I’ve been a Girl Scout for as long as I can remember. I have fond memories of delicious food cooked over a fire and couldn’t wait to share it with my own girls when they were old enough for Scouting. I’m the first one to volunteer for a camping trip, and I’ll call dibs on menu planning every time.
The goal is tasty food the kids will have fun making and actually eat! And, all that on a troop budget. You’ll never see hot dogs on one of my camp menus — at least not without a few awesome side dishes to go with it. I lean a little more towards the original, though I did track down a few links to full recipes for you.
So, at least someone has heard of most these. Here are my 10 favorite campfire recipes:
Castaways: This is my all-time favorite camp recipe. I remember making this one at camp as a little girl, and it’s just so easy! Start by browning a pound of ground beef and chopped onions in a dutch oven over the fire (cheat: brown the meat at home before you leave!). Then, drain and mix with a jar of spaghetti sauce. Open a loaf of French bread, then tear out some of the bread to make a boat. Pour meat mixture into the bread and add sliced cheese. Close the bread, wrap in foil, and cook over fire on a grate until the cheese is melted. Slice, serve, and be amazed!
Foil Packet Potatoes: Here’s an easy side dish for your next camping trip. Potatoes, garlic, onions, and seasoning in a foil packet for the grill or campfire.
Walking Tacos: This one is super simple and could be prepped at home, too. Add a scoop of taco meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomato to a bag of Fritos or Doritos. It’s easy, delicious, and keeps paper goods or dishes to a minimum.
Orange Cake This is a boxed cake mix baked inside an orange peel over campfire coals. I remember eating them when I was a kid, and my girls are so happy to spoon their own, fire-hot cake from an orange.
Freezer Bag Omelets: Looking for an easy breakfast? Break an egg or two into a freezer bag, then add your favorite toppings (cheese, peppers, onion, ham, etc.) — kids love the chance to create their own omelet mixture. Boil over a campfire for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to use freezer bags, not just storage bags, or they’ll melt right through. When the egg is cooked completely, simply slide out of the bag and enjoy!
Cinnamon Apples: Baked cinnamon apples are fantastic and easy, wrapped in foil over hot coals. I love the addition of brown sugar and pecans in this recipe.
Hobo Packets: In a foil packet, layer a piece of chicken or hamburger patty, sliced potatoes, onion, salt, and pepper. Add a scoop of your favorite “cream of” soup, then bake over a fire on a grate for 45 minutes.
Campfire Panini: You can make just about any hot sandwich over a fire. This turkey and apple panini recipe is easy and sounds fabulous!
Campfire Bread sticks: Wrap refrigerated bread sticks around a stick. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the bread sticks, then roast over a fire. It just doesn’t get easier than that! You can also use Italian spices or other seasonings instead of cinnamon, for a savory bread stick.
Roasted Strawberries: Dip a strawberry in marshmallow creme, then roast over a fire. This recipe uses homemade marshmallow creme and brulee torch to brown the creme, but it will be just as tasty — and possibly more satisfying — over a campfire.