutted hot dog buns
  • Three tablespoons of barbecue sauce
  • Eight ounces of chili
  • One small onion

This is a great twist on traditional hot dogs. They still have the classic hot dog flavor, but with added flavors that adults and kids will love.

Take the onion, hot dogs, and barbecue sauce and mix it in a bowl. Layer out each bun on a small sheet of tin foil. Full each bun with the mixture, then wrap the foil so that each bun is entirely sealed. Next, you can grill the dogs over an open flame for twenty minutes. You can also place them deep in some coals and allow them to cook for fifteen minutes. How long it takes the dogs to cook will depend on the size of the fire.

Baked Potato Boat

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • One stick of butter
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Nine strips of bacon
  • Three baked potatoes

This is a great recipe to try after you’ve camped for a few days since it uses a lot of leftovers, turning them into a filling meal the whole family will love. Use three baked potatoes and cut each potato five times. Avoid cutting them all the way through. Instead, you want to end up with six equally sized segments across the potato. Each of the segments will have a small piece of cheese and bacon. Lay each potato on its own piece of foil. Place some butter on the top of each one and spread it around. Seal up each potato with foil and place the potato on a hot spot on the fire, cooking for approximately twenty minutes.

Sweet Potato Fries

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • One packet of dry ranch mix
  • One teaspoon of chili powder
  • One clove of chopped garlic
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Two sweet potatoes

Wash and dry the potatoes. The potatoes should be cut into lengthwise strips that are around 1/3 of an inch wide. Make sure the strips are uniform so they all cook evenly. If you want fries that are crispier, then you can soak them in water for half an hour, allow them to drain for one hour, and then cook them.

Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Make sure all of the potatoes are evenly covered. Place the pan over a grate on an open fire. Make sure the outside of the potatoes are nice and crispy before you remove them from the fire. After cooking for ten minutes, the potatoes should be flipped and allowed to cook for ten more minutes before removing them.

Fried Fish Fillets

For this recipe, gather the following ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • One cup of flour
  • One cup of beer
  • One cup of pancake mix
  • One pound of fish fillets

The first step is heating up the oil, since you want it to be nice and hot and ready to go once the fish fillets are prepared.

The fish fillets should be cleaned and dried. You can purchase the fillets from a store or if you’ve gotten lucky and managed to catch some, this is the perfect recipe to use.

The fillets should be dredged in flour and evenly coated. Mix in ¾ of a cup of beer and the pancake mix. Mix everything together with a fork until smooth. Then, dip the fish in the batter, ensuring they’re evenly coated.

Place the fillets in some oil and cook them until they’re golden brown. Make sure you only cook two fillets at a time to prevent overcrowding the pan.

Once you remove them from the fire, allow them to drain a little on a paper towel. Next, you can sprinkle a little lemon, pepper, or dill on the top.

Bean Casserole

Gather the following supplies:

  • One can of biscuits
  • Half a cup of barbecue or steak sauce
  • Twenty ounces of canned baked beans
  • ¾ pound of ground beef
  • ¾ pound of bacon

This meal is perfect for a cold night. Grill up the bacon in a skillet, remove from the fire and allow it to drain, then chop it up once it’s had time to cool down. Next, cook the ground beef until it’s well done. Add the sauce, baked beans, and chopped bacon. Stir until well mixed and bring it to a boil. Remove the pan from the fire and layer out the biscuits on top of the mixture. Cover the pan and cook it for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the biscuits are nice and brown.

Bannock Bread

campfire bread

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • One to two cups of warm water
  • Three tablespoons of fat
  • Salt
  • Two tablespoons of baking powder
  • Three cups of flour

This type of bread is one of the easiest and most famous camping recipes in the world. Some campers will eat it for breakfast or a snack, while others will save it for dessert.

Making this bread is all about feel. Begin by adding all of the ingredients, with the exception of the water. Mix the ingredients using your fingers. The dough should feel like breadcrumbs.

Now, you can add the water. Add the water slowly, mixing with your fingers. The dough should be malleable and soft.

When the dough is ready, add it to a skillet with a little butter or oil, cooking each side until it’s crispy and golden brown.

Corn Fritters

You’ll need the following ingredients to make corn fritters:

  • ¼ cup of cooking oil
  • Two tablespoons of sugar
  • Half a can of corn drained
  • Half a cup of water
  • Two cups of cornbread mix

Corn fritters can make the perfect meal or snack. Add the sugar and corn bread mix in a bowl. As you continue to mix, add the water slowly. Add the canned corn next. Before you start cooking the fritters, the oil must be nice and hot. Once the oil is ready, add some of the batter and cook until it’s nice and crispy. This should take approximately four minutes. Allow the fritters to drain on a paper towel.

Breakfast Burritos

For these large burritos, you’ll need:

  • Six wraps
  • Two cups of shredded cheese
  • One dozen eggs
  • One pepper
  • One onion
  • Sixteen ounces of bacon
  • One bag of frozen hash browns

These burritos should be cooked over the fire in a cast iron pan. Since this is a one pan meal, you can add the ingredients to the pan as you cook. Begin by cooking the bacon. Remove it from the pan and add the hash browns to the pan. Cook the hash browns for about five minutes and flip them. Once they’re done, you can add the onions and peppers. You’ll only need to cook them for about five minutes. Add the eggs.

Crumble up the bacon and add it back to the pan. Once the eggs are done cooking, add some cheese and put the lid on top. Remove from the fire. Any residual heat will melt the cheese. Add the mixture to the wraps, roll, and serve.

Pancakes

Cooking some pancakes over an open fire is the perfect camping meal. The only tricky part will come with flipping the pancakes at the right time, since if you flip them too early, you’ll end up with a mess.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Salt
  • Two tablespoons of baking powder
  • One cup of milk
  • Two tablespoons of sugar
  • One cup of flour

Mix the flour and baking soda and make sure there’s no lumps. Add the salt and sugar and mix again. In a different bowl mix the oil and milk, then add the dry ingredients and mix well. Make sure the oil is nice and hot before you add any batter. Cook the pancakes for one minute on each side.

Final Thoughts

These easy campfire recipes can keep you full and loaded with energy until the next meal. These meals are perfect for beginners who don’t have prior experience cooking over an open fire. The trickiest part of cooking over a campfire is getting the temperature right and not over or undercooking the food. Just keep a close eye on your meal as it cooks and follow the instructions I’ve included here and you should have no trouble whipping up a tasty meal the entire family will love.