Originally posted October 26, 2015.
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. But fall camping also comes with its own set of challenges.
While hot dogs and potato salad may have worked over 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 put together a menu of our favorite cold weather meals. Eat well, stay warm and keep exploring.
Five Can Chili
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.
Campfire Skillet CornbreadIf 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.
Pumpkin Nutella S’more
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.
Bourbon Apple Cider
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.
Nutella Hot Chocolate
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 “recipe” here: Nutella Hot Chocolate