31 Camping Recipes That Aren’t Just S’Mores and Hot Dogs

Whether you’re hiking the trails, glamping in the desert or exploring your own backyard, you don’t have to sacrifice good food in order to enjoy the great outdoors. These 31 camping recipes (like foil packet fajitas and beer-boiled brats) are a cinch to make and taste just as delicious as what you’d eat in your own kitchen. Now that’s the kind of campfire food that we can get on board with.

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1. Easy Cherry-almond Granola Bars

Behold, a good-for-you snack that’ll fit perfectly into your backpack.

2. Honey-lime Chicken And Veggies In Foil

These foil packets are delicious and easy to clean up—no plates necessary.

3. Grilled Corn With Spicy Aioli

Roast your cobs over the coals, then drizzle them with Sriracha aioli.

4. Make-ahead Mashed Potatoes

Whipping up creamy taters from scratch while camping? No, thanks. Make these at home, then simply reheat over the fire.

5. Garlic Lovers Salmon In Foil

What looks fancy but is surprisingly easy to whip up? This fish-in-foil dinner.

6. Buttermilk Skillet Corn Bread With Tomatoes And Green Onions

It’s the ideal accompaniment for chili (but equally delicious on its own).

7. Crispy Cast-iron Skillet Pizza With Fennel, Sausage And Garlic

Pizza + stargazing = best night ever. The secret to this dish is store-bought dough.

8. Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

Bonus points if you’re camping at the beach.

9. Caramel Apple Crumble Foil Packs

Just in case you need another reason to go camping, here it is. (Skip the ice cream if you don’t have access to a freezer.)

10. S’mores Dip

Why make one s’more when you can make a whole skillet?

11. One-pot Mac And Cheese

The trick to this gooey, one-pot winner is that the pasta gets boiled in milk, which then becomes the base for that cheesy sauce.

12. Chicken Fajita Foil Packet Dinners

These protein-rich packets will keep everyone satisfied for that late-night hike, plus they’re ready to eat in about 30 minutes.

13. 3-ingredient Tropical Trail Mix

It’s an ideal snack for all the nature gazing you’ll be doing.

14. Campfire Peach Crisp

No meal is complete without something sweet, even when you’re in the wilderness.

15. Vegan Chilaquiles

We’ll happily wake up at dawn if chilaquiles are involved.

16. Grilled Beer Boiled Brats

Crack open a few brews to flavor these brats before they go on the grill. (Just save a can for yourself.)

17. Meal Prep Breakfast Sandwiches

A warm breakfast sandwich that requires almost no effort? Don’t mind if we do.

18. Vegan Sloppy Joes

Aside from being plant-based and protein-packed, lentils have the added benefit of requiring zero refrigeration.

19. Cheater’s Skillet Paella

Campfire cooking, but make it totally fancy.

20. Breakfast Burritos

Make these babies ahead of time, then dish ’em up in the morning with a side of salsa.

21. Rainbow Vegetable Skewers

These colorful skewers can be cooked over the fire or on the grill—your pick.

22. Grilled Brown Sugar Peaches

Proof that the simplest desserts are often the most delicious.

23. Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Even the most carnivorous campers will gobble these up.

24. Steak Skewers With Chimichurri Sauce

Pro tip: Make the herby chimichurri in advance.

25. Trail Mix Pancakes

Oh look, it’s our two favorite camping foods in one dish. Pure maple syrup is optional but highly recommended.

26. Grilled Angel Food Cake With Blueberry Sauce

Psst: This starts with store-bought angel food cake, in case you’re wondering.

27. Loaded Barbecue Potatoes

These loaded spuds make an excellent side dish, but they’re also filling enough to be the main course.

28. Sausage, Potato And Green Bean Foil Packets

Can you tell we love foil-packet cooking for camping trips?

29. Baked Beans

When the campfire is hot, you don’t even need an oven.

30. Vegan 3-bean Chili

Serve up this classic camping recipe with a side of skillet cornbread.

31. Skillet Chicken Fajitas

They taste even better when cooked over an open flame.

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