Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire is a classic camping treat, but foil-pack fajitas, loaded baked potatoes and campfire beans are other quintessential choices. Banana boats, campfire cones and baked apples are essential camping desserts.
For campfire cooking, it often helps to do most of the prep work at home. Place prepared foil packs in the cooler. When you're ready to cook dinner, all you have to do is place them over hot coals. For the fajitas, cube steak or chicken, and mix the pieces with sliced peppers, onions and mushrooms. Drizzle with your favorite marinade, wrap the mixture in foil, and seal the edges. Bring tortillas, cheese, guacamole and other fixings to assemble the fajitas. Bake the potatoes the same way, and bring a selection of ham, cheese, sour cream and other toppings to finish them.
Cowboy beans are best when cooked in a Dutch oven, claims the website Everyday Dutch Oven. Heat the oven over hot coals too cook a few slices of bacon, some sliced smoked sausage and a chopped onion. Then, arrange the coals to form a ring around the cast iron pot, and add one 15-ounce can each of lima beans, kidney beans and baked beans mixed with 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/3 cup brown sugar, a pinch of salt, and 2 teaspoons each of cider vinegar and mustard. Cook until heated through.
Campfire cones are empty ice cream cones filled with marshmallows, chocolate chips, nuts and other toppings. Wrap them in foil, and cook over coals until warm and melted. Banana boats are similar. Split the banana in half lengthwise, stuff it with toppings, wrap, and bake. To make baked apples, remove the core, and fill the space with cinnamon and sugar. Wrap with foil, and bake over coals.