6 Recipes For Campfire Cooking

As relaxing as a camping trip may be, there aren’t typically very many restaurants in a drive-able distance from the average campsite. This is why it’s important to plan your meals before you leave for your trip, and bring the foods you’re going to need while you’re in the great outdoors.

Surprisingly, hot dogs and s’mores aren’t your only option while you’re hanging out in the wilderness. Here are a few easy recipes that you can cook next time you go camping. If you really like them, you can even prepare them in your own backyard over a bonfire.

Breakfast potatoes
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you’re spending your day hiking or mountain biking. To get ready for a fun-filled day of hiking and canoeing, fill up with these breakfast potatoes from Dirty Gourmet. You can even prepare the before you go, with your favorite peppers, and simply toast them in a skillet, covered in tin foil over the fire when you get to your destination. Use any type of peppers you want – sweet or spicy!

Mac and cheese
What’s a camping trip without some mac and cheese? This recipe from Munchin With Munchkin is the only mac and cheese recipe you’ll ever need while toughing it out in the forest. All you need are macaroni noodles, milk, butter, flour, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, and, of course, your favorite cheeses. The recipe uses sharp cheddar, gouda, and Gruyere. For the easiest method, cook the noodles before you leave home, so all you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together over a fire or grill for a meal in just a few minutes!

Orange muffins
What’s exciting about these muffins from Apron Strings is that they’re prepared right in the orange rind! These will be a fun treat for young and old alike! Simply scoop the guts out of some halved oranges and mix in some prepackaged blueberry muffin mix. Wrap them in tin foil and toss them in the fire. Pull the oranges out after about 10 minutes and you have a delightfully citrus-y tasting muffin.

Elote isn’t just any old style of corn. One of the classic Mexican street foods, elote is an ear of corn, covered in a mix of mayonnaise and sour cream, cotija cheese, and dusted with some ancho chile powder for some kick. This recipe from Magnolia Days calls for a spritz of some fresh lime juice as well.

The fun part of camping cooking is how creative you can get with it.

Beer pancakes
If there is one thing you know you have plenty of when you go camping, it’s beer. Take some of that light lager your friend always brings and make pancakes with this recipe from Chowhound. All you need is some pancake mix, beer, eggs, oil and whatever you’d like to serve the pancakes with. You can also add some nuts or dried fruit for some more flavor. Once you’ve tried it with a light beer, experiment with your favorite beers and see what you like best!

Campfire s’mores
Just because you’re sleeping outside doesn’t mean you don’t have to go without dessert. This recipe from Frugal Coupon Living is perfect for a quick and easy dessert. All it requires is a sleeve of sugar or waffle cones, some marshmallows, and some chocolate or butterscotch chips. Put all of the fixings in the cone, wrap it in tin foil, and roast it over the campfire. This is a lot of fun for kids to make, but that doesn’t mean that the adults can’t enjoy it too!

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