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15 Camping Recipes Your Campers Will Love

Each year in August our family heads to camp for a week of swimming, boating and experimenting with new camping recipes we’ve been wanting to try.

My six year old refers to the island where we camp as her "favorite place" because there’s nothing like listening to the loons and the sizzle of the grill.

We bring our A game when it comes to camp cooking. While a good burger is great, we keep a stash of unique, delicious camping recipes at the ready.

To make things easier, I generally prep a few things in advance like chopping and parboiling potatoes for savory breakfast potatoes made in a cast iron skillet.

A bit of prep makes cooking our favorite camping recipes simpler when we’re working over an open fire or using a charcoal grill for the bulk of our meals.

Planning a big camping trip this summer? Check out these 15 camping recipes that all of your campers will love!

Buffalo Chicken Hash Photo
Buffalo Chicken Hash Recipe
When we’re at camp, my favorite camping recipes are the ones I can make in a cast iron skillet over a nice bed of coals leftover from the campfire the night before. A bed of sweet potatoes, grilled onions and red bell peppers are tossed with chicken sausage and eggs then sprinkled with cheese and scallions for the tastiest camp dinner or breakfast.
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Pizza Quesadilla Recipe
Quesadillas are so simple to make that you can make them virtually anywhere, perfect for snacking or any meal of the day. These pizza quesadillas are particularly tasty and so fun for your next camping adventure. They’re stuffed with pepperoni and mozzarella and served with marinara on the side for dipping.
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Green Chile Egg Taquitos Recipe
These green chile egg taquitos make the perfect breakfast while camping. As camping recipes go, this one is an ace. You can make them in advance, freeze them and tuck them in a freezer bag in the cooler then just pull them out and warm them up on the grill for the quickest, tastiest camp breakfast of your life.
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S’mores Brownies Recipe
These s’mores brownies are the best dessert to make while camping! A thick layer of gooey brownies topped with marshmallows and graham crackers are piled into a skillet and baked over the grill or the campfire. These s’mores brownies scream summer and you’ll be the hit of the campground.
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Grilled Cilantro Lime Beef Skewers with Jalapeño Avocado Dipping Sauce Photo
Grilled Cilantro Lime Beef Skewers Recipe
Grilled skewers are a camping essential. So easy to prep, bursting with flavor and guaranteed to be a total hit with your crew of campers. The tangy fresh flavor of the rich, cilantro lime marinated beef paired with the cool, jalapeño avocado dipping sauce is a summery combination no one can resist.
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Pesto Chicken Pull Apart Sliders Photo
Pesto Chicken Pull Apart Sliders Recipe
These easy to make, pesto chicken pull apart sliders are the perfect quick and easy dinner and the leftovers will make a great lunch or snack the next day! While this isn’t your typical camping recipe, we’ve had such luck making sliders in an aluminum pan over the charcoal grill in the past that we never plan a camping trip without sliders involved.
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BBQ Blue Cheese BLT Recipe
You’ll never go wrong with a good sandwich when camping, but level it up with this BBQ blue cheese BLT sandwich and you won’t be disappointed on any level. Thick, juicy garden tomatoes, crisp spinach, creamy blue cheese and thick slices of bacon covered in barbecue seasoning finish off this kicked up BLT!
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Almond Joy Energy Balls Recipe
We never go on a camping trip where I haven’t first made a batch of energy balls to bring along in the cooler to grab for a quick mid-day snack or a simple breakfast along with a cup of coffee. Dates, almonds, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips are pulsed in the food processor then formed into balls for one of the easiest and tastiest camping recipes you’ll ever make.
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Southwestern Twice Baked Potatoes Photo
Southwestern Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe
Prep these flavor-packed twice baked potatoes before you leave to go camping, warm them over the grill and thank yourself later. Loaded with Southwestern Tex-Mex flavor, they’re stuffed with black beans, sweet corn, crisp tomatoes, green onions and cheese then topped with sour cream, chunks of avocado and thinly sliced jalapeños.
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Pretzel Dogs Photo
Pretzel Dogs Recipe
We love grilling hot dogs on a stick over the fire when camping, but this pretzel dog recipe is the ultimate camping recipe. They are easy to make for the perfect tasty snack or lunch – hot dogs wrapped in buttery, soft pretzel dough and sprinkled with coarse salt. Just don’t forget the ketchup and mustard!
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Easy Chicken Fajitas Photo
Easy Chicken Fajitas Recipe
When you think about camp cooking, fajitas might not immediately come to mind, but this easy chicken fajitas recipe is the perfect camp food. Cut the veggies and chicken up and toss them with seasoning to bring along to camp with you, then cook them over the fire in a cast iron skillet, stuff everything into soft flour tortillas and you’ve got dinner gold.
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Oatmeal Raisin No Bake Granola Bars Photo
Oatmeal Raisin No Bake Granola Bars Recipe
Along with energy balls, homemade granola bars are one of the things I always make in advance to bring along when camping. These oatmeal raisin granola bars are easy to make, delicious and make an ideal breakfast or snack when camping. I keep a stash to hand out to hungry kids between swimming sessions.
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Zucchini and Hummus Pita Sandwiches Photo
Zucchini and Hummus Pita Sandwiches Recipe
I love making these zucchini pita sandwiches all summer long, but they’re just as easy to make when camping. I find it easiest to grill the veggies before leaving for camp then it’s super easy to warm everything up on the grill, and stuff into soft pitas slathered with hummus and sprinkled with feta cheese.
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Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos Photo
Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos Recipe
Making nachos while camping is so much easier than you might imagine! Adapt this sheet pan chicken nachos recipe to an aluminum pan over the grill or the campfire and you’ve got one seriously delicious campground dinner. Crispy chips, juicy chicken, melted cheddar cheese, all topped with sour cream, green onions, black olives, tomatoes and cilantro.
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Maple Tahini Grilled Sweet Potatoes Photo
Maple Tahini Grilled Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables of all the vegetables. These sweet potato wedges are seasoned with a little maple syrup and cumin then wrapped in foil, place on the grill and roasted until perfection. The tahini dipping sauce is savory and slightly sweet making for a perfect accompaniment to burgers, sausage sandwiches and more.
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