Baked Potato Bar

This one is super easy, but takes some time, so plan ahead.  A baked potato bar was such a hit that my kids begged for us to do it again.  We ended up doing it for every camping trip last summer.  The beauty of it was that every ingredient could be used in a different meal or even saved until we got home, so nothing went to waste, and each person could have their favorite toppings.  Once you’re at your campsite, this will probably take 30-60 minutes to cook, so be sure you have plenty of time and no one is starving!  (Next summer, I may try cooking the potatoes halfway before we go, but right now I have no idea if that will work.)

Baked Potato Bar

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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    Baking Potatoes - 1 per person
    Toppings that you love, for example:
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Chili (I took a couple of cans of chili)
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Sour Cream
  • Bacon (cooked)


  1. Before you leave, wash each potato, pierce with a fork, and wrap twice with aluminum foil.
  2. Prep the toppings before you go. Chop the onions, shred the cheese, cook the bacon, etc.
  3. At the campfire, carefully place the potatoes among the coals. Seriously, IN the fire. Not on the grate, they'll never cook that way (I know, I tried.) Every 10 minutes or so, turn or rearrange the potatoes so they cook evenly.
  4. Meanwhile, finish prepping your toppings. If you took chili, warm it over the fire until it's bubbling. Remember the butter and sour cream out of your cooler!
  5. How long this takes will depend on how hot your fire is. Ours was "medium" heat, in that the initial "whoosh" fire had died down but there were still steady flames. Does that make any sense?! Cooking over a fire is an art! For ours, it took about 30 minutes for the potatoes to be completely cooked through.
  6. Split each potato open and top with whatever you like.

**A big note: I’m not a chef or even a great cook.  I find recipes and adapt them to camping, but every campfire is different.  If you think you have a better way of doing something, do it!  After all, camping with kids is allllll about adapting and being flexible!


I’m a middle-aged mom of 3-6 and sometimes more, depending on day. I’m out of shape and usually exhausted. Our favorite summertime activity (and sometimes on dry winter days) is getting outdoors and finding adventure.

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