Cheesy Campfire Potatoes

Camping is all about things you can cook over the fire. From smores to roasting hot dogs on sticks over the flames to wrapping corn on the cob in foil and throwing it directly in the pit, everything just tastes better when it’s cooked outside in a wood fire you spend 20 minutes trying to get to light. However, we might have a recipe that will put all the others to shame. It’s simultaneously excellent camping food AND home-style comfort food, and that’s just not easy to come by.

May we present Cheesy Campfire Potatoes, from the good people at! They’re ooey, they’re gooey, they’re made in foil so there’s practically no clean up … they’re the perfect camping side (or just eat the whole thing for dinner, who are you trying to impress?)! The recipe is ridiculously easy, too. Just take a piece of foil – we suggest a large piece so you can wrap it up tight, and throw in some chopped yukon potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder or chopped garlic, fresh chopped oregano, and salt and pepper. Wrap it up tight and toss that sucker into the fire!

Then comes the hardest part of the recipe: the waiting. If you make individual packets, it should only take about 20 minutes or so to cook, but that can feel like a lifetime as your campsite slowly begins to smell like roasting potatoes. Once they’re ready, use tongs to carefully take them out of the fire, and open the foil packet. Note: the steam that’s going to come out first can and will scald your hand if you let it! Then toss in some cheese (cheddar is classic, but if you’re camping, why not throw in some smoky gouda or spicy pepper jack to mix things up?). Seal it back up and toss it back in the fire for about a minute, just to melt the cheese. Then presto! Delicious, smoky, cheese potatoes that you cooked on your own damn fire like a wild man! Does it get any better than that?