17 delicious camping recipes

When you’re out in the wilderness, you want your food warm, hearty and quick. These delicious recipes are truly out of (camp)site!

17 delicious camping recipes

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Cheesy Camp Burgers

Behold! We took cheeseburgers one step further by hiding a mini Babybel cheese inside these juicy patties. Freeze them before your camping trip then grill from frozen with the lid on for eight minutes per side. Winning. Get the recipe: Cheesy Camp Burgers

juicy cheese burger with chipsPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Bake-Ahead French Toast Loaf

Why stress over breakfast? Bake this sweet loaf at home and then enjoy it with fruit, nuts and syrup while you swig your coffee, probably overlooking some beautiful lake with a loon calling in the distance. Or something. Get the recipe: Bake-Ahead French Toast Loaf

tray of bread with nuts and berriesPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Melon-Ginger Limeade

You need a slushy drink to wash down all this good grilled grub. This limeade isn’t too sweet and goes down real nice. Get the recipe: Melon-Ginger Limeade

two mason jars filled with red slushiePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Miso-Maple Tofu Kebabs

Here’s a little something for the veg lovers. Perfectly marinated tofu, broccoli, zucchini and sweet bell peppers threaded onto sticks—no cutlery needed. Get the recipe: Miso-Maple Tofu Kebabs

kebabs with grilled tofu and veggiesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Maple-Bacon Sweet Potatoes

This superfood gets a sweet upgrade with bacon bits, sour cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. Throw some sausages or chicken on the grill and serve along with our make-ahead pantry salad (keep clicking). Get the recipe: Maple-Bacon Sweet Potatoes

sweet potato in foil with bacon and sour creamPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Pantry Salad

Chickpeas, sweet red peppers and artichoke hearts are perfectly marinated in a Dijon dressing. Make this one ahead of time and keep it in a resealable bag until it’s time to chow down. Get the recipe: Pantry Salad

plate of chickpea saladPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Campfire Bananas

Bananas make the best vessels for melted chocolate and marshmallows. Wrap in foil, toss them on the grill, then get set to devour. Get the recipe: Campfire Bananas

grilled bananas with chocolate and marshmallowPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Caramel Skillet S’mores

Feast your eyes (and your other senses) on one of the greatest things to happen to a skillet: A dip of melted carmel-filled chocolate bars and perfectly toasted mallows, with graham crackers for dunking. We present to you deconstructed s’mores. Get the recipe: Caramel Skillet S’mores

cast-iron pan with melted chocolate and marshmallowPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

Who can resist this gooey pull-apart bread? It’s the perfect campfire companion to a bowl of chili. Prepare bread all the way and store it wrapped in cooler until ready to cook. Get the recipe: Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread

close-up of cheesy garlic pull-apart breadPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

So easy and satisfying, this make-ahead chili is what you want to dig into after a long day of woodland exploration. Get the recipe: Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

enamel bowl filled with chunky veggie chiliPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Campground Paella

Take this traditional Spanish dish into the woods. Packed with meat, rice and veggies, it’s sure to satisfy. But don’t worry, they’ll still have room for s’mores. Get the recipe: Campground Paella

bowl of rice and vegetable paellaPhoto: Roberto Caruso


One-pot Mac and Cheese

Please meet the best and easiest mac and cheese of all time. Like, KD easy. It gets a kick from Dijon mustard and can be prepped ahead of time so all you’ve got to do is boil the pasta and mix in the fixings fireside. Get the recipe: One-pot Mac and Cheese

pot of macaroni and cheesePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Campfire Huevos Rancheros

Roll your breakfast in a tortilla for a quick breakfast. All you need is scrambled eggs, beans, salsa, cheese and cilantro! Get the recipe: Campfire Huevos Rancheros

tortillas piled with refried beans, eggs and salsaPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Foil-Packed Veggies

These veggies are ready to be munched alongside any dish. Just prep at home (cut them and wrap in foil with olive oil and spices and keep in the cooler until go time) and heat over the fire. Get the recipe: Foil-Packed Veggies

onions, peppers and zucchini in foilPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Mexican Chicken Scallopini Fajitas

Drop your chicken in a marinade-filled resealable bag and keep it chilled until you’re ready to grill. Throw those tortillas on your grill, too. Actually, grill all the things,. then top it off with sour cream, old cheddar, cilantro (unless you hate cilantro, and we get it) and a squeeze of lime. You just made a gourmet meal while sitting in the dirt. Go you. Get the recipe: Mexican Chicken Scallopini Fajitas

Grilled tortilla with chicken, cheese and sour creamPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Smoky Campfire Beans

Forget canned, here’s all you need to know: These beans are the best beans. Prep them at home and simply reheat on-site (or eat them cold). Get the recipe: Smoky Campfire Beans

pot of homemade baked beansPhoto: Roberto Caruso

S’mores Cones

These are ice cream cones filled to the brim with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Right?!? Wrap them up and set them on the fire to melt. But that’s not all: Decorate your gooey cones with more goodies like sprinkles, Skor bites or, you know, some fruit. Get the recipe: S’mores Cones

ice cream cones filled with melted marshmallow and chocolatePhoto: Roberto Caruso

This article was originally published on Jun 15, 2019

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Amy is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work can also be found in publications like Chatelaine, Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail