Most people in the south have a few good cast iron skillet recipes that they pull out when camping season rolls around. If you’ve never used a cast iron skillet, or you just want a new list of recipes to take along on your next camping trip, I’ve got a great selection of 10 recipes that range from breakfast to dinner to dessert.
These recipes use cast iron skillets and you can either put them on a grill or on the coals from your campfire. Whether you want a great s’mores dip or you prefer brownies, or even a hearty breakfast, you’re sure to find a camping recipe that will make your trip delicious.
Let’s grab those iron skillets and get that campfire stoked. We’re going to be cooking up a storm in the great outdoors, and making some tasty treats for the whole family. While you’re at it, be sure to check out these great camping hacks.
1. Camping Breakfast
A hearty breakfast is a must when you’re camping, and this iron skillet breakfast with eggs, sausage, and other tasty ingredients is sure to be a hit with everyone on your camping trip. You can put the iron skillet on a grill or directly on the coals from your fire. Be sure that you don’t get the fire too hot, or you might burn your eggs.
Recipe and directions: campingwithgus
2. Cast Iron Skillet Brownies
Brownies are a must anytime, especially when you’re camping. These brownies are made in an iron skillet, and you can cook them right there on your campfire coals. Just mix up your ingredients, pour into your skillet, and “bake” until done. Add nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever else you want to make them extra-special. They’re a skillet full of ooey, gooey goodness.
Recipe and directions: simplyfoodlove
3. Baked Beans
This is definitely not your typical baked bean recipe. Complete with delicious bacon, and cooked to perfection over an open fire in your cast iron skillet, these baked beans are certain to become a family favorite. You can even add your own take with your favorite barbecue sauce, or some brown sugar or molasses. However you like them, make them even better when you cook them over a campfire.
Recipe and directions: foodandwine
4. S’Mores Dip
You’ve probably seen this s’mores dip recipe before, but it definitely deserves a second look. Baked in a cast iron skillet over your open campfire, this is sure to become the favorite dessert of all your future camping trips. You mix up your ingredients, layer in the iron skillet, and then “bake” over the campfire. Then use vanilla wafers, graham crackers, or even Oreos to dip into your concoction.
Recipe and directions: hungrybrownie
5. Pizza Nachos
What could possibly be better than pizza and nachos? Pizza nachos cooked in an iron skillet, and over an open flame. These are so delicious, and so easy to make. You can customize them by adding whatever you want to make them taste the way you want. The best part is, the cheese gets all melty over the open fire, and the iron skillet really gives it a wonderfully tex-mex flavor that you just can’t get making them at home.
Recipe and directions: tastykitchen
6. Campfire Cornbread
Cornbread is great with so many different foods, and making it in an iron skillet is my favorite way. Even if you don’t typically bake your cornbread in a skillet at home, you can definitely get onboard with this iron skillet cornbread cooked over an open flame, or in this case, over hot coals. Be sure that you keep an eye on this one so that you don’t burn your bread, and it’s best to use coals as opposed to a live fire.
Recipe and directions: freshoffthegrid
7. Triple Berry Cobbler
You know you want to try this cobbler! It’s filled with luscious berries and so flavorful when it’s cooked in an iron skillet. Just a note, if you aren’t really a fan of berries, you can also do this with peaches. Peach cobbler cooked over a campfire is one of my favorite dishes, and will be yours, too! Remember to use the coals instead of an actual flame, and keep an eye to make sure that you aren’t cooking it too long, as the cobbler part can burn.
Recipe and directions: devour-blog
8. French Toast – Campfire Style
Imagine waking up to the smell of french toast when you’re camping. Now, grab the ingredients and your iron skillet and stop imagining. You can make this easily, and the iron skillet gives it such a wonderful flavor. Don’t forget to pack your syrup when you’re heading out on your camping trip and you can enjoy this delicious french toast every morning. Plus, cleanup is actually a lot easier than you might think.
Recipe and directions: thekitchenmagpie
9. Easy Skillet Dinner
When I say easy, I mean it. This is one of the fastest and tastiest dinner recipes for camping, and you make it all in your iron skillet. You brown ground beef and then add spices, beans, and even potatoes if you want. This is a great recipe for those of you who like to experiment with different flavors, and it’s cooked over the open fire so you know it’s going to be delicious.
Recipe and directions: koa
10. Skillet Biscuits
What could be better than biscuits when you’re camping? Really. This is such a neat way to make breakfast biscuits, or dinner biscuits for that matter, and they taste so great cooked in an iron skillet. You can make your biscuits from scratch or even use canned ones if that’s your preference. The way you cook them is what really makes them great.
Recipe and directions: countryliving