Five Easy Campfire Foods (and How to Upgrade Them)

Easy Campfire Foods Upgrades

When you’re enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family on a camping trip, the last thing you want to be doing is spending hours and hours preparing meals to keep everyone fed. 

Who wants to spend time in your tent or RV prepping ingredients and following complicated recipes when there are trails to hike and pools to swim in?

Upgrade these Easy Campfire Foods

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together this list of super easy campfire foods, with absolute minimum preparation and clean-up needed, and how to take them up a notch!

Hot Dogs

Easy Campfire Hot Dog Recipe

What goes better with a campfire than a hot dog? – Source

Ingredients: 1 pack of hot dogs, 1-2 packs of hot dog buns, Condiments (Ketchup, mustard, etc)

Cooking Method: Stick

Ideal Campfire: Slow-burning with small-to-medium flames.

Instructions: Hunt for a good roasting stick (strong, straight and 24-30 inches long) and whittle it down to remove bark and give it a sharp point. Pre-made metal sticks will work too. Pierce the hot dog and ensure it won’t slide off into your fire. Slowly rotate over campfire until ends begin to split and the outside turns slightly brown (2-5 mins). Use bun to remove from roasting stick so you don’t burn your hands. Top with preferred condiments and enjoy.

Upgrade: For an even tastier campfire food, upgrade to sausages! We recommend Bratwursts, or try Hot Italian Sausages for a spicier meal.


Easy Campfire Foods Roasted Corn

The tastiest way to cook corn-on-the-cob – Source

Ingredients: 1-2 ears of corn per person, Butter, Salt

Cooking Method: Grill

Ideal Campfire: Red-hot coals with little-no flames.

Instructions: When cooking on the campfire, leave your corn cob inside the husk! However, do remove as much of the silk (the little hairs at the end of the cob) as possible without taking off the husk. Soak corn cobs in a bucket of water for 1-2 hours before cooking. Place on grill directly over hot coals for 5-7 minutes, then flip. When husk looks brown and nicely roasted, take off grill. Remove husks, spread on butter and salt, and enjoy.

Upgrade: Try turning your campfire corn into Elote, a Mexican street food staple, by spreading mayonnaise on your roasted corn, then sprinkling with Cotija cheese.


Easy Campfire Food Chili

Is there anything more rugged than chili over the campfire? –Source

Ingredients: 1lb ground beef (or chicken, turkey) 1 can crushed tomatoes, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can black beans, 1 onion, 1 chili seasoning packet (Optional: Green Peppers, Garlic, Hot Sauce)

Cooking Method: Cast-iron Pot

Ideal Campfire: Medium-hot coals with no flames.

Instructions: This one takes a little bit of prep, but is totally worth it for the smell alone! Finely chop onion and any other veggies you’re adding. Brown the ground meat in the cast-iron pot, either on a grill or directly in the campfire coals. Add remaining ingredients, cover and let simmer for 45 mins to 1 hour. Stir often.

Upgrade: Start cooking this hearty chili early, and combine with campfire hot dogs to make the ultimate campfire chili-dogs! Makes a great family dinner on a cooler night.

Campfire Pies

Easy Campfire Cooking Pies

You can fill campfire pies with pretty much anything – Source

Ingredients: 1-2 Loaves of bread, butter or margarine, 1-2 cans of pie filling, 1 can of frosting

Cooking Method: A Pie Iron directly in the fire

Ideal Campfire: Medium-hot coals with no flames.

Instructions: These are the ultimate sitting-around-the-campfire food. Butter every slice of bread and place butter-side down into the pie iron. Scoop a couple spoonfuls pie-filling onto one slice of bread. Close your Pie Iron to seal the pies, and cut off any excess crust. Place directly onto campfire coals for 2-4 minutes, then flip over. Open Pie Iron and remove pies. Smother with frosting. Caution – filling will be EXTREMELY hot!

Upgrade: Don’t limit yourself to fruit pies – go wild! Fill a “pie” with a single cheese slice for a delicious Grilled Cheese sandwich, or stuff with tomato sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella for an amazing campfire pizza pocket!


Perfectly toasted campfire s'mores - Source

Perfectly toasted campfire s’mores – Source

Ingredients: 1 bag of marshmallows, 1 bar of milk chocolate, 1 box of graham crackers

Cooking Method: Stick

Ideal Campfire: Red-hot coals with little-no flames.

Instructions: This classic campfire snack is fun and can keep the kids entertained for hours. It’s simple –  start by finding a good roasting stick. Pierce one marshmallow (or as many as you can fit) on the stick. Hold over your fire, rotating slowly so that it doesn’t burn. Cook until your marshmallow is cooked to your preference – some prefer lightly toasted, others prefer black and burnt! Break off a piece of chocolate, place on a graham cracker, put the marshmallow on top of that, and use a second graham cracker to “pinch” the marshmallow off the stick and complete your S’more!

Upgrade: Dealing with chocolate and graham crackers around a campfire can be time-consuming and messy. Make your life easier by picking up a box of chocolate-covered digestive cookies instead!

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