12 Camping Appetizers


Campers, small and big, can work up a huge appetite after spending a whole day exploring the wilderness. Most campers will be clamoring for something to eat long before the slow cooking Dutch oven dinner is ready.

It is possible to take an edge off your appetite using some camping appetizers. In this guide, we will show you how to prepare the best campfire appetizers. Armed with some basic camping cookware sets, you should be able to prepare all the camping appetizers we have included in this article.

The Best Campfire Appetizers

1. Honey Balsamic Beer Glazed Shrimp Skewers

If you like shrimp, you should find this recipe appealing. Although easy to prepare, this appetizer has all the nutrients you need to stay strong and healthy in the wilderness.


  • 2 tablespoons chives or chopped green onions
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-pound raw shrimp (vein and shell removed)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili sauce
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup porter or stout beer


Preheat your camping grill to medium-high.

In a large pot and over high heat, add the honey, beer, vinegar, garlic powder, ginger, and chili sauce. While stirring occasionally, bring to boil until bubbles have subsided and the mixture has thickened and turned glossy – about 10 minutes.

Thread the shrimp on pre-soaked wooden or metal skewers. Sprinkle with salt and brush with glaze.

Cook on the portable grill until cooked through and the glaze has slightly caramelized – about two minutes per side.

Sprinkle with the green onions before serving.

2. Camp Jalapeno Poppers

If you do like your food spicy, this appetizer should be ideal for you.


  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese (finely grated)
  • 10 medium-sized Jalapeno peppers
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup finely chopped Cilantro
  • 8 oz cream cheese


Make the preparations before leaving for the campsite. To start, soften your cream cheese by placing it inside a small metal or glass bowl nested within a bigger bowl filled with hot water.

While the cream cheese softens, cut the top of your Jalapeno peppers and get rid of the seeds. Fold in the cumin and cilantro once your cream cheese is soft. Place this mixture in a plastic zipper bag. You can cut one of the non-zipper corners to create an opening that allows you to squeeze the mixture through.

Squeeze your mixture from the zipper bag into every pepper cavity, stopping at approximately ¼ inch from the top. Press the shredded cheese into the pepper tops, leaving a small portion sticking at the top. Place your peppers in a resealable plastic package and then store them in your lunch cooler.

At the camping site, place your poppers on the hot dog roasting stick; use your camping knife to prick one side of your Jalapeno to facilitate this. Place the jalapeno peppers over hot coals. You should be able to tell the poppers are done when the jalapeno skin starts blistering and the cheese starts bubbling.

3. Campfire Vidalias

While this appetizer is not for everyone, it should be ideal for anyone who enjoys the taste of onions.


  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 Vidalia onions


Peel your onions and then cut each into quarters, keeping the onion together. Place 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 whole clove of garlic into the center of each onion. Double wrap each whole onion in aluminum foil and then drop it into the hot coals on your campfire.

Allow it to cook for about 30 – 40 minutes. Carefully remove the onions from the coal and tear them open. Season with the salt to taste and then enjoy your appetizer.

4. Hawaiian Packets

This appetizer can be prepared at home before heading to the campsite. Once you arrive at the campsite, you will simply need to lose the packets over the fire for one of the quickest campfire appetizers.


  • Tinfoil
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 package of pre-sliced carrots
  • 1 can of pineapple rings
  • 1 ham steak


At Home  

Cut your ham steak into four equal parts and then place it in your zip-top baggie.

Open the pineapple can and take out six rings. Cut two in half. Put all the six slices in a different zip-top baggie.

Pour the honey into a different zip-top baggie.

If you have a small bag of carrots, leave it whole. If the bag is large, separate it into 4 handfuls.

Put the small baggies into one bigger baggie, ensuring that you have squeezed out all the excess air. Label your baggie.

Store the baggie in an ice chest until mealtime.

Meal Time (at the Campsite)

Start a fire in the woods.

Assemble the packets:

  • Layout four 12-inch tin foils.
  • Layer on a couple of carrots, a piece of ham, and 1.5 pineapple ring onto every foil.
  • Drizzle with your honey.
  • Fold up the tin foil making sure it is completely sealed.

Place it over the fire or on hot coals for approximately five minutes per side.

Remove and open carefully. Enjoy the appetizer.

5. Stuffed Pizza Waffles

If you do enjoy eating waffles, this recipe should help you prepare one of the best camping appetizers.


  • Marinara sauce for the dipping
  • Sliced pepperoni (cut into quarters)
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese (sliced)
  • 1 recipe pizza dough


Preheat the waffle iron. Next, roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and then cut it into 3-inch by 3-inch squares.

Lay your sliced mozzarella in the center of your dough. Be generous with the cheese since some of it may leak out. Add the pepperoni and then top with another pizza dough square.

Place on your waffle iron and then close the lid. While you can press down firmly, avoid locking the lid. Cook for about five minutes or until your dough turns golden brown. Serve with the marinara sauce for dipping.

6. Campfire Pizza Cone

For people who love pizza, this recipe should help you add a fine twist to the original pizza, making it tastier.


  • Tinfoil
  • Toothpicks
  • Shredded cheese
  • Pizza sauce
  • Pepperoni
  • Tortillas


Take the tortilla and wrap it into the cone shape. Ensure there is no hole at the bottom of the formed cone. Once wrapped, place the toothpick in the cone to hold it in place.

Using your scissors, or a pocket knife, trim any excess tortilla.

At the bottom of the cone, place 1 or 2 pepperoni slices. This should help with further sealing.

Add a layer of shredded cheese.

Put a sauce on top of your cheese and then spread it around your cone.

Put a layer of pepperoni on top of your sauce and cheese.

To seal the ingredients in, put another small layer of cheese.

Using tin foil, wrap the cone. Take care to not smash the top so much.

Place in the fire while sitting upright. Cook for an average of six to seven minutes.

Unwrap and enjoy the appetizer.

7. Camping Quesadillas

This is one of the simplest camping appetizers we have on this list. It is both quick and easy to prepare.


  • 1 c. of shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 jar of Tostitos salsa con queso
  • 2 8-ounce chicken breasts (sliced and grilled)
  • 4 medium flour tortillas


Spread 1 tablespoon of the salsa con queso over one side of your tortilla.

Place a ¼ c. chicken on half of your tortilla over the salsa con queso. Sprinkle ¼ c. black beans and approximately ¼ c. cheese over the chicken.

Fold the other side of your tortilla over to cover your ingredients. Place on a tin foil large enough to cover the whole quesadilla. Leave the ends of the quesadilla open.

Use your Firestarter to build a campfire and then place the quesadilla on a grate directly over your campfire. Keep over the fire until the cheese melts and the tortilla becomes crispy.

Remove from your grate and use a pocket knife or a normal field knife to cut into 4 pieces.

8. Campfire Nachos

If you intend to go camping with kids, campfire Nachos should be one of the best campfire appetizers. Most kids do enjoy eating Nachos. You can prepare them while the children relax on the kid’s sleeping bags, waiting for the main camping meal.


  • Tacos
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh tomatoes
  • Chopped red and yellow peppers
  • Ground beef (precooked)


Assemble your nachos in a tin pan.

Using the tin foil, cover the nachos and heat over your campfire.

Serve the nachos.

9.  Mini Potato Tornado

With this unique and simple recipe, you should be able to make potatoes delicious and tasty.


  • Assorted toppings (cheese sauce, dried parsley, grated parmesan, garlic powder, Cajun pepper)
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 6 small potatoes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup of cold water
  • ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cornstarch


Combine all the batter ingredients in a shallow dish. Set the batter aside.

Heat oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Skewer the potatoes and use a clean pocket knife to spiral cut: for this, you will need to hold the knife at an angle and then rotate the potato to slice a thin spiral. Stretch your slices along your skewer.

While working with 2 skewers at a time, dip the potatoes in the batter and allow to coat well. Immediately place in the hot oil and fury until it gets fully cooked and crispy.

After frying, add your toppings and flavorings.

10. Campfire Mexican Street Corn

If you do enjoy corn on the cob, you should consider trying this recipe.


  • Chilli powder to taste
  • 2 fresh limes juiced
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
  • ½ cup of fresh cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • ¾ cup of mayo
  • 6 ears of corn


Husk your corn. Consider leaving the ends on so that you have something to grab on. Grill the corn over the campfire until it starts getting slightly charred. Turn every few minutes to keep the corn from burning.

While your corn is still cooking, mix your sour cream, mayo, and cilantro. Take your corn off the fire and then slather in your mayo mixture generously. Allow the ears to cool for a couple of minutes and then sprinkle with the lime juice. Next, sprinkle with the parmesan, and finish off with the chili powder.

11. Campfire Cinnamon Roll-ups

This is another appetizer that should be extremely appealing to your kids.


  • Wooden skewers
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 package crescent rolls


Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Separate your crescent rolls and then wrap them around the wooden skewers.

Roll it in your cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Cook over the campfire for approximately 5 minutes. Rotate frequently.

Optional – mix ¼ cup of powdered sugar and 2 to 3 tablespoons of water together to make a glaze and then drizzle over the cooked roll-up.

12. Camping Hot Dogs

If you do like hot dogs, this recipe should help you add a twist to the traditional hot dogs in less than half an hour.


  • Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • Hot dogs


Place a skewer at the end of the hot dogs, approximately 75% of the way in.

Open the crescent rolls and wrap 1 long pre-cut triangle around every hot dog – be sure to start with the flat end of your crescent and end with the triangle tip.

Use aluminum foil to wrap the crescent-wrapped hot dogs.

Roast over the campfire while turning the stick. Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve with mustard and a side of ketchup.

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