One of the best parts of camping is cooking over an open fire. Some people dread having to prepare meals without the convenience of a kitchen, but camping meals don’t have to be complicated in order to be delicious. This guide contains some of the best recipe ideas that will get you prepared to relax on your next camping trip and enjoy the great outdoors.

Nachos
Easy to prepare and endlessly customizable, nachos are the perfect camping meal. Layer tortilla chips, shredded cheese and your favorite toppings in a cast iron Dutch oven. Keep it super simple or go all out with ingredients such as black beans, pre-cooked ground beef, diced tomatoes, green chiles, cilantro or avocado. Once you’ve achieved the combination you want, place the lid on top and cook over the campfire until the cheese is melted and all of the ingredients are warm.

Hot Ham Sandwiches
Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, hot ham sandwiches are a simple but satisfying meal. Simply assemble your sandwich with your choice of buns or croissants, sliced deli ham, and cheese (Swiss is particularly tasty!). Add special touches like a honey mustard spread or even sliced pineapple. Then wrap each sandwich in foil and place it on the campfire grate until warm.

Breakfast in a paper bag
Using brown paper lunch sacks, line the bottom and a few inches of the sides with thick-cut bacon. Place two uncooked canned biscuits on top of the bacon, and then crack an egg or two over that. Season with salt and pepper, fold the top of the bag over a few times and place on the grate over the fire. Your breakfast is ready when the grease climbs about halfway up the bag!

Upgrade your s’more
No camping trip is complete without a s’more! The old standby of graham crackers, chocolate, and a toasted marshmallow is a classic for a reason, but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up a little. There are endless ways to vary the ingredients for a delicious departure from the usual. Try replacing the graham crackers with fudge stripe cookies, Oreos or even a sugar cone. Classic milk chocolate is a fan favorite, but you might find you enjoy replacing it with an Andes mint chocolate or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. You can also try keeping the classic trio with some small but tasty additions such as peanut butter, hazelnut spread or sliced bananas.