7 Cheap and Easy Campfire Recipes for Your Camping Trip

Everything tastes better when you're camping. Enjoy an easy egg bake cooked over the fire, or treat your family to delicious desserts that go beyond the traditional s'mores. Give one or all of these frugal camping recipes a try, and you're sure to earn rave reviews from your fellow campers.

Camp cooking is fun and exciting because everyone can get involved and you can add whatever you like or have on hand. It also doesn't have to cost a lot or add unnecessary weight to your gear. With a few simple ingredients, you can make tasty dishes and yummy treats that'll help make the trip that much more memorable.

Frittata: A Simple Egg Bake for the Fire

Brussels Sprout Frittata with leek and chickpea flour in a cast iron skillet
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Frittatas cook up quickly and easily over the campfire or on a camp stove. Bring a cast iron pan and a few ingredients, and you'll have all the makings for a tasty breakfast or dinner.

The nice thing about frittatas is that you can add whatever ingredients you have available, including leftovers from yesterday's meals. It's very easy to make, and a single pan can feed the entire family.

Basic Campfire Frittata Recipe

  • 6 large eggs (omit up to three yolks to reduce cholesterol)
  • 1/2 cup cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Leftover odds and ends (veggies, ham, beans, etc.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Spray a cast iron pan with cooking spray, and place over the fire to warm it up. Mix eggs, cheese and salt together in a bowl; then, stir in leftovers, veggies and meat. Pour the frittata mixture into the heated pan, and cook until almost set. Sprinkle with seasoning, and finish cooking until set. Cut into pie-sized wedges, and serve.

Vegetarian Chili: The Ultimate Camp Food

Vegetarian tofu chili
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Chili is a guaranteed winner when it comes to filling up hungry campers on the cheap. The recipe could not be easier! Simply toss a couple cans of beans and a couple cans of diced tomatoes into a Dutch oven, along with a chopped onion, a tablespoon of chili powder and a teaspoon of diced garlic. Then, relax while the fire cooks your dinner to frugal perfection.

Cooking chili in a Dutch oven should take about an hour, though you can let it simmer as long as you like. Just be sure to stir it occasionally, so the food at the bottom of the pot doesn't burn.

If you'd like to add meat, brown ground beef, sausage or your meat of choice in the pot, before you add the other ingredients. 

This recipe should serve six to eight people.

Stuffed Peppers: A Foil-Wrapped Delight

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Stuffed peppers are another great option, if you're looking to satisfy campers after a long day of hiking and other activities. For a truly easy dinner, just cut and seed the peppers, and declare it a Stuff-Your-Own Pepper Night.

A basic (and delicious) stuffed pepper could simply include cooked rice (which you can prepare ahead of time), tomato sauce and shredded cheese. Add cooked ground beef and seasonings, or whatever sounds good that you have at the campsite.

To cook stuffed peppers over a fire, wrap each pepper in foil. Then, place the foil packets on the campfire embers, and cook until the peppers are tender and the cheese is melted.

Banana Boats: A Tasty Treat

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Camp desserts always taste best when smothered with melted marshmallows and chocolate. Try banana boats for a fun alternative to s'mores, and watch the smiles form on your little campers' faces.

Banana Boat Recipe

  • Bananas 
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Foil

Slice an unpeeled banana from end to end. Fill the slit with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Close the peel, and wrap each banana in foil.

Place the foil wraps on the campfire embers, and cook for five minutes, or until the chocolate and marshmallows have melted. Allow the banana boats to cool. Then, open, and eat with a fork.

Chocolate Éclairs: Ooey, Gooey and Oh-So-Easy

Campfire Eclairs
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Éclairs are fun to eat, and even more fun to cook over a campfire. Treat your crew to an ooey gooey dessert that goes beyond the typical camp fare.

Campfire Eclair Recipe

Cover the end of a stick with foil, and coat with cooking spray. Wrap one crescent roll around the foil, and squeeze the end shut. Cook over the campfire until done.

Slide the crescent roll off the stick, and fill with instant pudding (prepared according to the directions on the box). Finish by spreading frosting on top, and enjoy!

Kettle Corn: The Ultimate Campfire Snack

Kettle corn
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Kettle corn is the perfect sweet and salty treat. Add a kettle to your camp list, and you can make a batch in minutes.

Don't reserve kettle corn for your camping trips! This recipe is easy to make at home anytime you get a craving for a simple and tasty snack. Learn how to make your own, and you won't have to spend a lot of money or wait for it to come to the local street fair.

Pudding in a Bag: The Easiest Way to Make Dessert

Chocolate Pudding
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Turn dessert over to the kids with this pudding recipe that mixes up in a plastic storage bag. It is fun for kids, and means no dishes for you – a real win-win for tired campers.

Making pudding in a bag is not only easy, but it's cheap and doesn't require a lot of extra supplies. Simply grab your family's favorite instant pudding mixes at the store, and double check that you packed an extra baggie and the milk. Combine the pudding ingredients in the bag; make sure the bag is tightly sealed; then; allow the kids to toss the bag around, until the pudding is fully mixed (be sure to do this away from the campfire).