Fire is a versatile survival asset – Here’s a list of things you can cook over it
04/27/2020 // Arsenio Toledo // Views

Cooking over an open flame shouldn't be regarded as a novelty, especially for preppers. Learning how to build a campfire with some tinder, kindling and firewood is an invaluable skill, especially if you're out camping. During these moments, the communal campfire will be the only thing around you that can reliably cook food – and you will need to keep your belly full during your hike. Here are 10 things that you can cook over a campfire. (h/t to

Baked potatoes

By wrapping several potatoes in tinfoil, you can make a delicious bunch of baked potatoes over a campfire. If you want to enhance your meal, you can stuff them with some healthy ingredients, such as onions, mushrooms, garlic and some chicken. Be sure to stuff your potatoes before you get to the camp, so that all you have to do by the time the fire is roaring is simply place your tinfoiled potatoes on it.

Stuffed bell peppers

Similar to baked potatoes, with the right ingredients your stuffed bell peppers can serve as the main course of your meal. Hollow it out and pack it with some rice, ground beef and an assortment of other vegetables before you head out to the campsite. Wrap them in tinfoil and place them in the fire's hot embers. Alternatively, if somebody in the camp has a Dutch oven, you can place the stuffed bell peppers in there for 30 to 45 minutes.


Kebabs are simple to do if you're out camping recreationally. You can pack some wooden skewers and some ingredients and assemble them as soon as you get to camp.

Corn on the cob

Flame grilled corn on the cob is a simple, but delicious meal. All you'll need is some fresh ears of corn, shuck them, wrap them in tinfoil and place them on the hot embers of your campfire for 20 to 30 minutes. Once it's done, take it out of the fire and enjoy. If you have some salt and pepper, feel free to season it. You can even eat with a chunk of healthy butter.


Campfire griddle cakes

If you or someone in your campsite happens to have a cast-iron skillet, you can make a delicious batch of griddle cakes. All you need is to whip up some batter in your home and bring it with you to the campsite in a container. Make sure you have plates and utensils with you, as these aren't easy to eat with your hands.


A well-prepared steak can be a fantastic meal. Grab a healthy piece of rib eye from your local natural grocer, rub a fresh clove of garlic onto the steak, season it with some Himalayan salt and coat it with some olive oil before putting it onto your grill or cast-iron pan. (Related: Ever wonder why your steak is served with a salad? The nutrients in the salad help you digest the nutrients in the meat.)


With a pizza stone, you can make a delicious, healthy pizza over your campfire. Pack some fresh pizza dough into your bag and fill it up with all the toppings you want as soon as you get to the camp. You can even gather some ingredients from the nearby wilderness if you're feeling a little adventurous.

Egg and sausage taquitos

With some tortillas, eggs and sausages, you can make a simple, delicious breakfast meal that everybody in the camp will definitely enjoy. This delicious and filling meal can give you the boost you need to start your day. Cook up some sausages and eggs, wrap them up in tortillas you warmed up on a skillet, griddle of cast iron pan and season them with salt and pepper.

Blueberry orange muffins

You can also enjoy dessert in your campsite. All you'll need is some muffin mix and a bunch of oranges. Mix water and muffin mix, and then spoon the solution into empty orange halves. Wrap these mini muffins in a double layer of tinfoil and set them in a warm section of the coals. Let them cook for eight to 10 minutes before taking them out of the coals, unwrapping them and enjoying your healthy dessert.


S'mores are also a very easy dessert to make over a campfire. Your whole family can enjoy a hot serving of these old campfire favorites in minutes. All you'll need are some crackers, marshmallows, chocolates and any other additions you might want to pile into your s'mores. You can try them with fruits, peanut butter or other ingredients.

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