What Foods Should you Cook While Camping?

What Foods Should you Cook While Camping

An evening under the stars after hiking or exploring the outdoors is never complete without a delicious campfire meal. Here are some of our favorite camping recipes, side dishes, easy snacks, and even some sweet treats for your next trip.

There is no better time to experiment with camping foods than when the weather is unpredictable, fewer ingredients are available, and limited tools are available. Having the chance to cook and eat under a wide-open sky is truly amazing.

Although brewing kombucha and making campfire ratatouille with mandolin-sliced vegetables sounds like fun, you’ll probably enjoy cooking in a tent much more. Nothing compares to these delicious dishes that are both quick and easy to make. We’d like to know what your favorite is in the comments section.

Some Favorite Campfire Foods

Camping Foods Favorite

Kabobs with meat

When you combine meat, vegetables, and fruit on kabobs, it looks pretty, but you can’t rely on that strategy if you want the meat to cook evenly because the vegetables burn first. Consequently, you should boil the vegetables separately and stick them on the skewers separately. The procedure remains the same for beef, chicken, and pork in either case.

  • The bamboo skewers should be soaked in water for about 20 minutes (to prevent burning) and the meat should be finely chopped.
  • Put the meat on the grate and spread it out. You should be able to cook the onions in less than a minute if the pan is turned frequently.
  • It might be a good idea to marinate your meat during the day for better flavor if you think about it before you leave.
  • You can cook fish and shrimp as kabobs, although they will cook very quickly.

The Marshmallow

It goes without saying – you probably already have them in your camping gear, but marshmallows are a must for any campfire party. You can’t go wrong with these sweet, gooey, and delicious cupcakes that are perfect for any cookout.

Create a s’mores bar if you want to make it stand out, but use graham crackers and chocolate bars if you want to make it stand out. Crackers, cookies, specialty chocolate, marshmallows flavored with flavors, as well as add-ons such as peanut butter, bananas, caramels, and bacon, are available for purchase.

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Yummy hot dogs

Camping Foods Hot Dogs

Everyone’s favorite tube steak cannot be forgotten when we talk about campfire foods! The simplest, tastiest, and most economical way to feed more than one person is to feed them with hot dogs. Ensure that you have plenty of buns, mustard, relish, sauerkraut, and any other condiments that you might need.

Cobs of corn

Summer is perhaps best captured in this dish, that is, the perfect vegetable for summer, prepared just right. It is possible to prepare this dish in two different ways. Grilling or wrapping the corn in aluminum foil makes it easy to cook right over the fire.

If you want your ears to taste smokey, soak them in water for about 30 minutes, then grill them straight on the grate. As a result of the moisture, you’ll taste the best corn on the cob you’ve ever tasted. Depending on your choice of cooking method, cook the corn for 10-20 minutes to get a toothsome texture.

Veggies mixed

The foil packet is a great way to cook them, and the olive oil and seasonings of your choice make it easy! As long as they cook consistently (this is important), you can use any one or two-inch chunk of vegetable you like.

It is not a good idea to combine a vegetable like potatoes, which takes a long time to cook, with a vegetable like zucchini, which cooks quickly. Cooking a vegetable can take 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the type, though it’s best to undercook them rather than overcook.


Camping Foods Corn

Instead of heating popcorn in the microwave, make it over the campfire so you can watch movies in your RV. Basically, you just have to pop some popcorn kernels, apply some oil, and wrap them in foil and string.

By placing popcorn, oil, and foil on a piece of foil, wrapping the edges together, attaching the foil to a stick, and the sticking over a flame, you can assemble a loose bag. Make sure everything is popped by shaking for as long as possible.

Sweet potatoes

The heat from a fire cooks a whole potato better than a baked potato, in my opinion. There is no need for a grate to cook it either. It does not require a great deal of effort.

During the cooking process, rotate it every 15 minutes for 45 minutes to an hour on top of the fire. Potatoes should be prepared one per person, but since these potatoes are so good, you may want to make a few extra.


Nachos are enjoyed by many people around the world. Perfect for dinner, lunch, snack time, and maybe even breakfast, this ultimate sharing food is perfect for everyone to enjoy. Campfires are a wonderful way to keep cheese warm, and they add a unique flavor that you won’t find in a restaurant or at home.

Cast-iron pans are necessary for cooking these because you can place them directly on top of the hot (but not burning) logs. For those without one, a double layer of foil or a sheet pan can be used instead of a grate.

  • Then add beans, salsa, olives, ground beef, onions, and cheddar cheese to your favorite nacho toppings.
  • Cover the pan with another layer of chips, let it sit in the coals (or on your grill) for at least 10-15 minutes, and then remove.
  • Make sure it’s cooled before diving in. The meal won’t be complete without guacamole and sour cream.


In spite of the fact that they aren’t fancy or filled with cream (that’s bismarcks), cinnamon sugar donuts are considered among the top campfire foods. This recipe is so easy to make and so delicious, you’ll want to make it all the time.

In order to open the refrigerator biscuits can for this meal, you thump the can against the counter with your hand.

  • If you want to fry the biscuits, cut a hole in each one using a cap, then cook them on the grate or (carefully) on a fire in a cast-iron skillet.
  • Afterward, flip the potatoes when they start browning on one side, and remove them once they are brown on the other.
  • To eat a donut, sprinkle sugar and cinnamon in a bowl or a paper bag and shake it a couple of seconds.
  • For smaller donuts or if you don’t have a cap, you can cut each biscuit into quarters.

Floating banana boats

Camping Foods Fruit

Banana boats make an excellent dessert or snack since they’re so simple to make but so tasty. You should keep the peel of your banana on when you slice it lengthwise. Make sure you don’t cut the ends through because you want to keep their shape.

Chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut, Nutella, honey, and everything in between can be added to your split based on your preferences. The bananas must be heated until they are hot and the filling is melted, using a foil-covered grate. There will be one banana for each person.

Apples roasted

These baked apples are roasted over the fire and make the perfect camping snack. Then, place each apple on two layers of aluminum foil after it has been cored. Adding a pat of butter, sugar, and cinnamon to each core will make it more delicious.

You should wrap the apple tightly before placing it on the coals. Upon removing them from the fire, rotate them five times, then remove them again. After removing the foil, allow the dish to cool before eating.

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Brunch Burritos

It does take a bit of prep work before cooking these burritos, but it can all be done in advance (a few days before you depart), so you can wake up, light the fire, and have breakfast within minutes.

  • Start with the largest tortillas you can find, and then top them with your favorite breakfast ingredients: scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage (or both), sauteed vegetables, cooked potatoes, and cheese, if you wish.
  • Adding toppings to your tortillas should not overfill them.
  • As soon as your burritos have been rolled up, wrap them in foil. It is best to keep them in the refrigerator for a couple of days before heating them.
  • Any topping you like can go on top of your taco, including salsa and hot sauce.

Fire cooking is now yours!

An experienced campfire artisan will be able to turn you into a consummate gourmet. Camping trips are often a better dining experience than home, according to most campers. Hot dogs are great to cook over an open fire, but you should also consider other foods. You will need aluminum foil, your sense of adventure and a little creativity for this project.

Hello, my name is James Tinnin and I am an outdoor enthusiast, writer, and avid camper. I have always had a deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and my passion for nature has only grown stronger over the years.