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Frugal Campfire Recipes

Easy Recipes to Make on Your Next Camping Trip


Everything tastes better when you're camping, and these frugal dishes are no exception. Give one or all of them a try, and you're sure to earn rave reviews from your fellow campers.

1. Frittata

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Frittatas cook up quickly and easily over the campfire or on a camp stove. Bring a cast iron pan and a few ingredients, and you'll have all the makings for a tasty breakfast or dinner.

2. Vegetarian Chili

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Chili is the guaranteed winner when it comes to filling up hungry campers on the cheap. Just toss all of the ingredients into a Dutch oven, and relax while the fire cooks your dinner to frugal perfection.

3. Stuffed Peppers

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Stuffed peppers are another great option if you're looking to satisfy your campers after a long day of hiking and other camp activities. For a truly easy dinner, just cut and seed the peppers, and declare it a Stuff-Your-Own Pepper Night.

4. Pudding in a Bag

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Turn dessert over to the kids with this pudding recipe that mixes up in a plastic storage bag. It'll mean fun for the kids and no dishes for you – a real win-win for tired campers.

5. Banana Boats

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Camp desserts always taste best when smothered with melted marshmallows and chocolate. Try banana boats for a fun alternative to s'mores, and watch the smiles form on your little campers' faces.

6. Chocolate Éclairs

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Éclairs are fun to eat, and even more fun to cook over a campfire. Treat your crew to an ooey gooey dessert that goes beyond the typical camp fare.

7. Kettle Corn

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Kettle corn is the perfect sweet and salty treat. Add a kettle to your camp list, and you can make up a batch in minutes.
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