Campfire Nachos

Campfire Nachos

Campfire Nachos in a Dutch Oven over a campfire.

Recipe&photos by: Fresh Off the Grid

Campfire Nachos Ingredient Notes

↠ Cheese selection can be highly subjective, but we prefer a mix of Sharp Cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack blend. You can do this yourself or pick up a bag of Shredded Mexican Cheese.

↠ If you’re using fresh ingredients like chiles, onions, or uncooked meats, you’ll want to saute them first and make sure they’re cooked thoroughly before building your nachos.

↠ The fresher the ingredients the better your nachos will taste, but this meal can also rely heavily on canned pantry items like fire-roasted tomatoes, black beans, roasted green chiles, or black olives.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon neutral flavored oil
  • ½ lb tortilla chips
  • 1 (7.75 oz) can El Pato hot tomato sauceor equivalent
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beansdrained
  • 1 large avocadocubed
  • 4-5 green onionssliced
  • handful of fresh cilantrochopped
  • 1 small limecut into wedges

Instructions

  • Lightly oil the bottom of a large dutch oven, to prevent the nachos from sticking.
  • For the first layer, evenly spread ⅓ of the chips into the dutch oven, topped with ¼ can El Pato, ¼ can black beans, ¼ cup cheese, and a handful of avocado, green onions, and cilantro. Repeat for the second layer.
  • For the third and final layer, use the remaining ⅓ portion of chips, ½ can El Pato, ½ can black beans, ½ cup cheese, and the remaining avocado, onion, and cilantro.
  • Cover the dutch oven and place on a metal grill over your campfire for about 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Serve with the lime wedges.

Fall Inspired Recipes

Fall Inspired Recipes

 

 

 

 

Bourbon Spiked Apple Cider

 

Forest scene with two camping mugs of spiked apple cider with a bottle of bourbon in the background.

Recipe and picture by: Freshoffthegrid.com

Ingredients For Bourbon Spiked Apple Cider

Unfiltered Apple Juice: Not to be confused with spiced cider, which already has all the spices blended into it. Unfiltered apple juice is just cloudy looking apple juice. The ingredient list should say apple juice (and maybe water), but nothing else.

Cinnamon Sticks: Whole cinnamon sticks can be expensive at conventional grocery stores. We’ve found Trader Joe’s to have the best prices of all the chain-grocery stores. Many Mexican and Indian grocery stores will have them in bulk for super cheap.

Mulling Spices: You can assemble your own mulling spices using whole cloves, nutmeg, star anise, and allspice, but it can get expensive. We have found many grocery stores sell pre-mixed mulling spice blends, which can be far more affordable.

Orange: Orange in apple cider? Yes! The citric acid cuts through the sweetness of the cider and really brightens the drink up a lot.

Whiskey: We used bourbon for this recipe but rye bourbon, Irish whiskey, or Canadian whiskey would all work just fine. Use a good drinkable bottle, but not too good. There are a lot of flavors going on in this cocktail and a really nice whiskey will get lost in the sweetness and spices. Our go-to bourbon is Bulliet Bourbon. It’s relatively cheap and dangerously drinkable.

Essential Equipment

Insluated Mug: While the classic blue enamel camping mugs look cool in photos (guilty!), they don’t do a great job insulating from the heat, so your mug can be too hot to hold while your drink gets too cold to enjoy. An insulating mug would be a better choice. We recently picked up these Hydroflask insulated mugs and love them.

Pot: The size of the pot depends on the size of your group. Since it’s just the two of us, we use a small saucepan. If cooking over a campfire, a Dutch oven or large pot would be a good bet too.

Strainer: Unless you want to be drinking around floating cloves and star anise all night, then it’s a smart move to bring a strainer.

Ladle: If you’re using a large pot that would be too cumbersome to pour individual mugs, then you will want to ladle to the liquid out and into the strainer.

 

Five Can Chili

5 Can Campfire Chili

Recipe and picture by: freshoffthegrid.com

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onionchopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 14 oz can black beansdrained
  • 14 oz can red kidney beansdrained
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoeswith their juices
  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauceseeds removed (see below)
  • 12 oz can beerpreferably lager
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Instructions

  • Begin by prepping the chipotles. Most of the heat in the peppers are housed in the seeds and ribs, so we strongly recommend scraping out all of the seeds before adding the peppers to the chili, especially if using the entire can. Using a fork, remove the desired number of peppers from the can. Reserve the adobo sauce. Slice them open, and then using the back of your knife, scrape out and discard the seeds & ribs. Roughly chop the peppers and set them aside.
  • In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions and saute until they begin to soften and turn translucent. Add the drained kidney and black beans, tomatoes and their juices, chopped chipotles and the adobo sauce, beer, salt and spices. Stir to combine.
  • Cook the chili until thickened to your liking, about 20 minutes was perfect for us. Serve immediately with your choice of toppings (cheese, avocado, green onions, etc) and cornbread on the side!

Campfire Skillet Cornbread

Campfire Skillet Cornbread

Recipe and picture by: Freshoffthegrid.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornmealmedium grind
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk(if using dry powdered milk: 3 tbsp powder + 1 cup water)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon oil(we used coconut oil and loved it)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix the cornmealflourbaking powder, and salt to combine.
  • Add the milkegg, and honey to the dry ingredients. Mix with a fork until fully incorporated.
  • Over your campfire, heat the oil in your cast iron skillet. Swirl to coat the bottom (be sure to use something to protect you from the heat – the skillet will get very hot!). Pour the batter into the skillet, ensuring that it is in an even layer. Cover the skillet with foil, crimping the foil around the edges, or cover with a lid.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, then move off the head and let the bread rest (still covered) for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Cut into slices and enjoy with a big bowl of chili!

Easy S’mores Bars

Rich tasting s'mores bars with a traditional buttery graham cracker crust, thick chocolate ganache center and toasted marshmallow top.

Recipe and picture by: foodnessgracious.com

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE GANACHE

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

FOR THE CRUST

  • 4 ounces graham crackers whole
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus two teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly butter an 8×8 baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  • In a small pot warm the cream over a medium flame.
  • When the cream starts to bubble around the edges turn of the heat.
  • Add the chocolate chips and slowly stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until it becomes a thick and well combined.
  • Set the ganache aside to cool a little.
  • Crush the graham crackers to fine crumbs and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the sugar and melted butter.
  • Mix well until all of the graham crackers are moist.
  • Transfer the crumb mixture to the prepared baking pan and press the crumbs down gently with a cup or any flat bottomed vessel.
  • Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes and then let cool.
  • Once the crumbs are cool, pour the ganache on top of the crumbs and spread out evenly.
  • Place the pan in the fridge until the ganache becomes firm.
  • Place the marshmallows on top of the ganache making sure to cover as much of the ganache as you can. Pack the marshmallows in but keep them to one layer.
  • Place the pan under a preheated broiler and broil until the marshmallows turn toasted golden in color. Do not leave them because they only take a minute or less to brown.
  • Cut the bars into squares and serve at once or keep in the fridge for easier cutting later or next day.

Hump Day Recipes

Bacon-Chicken Club Pizza

Bacon-Chicken Club Pizza Recipe and photo by Taste of Home, found here

Ingredients

  • 1 prebaked 12-inch pizza crust
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices ready-to-serve fully cooked bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped

Directions

  • Place crust on an ungreased pizza pan. Combine cream cheese and shallot; spread over crust. Top with chicken, cheeses and bacon.
  • Bake at 425° until edges are lightly browned and cheese is melted, 12-15 minutes .
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, milk and dressing mix. Sprinkle lettuce and tomato over pizza; drizzle with dressing.
Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 444 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 939mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 28g protein.

Tex-Mex Chicken Strips

Tex-Mex Chicken Strips Recipe and photo by Taste of Home, found here

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely crushed corn chips
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 5 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a shallow bowl mix the first 6 ingredients. Place butter in a separate shallow bowl. Dip chicken in butter, then roll in crumb mixture to coat; press to adhere. Place chicken on a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake until a thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 165°, about 15 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time.
Test Kitchen tips

  • This chicken would taste great chopped and served over taco salad.
  • If you like dipping chicken strips, try these with salsa, guacamole, sour cream or ranch dressing.
Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked chicken: 258 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 351mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 28g protein.

Refried Bean Tostadas
Refried Bean Tostadas Recipe and  photo by Taste of Home, found here

Ingredients

  • 6 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa
  • 1 can (7 ounces) white or shoepeg corn, drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vegetarian refried beans, warmed
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream

Directions

  • In a large ungreased skillet, cook tortillas for 1-2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, saute mushrooms and zucchini in oil until crisp-tender. Add salsa and corn; cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
  • Spread refried beans over each tortilla; top with lettuce, salsa mixture, cheese, avocados, tomatoes and sour cream.
Nutrition Facts

1 tostada: 588 calories, 31g fat (10g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 1250mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 12g fiber), 19g protein.

 

 

Labor Day Recipes

Labor Day Recipes!

 

Taco Dogs 

Recipe by: Good Housekeeping, found here

Ingredients

8 oz. ground beef sirloin
1 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 c. salsa verde
hot dogs
hot dog buns
shredded Cheddar
crushed tortilla chips
Shredded lettuce
Directions
  1. Using a grill pan, grill 6 hot dogs. Toast 6 hot dog buns. Set aside.
  2. In a 10 inch skillet, heat 2 teaspoons olive or canola oil on medium-high. Add 8 ounces ground beef sirloin, and 1 tablespoon chili powder. Cook for 2 minutes or until cooked through, breaking up the meat with a thin, stiff spatula or wooden spoon.
  3. Stir in 1/2 cup prepared salsa verde and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Divide this mixture among the 6 hot dogs.
  5. Top each hot dog with 3 tablespoons shredded Cheddar, a handful of crushed tortilla chips, and shredded lettuce.

 

Chili Lime Grilled Corn

chile lime grilled corn labor day recipes

Recipe by: Good Housekeeping, found here

Ingredients
ears corn, husked
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 c. Spicy Cilantro Pesto
1/4 c. grated pecorino
Directions
  1. Brush corn with olive oil.
  2. Grill on high until slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally.
  3. Brush with Spicy Cilantro Pesto and sprinkle with grated Pecorino before serving.

 

Campfire Baked Beans

Recipe by: Good Housekeeping, found here

Ingredients
6 slices bacon
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
3 (15-oz.) cans navy beans, drained

1 1/4 c. GH Original Homemade Ketchup

1/4 c. molasses
4 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  1. In a 12″ oven-safe skillet, cook bacon on medium heat until fat is rendered. Transfer to plate; coarsely crumble.
  2. To skillet, add onion, green pepper, and salt. Cook for 8 minutes.
  3. Off heat, stir in bacon, navy beans, GH Original Homemade Ketchup, molasses, dry mustard, and black pepper. Bake, covered, in oven at 325 degrees F for 1 hour.

 

Rainbow Veggie Kabobs

Recipe by: Good Housekeeping, found here

Ingredients
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 lb. small green and yellow summer squash, cut into 1″ chunks
1 pt. grape tomatoes
12 oz. small broccoli florets
8 oz. cremini or button mushrooms, halved if large
lime
Directions
  1. Heat grill to medium. In a small bowl, combine cumin, coriander, paprika, and 1 teaspoon salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss squash and tomatoes with 2 tablespoons oil. In another bowl, toss broccoli with 1 tablespoon oil. In third bowl, toss mushrooms with 1 tablespoon oil. Thread vegetables onto skewers. (If using bamboo skewers, soak them 30 minutes first.)
  3. Grill broccoli and mushrooms 6 to 10 minutes, turning over once. Grill squash and tomatoes 6 to 8 minutes, turning over once. Transfer skewers to a large platter or cutting board and squeeze lime juice all over vegetables. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil, then sprinkle all over with half of spice mixture. Cover platter tightly with foil; let stand, covered, at least 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with additional spice mixture, if desired.

Camp Friendly French Toast

Fresh and Delicious French Toast!

easy camping breakfast stuffed french toast

Recipe by: The Adventure Bite, found: here

Ingredients

8-12 Slices Bread (depending on thickness)

4 Eggs

2 cups Milk

1 tbsp Cinnamon

1 tbsp Vanilla

1 container Galbani Mascarpone

1 cup Blackberries

Toppings

Powdered Sugar

Maple Syrup

Mint

Whipped Cream

Instructions

Mix eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla in a mixing bowl.

Lay out bread and spread on a thick layer of Galbani Mascarpone on each piece of bread.

Add blackberries to half of the bread slices.

Sandwich the bread together and press down.

Dip each sandwich in egg mixture.

If cooking on pan: place each slice in hot greased cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook until crispy and cooked through (about 4-5 mins) on each side.

If baking: line a loaf pan with foil, spray with nonstick spray and add all the pieces to the pan. Wrap tightly with foil and bake over the fire until cooked through (45 minutes to an hour normally).

Serve with maple syrup. Enjoy!