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These easy, cheesy and delicious campfire potatoes are the perfect foil pack camping meal.
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Table of Contents
  1. CAMPFIRE POTATOES RECIPE INGREDIENTS 
  2. SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
  3. HOW TO MAKE CAMPFIRE POTATOES
  4. HOW LONG DOES THIS RECIPE FOR CAMPFIRE POTATOES TAKE TO COOK IN A FIRE PIT?
  5. HOW TO SERVE CAMP POTATOES
  6. STORAGE FOR CAMPING POTATOES
  7. CAMPING POTATOES RECIPE FAQs
  8. MORE FAVORITES YOU’LL LOVE
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These homemade, cheesy, loaded campfire potatoes are baked in a foil packet, making them the perfect recipe for your next camping trip. We slice our potatoes nice and thin, then grab lots of butter, mozzarella, and cheddar, plus green onions and bacon for the ultimate cheesy foil pack recipe cooked right over the open fire. 

overhead shot of potatoes topped with cheese, bacon bites, and green onions in aluminum foil

CAMPFIRE POTATOES RECIPE INGREDIENTS 

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You’ll need:

  • 1½ pounds red potatoes (about 4 to 5)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ⅓ cup bacon pieces
  • 2 tablespoons green onions
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • heavy duty aluminum foil

PRO TIP:

It is best to use heavy duty foil for this recipe to ensure that it doesn’t tear during the cooking process.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHEESE: You could swap out the cheddar and mozzarella cheese for any type of shredded cheese that you prefer in this great recipe.

TOPPINGS: You could add more herbs, jalapeños, onion slices, ham, or serve this perfect side dish with sour cream. The possibilities are endless.

HOW TO MAKE CAMPFIRE POTATOES

STEP ONE: Start by spraying a 24-inch piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil with cooking spray.

PRO TIP:

You don’t want to skip spraying the foil, otherwise, all your ooey-gooey cheesy goodness will get stuck on the foil instead of your potatoes! 

STEP TWO: Prepare your fire with either wood or charcoal. Let it burn down until ash gray with moderately hot coals but no big open flames.

STEP THREE: Thinly slice your potatoes and place potatoes in the middle of the foil. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

STEP FOUR: Thinly slice the butter and place it on top of the potatoes.

slices of butter placed on top of seasoned potato slices

STEP FIVE: Add the bacon pieces and green onion on top of the potatoes.

STEP SIX: Top everything with cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

slices of potatoes topped with cheeses

STEP SEVEN: Fold foil up over the potatoes and fold in the edges of the foil to make a foil pack. 

aluminum foil wrapped around the potatoes

STEP EIGHT: Once you have your potato foil packet assembled, you will place potato packets over the fire or grill on medium heat and cook for 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the potatoes. Transfer packets to a plate and open carefully.

PRO TIP:

Remember anything cooked over the open fire will be hot when removing, grill with care! Open packets carefully in case any hot steam rises from them.

HOW LONG DOES THIS RECIPE FOR CAMPFIRE POTATOES TAKE TO COOK IN A FIRE PIT?

These campfire potatoes should take approximately 20 minutes to cook on the campfire. The length of time will vary slightly depending on the thickness of the potatoes.

HOW TO SERVE CAMP POTATOES

This simple side dish would be yummy alongside chicken foil packets also cooked over the open fire. Add our campfire dessert pizza or campfire apple crisp for a feast in the great outdoors.

Our campfire pizza and campfire banana boats are two more campfire recipes to add to your menu.

STORAGE FOR CAMPING POTATOES

IN THE FRIDGE/COOLER: You can store the leftovers in your cooler or in the fridge overnight.

IN THE FREEZER: These cheesy potatoes are best made fresh and we wouldn’t recommend keeping them longer than overnight.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

What is fantastic about these campfire potatoes is that they can be easily prepped ahead at home before you leave for camping — or at your campsite. Whatever works best for you.

overhead shot of potatoes topped with cheese, bacon bites, and green onions on a spatula

These easy campfire potatoes really are the perfect easy side dish to enjoy when you are camping. Baked inside foil packs, when they’re done, you have delicious, cheese-covered potatoes that are tender and full of flavor.

One of the best parts of this easy recipe is you can pick your favorite toppings to create a unique side dish easily on the campfire or your grill. 

CAMPING POTATOES RECIPE FAQs

Can I cook these foil packet potatoes on the barbecue at home?

These cheesy campfire potatoes would be delicious cooked on the barbecue or backyard fire pit for an at-home camping experience.

Can leftovers be kept in a cooler overnight?

You can keep leftovers of these cheesy potatoes in your cooler overnight and enjoy them for breakfast the next morning.

Can I add other toppings to the packets?

If you have other toppings you’d like to add including hot peppers, seasonings, green peppers, or ham, they would all make this dish extra tasty.

How do you prepare potatoes for camping?

To prepare your potatoes for camping, you can slice them up ahead of time and store them in an airtight container. Once you are ready to cook them, place them on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray, add your toppings and seal the foil into a packet.

Can you pre-cook baked potatoes for camping?

You can partially or fully cook your potatoes in the oven or microwave and then finish cooking them over the open fire once you are ready to enjoy them.

Do you need to boil potatoes before grilling?

You can boil your potatoes before grilling to ensure the perfect mix of soft and creamy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside.

Are potatoes good for camping?

Potatoes are a delicious and hearty addition to any camping menu. While they take a little time to cook over the open fire, the results are a delicious side dish.

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Campfire Potatoes

5 from 3 votes
These easy, cheesy and delicious campfire potatoes are the perfect foil pack camping meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • pounds red potatoes, about 4 to 5
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ cup cheddar, shredded
  • cup bacon pieces
  • 2 tablespoons green onions
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Spray a 24-inch piece of heavy-duty foil with cooking spray.
  • Prepare your fire with either wood or charcoal. Let it burn down until ash gray with moderately hot coals but no big open flames.
  • Thinly slice the potatoes and place them in the middle of the foil. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Thinly slice the butter and place it on top of potatoes.
  • Top potatoes with the bacon pieces and green onion.
  • Top everything with cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
  • Fold the foil up over the potatoes and fold in the edges to make a foil pack
  • Place over the fire or grill on medium heat and cook for 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the potatoes.

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Notes

  • It is best to use heavy-duty foil for this recipe to ensure that it doesn’t tear during the cooking process.
  • What is fantastic about these campfire potatoes is that they can be easily prepped ahead at home before you leave for camping — or at your campsite. Whatever works best for you.
  • You don’t want to skip spraying the foil, otherwise, all your ooey-gooey cheesy goodness will get stuck on the foil instead of your potatoes! 
  • Remember anything cooked over the open fire will be hot when removing, grill with care! Open packets carefully in case any hot steam rises from them.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 808mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 453IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 1mg
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