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Try Our Favorite Campfire Recipes

If you’re planning an epic camping trip with the fam and are wondering: “What foods can you make on a campfire?”, you’re in for a treat. We have some fun campfire recipes for you to try. With a personal outdoor campfire pit at each and every cabin, you can cook to your heart’s content no matter which of our rustic and comfortable accommodations you choose. There are a variety of cabins for couples and families, as well as pet-friendly cabins for those that want to bring their fur friends along for the trip. The flexible accommodations also make our spacious and private Illinois cabins a great place for your family reunion. Scroll on for our favorite foods to cook over a campfire…



Campfire Grilled Nachos

This crowd pleaser can be cooked over a campfire or on a grill, is easy to customize to accommodate various tastes or dietary restrictions, and can feed quite a few people. You can even cook it using multiple trays to keep some toppings separate if some in the group don’t eat meat, can’t deal with spicy peppers, etc. Use corn tortillas for a gluten-free version. Use a foil pan or a cast-iron skillet. The possibilities are endless, and the results are delish.
Recipe Credit: Diana Hansen, Let’s Camp Smore



Campfire Breakfast Scrambler

Like Campfire Nachos, this gluten-free recipe is easy to customize for any food allergies or preferences as well. While this one is also great for those wanting a low-carb option with eggs and bacon or sausage (or both), you can also make a vegetarian version with eggs and potatoes, green onions, tomatoes, etc. Crack and whisk the eggs, chop the remaining ingredients, throw them in the pan and check every once in a while until cooked. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Recipe Credit: Tammi Roy, My Managed Chaos

Campfire Ham & Cheese Sandwiches

Throw some deli ham and provolone or Swiss cheese and mustard on some Hawaiian rolls, top with melted butter and brown sugar, wrap in foil (or wrap with all natural cedar wraps if you want to avoid tin foil) and toss onto the coals for a rich, melty, sweet and savory treat. Simply omit the ham for a vegetarian grilled cheese version.
Recipe Credit: Deborah Harroun, Taste & Tell

Campfire Apple Pie Packets

No baking expertise is needed for this easy campfire dessert! Just combine chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch (if you have it) and a crumbly oat and brown sugar topping. Wrap in foil, grill over the campfire, let it cool and enjoy!
Recipe Credit: Christi Johnstone, Love From The Oven

Campfire Mac and Cheese

Skip the processed, boxed version, and make this more wholesome mac and cheese, with cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan for a richer flavor. While gluten-free pasta used to taste like cardboard, there are now much more decent gluten-free pastas (even fresh pasta!) available that would allow you to accommodate that particular dietary restriction. Add smoked sausage, grilled onions and jalapenos, or bell peppers for a complete and balanced meal.
Recipe Credit: Lauren’s Latest

Campfire Sweet Potatoes & Marshmallows

Combine a holiday favorite with a campfire twist, when you cook sweet potatoes in foil on the grill or over the coals, then mash and top with butter, cinnamon and salt, as well as perfectly toasted marshmallows.
Recipe Credit: KOA Blog

Cozy Up in Comfortable Cabins

After all the cooking and eating, everyone is sure to be ready for a good night’s sleep. Book any of our comfortable family-friendly Cabins near Chicago, and add on our Campfire & Memories Lodging Package when booking to step-up your nostalgic cabin getaway. Enjoy all the fixins’ for s’mores and popcorn, along with fire starters and a bundle of firewood to use in your personal outdoor bonfire pit. Toss your Kishauwau frisbee around on your fabulous family getaway, and snuggle up in our signature blanket around the campfire, both yours to take home!

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