Ask anyone who’s spent much time in the great outdoors, and chances are they have a favorite campfire recipe.

There’s nothing quite like sharing a meal around a crackling campfire on a cold winter evening to bring people together.  Even familiar recipes just taste better when they’re prepared over open flames and eaten in the fresh, outdoor air. And the simple acts of preparing and sharing a campfire meal creates a sense of camaraderie that lasts long after the last embers lose their glow.

Although there’s nothing wrong with the standard fare of hot dogs and beans, we’ve assembled some easy and delicious campfire recipes that will take it to the next level.

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
                                                                                   – Harriet Van Horne

Let’s start with some easy main courses and side dishes that will have people coming back for seconds.

Simple and Delicious Campfire Recipes

Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in Foil

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Tender, flavorful chicken in sweet barbecue sauce and cooked on the grill inside foil packed with zucchini, bell peppers and asparagus.  Easy to prepare and minimal clean up.  A healthy, calorie-conscious and inexpensive meal that’s ready in 35 minutes including prep and cook time.  Get the recipe here.

Loaded Campfire Potatoes

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When it comes to campfire recipes, aluminum foil is your best friend.  This quick and easy recipe can be prepared ahead of time and transported to your event in a cooler.  Best of all, clean up is as easy as crumple and toss!  Get the recipe here.

Campfire Pizza Nachos

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This simple, inexpensive campfire recipe combines two all-time crowd pleasing dishes in one, easy to prepare meal that can be seasoned and garnished to suit any taste. Great for large groups. Get the recipe here.

No dinner is complete without dessert.  And when it comes to campfire meals, that means s’mores.  Here are a few delicious and creative twists on this traditional favorite.

Campfire Apple S’more Nachos

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If you’re counting calories, skip the marshmallows and chocolate, and simply grill apple slices sprinkled with lemon juice and cinnamon. This is a guiltless twist on a classic recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth.  Get the recipe here.

S’mores Campfire Cones

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Do you love s’mores but hate the sticky fingers and mess they make?  Here’s an ingenious campfire recipe that’s perfect for younger campers.  Get the recipe here.

S’more-tini Shooters

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Made with chocolate liqueur and vodka, topped with a toasted marshmallow, this recipe is guaranteed to warm you up on those cold nights around the campfire.  Get the recipe here.

Do you have a favorite campefire recipe?  Please share it with us in the comments below.

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