20 Cheap Campfire-Friendly Meals

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FIRE IT UP

Think a fancy RV kitchen is necessary to eat well while camping? As long as there's a campfire, there's no need to rough it when it comes to food. In honor of Great Outdoors Month, here are 20 camping meals featuring inexpensive ingredients that are a cinch to make, leaving plenty of money and time to enjoy a trip.
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CAMPFIRE-STYLE BREAKFAST BURRITOS

Keep things simple in the great outdoors with these make-ahead breakfast burritos. Eggs, cheese, ham, hash browns, and some seasoning make for a hearty start to the day. Just cook up the filling before you leave, roll each burrito, and cover in foil. Pop them in the cooler until it's time to warm them over fire. Recipe: Taste and Tell
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CAMPFIRE CINNAMON BLUEBERRY BREAD

If there's a little more time (and a little more room in the cooler) it doesn't get much more delicious. A mix of milk, cream, eggs, syrup, and vanilla can transform a store-bought loaf of cinnamon bread, with an assist from some blueberries and aluminum foil. Recipe: Taste and Tell
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CAMPFIRE APPLE CRISP

Apples, oats, almonds, maple syrup, cinnamon -- here's a simple recipe that requires minimal time over the fire and uses no ingredients that need to be kept cool. It's infinitely adaptable, so fans of peaches or people who prefer nutmeg, for instance, can make substitutions. Recipe: Faring Well
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CAMPFIRE MONKEY BREAD

Make space in the cooler for a tube of biscuit dough and some butter to whip up this treat. The only other ingredients? Brown sugar and cinnamon sugar that can be pre-measured and stored in Tupperware until needed. Recipe: Say Not Sweet Anne
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CAMPFIRE SKILLET CORNBREAD

Cornbread is quick, easy, and filling -- the hallmarks of good camping food. The only ingredients to keep cool are the milk (though powdered milk will do) and an egg. A good cast-iron skillet with a lid is recommended for even cooking, but foil can stand in for the lid in a pinch. Recipe: Fresh Off the Grid
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MEXICAN CAMPFIRE STREET CORN

Grilled corn on the cob is a treat any time of year, and can be a side dish or the star of the show. There needs to be a little cooler space for mayo and sour cream, but the other ingredients (corn, cilantro, parmesan, lime juice and chili powder) require little fuss. Recipe: Saving Money Camping
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CAMPFIRE POTATOES

Few foods are more campfire-friendly than the humble potato. Cheap and relatively portable, potatoes are an ideal canvas for a range of flavors, including this simple mix of garlic, thyme, rosemary, and salt. Recipe: Splendid Table
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EPIC CAMPFIRE STUFFED PEPPERS

Peppers are a great vehicle for a lot of tasty fillings -- in this case, camping-friendly favorites such as olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, pre-made rice, and Parmesan. Prep is super easy: The ingredients combine in one bowl and are stuffed inside peppers to be grilled over the fire. Recipe: Feeling Peckish
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CAMPFIRE NACHOS

Nachos can be appetizer, side dish, or main event -- just load them up depending on your appetite. It's easy to cook ground beef or another meat in a skillet over the fire, then add toppings to this one-skillet wonder. Recipe: Pip and Ebby
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PIE IRON TOMATO, MOZZARELLA AND BASIL GRILLED CHEESE

Load up a pie iron with bread, mozzarella, tomato, and fresh or dried basil, then grill the sandwich over the fire until it's nice and gooey. Be sure to use a little olive oil to prevent sticking. Recipe: Tin Pig
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CAMPFIRE FOIL PACKS

It's easy to prepare these hearty foil pockets of chicken, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and potatoes at home, then keep them in a cooler until campers are ready to nosh. They'll require about 40 minutes of campfire cooking time. Recipe: Allrecipes
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CHILI CAMPFIRE BAKE

This chili campfire bake adds pasta, corn chips, and cheese to make a classic even more filling. It can be prepared in a single skillet over the fire in a little over 10 minutes. Recipe: Six Sisters' Stuff
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CAMPING QUESADILLAS

Here's a favorite that should satisfy campers of all ages, made campfire-friendly with the addition of a foil pouch. Anyone wary about making sure chicken makes it to a safe temperature over the fire can pre-cook it at home. Recipe: Cupcake Diaries
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FOIL-WRAPPED CAMPING HOT DOGS

These hot dogs are a kid-friendly favorite that require just two inexpensive ingredients: a pack of hot dogs and a tube of crescent roll dough. Wrap the dogs in the dough, skewer them, and cover with foil -- after that, they just need 15 to 20 minutes over the fire. Recipe: Frugal Coupon Living
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EASY CAMPFIRE PIZZA

With a Dutch oven or a large iron skillet with a lid, pizza is more than fair game for a filling campfire meal -- just spread some dough on the bottom and go to town. Store-bought dough and canned toppings such as mushrooms, olives, and sauce keep things cheap and easy. Recipe: Instructables
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PIE IRON CHICKEN POT PIE

Most of this all-American classic can be prepped at home, mixing pre-cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, veggies, and chicken bullion in a zip-top bag. Keep the bag in a cooler until mealtime, and don't forget to toss in a can of crescent rolls to line the pie iron and form the crust of this filling staple. Recipe: 50 Campfires
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CAMPFIRE PAELLA

While a traditional paella often uses shrimp, less-pricey proteins such as chicken and sausage are easy to sub in. To make paella truly campfire-friendly, prep the veggies before leaving and cook everything over the fire in a foil bowl. This one takes up to an hour to cook, but good things come to those who wait. Recipe: Zestuous
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MEATLOAF IN AN ONION

Use onions as makeshift bowls to make messy meatloaf more campfire-friendly. Cooler space is needed for ground beef and an egg, which get tossed with cracker crumbs, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and dry mustard in a zip-top bag. The balled-up mix cooks between onion halves over the fire. Recipe: KOA
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CAMPFIRE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK

Cook onions and peppers before heading out to make this camping-friendly cheesesteak a cinch. After that, it's just a matter of stuffing some French bread with the veggies, roast beef and cheese, slapping on some garlic butter, and warming it over fire. Recipe: Twin Dragonfly Designs
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CAMPFIRE CONES

Delicious (but messy) s'mores cones are an ingenious hack of a campfire classic: Simply fill ice cream cones with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and whatever else appeals, wrap them in foil, and toss them over the fire to heat for a few minutes. Recipe: Center Cut Cook