Smokey Campfire Meatball with Peas and Tomato Sauce

Smokey Campfire Meatball with Peas and Tomato Sauce

Heading into the wilderness isn't just about nature; it's a chance to hone your cooking skills outdoor. In this article, we're delving into robust campfire cuisine: Meatballs! Imagine juicy meatballs with a mix of peppers, carrots, and potatoes, all simmered in a rich tomato sauce. This camping recipe guarantees not just a tasty meal but an unforgettable outdoor experience. Gather around the campfire, and let's whip up something extraordinary!


Before we dive into the heart of our campfire feast, let's acquaint ourselves with the star-studded lineup of ingredients that will grace our outdoor kitchen. Simple yet flavorful, these components come together to create a symphony of tastes that will leave you craving more.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Peppers with different colors
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Oil
  • Ground meat (beef, pork, or a mixture of both)
  • Canned peas
  • Tomato sauce
  • Bread (optional)

the ingredients for campfire meatball


As the sun dips below the horizon and the campfire flickers to life, it's time to roll up our sleeves and commence the culinary symphony. Follow these meticulous steps to ensure a seamless cooking experience amidst the wilderness:

Step1. Slice and sear the peppers and carrots

  1. Cut the peppers into slim circles, showcasing a mix of colors.
  2. Heat a skillet over the campfire, adding a small amount of oil.
  3. Fry the pepper circles and carrot slices until they achieve a delightful char, infusing them with a smoky essence.

Step 2. Fry potatoes

  1. While the peppers and carrots sizzle, focus on the potatoes.
  2. Cut them into smaller, bite-sized pieces, ready to soak up the flavors of the open flame.
  3. Introduce the potatoes to a new iron pan, setting the stage for a hearty addition to our campfire mix.

Step 3. Make meatballs

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground meat with a generous drizzle of oil, a sprinkle of salt, and a dash of black pepper.
  2. Shape the mixture into small, delectable meatballs.
  3. Fry the meatballs in a skillet with a touch of oil until they sport a golden brown exterior, ensuring they're cooked to perfection.

Step 4. Unite the elements

  1. With the peppers, carrots, and golden potatoes ready, transfer them to the same iron pan as the meatballs.
  2. Introduce the canned peas, adding a burst of freshness to our campfire mix.
  3. Pour the rich tomato sauce over the ensemble, binding the flavors into a satisfying blend.

Step 5. Simmering

  1. Set the iron pan over low heat, allowing the ingredients to meld together.
  2. Let the campfire work its magic, imparting a smoky essence to our rustic masterpiece.
  3. Simmer until everything is tender, creating a dish that embodies the essence of outdoor cooking.

Step 6. Finish up meatballs

  1. With the meatballs golden brown and irresistible, gently introduce them to the pan already graced by peppers, carrots, and potatoes.
  2. Let the flavors intermingle, as each meatball becomes a savory ambassador of the open flame.

Step 7. Canned peas and tomato tango

  1. Sprinkle in the canned peas, infusing a burst of color and freshness into our campfire concoction.
  2. Pour the rich tomato sauce over the medley, letting it seep into every nook and cranny, ensuring each ingredient bathes in the tangy embrace.
  3. Set the iron pan over low heat, allowing the ingredients to dance together. This simmering process is the secret to melding the flavors into a harmonious blend. Patience is key as the campfire imparts its smoky essence, transforming our mix into a rustic delight.

Step 8. Bread, the perfect companion (optional)

  1. If you're looking to elevate your camping meal, consider pairing it with freshly baked bread.
  2. The warm, crusty slices serve as the ideal vessel to scoop up every bit of saucy goodness, turning this outdoor feast into a truly indulgent experience.

The final meatball soup served with bread

As the campfire flickers and the aroma of our campfire meatballs fills the air, take a moment to savor the anticipation. The symphony of flavors is reaching its crescendo, and soon, you'll be indulging in a camping meal that transcends the ordinary. The wilderness is our kitchen, and the meatball mastery is about to unfold!

Whether you're camping with friends, family, or fellow outdoor enthusiasts, sharing the joy of this campfire feast enhances the experience.

Pass around plates, swap stories, and revel in the simple pleasure of good food in great company.

In the world of outdoor cooking, our campfire meatball delight stands as a testament to the joy that simplicity and a touch of creativity can bring. So, sit back, savor each bite, and let the campfire glow illuminate your outdoor culinary adventure. Until the next campfire cooking escapade, happy trails and bon appétit!

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