Who's ready to get to cookin'? They say if it's too hot, get out of the kitchen, so we moved to the campfire. Gather around folks! The #MtnChicksCampfireKitchen is open! Every Friday from now until whenever, we'll be dishing up our favorite outdoor recipes to fuel your adventures. Happy Foodie Friday to all you women who hike and explorers alike. This first recipe comes from Illinois Ambassador Jenn.
A couple years ago I went car camping with my friend Molly and her sister Emily. We spent a lovely day out hiking and kayaking, then came back to our site and prepared for dinner.
Sooooo, a normal camp dinner for me usually consists of boxed wine and Cheez-It's. That means when Em got into her cooler and busted out a buffet line of mixed veggies, different types of meat, sauces and cheese my mind was blown! I wasn't expecting this to be a quesadilla kind of night! It's so easy, and filling and delicious.
This has become one of my favorite easy campfire recipes and it translates very well into your first night's backpacking dinner if you size the portions down. If you're a carnivore, exchange the raw meat for frozen (allow it to thaw as you hike!), already cooked or canned. There are so many combinations that can be put together! This recipe can easily be made vegan or vegetarian as well. However, what I like most about making campfire quesadillas are the endless options. If you're in a group and have people with different tastes, you can easily have everyone bring their own toppings- just don't forget the tortillas! You'll see that I've listed some great options down below.
For cookware, you need:
-Extra large or large tortillas
-Non-stick spray, butter or olive oil
*You should chop your vegetables before you go. We just keep them in sandwich baggies and throw them in the cooler. Chopping not your thing? Use dehydrated veggies, heating them up with hot water when you're ready to use.
My go-to vegetables:
-Green, yellow or red peppers
Next is the protein. We have made these with:
-Tofu (extra firm)
-Shredded Pepper Jack
Choose your sauce:
-Pizza or marinara sauce
-Butter or oil
You want to lightly wipe down your aluminum foil on one side with a non-stick spray or olive oil. Lay a tortilla flat onto the side with the greased up foil and load it up with your toppings, sauce and shredded cheese. Wrap it up in the foil, place in the fire embers or on top of a grill rack and flip every 4-6 minutes until the cheese is melted and veggies are steamed! Done-zo! Perfect for a chilly camping night!
We have also utilized refried beans, pesto, avocado and sour cream with this recipe. Truly, there's so many creations you can make! If you liked this recipe, stay tuned for more we have coming your way. Don't forget to shop Mountain Chicks gear before your next camping trip. Shop down below!