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The Best Tent Stove Recipe Ideas

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When enjoying the great outdoors, delicious meals can enhance the experience. While you may think your options are limited, there are plenty of meals you can cook on your tent stove, even in the most remote locations.

Tent stoves are used for portable heating and cooking, and typically feature a firebox for burning wood or other fuel sources. They’re available in various sizes and designs, ranging from compact models suitable for solo camping to larger units capable of heating large tents. You can find wood tent stoves priced anywhere from under $100 to well over $1,000. Here are 13 of the best tent stove recipes to enjoy on your next camping trip. 

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Campfire Breakfast Burritos

Start your day with a hearty breakfast that fuels your outdoor adventures. Cook scrambled eggs, sauteed vegetables, sausage or bacon on your tent stove. Warm up tortillas and assemble the ingredients inside it to create satisfying breakfast burritos. Top them with your favorite cheese, salsa, avocado and cilantro for an extra kick of flavor.

One-Pot Pasta Primavera

This tasty pasta is one of the easiest tent stove recipes. Cook pasta in a pot of salted boiling water, adding chopped vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Stir in some olive oil, garlic and herbs for flavor. Once the pasta is cooked and the vegetables are tender, sprinkle it with parmesan cheese before serving.

Foil Packet BBQ Chicken and Veggies

For an easy cleanup meal, season chicken breasts with BBQ sauce and wrap them in foil along with a medley of chopped vegetables like potatoes, carrots and onions. Just make sure you don’t use the shiny side of the foil.

Place the foil packets on the stove, and cook until the chicken is tender and the vegetables are cooked through. Unwrap and enjoy a delicious and mess-free meal, topped with a bit of chili if you like a little heat.

Grilled Veggie Quesadillas

Elevate your camping cuisine with grilled veggie quesadillas. Slice up a variety of vegetables — like mushrooms, zucchini, onions and peppers — and grill them in a skillet until they’re soft and slightly charred. Fill flour or corn tortillas with the grilled vegetables and shredded cheese, then cook the quesadilla on the stove until the cheese is melted.

Campfire Pizza

Even in the great outdoors, you can satisfy your pizza cravings. Roll out pizza dough and add marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and your favorite toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms and olives. Cook the pizza on the tent stove in a cast iron skillet until the crust is crispy and the cheese is bubbly. Slice it up and enjoy under the stars.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Indulge in a sweet breakfast treat with apple cinnamon pancakes. Mix pancake batter with grated apples, cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg and a dash of vanilla extract, and pour the batter onto a greased skillet. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve the pancakes with maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a delightful start to your morning.

Campfire Nachos

Turn snack time into a fiesta with tasty campfire nachos. Layer tortilla chips with cheese, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, black beans and green onions on a cast iron skillet. Cook the nachos on the stove until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Finish with a dollop of sour cream, guacamole and salsa for a crowd-pleasing snack.

Pesto Pasta Salad

These fresh summer flavors are perfect for picnics and camping trips. Cook your favorite pasta shape until al dente, then toss it with a generous dollop of homemade or store-bought basil pesto. Add plenty of cherry tomatoes, halved olives, and diced mozzarella cheese for bursts of flavor and texture.

Add some grilled chicken breast or beans for added protein, creatingan energizing and balanced meal with all three macronutrients. Finish with a sprinkle of pine nuts or toasted almonds for a satisfying crunch.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a fantastic idea for a wholesome and satisfying dinner. Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds. In a skillet, cook ground beef or turkey with diced onions, garlic, and your favorite seasonings. Mix in cooked rice, diced tomatoes and shredded cheese.

Stuff the mixture into the bell peppers and place them in a Dutch oven or large pot. Cook them on the tent stove until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through.

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Fire up your gas for one of the most delicious tent stove recipes. Chop up different veggies, including bell peppers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and onions. Thread them onto skewers, and brush with a mixture of olive oil, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper. Grill them until the vegetables are tender and slightly charred.The veggiesare high in fiber, making them an excellent side dish or a vegetarian main course, keeping you fuller for longer.

Foil Packet Herb Potatoes

Create a savory side dish with foil packet garlic herb potatoes. Slice your potatoes into thin rounds and place them on a sheet of aluminum foil. Use two layers of foil to prevent leaking and ensure the potatoes are properly insulated. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs, salt and pepper.

Seal the foil packet tightly, and cook it on the stove until the potatoes are soft and infused with the spices. Serve with grilled meats or fish.

French Toast

Start your morning off right with campfire French toast cooked over your tent stove. Dip thick slices of bread — such as brioche or challah — into a mixture of beaten eggs, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Cook the soaked bread on a greased skillet or griddle until golden brown and crispy on the outside, and soft and custardy on the inside. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a decadent breakfast treat.

S’mores Dip

No camping trip is complete without s’mores and you can easily make a dip with them on your tent stove for a decadent dessert. Melt chocolate chips and marshmallows in a skillet until gooey. Serve with graham crackers for a classic campfire treat with a twist.

Elevate Your Campfire Meals

With these 13 delicious tent stove recipes, you can elevate your outdoor cooking adventures and enjoy gourmet meals in the wilderness. From hearty breakfast burritos to indulgent s'mores dip, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy your favorite dishes around the campfire.

Please share your camping tent stove recipes below!

Jack Shaw
Jack Shaw

Passionné de plein air, il se retrouve souvent en retraite dans la nature pour explorer son environnement et encourage les autres à faire de même. En tant que rédacteur principal pour Modded , ses randonnées et ses conseils peuvent être trouvés dans des publications telles que Trekaroo, Duluth Pack, Outdoor Hacker et plus encore.

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