One Last Camping Trip and Campfire Comfort Food

I have washed my hair three times since returning from our camping trip, yet every once in a while I can still smell the campfire. Perhaps it had something to do with the 20 or so hours of rain over the weekend combined with the unseasonably low temperatures. We burned a lot of wood to stay warm and I wore a hood or a hat almost all weekend long. The smoke and damp must have gotten trapped beneath my hood and simply become one with my hair. Camping is so fun.

We did enjoy one beautiful evening with a gorgeous sunset, and the next night, when the rain finally let up, everything was amazingly calm and peaceful. And we made really, really good camp food. When you have a warm fire and a belly full of delicious food a little (or a lot) of rain ain’t gonna get you down.

This week will feature one of two camp food posts. I know the summer is winding down and camping season is coming to a close, but for the brave few who might venture out in the fall and winter, take these recipes with you. They are both for warming comfort foods that you’ll be happy to have when the temperatures drop. And for the rest of us- we’ll save the recipes for next summer.

Green Chile Cheese Fries


1 package frozen french fries
3/4 cup roasted, chopped green chiles
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Fold a long sheet of aluminum foil in half, then in half again (so that you have 4 layers of foil.) Fold up the edges about 1/2 inch along all four sides. You should have a shallow rectangular “dish” made of foil. Spray the inside of the foil dish with cooking spray. Place the frozen fries in the dish. Spread the chile and cheese over the fries. Enclose the foil dish in another large piece of foil. Wrap the foil around the dish and close from the top. Place the entire foil packet over a campfire for 10-15 minutes. Check occasionally to test for doneness. Fries are done when they are cooked through and the cheese has melted.

Happy Fall everyone!

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23 Responses to One Last Camping Trip and Campfire Comfort Food

  1. Sara says:

    Wow those look delicious! Saving this for next summer. My husband will thank me and he’ll also be thrilled I finally went camping…I’m a chicken. :)

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  5. Cheryl Newton says:

    Hello! These look totally delish, and would make a great dinner for a Boy Scout camping trip. But 1 question: how much chili? Thanks!

    • Cheryl,
      Just use as much as you’d like! I would estimate that I typically use about 1/2 cup of chopped green chile.

      • Cheryl Newton says:

        In the picture it looks like there’s some sort of meat on the fries, not just chopped green chiles and cheese. What is that? Or is it really just potato peel and green chiles that I’m seeing?

  6. Cheryl Newton says:

    These look scrumptious, and would be perfect for a Scout camping trip. However, 1 question: how much chili should I use? Thanks, Cheryl

    • CK Barlow says:

      No meat at all! The roasted chile brings a variety of colors to the dish – red, green, charred black bits of peel, and white-ish seeds. It’s very pretty. And super delish.

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  8. Jazmin says:

    Could you use fresh potatoes?

    • CK Barlow says:

      Hey, I’m Karen’s partner and the hand/fork model in the photos. I don’t see why you couldn’t make this with fresh potatoes; it would just impact the cooking time. It might be helpful to parboil the potatoes beforehand…? Give it a shot!

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  12. katie says:

    did you just keep the fries in a cooler and made them when they were thawed out ? Or on the first day when they were stil frozen ! Don’t know how if keep them frozen camping ! Lol

    • CK Barlow says:

      My recollection is that we typically make these the first night of the trip, and as far as we were concerned, the fact that the fries were frozen was a bonus because it added more cool to our cooler. :-)

      In other words, I don’t think you need to worry about letting them thaw. The layers of aluminum foil help protect them from burning over the campfire as they thaw and heat thoroughly.

      — CK, the well-fed, happy-camper hand/fork model

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