Fall Camping Recipes To Try This Season
Fall is a beautiful season, but it does come with some cooler weather. If you’re looking for ways to eat well and stay warm, you may want to explore some fall camping recipes that can be made over a campfire.
Fall has some of the best flavors and it’s the perfect season for enjoying some warm, hearty food. There are lots of options available to you (especially if you travel in an RV with an oven). But campfire cooking is a staple of camping, and many people have come up with innovative ways to cook their favorite meals outdoors.
These recipes cover every meal of the day, from breakfast to dessert. You can make these meals with simple cooking tools like a dutch oven, cast-iron skillet, and tin foil. Some of them can even be adapted to cook on a skewer over the flames! Read on to find your new autumnal favorites.
Pumpkin French Toast
Let’s start this post out with a classic fall flavor: pumpkin! This is a great flavor that can pair well with sweet or savory recipes. In this case, we’ll be enjoying some French toast with a bit of pumpkin to complement it.
You can easily cook French toast over a fire if you have a cast iron skillet. Just melt some butter in the pan before you start and add more as necessary.
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp. pumpkin spice blend (or a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves)
- 1/2 loaf of sliced bread
Beat the eggs, milk, puree, and spices together. If the mix is too thick for your taste, add a bit more milk to thin it out. Next, dip the bread into the mixture, and thoroughly coat both sides. Drop it into the cast iron skillet and toast both sides.
Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar, fresh berries, whipped cream, or any other toppings you enjoy. If you don’t have a skillet, you can also cut the bread into smaller chunks and cook them skewer-style! This is an easy and delicious way to celebrate the beginning of fall.
Quiche is a great camping dish because it can be eaten for any meal of the day. I personally love to have it for breakfast, but it also makes a great lunch or dinner.
Most quiches have a baked crust, but this can be hard to pull off when you’re cooking over a campfire. Because of this, we’ve provided a crust-free quiche recipe. This is primarily an egg-based dish, but you can add or remove any of the mix-ins to suit your preference.
Some people love ham and cheese quiches, while others might enjoy spinach and mushrooms, and so on. It’s a versatile recipe that can be adapted to suit your personal tastes. It’s best to cook this in a dutch oven because it prevents burning and can seal in the moisture and steam as it cooks.
- 9 large eggs
- 1/4 cup milk or light cream
- 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (depending on your preference)
- Chopped add-ins of your choice (onions, mushrooms, spinach, sausage, peppers, tomatoes, etc)
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons of butter
Mix all the ingredients together (except the cheese and butter). Break up the egg yolks and mix everything thoroughly. Melt the butter in the base of the dutch oven and pour in the egg mixture. Cover the top with tin foil and cook for 3-5 minutes (or until the top has cooked).
Remove from heat, top with shredded cheese, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Once the cheese has melted, serve the quiche. This is one of the best fall camping recipes because you can tweak it and create your own personal mix of toppings.
Nothing beats a warm and fluffy baked potato! These are also super easy to make and will be a delicious and filling meal for everyone in your group.
- 1-2 medium potatoes for everyone in your group
- 1 stick of softened butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Baked potato toppings (shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, onions, chives, etc)
All you need to do is wash the potatoes and poke a few holes in them with a fork. Then rub the softened butter over the surface and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap each potato in 2 layers of tin foil, and place them in the embers of the campfire.
Check potatoes after 30 minutes. If they are soft enough, remove them from the heat and serve. If they need a bit more time, you can cook them for up to 1 hour. Garnish them with your preferred toppings, and dig in!
Nothing says fall like a bubbling batch of delicious chili. Soup, stew, and chili are popular fall camping recipes and they are easy to make over a campfire.
Chili is particularly hearty and can be enjoyed with a side of dutch oven cornbread or some chips/crackers. This recipe can be made in a dutch oven, and it’s best if you set it on a grate above the fire.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can corn
- 1 large onion
- 1 large bell pepper
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 large can of V8 vegetable juice (or 1 pint of vegetable stock)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
You don’t need to use every ingredient in this list if it’s too complicated. The basics you absolutely need are the beef, vegetable juice, beans, and some spices. You can also substitute the types of beans you use.
To begin, cook the beef in the dutch oven. Stir it until it’s been thoroughly browned. Then chop the onion, pepper, jalapeno, and add them to the mix. Cook until everything is softened, then add the rest of the ingredients (except for the shredded cheese). Don’t drain the juices from the canned ingredients because these will add more juice and flavor to the mix!
Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 2 hours. Serve the chili and top it with shredded cheese and any other add-ins you enjoy.
Tin Foil Apple Crisp
Now let’s talk about dessert! Warm and delicious apple crisp is one of my all-time favorite fall camping recipes. It’s sweet, juicy, and melts in your mouth. It’s easy to make this tasty treat with some tin foil and a campfire.
- 4 medium apples
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 stick of melted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup granola (or quick oats)
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
Lay out your tin foil sheets and bend the edges so they can hold the ingredients. Chop the apples into thin slices and sprinkle them with sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice. Drizzle the maple syrup over the apples.
Mix the butter, brown sugar, flour, granola, and nuts together until they form a crumbly mixture. Add this mixture on top of the apples and close the tin foil wrapping. Place them over the fire or in the embers and cook for 15-20 minutes. Open them up and top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
This is an absolutely delicious fall treat that is sure to delight everyone in your group.
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