Campfire Meal Ideas


It’s the perfect time of year for camping! One awesome part of camping for us moms is cooking our meals over the fire and cutting down on the amount of dishes needing to be washed! While we all know the old faithfuls, such as hot dogs and s’mores, sometimes we want some new ideas! Here is a compilation of campfire meal ideas shared by YOU, our TCS community, on our social media pages.


Foil Packs

Various types of foil packets were the most popular suggestion. You can put just about any combination of meat, starch, and veggies into tin foil with butter or olive oil and your favourite spices, and a delicious meal will come out of the fire. Chop up your ingredients and put them on tin foil, add some oil or butter and seasoning, wrap the tin foil, and toss in the fire. You may want to double wrap with tin foil to prevent burning. The favourite combinations shared by our readers were:

  • Potatoes with onions and veggies
  • Hot dogs, corn, and sweet potatoes 
  • Potatoes, veggies, and sausage
  • Sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, and butter
  • Fish, onions, lemon, and butter
  • Shrimp
  • Bacon ranch potatoes
  • Chili in a sweet potato


Cast Iron

People love cooking on a rack over the fire with their cast iron skillets! Here are some favourite skillet campfire meal ideas.

  • Bacon and eggs
  • Nachos
  • Pizza
  • Fajitas
  • Pancakes
  • Bean and cheese quesadillas
  • Omelets 
  • Baked beans (or beans and weiners)
  • Tacos (Cook the beef over the fire and have the shells and fixings ready to go.)
  • Walking tacos (Cook meat over the fire and then open a small bag of Doritos per person and put some meat, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream into the bag. Eat with a fork out of the bag.)

Sandwich Irons

Sandwich irons were one of the most popular suggestions. The Canadian Schoolhouse community is so creative! For anyone who doesn't know what a sandwich iron is, it is a cast iron sandwich sized press on a long handle that you can put in, or over, the fire. You can add just about anything in it, and it turns into something like a panini. Yes, you could do grilled cheese sandwiches, but you can also think outside the box a little.

  • Egg, bacon, and cheese sandwiches
  • Pizza fillings to make pizza pops
  • Deli meat and cheese
  • Hot peanut butter and jam


Other Ideas

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you can cook over the fire. Here are a few other ideas that were shared.

  • Chili (frozen in advance and warmed over fire)
  • Wings
  • Any kind of soup can be warmed up over the fire
  • Burgers
  • Kebabs right on the rack
  • Mac and cheese in a dutch oven

There are so many great ideas here to help mix up your meals while camping. We’d love to hear your favourite campfire meal idea! Come share it with us on our Facebook page


Happy camping!


This article has been written by homeschooling staff writers of The Canadian Schoolhouse (TCS). Enjoy more of our content from TCS contributors and staff writers by visiting our Front Door page that has content on our monthly theme and links to all our content sections.

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