If you’re planning a car camping trip soon, you’re probably already thinking about what you’re going to cook at your campsite. One of the best things about car camping recipes has to be the ingredients you’re able to bring along, which you’re not always able to bring on an ordinary hiking trip. One of these foods being, of course, cheese.
So, if you’re as excited about your car camping cook-off as we are, then here are some cheesy car camping recipes that’ll be sure to make your mouth water.
Car Camping Recipes: Breakfast Quesadilla
Cooking quesadillas at home is one thing. Cooking them on your car camping trip is way more fun. Now you can enjoy breakfast at the campsite the cheesy way!
- 2 flour tortillas
- 1-2 eggs
- 2 tbsp of shredded cheddar or other cheese you like
- 1 tsp butter
- Optional: Peppers, chilis, jalapenos, mushrooms
- Optional: Salsa, sour cream, avocado, and other toppings
First, scramble the eggs. Set aside. Melt the butter in your skillet, then pour in the eggs so they fill the skillet. When the eggs are set, place one tortilla on top. Flip the entire thing, so that the tortilla is on the bottom. Sprinkle as much cheese as you’d like on top of the egg, add some veggies if you’d like. Place the other tortilla on top, until both tortillas are browned. Then, enjoy overlooking the beautiful campground scenery.
Car Camping Recipes: Campfire Macaroni & Cheese
When you think of an easy meal, usually macaroni & cheese is one of the first ones to come to mind. However, it’s not always easy to make this dish on the trail, unless you’re using artificial cheese. But, with car camping recipes, you can make the real deal. Here’s how.
- A package of elbow macaroni
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ cup gouda cheese
- ½ cup cream
- 3 tbsp of cubed butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: Butter crackers or breadcrumbs to throw on top
Cook macaroni, rinse with cold water. When cool, stir cream into macaroni. Add cheese and butter, mix all together. Add in salt and pepper. Place the entire mixture in a pan and store in the cooler until ready to cook. When you’re ready to eat, cook above hot coals on your campfire for about ten minutes. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs or butter crackers. Then, dig in!
Car Camping Recipes: Cheesy Loaded Dutch-Oven Potatoes
There’s no combination of words that sounds more beautiful than “cheesy” and “potatoes.” These two mixed together in your dutch-oven will make for a very delicious car camping dinner.
- About 1.5 potatoes per person
- 2 packages of bacon
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack
- 2 cups of onions, mushrooms, jalapenos, or any other vegetables you prefer
- Salt and pepper for taste
Heat up dutch oven. In the meantime, slice potatoes into thin slices, as well as any vegetables you are going to add. When the oven is hot, break off pieces of bacon and add them in. Let it sizzle and cook. When the bacon is cooked, take it out, and leave grease in the oven. Layer potatoes, add salt and pepper. Layer veggies. Add cheese and bacon, and another layer depending on how many people are in your group. Cook for about 45 minutes, until everything is blended well together.
And, for dessert…
Car Camping Recipes: Beer & Cheese Campfire Fondue
Do you know anything more scrumptious after a cheesy meal than a cheesy dessert? This Beer & Cheese Fondue is perfect for your car camping recipes and will be the sole reason you want to return to the trail again and again.
- Food for dipping, like veggies, sausage, or chips
- ½ lb. of shredded sharp cheddar
- ½ lb. of shredded gruyere
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
- 1 cup beer (dark beer is better)
- 1 clove garlic
Wrap veggies in foil and cook them over the campfire. Brown sausage in a skillet. Put aside. In a bowl, mix the shredded cheeses with cornstarch. Set aside. Cut the garlic clove in half, and use the sides of each half to rub on cast iron skillet. Combine beer and mustard into the skillet, stir in cheese mixture. Then, when the cheese is melted, take off of heat and dip in your snacks!
These recipes are perfect for car campers who love cheese. Try them on your next car camping trip and let us know how they come out!