The leaves are starting to change, the apples are ripening, cider is flowing, football has begun, and that means, time for camping and campfire cooking. Fall is the perfect time of the year for those outdoor activities and some good old fashioned family time. When you go on your next trip, or maybe you just set up in the backyard; here are some fabulous recipes that will make it not only memorable but delicious. Do be sure to invest in a good set of cast iron pots so that you can cook directly over your campfire or in the case of a Dutch oven, right in the coals.
But what if it’s just too cold to camp out where you live? No worries! You can make most of these recipes on the top of your stove or in your oven.
20 BEST Campfire Recipes for Fall
- Campfire Apple Crisp by BS in the Kitchen – it looks a bit of a mess, but kids will love making their own fruit crisp – use whatever fruit you like and add the crumbly topping for a great dessert cooked in the fire.
- Campfire Cinnamon Roll-ups by Almost a Supermom – a can of crescent rolls are wrapped around sticks, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and roasted over the fire.
- Grilled Banana Smore’s by 365ishpins – in the 1960’s, we called these Banana Boats, and every Blue Bird or Campfire Girl made these every summer.
- Smore’s Nachos by Klein Worth Co. – an impressive looking skillet dessert created by The Creative Bite.
- Loaded Campfire potatoes by Twin Dragon Fly Designs – super easy recipe! Potatoes, bacon, green onions, cheese, and sour cream – yum!
- Dutch Oven Corn on the Cob by Grace Garden and Homestead – the easiest way to cook corn! Just one hour on the fire.
- Slow Cooked Dutch Oven Baked Beans by Martha Stewart – Martha’s recipe is cooked on the stove, but you could recreate it at the campground or make it ahead and reheat it in the coals to feed your hungry crowd.
- Oatmeal with the Works by My Recipes – make ahead and cook onsite or a super fast and hearty breakfast.
- Campfire Breakfast Potatoes by Dirty Gourmet – you’ll need a large cast iron skillet to make up enough of these to satisfy everyone! Potatoes, onions, and peppers with a little heat from a jalapeno.
- Campfire French Toast by This Lil Piglet – a loaf of bread is wrapped in foil, covered in egg mixture, and then “baked” in the fire. If you can’t find the egg product the recipe calls for, make your own with eggs, salt, pepper, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Devin’s Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls by Fav Family Recipes – Frozen bread dough is the basis of this sweet recipe. Bake it in the oven or fire coals.
- Campfire Dutch Oven Chili by Serious Eats – You know it’s going to be good when Canelli beans, pork shoulder, and chorizo sausage are in the pot!
- Dutch Oven Mac & Cheese by Munchin with Munchkin – the pasta is precooked at home and the cheese sauce made on site. If you’ve never made mac & cheese from scratch, try this at home first.
- 7 Can Soup in a Pot by The Pioneer Woman – 7 cans of whatever beans, veggies, or chili of your choice all dumped into a pot and topped with cheese.
- Mexican Dutch Oven Lasagna by Culinary Musings – layers of ground beef, corn, cheese, and more between corn tortillas – an excellent layered one-pot dish.
- Campfire Pizza Nachos by Cooking with Janica – you’re going to want to make this incredible recipe in a large cast iron skillet. These are not your typical nachos. These have a garlic cream sauce, pepperoni, and cheese on top of tortilla chips.
- Cajun Style Grilled Foil Packets by Favorite Family Recipes – An entire meal in foil means easy clean-up! Corn on the cob, red potatoes, shrimp, and sausage are featured.
- Grilled Pineapple Chicken Foil Packs by Le Creme de la Crumb – cook it on the grill or in the coals of your campfire. Chicken, peppers, pineapple, and onions in a savory teriyaki sauce.
- Foil Pack Bruschetta Chicken Bake by Kraft Recipes – a filling meal of chicken breasts, stuffing mix, and bruschetta toppings.
- BBQ Dutch oven Chicken & Potatoes by Clarks Condensed – bacon, chicken breasts, onions, potatoes, and BBQ sauce simmered in a Dutch Oven – so easy and so delicious!
Must Have Products for Great Campfire Recipies and Dutch Oven Cooking
The most important part of creating fantastic food on the campfire is a great dutch oven. Don’t skimp when picking out your cast iron, you’ll own it for life as long as you take care of it correctly. I’m partial to Lodge products so I recommend the Lodge Outdoor 6-quart Dutch Oven or Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven (5-Quart) if you’ll be cooking in the coals. Both of these have cast iron feet to help keep your food from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan. If you’re an indoor cook, Lodge 5-quart Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Dutch Oven or Lodge Island Spice Red Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Both of these work beautifully both on top of the stove and in the oven. If your pan isn’t pre-seasoned, check out our easy to follow How to Season a Cast Iron Pan post.
Don’t want to clean your pan after cooking? Purchase Dutch oven foil liners that lift out and can be tossed for super simple cleanup. Silicone liners are available, but I try to avoid them. You can also pick up a great dutch oven recipe book so you can take advantage of the new cast iron cookware you’ve added to your kitchen or camping gear.