We do a lot of family camping in the summer months, most weekends really, and in turn eat A LOT of camp food. We’re tent campers and cook most of our meals over the campfire. We don’t like to sacrifice delicious or healthy foods while we camp though. Over the years we’ve found many fun recipes for camping and even more ways to simplify camp cooking.
The key to eating great food while camping is to plan ahead! Just like meals at home, if you have done some of the prep work ahead of time, cooking over the campfire can be easy and enjoyable. We often prepare diced onions, green peppers, and other ingredients ahead to cut down on the time we need to prep when at camp. Think ahead to ingredients that you might use in more than one recipe or for the same meal several days. Onions are great in breakfast fried potatoes, foil dinners, in campfire pizza pockets, or on hot dogs. Prep these foods at home and store them in individual containers or baggies.
One thing we really like to make when we camp is what I grew up calling “hobo pies”. There are so many variations for this simple yet delicious idea. Here, we’ll share a couple of our favorite fun recipes for camping but it’s also a really easy way to make grilled sandwiches and so much more.
Camp Food – Fun Recipes for Camping
Campfire Pizza Pockets
Ingredients and supplies for this fun recipe for camping:
- sandwich rounds, bread, or thin pizza crusts
- pizza sauce
- mozzarella cheese
- meat, veggie, and fruit toppings of choice
- butter knife
- camp pie irons (or hobo pie makers)
Butter one side of each piece of bread or crust. You will need to pieces per pie iron. Don’t worry if your pieces are too large, the pie iron will cut off the extra when it is closed and latched.
Place the first slice of buttered bread or crust into the pie iron, with the buttered side towards the iron.
Spread a small amount of pizza sauce onto your bread or crust. Add any additional toppings like cheese, pepperoni, onions, and peppers.
Add the second piece of buttered bread or crust on top of your fillings, buttered side out. Close the pie iron and let extra crust fall.
Place the pie irons into the bed of coals in your campfire and cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side, checking often to make sure they are not over cooking.
Remove the pie irons from the fire and let cool for a few minutes. Open the pie irons and transfer your campfire pizza pocket to a plate and enjoy! Isn’t a fun recipe for camping?
Traditional Hobo Pies
- prepared fruit pie filling
- butter knife (affiliate link)
- camp pie irons
Prepare these great little pies the same as the campfire pizza pockets but fill with fruit pie filling instead! You can also make breakfast in these great little pie irons. Prepare bread for french toast, place into greased pie iron, add cooked sausage and potatoes and cook over coals.
If you’re having a campout party or planning a get together to celebrate the Great American Backyard Campout this June 28th, you may want to make these adorable S’mores Pops! It is one of my favorite fun recipes for camping.
Ingredients & Supplies:
- lollipop sticks
- regular size marshmallows
- graham cracker crumbs
Place a lollipop stick into each marshmallow. Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
Melt chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds, stir and return to microwave for an additional 30 seconds or until completely melted. Stir until smooth.
Poor graham cracker crumbs into a medium bowl.
Remove marshmallows from freezer. Dip into melted chocolate and then into graham cracker crumbs. Place finished S’mores pops into a cup to let chocolate harden.
Display S’mores pops in a mason jar tied with twine or other decorated jar! And enjoy the taste of S’mores any time of day without the mess or need to roast marshmallows!
Speaking of S’mores! Have you ever had a gourmet S’mores bar? Next time you plan to make S’mores, don’t grab just a package of traditional milk chocolate candy bars. Hit the candy isle and pick up a variety of flavors like peanut butter cups, cookies and cream, or other family favorites and let everyone make their own gourmet S’more!
I hope you’ll try one of our family’s fun recipes for camping during your next campout. What is your family’s favorite camp recipe? I’d love to hear!