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Camping with your family and need to organize the food? You are tired of hot dogs, but want something quick and simple? Check out this collection of easy campfire meals for families. They are perfect for tenting or backyard grilling.
When my boys were little we didn’t have a lot of money for vacations. We had access to a lakeside cottage at no cost and that worked well for us. Often the boys would set up a couple tents in the yard, roll out the sleeping bags and spend their days exploring. The best part was cooking meals over a campfire.
Food always tastes better when you’ve spent the days outdoors, and those meals shared around the fire are a wonderful part of my kid’s childhood memories. For some reason most kids love cooking meals over a fire.
ENJOY THESE CAMPFIRE RECIPES ANYWHERE
Does the thought of camping with kids fill you with trepidation? Why not have a backyard cookout? If that isn’t possible, take a day trip to a park that provides cooking fire pits. You’ll still have the shared experience of the cooking meals outside. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Packing up to go camping is a formidable task. For this reason, I created a free printable weekend meal planner and shopping list. It is a simple way for you to map out food for the weekend and make sure you have everything. Both are fully editable, so you can fill in the documents on your computer and then print. If you know you will have internet access, type in your menu and save the documents to your Google Drive for viewing on your phone.
11 EASY CAMPFIRE MEALS FOR FAMILIES
I’ve collected 11 delicious recipes that your family will love. They are easy to prepare in advance if you wish and cook up easily.
Camping tip: Don’t forget to stock up on heavy -duty tin foil.
Easy campfire meals: Breakfast Recipes
We want to start the day off right. These couldn’t get any easier.
1. Camp Fire French Toast
Look at this scrummy Campfire French Toast recipe. This is definitely one of those kid friendly foil packet recipes. The great thing is that you can make breakfast for the whole family in one go..
2. Camp Fire Toasted Cinnamon rolls
My kids would have loved cooking canned cinnamon rolls on a skewer. Do be sure to read all the tips on how to cook them evenly and keep them from falling into the fire YIKES!
Easy campfire meals: lunch
1. Campfire Pizza nachos
Didn’t think you could have nachos while camping?! Yes, you can! Everyone will love this kids friendly pizza nachos recipe!
2. Curly dogs
These hots with biscuit are classic favourite. All you have to do is wrap ready dough around your hot dog, add it to your roasting stick, and cook over your campfire. My boys loved this one!
Easy campfire meals: dinner
Try these kid friendly campfire dinners.
1. Shrimp foil packets
These Shrimp Boil Foil Packs is gourmet campfire cooking at its best. It’s easy to put together and sounds wonderful. I think this is something that would also do well on a BBQ.
2. Camping Pizza
My kids would eat pizza every day if they could. If your family is the same, this camping pizza recipe will be a hit!
3. Camping Quesadillas
Add all of your favourite toppings to these camping quesadillas, wrap in tinfoil and lay on the grate right over your campfire. The fire will melt everything together. Another easy peasy kid friendly foil packet recipe!
4. Campfire corn on the cob
Prepare your corn, wrap in heavy-duty tinfoil and add to the coals. This campfire corn on the cob is super easy. Don’t forget the butter YUM!
5. Baked Potatoes
When it comes to campfire cooking kids love to do it themselves. These Grilled Baked Potatoes are really easy to make.
Bonus recipe: If you are feeling really brave you can try cooking steak directly on the coals. What do you think? Will you give it a try?
Easy campfire meals: Dessert
No list of easy campfire meals for families would be complete without dessert. As my boys would say – we really can’t forget dessert can we?! These qualify as fun camping food
1. Baked campfire apples
While campfire dessert recipes usually mean smores, these baked campfire apples are sure to be a hit.
2. Banana boats
My boys loved campfire banana boats! You’ll need a spoon to eat these little campfire treats! Let everyone fill their boats with some of their favourite treats and wait by the campfire while it all melts together.
Here is a handy video in which a number of campfire desserts are tested and reviewed. Would that be a wonderful job?
OUTDOOR FIRE SAFETY
Here’s some safety tips and campfire rules from Smokey Bear. I would add these to help keep campfire cooking as safe as possible for your kids.
- Pull back and secure long hair with hairbands.
- Avoid loose flowing clothing (including bandanas and jewelry) near fire, or clothes that easily catch fire with a spark (synthetics)
- Create a safety circle around the campfire or grill.
- No running or playing near the campfire.
- Always supervise kids around a fire, and limit the number of kids close to the fire.
If you need tips on how to build a campfire, you can read this guide.
Here’s a helpful videos about making a camp fire with kids. It also includes some safety tips.
NEED SOME EASY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES?
Now you have the food sorted. Need ideas for some out door activities? Try
EXCLUSIVE BONUS : FREE OUTDOOR PLAY IDEAS
Now you have the food sorted. It is always helpful to have a few cool activities ready to go. I’ve created a sheet of play activities that are perfect for campgrounds. They don’t require any materials. All you need are natural materials found lying around any campground and lots of imagination. They are suitable for any age group. Download it into Google Drive or simply print it out to go.
Do you enjoy camping with your kids? What would you add to this list of easy campfire meals for families.