So the weekend is right around the corner, you have plans for what vehicle you’re taking, who’s going, what clothes to pack, but now comes the biggest question to most when they are about to hit the trails: What are we going to eat? What do we need to bring to cook with? How are we going to bring enough food for the whole trip?
Have no fear. We’re here to cut through the red tape and let you know what to pack for which situation and make everyone think you’re the next campfire Salt Bae. When it comes to deciding on what to eat for the weekend, the main things to consider is how much weight do you feel comfortable carrying and how much equipment do you want to bring to cook with.
Options are really unlimited with a little meal prep time, but many meals can be prepared with minimal equipment and that’s what we’re going to focus in on. So here it is, 10 easy campfire dinners for any situation.
5 Delicious Car Camping Recipes
If you’re car camping, you almost have no restrictions on what you can bring along for the trip. My very first piece of essential car camping equipment was none other than a cast iron skillet. I’m in love with the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet combo cooker. You can use it as a skillet, oven, and even the lid from the skillet for a second cooking surface (that means you can cook your eggs and bacon at the same time).
Pro Tip: Use old Tic Tac containers as shakers.
For the first five recipes you can get away with only bringing a cast iron oven, but you will also need a second pot for the brisket (yes, I said brisket). The only other items you will need are a knife (I use a small cleaver), a cutting board, and a few seasonings for flavor.
Dutch Oven Enchiladas
After a long day, it’s nice to stack some carbs before calling it a night. The extra fuel will be used up quickly on the trail the next day. This recipe is vegetarian, but I like to add some chicken to mine. So you can either cook some chicken ahead of time or pick up a rotisserie at the grocery store on the way out to the campsite. All you need to do is add the chicken to your enchilada sauce mixture before rolling it up in tortillas.
Get the recipe here: Fresh Off The Grid
Papa Funk’s Campfire Chili
With the recent drops in temperature, no campfire meal guide would be complete without chili on the menu. This is one recipe that can feed the whole crew. If you want this at home, Papa Funk recommends cooking it in a crockpot for 8 hours on low, but if you’re in the wild, just turn up the heat and make sure all the meat is cooked thoroughly before you indulge.
Get the recipe here: Papa Funk’s Campfire Chili on AllRecipes
This recipe takes a patient person, but this is why they say good things come to those that wait. Time is the key to making brisket tender and juicy. You can make this one at the campsite or at home, you decide.
Get the recipe here: 3 Guys Outside
Bacon, beef, and bbq sauce, how could you go wrong? The Cowboy Casserole is like a backcountry pot pie and the perfect dinner for anyone finishing a long hike.
Get the recipe here: Cowboy Casserole on AllRecipes
Chili Campfire Bake
This is a campfire frito pie with pasta that is so easy, the worst chef could nail it. If I’m in the zone during the pre-camping meal prep, I sometimes will cook the pasta before making it to the campsite. It just allows for a quick meal when you’re ready to eat.
Get the recipe here: Six Sisters’ Stuff
5 Mouthwatering Hike In or Hike-Thru Meals
While protein bars, trail mix, and beef jerky are cool, we like are meals to contain a little more flavor. Now we know some of you like to go the distance or just like to pack light, so here are a few meal options that are a little lighter in the pack and effortless to make in the backcountry.
When it comes to easy meals on site, it doesn’t get much easier than having your meals prepped and wrapped in tinfoil. It is one of my favorite ways to prep for camping and you’ll notice how much I love it below.
Southwestern Chicken Packets
This one has a little bit of everything; a nice piece of meat for protein, some beans for carbs, and cheese. I usually skip the guac and sour cream on the trail, but rather pack an avocado for a few fresh slices on top.
Get the recipe here: Dessert Now Dinner Later
Earth, Sea and Fire Salmon
Now you know we had to put a salmon dish on the lineup since we’re from Alaska. Maybe the next blog should be 50 ways to cook salmon. Let us know if that is something you’re interested in below (comment please). Anyways, we recommend cooking this just like the Southwestern Chicken Packets, wrapped in aluminum foil. This will not only keep all the juices in, but just make it easy to transport and can always be thrown right onto the grill or hot coals.
Get the recipe here: Earth, Sea and Fire Salmon on AllRecipes
This is another recipe that requires some tinfoil, and some milk cartons to make things exciting. Just like our previous recipes, you wrap these burritos up with some tinfoil. The only difference is they recommend dropping them into a milk carton on the campfire. Check out the video in the link below.
Get the recipe here: Flaming Burritos on AllRecipes
This quick and easy meal is perfect for the trail, because it is made right inside the Fritos bag. All you do is crush your Fritos up, add meat, and whatever else you want on your walking taco, and you’re done. Perfect for those always on the go.
Get the recipe here: The Girl Who Ate Everything
Red Lentil Sloppy Joes
Don’t get me wrong, I love meat, but red meat takes more energy to digest than vegetables. We all know how wasting energy is the lat thing you want to do on the trail. This is one that I recommend preparing in full before hitting the trail, but it also just requires one pot so it’s up to you.
Get the recipe here: Fresh Off the Grid
Well thanks for taking the time to check out our top 10 campfire meals. If there’s any campfire recipes you’ve fell in love with, please drop a comment below and share it with us. We’re always looking for new meal options on the trail. Cheers.
Written by: Mike Branson
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