Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Campfire Fajitas

Last weekend my Husband and I went camping. Well...kinda. What happened was, it rained. So we went home. But nonetheless, we had a great time!  I didn't grow up camping. In fact, I never went until after I graduated high school. So preparing for camping and knowing how to pack for it has been an adjustment.

So now that I have gone camping 3 times in the past 8 months, I have learned what is important to bring: Good Food. If you have good food, you'll have a good time. So that is my goal when we go camping.  It is great to have a delicious and satisfying meal after a day of hiking and what not. The following is by far my favorite camping food. And it smells amazing while it is cooking!

Campfire Fajitas


  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (for two people about 1 and half breasts)

  • 1 large green bell pepper

  • 1 large red bell pepper

  • 1 medium yellow onion

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke

  • 1 lime

  • flour tortillas (or whole wheat!)

  • sour cream

  • shredded cheese

  • shredded lettuce


At home: Slice chicken into 2-3 inch strips, place in a large zipper bag, add olive oil, garlic, lime juice,  liquid smoke and spices, and refrigerate. De-seed and core the peppers, slice them into 2-3 inch strips as well, then do the same with the onion. Place all of these together in an air-tight container and refrigerate. (Ideally this is done the night before, it makes the chicken incredibly flavorful)

[caption id="attachment_75" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Chicken and Onions after marinating overnight"][/caption]

At camp: Get a hot fire going (since we got rained out, I did it in our kitchen) and in a large skillet or cast iron pan melt the butter or oil and add the vegetables, saute over medium heat, until the onions become translucent.  Then set onions aside and put chicken in the cast iron pan. Chicken is done in about 15 min (or less depending on heat).  Combine everything in a flour tortilla and enjoy!

What are your go-to camping foods?


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