Fall is my favorite time of the year and the cooler weather make it a perfect time to start baking and making delicious comfort foods to keep you warm. Here are some of my favorite fall recipes that are great to make at the campground.
Campfire Macaroni & Cheese
This macaroni & cheese recipe can be prepared at home and heated over then campfire for a low maintenance meal.
- 7 oz pkg elbow macaroni
- 1 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup cream
- 3 Tablespoons cold butter
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Let cool.
- Stir your cream into your pasta.
- Add the cheese and butter cubes.
- Stir in salt and pepper to taste.
- Spray your foil pans with nonstick cooking spray.
- Pour your prepared pasta into the pans (or single large pan, if using)
- Cover with aluminum foil (sprayed with cooking spray) or another foil pan (also sprayed) and seal well.
- Store in the fridge or cooler until ready to cook.
- Cook above hot coals (about 3 inches above) for 10-12 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Don’t forget to pack your slow cooker for this one. It makes for an easy meal when you are away from the campground all day hiking and exploring, you can come make to a warm meal all ready for you to enjoy. Again this can be prepared at home ahead of time for less prep time at the campground.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion chopped
- 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 bell peppers red, yellow or orange, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chili powder see note
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the onion to the pan and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
- Add the ground beef in the pan and cook until browned, crumbling with a spoon or spatula.
- Add the garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the contents of the skillet to the slow cooker.
- Add the bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, tomato paste, broth and diced tomatoes to the slow cooker. Stir.
- Gently stir in the kidney beans and black beans.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
- Serve chili with toppings as desired.
Apple nachos provide a quick and healthy snack while at the campsite. I love to make these in the fall when apples are fresh and in season locally. It’s a fun fall activity to go apple picking and then make this yummy treat.
- 2 apples, cut into thin slices
- 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter melted
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips melted
- 1 handful of chocolate chips for sprinkling
- Arrange apple slices on a plate.
- Drizzle melted peanut butter over apple slices with a spoon, and do the same with the melted chocolate.
- Sprinkle handful of chocolate chips over the plate as topping.
- Serve immediately.
Pulled Pork Quesadillas
Perfect for lunch or dinner, these pulled pork quesadillas are delicious! I love to cook them on the stove top of our outdoor kitchen. They also cook well on a Blackstone or griddle.
- 2 tablespoons oil more if needed
- 2 cups pork shoulder smoked, sliced or pulled
- 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
- 1 and ½ cup cheese of cheddar and colby
- 8 6-inch flour tortillas
- sour cream, avocados, onions, and/or salsa for dipping and garnishes
- Coat the bottom of a non-stick skillet with a thin layer of oil.
- Heat the pan over medium heat. I build my quesadilla on the pan. This goes fast so have all your ingredients prepped and ready.
- Place one tortilla on the pan. Top with cheese, sliced or shredded pork, onions, etc, top with another layer of cheese, complete with another tortilla.
- Cook each quesadilla on each side until they are crispy and browned about 2 minutes per side.
- Slice each quesadilla and serve.
I hope you enjoy these amazing recipes. For more of our favorite recipes you can check out our camp cooking board on Pinterest. We would love it if you would share your favorite fall camping recipes in the comments or if you tried on of these recipes let us know how it turned out.