By Vicky McDonald

Our best campfire meals

There's something about cooking on the open fire and eating outside that makes camping food recipes irresistible. With a little preparation you can make a hearty dinner on the grill, in a Dutch oven, or using a cast iron skillet. We've put together 13 sensational, easy camping recipes for your next camping adventure.

1. Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans

Campfire meals in foil are always dinner-winners! This sausage and veggie foil parcel couldn't be easier. It's ready in 45 minutes, and dinner is served. To save time use baby potatoes, and wash, chop, and bag your veggies in advance.

Photo by Molly

2. Cowboy Casserole

Dutch oven camping recipes are the best. This hearty casserole with canned biscuit topping cooks quickly in the Dutch oven. And it will fill your tummy after a long day on the trails.

Photo by Kim's Cooking Now!

3. Beef Shish Kebabs for Freezer Cooking

This meal is perfect for camping, as you can prepare, marinate, and freeze all the ingredients in advance in a zip-lock bag. When you're ready to go, dinner is ready for the grill. For more prep tips, check out 5 strategies for easy camp cooking.

Photo by Holiday Baker

4. Earth, Sea and Fire Salmon

Here's another of the foil packet recipes for camping that we just love. It's the ultimate quick campfire meal -- Salmon, potatoes, and veggies all cooked in an aluminum foil packet.

Photo by Patty Cakes

5. Summer Corn Chowder

This one-pot camping wonder is cooked in your cast iron Dutch oven. It's a great way to enjoy all that sweet summer corn. Prepare all the veggies in advance, then sit back and savor the aroma as it cooks.

Photo by lutzflcat

6.Big Ray's Kielbasa Cabbage Skillet for a Crowd

Cabbage, sausage, and potato all simmer together in a smoky tomato sauce. This is camping food at its best. Instead of bringing large jars of spices, store what you need in an empty Tic Tac box.

Photo by lutzflcat

7. Irish Soda Bread in a Skillet

This quick cooking soda bread is baked in a skillet, and is good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Photo by TTV78

8. Omelet in a Bag

You'll wonder why you didn't think of this before. Cook your bagged omelet in a saucepan of boiling water for super quick clean-up.

9. Chicken and Chorizo Chili

Chili and camp stew recipes are hearty pleasures around the fire. The bottle of beer in the recipe makes this chili extra rich, and delicious. Grate, and bag cheese in advance to serve on top.

Photo by Linda T.

10. Flaming Burritos

This tried-and-true Girl Scouts® inspired recipe is quick to make, and requires minimal clean-up. Serve with salsa and some sour cream on the side.

11. Campfire Pepperoni Pizza

Bring some refrigerated pizza dough, a jar of pizza sauce, pepperoni, and you've got all the makings of a quick campfire skillet pizza.

Photo by bd.weld

12. Eggs on the Grill

Another genius recipe to cook eggs for a crowd on the campsite.

13. Camping Pasta with Clam Sauce

Here's a completely non-perishable camping dinner that combines canned clams and canned mushrooms with dried pasta and dried herbs and spices. Just add a chilled glass of white wine for the classiest campire dinner ever. This one ranks up there with the gourmet camping recipes.

Photo by fabeveryday

Check out our collection of the best camping recipes.