by Seth Walters
Every summer millions of families head to the mountains to spend time camping and relaxing with their families. A big part of getting ready to go camping is deciding what foods to bring along. Hot dogs and s’mores are popular options, but here are some fun new recipes that your whole family will enjoy.
If your family enjoys tacos, then they will really enjoy the camping version of this favorite recipe.
1 lb. ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
Black olives (optional)
Sour cream or ranch salad dressing
Single size servings of Fritos
You can either prepare the taco meat ahead of time or prepare it while you are camping. Brown the ground beef and add the taco seasoning and water according to the directions on the seasoning package. If you have prepared it ahead of time you will just need to heat it up again.
Set out the taco meat, shredded lettuce, grated cheese, black olives, and sour cream or ranch salad dressing.
Give each member of the family a bag of Fritos and have them make their own “walking taco” by adding the ingredients of their choice to their bag. All you need is a fork, and dinner is served!
Note: For an even easier meal, you can substitute warmed up chili for the taco meat.
These nachos are a great quick snack for camping trips. One recipe makes enough nachos for 2 to 3 people.
Black olives (optional)
To prepare this recipe you will also need aluminum pie pans and aluminum foil.
Arrange the tortilla chips, cheese, chili, and black olives in an aluminum pie pan. Cover with foil. Set the pan on a grill or in the coals of the campfire. Avoid direct heat or chips will burn quickly. You just want to heat them up until the cheese melts.
These banana boats make a fun camping dessert. Your kids will have a fun time helping make them.
Banana for each person
Butterscotch or chocolate chips
Slit open each banana, leaving about a half inch at each end of the banana. Carefully pull the peel apart, creating a “pocket” to put the goodies in.
Have each person place marshmallows and butterscotch or chocolate chips into their banana.
Wrap each banana in foil. These can be grilled on a barbecue or set in the coals of a campfire. Heat just until marshmallows have melted and enjoy.
This is a fun activity for older children. Younger children will need help from an adult.
To prepare this recipe you will need an orange for each person and one brownie mix.
Prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the package.
Cut the top 1/3 off each orange, setting the tops aside. Have everyone scoop out the insides of their orange, taking care not to rip the orange peel.
Fill each empty orange 2/3 full with prepared brownie mix. Carefully put the tops back on the oranges and wrap them in foil.
Place the oranges in the campfire coals and cover them completely with the coals to allow them to “bake”. Check oranges after 20 minutes to see if the brownies are completely baked.
Let cool for several minutes before serving.
Camping is a great time to try new recipes. The great outdoors has a way of making you work up an appetite. Get out there and go camping with your family, and try one of these fun, easy recipes today.
Seth Walters is a professional blogger that enjoys writing about Alabama deer hunting, fishing and camping. He writes for Patriot Riding and Retreat, the best place for hunting, camping and fishing in Alabama.