Fall camping is an amazing experience. The colors of the leaves make the woods feel more magical than ever, hiking is made more interesting as the animals busy themselves with preparing for winter, and huddling around the campfire is one of the coziest things a person can do on a chilly autumn evening.
Of course, you will need to eat while snuggling around the fire. Fortunately, with fall comes a bounty of delicious foods. This means there are plenty of tasty fall-inspired food options to choose from, and many of these are perfect for making over an open fire. Below are some of our favorite fall-inspired campfire recipes for you to choose from.
1. Apple Pie Pockets
Open up a loaf of white bread and place a slice on one side of a greased pie iron. Place a spoonful of apple pie filling on top of the bread and top with another slice of bread. Close the iron and cook over the open flame. When the pie is done, remove from the iron and top with ice cream.
2. Pumpkin S’mores
Using a long stick, roast 2 marshmallows over the campfire until golden brown. Place both marshmallows on one half of a graham cracker. Top the marshmallow with half of a milk chocolate bar. On the second graham cracker half, add a smear of pumpkin butter and use this to complete the sandwich. Enjoy!
3. Super Simple Chili
After browning 1 lb of ground beef (with 1 onion if desired), place 2 cans of tomato juice, 2 cans of beans, and a packet of chili seasoning in a large pot. Let boil and then simmer over the fire for about 40 minutes. Serve with cheese and crackers or cornbread.
4. Pumpkin Pancakes
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 egg, ¼ cup milk, 2 cups Bisquick, ½ cup pumpkin pie filling. Pour batter in 4–5 inch circles in a hot cast iron skillet and allow to cook over the fire. Flip the pancakes when the edges start to brown, and remove them from the pan when the second side is golden brown in color. Top with maple syrup and pecans and serve with a side of bacon.
5. Roasted Apples
Use an apple slicer to slice and core an apple. Keeping the apple slices together in their original shape, transfer them to a square of foil. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the slices, and fill the middle of the apple with about 1 tablespoon of butter. Wrap the foil around the entire apple and place in the hot coals from a campfire. Turn after five minutes, and enjoy after about ten minutes.
6. Cranberry Turkey Sandwich
Butter two pieces of bread and place them butter side down in a pie iron (a cast iron skillet can also be used). Top one slice of bread with sliced turkey and your favorite cheese. Close the iron and cook the sandwich until golden. Open up the sandwich and top off with a smear of cranberry sauce and dig in. Or, add some lettuce, avocado, or other veggies for a more gourmet treat!
7. Easy Vegetable Soup
Grab a large pot and throw in 1 can of chicken broth, 1 diced potato, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can tomato juice, and 1 cup of each of the following: sliced carrots, diced celery, corn kernels, chopped fresh green beans, and water. Bring mixture to a boil over the campfire and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and creole seasoning to taste. Enjoy with crackers.
Building your camping meals using these simple recipes is sure to put you in the fall-time spirit as you reconnect with family, friends, and nature as you adventure this chilly season. So what are you waiting for? Head to the grocery store, pack up the camper, and get ready to make some fabulous autumn memories!