Top 5 Campfire Cooking Recipes for Dinner

When you are out backpacking, hiking, and camping, its always nice to have a lot on your plate for dinner each night. Sadly, since gourmet food is hard to prepare while in the wilderness, you will need to prepare some great, nutritious recipes in advance. You might think that it is not possible to pack enough gear and ingredients to make varied, delicious meals while trekking.

Well, you are wrong!

And we have some great recipes to prove our theory. With the right knowledge, you can prepare some fantastic food while you are on outdoor adventures. And it is camping season, and you all know what that mean. It is time to replace your kitchen with a campfire.

This kind of cooking doesn’t need to be freeze-dried, bland or boring.  So, in this article, we have prepared some fantastic recipes for you which are very easy to make. Maximizing the meals you can make from limited ingredients and planning your dishes ahead of time will take the pressure off while you are on the trail. That means more time enjoying and relaxing in nature.

Check out our campfire cooking recipes that use a few ingredients, but are very delicious.

If you want to know more about how to make them, all you have to do is read on. Also, it’s really useful to know alternative ways for starting a fire, even without matches or fire starter.

1. Damper

An ideal base for damper, includes only salt, powdered milk, and flour. There is no hard work with this recipe. All you have to do is knead the dough to create a lump and prepare it.

This recipe is so amazing because it uses a few ingredients but can be combined with anything you prefer. The best part is that you can make the mixture with some fruits or vegetables, depending on what you want to bring. For example, this simple meal can be used to satisfy your sweet tooth by adding cinnamon, chopped nutmeg, bananas or apples with water. Of course, if you prefer, you could also add some brown sugar.

On the other hand, if you want something saltier you could combine the bacon, cheese, and sweetcorn with the base. But, that depends on your personal preferences.

image of delicious stew

2. Stew

You should bring onions, potatoes, tinned tomatoes, pearl barley, split peas and meat of your choice. These ingredients are perfect for a delicious stew. Place the tinned tomatoes, pearl barley and split peas in the camp oven and add your chopped fresh produce. Bear in mind that you need to pour in some water if you are using pearl barley and split peas.

Leave the ingredients to cook for about one or two hours. It would be wise to keep an eye on the cooking process, to make sure you know when it is done. If you have chosen the red meat, you could pour some red wine into the mixture. That way your meat will be tender and juicy. And if you are using something else, then you should definitely drink the wine!

NOTE: Dice the meat before you leave home, and freeze them. Bear in mind not to lay it flat when you place it in the freezer. That could lead to faster defrosting. Instead, use a large clump to freeze the meat so it will need time to defrost.

Every camper, hiker and backpacker recommend chicken drumsticks because they are the best choice for this process. The great thing about it is that you will be able to keep the other food cold as you will have an ice block.

3. Soup

Leftovers are a great choice to use when you are making yourself soup. All you have to do is add more split peas, three or four tomatoes, and more water. For those individuals who prefer their soup thicker, you should add pumpkin to it. And dinner is served when you have included a side of the damper.

image of grilled vegetables

4. Baked Vegetables

Pack aluminum foil, sweet potatoes, some pumpkin, and regular potatoes and you will have everything you need for baked veggies. Each vegetable you should sprinkle with sea salt and smear with vegetable oil. After you have done that, place these meal into the campfire’s coals.

When you have noticed that they are done, the only thing you should do is to add some butter to it, or if you prefer you can also add bacon or cheese to spice this meal up a little. But that depends on your personal preferences.

5. Chocolate Pudding

Is there anything better than chocolate pudding on a cold night while you are sitting around a campfire? We don’t think so. And here’s the recipe for this delicious dessert.

Chocolate Pudding:

  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • Self-rising flour, ½ cup
  • Sugar, 90 gr
  • Milk, ¼ cup
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter

Estimate if you didn’t bring any measuring tools. Stir the pudding to get a runny, nice mix. And if it is too runny, just add more flour, or if it is stiff, pour more milk into the mixture.

image of marshmallow, chocolate and biscuit


  • Brown sugar, ½ cup
  • Hot water, 210 ml
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa

In the separate bowl mix these ingredients and then add it to the pudding. If the mixture is not even, you should not worry because the sauce stays on the bottom and the cake rises to the top. That will make the pudding moist and sweet.

After you have done these steps, cook the mixture. Stir it frequently, so you don’t end up with the overcooked pudding. And when it is done, leave it for a few minutes to cool and then serve. Bon appetite!


There is something about eating outside and preparing your meals on the open fire that makes camping food so delicious. With just a few ingredients and tools you can make a hearty dinner using a cast iron skillet, a Dutch oven or a grill. Even if you have picky eaters, our easy and fun recipes are sure to please anyone’s taste. So, pack all the supplies you will need before you head out on your next outdoor adventure and enjoy these fantastic treats and meals.


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