10 Kid Friendly Camping Recipes

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There is nothing better than a camping adventure filled with laughter, stunning views and fun – except the food enjoyed together around the campfire! For your next family excursion, try out these easy, kid-friendly camping recipes that will not only please the kiddos, but will leave everyone’s taste buds partying in the woods.

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Campfire Dessert Burritos

Roll up a deliciously gooey burrito, filled with nothing but sweetness!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Assorted pie fillings
  • Peanut butter
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Flour tortilla wraps

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Tin foil, tongs, utensils, cooking grate

INSTRUCTIONS:

Assemble the burrito with desired toppings, starting with the spreads. Carefully fold in the ends of the burritos and roll to close to keep all the gooey ingredients inside. Take a piece of tin foil and wrap up the burrito. Place it on the cooking grate over the campfire for five minutes. Remove with a pair of tongs and allow to cool before enjoying.


Reese’s PB Smores

Merge the best of both worlds with a simple twist on a traditional camping treat.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Roasting stick

INSTRUCTIONS:

Lay out two pieces of graham crackers and unwrap one regular Reese’s peanut butter cup. Toast the marshmallow to desired likeness. Place on top of graham cracker, top with the Reese’s peanut butter cup and the final graham cracker piece.


Crunchy Bag Tacos

It’s a fiesta in the woods! These tacos are not only tasty, but conveniently mess-free.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Mini bags of Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • Browned taco meat
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Tomatoes (optional)
  • Lettuce (optional)

TOOLS NEEDED: Scissors, utensils

INSTRUCTIONS:
Lightly squeeze a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos to break up the chips. Cut open the bag and top the chips with warmed, pre-cooked taco meat. Generously sprinkle in shredded cheddar cheese and top with any desired toppings. Dig in!


Fruity Campfire Cones

It’s fruity and sweet – and makes the very best treat! Forget the ice cream, these cones are meant for sticky camping sweetness.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Waffle cones
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Fresh fruit (berries & bananas)

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Tin foil, tongs, cooking grate

INSTRUCTIONS:

Fill a waffle cone with the desired toppings. One filled, wrap the cone securely in tin foil and place on a cooking grate. Cook for five minutes and allow ingredients to melt. Be sure to cool before enjoying. 


Stuffed French Bread Pizza Hoagie

Enjoy pizza night from around the crackling campfire with these toasty loaf pizzas!

INGREDIENTS:

  • French bread loaf
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Jar of pizza sauce
  • Pizza toppings of choice
  • Oregano (optional)

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Tin foil, tongs, knife

INSTRUCTIONS:

Slice the end off one side of a french bread loaf but put that piece aside. Tear out the inner pieces of the bread loaf, keeping the outer side intact. Once hollowed, layer sauce, cheese, oregano and pizza toppings of your choice. Finish with a cheese layer and by replacing the cut end of the bread. Roll tightly in tin foil and place over a cooking grate for ten minutes, turning halfway through.


Hot Iron Ham & Cheese Sammy

Feast on this savory and cheesy classic, perfectly toasted by the flickering fire.

INGREDIENTS:

  • White or wheat bread
  • Muenster cheese slices
  • Sliced honey ham
  • Butter

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Pie iron or tin foil and cooking grate

INSTRUCTIONS:

Butter both sides of the bread slices and place a slice of cheese and ham in-between. Place the sandwich in a pie iron for five minutes over the fire, turning mid-way through or wrap in tin foil and place over cooking grate for equal time.


Teddy on the Trail Mix

Go exploring – don’t go hungry! This sweet and salty mix will send everyone’s taste buds on an adventure. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Teddy grahams
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Cheerios
  • Dried fruits
  • Mini pretzels
  • M&M’s

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Storage bag or container

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix the desired dry ingredients together and store in an air-tight bag or container. Hit the trails!


Apple Skillet Fries

Who can resist this healthy, gluten-free favorite? Great for on the go, these sweetly-spiced fries make for a great snack or family dessert.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Apples
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Whipped cream (optional)

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Cast-iron skillet, oven mitt, mixing bowl

INSTRUCTIONS:

Peel and slice apples in any variety (Fuji and Granny Smith are the best!) Heat the skillet with several chunks of butter over the campfire. In a bowl, mix a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon and toss with the apple slices. Place in the skillet and cook until semi-tender, occasionally turning the slices. Remove from fire – caution, the skillet will be hot! Serve warm with a side of whipped cream to dip, if desired.


Sunny Morning Bag Omelets

Start the day with these easy and delicious pre-prepped omelets! For easiest serving, label each omelet bag with family members names.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Eggs
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cooked sausage (optional)
  • Chopped veggies (optional)
  • Salt & pepper

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Thick storage bag, cooking pot, utensils, mixing bowl, whisk

INSTRUCTIONS:

Whisk eggs in a bowl and add a dash of salt and pepper. Add in pre-cooked meats or chopped veggies of your choice. Place mixture in a thick storage bag, seal well and keep cold. When ready to cook, sprinkle cheese inside the bag, shake and re-seal. Boil a pot of water over the campfire and place the omelet bag with the seam-side up. Boil until the egg solidifies. Remove from the water, open the bag to briefly allow it to cool before eating.


This article first appeared in our magazine, Sprout, April 2019. Learn more here.

Sprout Fox Cities Magazine

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