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Campfire Cooking: 5 Incredible Food Ideas We Bet You Haven’t Tried!

Posted by Raine Vergara on

Campfire Cooking: 5 Incredible Food Ideas We Bet You Haven’t Tried!

Campfire cooking is one of the many joys of spending time outdoors. Just imagine the scene of friends talking and laughing around a bonfire, surrounded by breath-taking nature scenes, breathing in the fresh, crisp air and finally enjoying a warm, hearty meal cooked fresh off the fire.

If you’ve been camping for many years, you probably think that you’ve already tried almost all campfire recipes there is out there. Some veteran campers don’t even cook over fire anymore – they found that preparing their meals using a portable stove is easier and much more convenient.

It may be true that cooking full meals or even snacks over the fire is not exactly quick and easy, but it is indeed rewarding (and the meals are always delicious!) So if you’re new at camping or just miss cooking over the fire, here are some uniquely amazing recipes you can try at your next camping trip – we promise that these will impress your fellow campers!

Fire-Cooked Blooming Onion

What you need:

  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 tablespoons shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sauce/s of your choice (hot sauce, soy sauce, steak sauce etc.)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil

© Recipe from diethood.com and Photo from delish.com

Leaving the bottom intact, slice the onion into 6 to 8 wedges, leaving about 1/2 inch of the bottom uncut. Carefully open the sliced onion, pulling the wedges apart, to create a “blooming flower”.

Place the onion on a square of heavy duty aluminum foil (big enough to wrap around the entire onion). Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cheeses on the open center and drizzle the entire onion with your choice of sauce/s.

Wrap with the foil and cook over an open fire or on a grill until onion is tender, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool for a few minutes and serve. This is a great side for any type of meat!

Recipe from diethood.com

Easy Camping Guacamole

What you need:

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 large ripe tomato, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to taste
  • Tortilla chips and/or crackers

© Recipe and Photo from thespicyapron.com

This quick and easy camping snack is best enjoyed at your first day in camp (to make sure ingredients are fresh) so we recommend you do most of the preparation beforehand at home.

The day before your trip, combine the prepared jalapeno, tomato, garlic and onion in a Ziploc bag. Season with salt and pepper then pour in the lime juice before shaking the bag to mix ingredients well. Seal tightly and refrigerate overnight. Transfer to your cooler when you’re ready to leave for the campsite.

At the campsite, dice the avocados in a bowl then smash with a fork. Add the chunky avocado the the Ziploc bag with the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Best served with crackers or tortilla chips!

The Ultimate Pie Iron Pizza Pocket

What you need:

  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6 pepperoni slices
  • Butter
  • Oregano seasoning

© Recipe and Photo from diythrill.com

Coat the insides of the pie iron with cooking spray. Spread butter on one side of each bread slice then place both on the pie iron, buttered side down. Spread the pizza sauce evenly on each of the bread then season with oregano. Add the cheese and the pepperoni slices before closing the pie iron.

Cook over hot coals or campfire for 1 1/2 minutes per side. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

The Best Campfire Breakfast Burritos

What you need:

  • 8 pcs. 12-inch flour tortillas
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 kg. cooked ham, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup frozen hash browns
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 can green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

© Recipe and Photo from tasteandtellblog.com

To make this hearty breakfast, we recommend that you prepare everything at home so when you wake up after your first night at camp, you just heat the packets in the fire and enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast!

Start by heating the olive oil in a large pan. Cook the hash browns for 1 minute then add the ham. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until both ingredients are browned, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile whisk the eggs in a large bowl then stir in the taco seasoning. When hash browns and ham are ready, pour the eggs into the pan.

Cook, stirring frequently, until eggs have set. Then stir in cheese, cilantro and chiles. Remove from heat. Place about 1/8 of the egg mixture in the center of each tortilla. Roll into a burrito and wrap tightly in heavy duty aluminum foil. Place packets in a Ziploc bag, seal tightly and place in the refrigerator or cooler.

At the campsite, place burritos over hot coals and heat through, turning once, for 10-15 minutes (depending on how hot your fire is).

Beer Pancakes

What you need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 2 cups your choice of pale lager beer (like Heineken or Budweiser)
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Butter and honey/maple syrup for serving

© Recipe and Photo from chowhound.com

The batter is pretty easy to make, but if you plan to have this for breakfast on the first day, you can pre-make the batter at home. In a large bowl, mix together the baking mix, the currants and toasted pine nuts. Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients then add the eggs, beer and vegetable oil. Stir the dry and wet ingredients together to create a lumpy batter.

Cook as you would regular pancakes. Serve warm with butter and honey or maple syrup.

Want to impress your fellow campers with a unique but satisfying meal at camp? Try these incredible food ideas for camping!

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