Snuggle up to the campfire and embrace the new season with one of these comforting fall camping meals.
One of the things we love the most about fall camping is – surprise – the food! Warm, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs meals that feature seasonal ingredients like apples, squash, sweet potato, and of course pumpkin!
Fall camping is also the time of year when we really start to enjoy cooking over a campfire. On a hot summer’s night, a campfire can seem a little much. But when there is a slight chill in the air, the ambient heat from a campfire can really enhance the experience. Add in a warm beverage and a comfy sweater, and things start to feel downright cozy.
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Fall Camp Cooking Tips
There are a lot of things to love about fall camping, but there are also a few things you will want to be prepared for. Here are a few of our camp cooking tips for fall.
- One pot, Dutch oven, and foil packet meals are great for fall camping. They are a great way to make warm and hearty meals without a ton of clean-up at the end of the evening!
- Prep what you can at home ahead of time—since the days are shorter you’ll want meals to come together quickly.
- Plan for meals to take a little longer than usual. The cold air and any wind will likely impact your cooking times.
- It’s a good idea to bring a little extra fuel with you. We always find that we use more fuel whenever the weather is cold.
- Doubled walled insulated bottles, mugs, and bowls can make a huge difference when it’s cool outside. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or steaming bowl of soup for much longer, even when it’s brisk out.
Tender cheese-filled tortellini and spicy Italian sausage floating in a rich, luxurious broth, this quick and easy soup is one of the coziest meals we’ve ever made!
This hearty Italian bread salad features toasted baguette chunks, peppery arugula, apples, pecans, cranberries, and goat cheese – with a maple vinaigrette.
Smoky, spicy, and immensely satisfying, this camp-friendly adaptation of red beans and rice is sure to bring the heat.
No Dutch oven required! You can make this delicious apple cobbler dessert right on your camp stove using an Omnia oven.
Pan-fried sweet potatoes, crumbled chorizo sausage, and diced scallions, this one-skillet breakfast is a perfect way to greet a crisp autumn morning.
This one-pot chili mac hits the spot like no other. 50% spicy chili, 50% mac & cheese, 100% satisfying.
This year, go all-in on pumpkin flavor with this triple pumpkin french toast. Combining pumpkin puree, pumpkin butter, and pumpkin spice, this breakfast is loaded with fall flavor.
This is peak comfort food. Hearty stripes of steak, browned mushrooms, filling egg noodles, and creamy sauce, this Beef Stroganoff recipe was developed to be made using just a single cast iron skillet.
An English muffin, fried egg, melted cheese, and a homemade apple maple sausage patty. This autumn-inspired breakfast sandwich pairs well with a hot cup of coffee and autumn’s crisp morning air!
Combining two of our favorite camping foods – chili and cornbread – into a single Dutch oven, this one-pot recipe does double duty while you sit back and enjoy the campfire.
What could be better than freshly baked, chewy, chocolatey Dutch oven Blondies for dessert?
Make the most of the apple harvest with these cinnamon pancakes topped with a brown sugar apple compote.
Nothing captures the spirit of fall like an Oktoberfest-inspired campfire dinner. A beer in one hand, a sauerkraut-laden bratwurst in the other. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
Apples, mulling spices, and a dash of warming bourbon, this spiked apple cider recipe is a cold-weather classic. Snuggle up to the campfire with this autumn cocktail and you’ll be in a warm and fuzzy mood all night long.
Bring a touch of fall to your morning with this sweet potato and apple breakfast hash. Combining sweet and savory, it’s a great autumn twist to a classic one-skillet breakfast.
Start your day off right by combining a morning campfire with his hearty Dutch oven Banana Bread. This quick bread is super easy to prepare and is ready in no time.
Cheesy, spicy, and oh so filling – these veggie-stuffed Dutch Oven Enchiladas are one of our campfire favorites.
Wrap a sweet potato in foil and toss it in the embers while you prepare a simple veggie chili. Combine the two together to create an iconic campfire classic.
Warm and spicy ginger apple cider is a great way to keep warm on a chilly autumn evening.
Shredded apples, caramelized onions, and sharp Vermont Cheddar, these fall-inspired hamburgers are a perfect way to capture the taste of autumn.
Sweet, savory, crispy, and saucy, this Dutch oven recipe for Chicken Marbella delivers a “gourmet” campfire experience but with hardly any of the work. The entire marinate can be made ahead of time, so when you’re at camp you just need to add everything to the pot!
Mulled wine is essentially the cold-weather version of sangria. Red wine, cinnamon sticks, ginger, maple syrup, and sliced oranges, simmered together over a campfire. Sounds lovely.
Fall is stew season. This one-pot sweet potato, chickpea, peanut stew will stick to your ribs and keep you warm all night long.
Tis’ the season!
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