Without a doubt, fall is one of the best times of year to go camping. The fair-weather crowds have subsided, the sweltering heat has passed and the leaves have started to turn. If you enjoy the outdoors, now is the perfect time to get outside. Before you go, get prepped to eat well with some essential recipes for fall camping.

While hot dogs and potato salad may have worked over the Fourth of July weekend, fall has us yearning for meals that warm our bodies and raise our spirits. It’s time for comfort food! So to help you embrace the season, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite recipes for fall camping. Eat well, stay warm and keep exploring.

five can chili comfort food recipes for fall camping

Five Can Chili Recipe

When the temperature starts to drop, nothing warms you up like a hot bowl of chili. This hearty stew may have gotten its start on cattle drives across Texas, but it has since become a pillar of campfire cooking all across the country. Easy to make, ready in minutes, loaded with flavor, and with an extra spicy kick, this meal is certain to warm you up in more ways than one.

Get the full recipe here: Five Can Chili

skillet cornbread comfort food recipes for camping

Campfire Skillet Cornbread Recipe

If chili is the yin then cornbread is the yang. When paired together they create perfect harmony and balance. Baking over an open flame might be a little intimidating at first, but we assure you it can be done. And cornbread is the perfect place to start. This no-flip version eliminates the need for any high-stakes spatula work over an open fire. Just pour in the batter, cover with tin foil and set over the heat. It’s that simple.

Get the full recipe here: Campfire Skillet Cornbread

Pumpkin Butter Nutella Smore

Pumpkin Nutella S’more Recipe

Fall camping is no time for half measures, so if you’re going to make s’mores, you might as well go all in. We feel there’s nothing wrong with jumping on the pumpkin-spiced-everything bandwagon as long as you balance it out with a little European hazelnut refinement. Combine the two together into a s’more and you’ve got the ultimate fall camping dessert.

Get the full recipe here: Pumpkin Nutella S’more

bourbonappleciderBourbon Apple Cider Recipe

This cold weather cocktail is designed to warm you up from the inside out. As the sun starts to set, we like to keep a big pot of this apple cider warming by the campfire. With a dash of seasonal spices and spiked with a bit of bourbon, this drink is guaranteed to keep your spirits high late into the evening.

Get the full recipe here: Bourbon Apple Cider

nutellahotcocoaNutella Hot Chocolate Recipe

This is one of those “Break Glass In Case of Emergency” drinks. There’s no denying that fall weather can be somewhat uncooperative at times: freezing rain, howling wind, biting cold – sometimes if you’re really lucky you get all three at once. When life throws lemons at you so hard it gives you a concussion, the only thing to do is pour yourself a drink – preferably one with chocolate. So always keep a jar of Nutella on hand, you’ll never know when you might need it.

Get the full recipe here: Nutella Hot Chocolate

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