Best Camping Appetizers, Savory and Sweet

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Last updated on August 2nd, 2022

I’m actually not a fan of camping. My husband’s family does a huge camping trip every year. Almost 60 family members attend. I go because I want to spend time with the family.

19 Best Camping Appetizers, Savory and Sweet

Hosting the annual appetizer night at our campground is one of the highlights for me. Everyone brings their chairs and camping appetizers. Some people get quite creative with what they bring. I love having such a variety of items to choose from. Every year, there are such interesting options. It’s amazing what people can make at a campsite!

If you are looking for some delicious appetizer ideas for camping, these recipes are sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

19 Best Camping Appetizers, Savory and Sweet


We all sit around eating and visiting and laughing into the night. It’s become a fond memory for me. I look forward to it. I may not look forward to the dirt and bugs that camping offers, but I can at least look forward to good conversations and tasty food.

Appetizer nights are a lot of fun. You may want to plan one for your next camping trip. Or maybe you just want to find one good appetizer to make over the fire.

19 Best Camping Appetizers, Savory and Sweet

Savory Camping Appetizers:

Easy Cheesy Campfire Nachos

Easy Cheesy Campfire Nachos 

Nachos are my favorite food in the world. For me, they are comfort food. Obviously, I can’t go for a week without eating them, so I even make them when I’m camping. These easy cheesy campfire nachos bring all the flavors right to your campsite. They have everything you need: cheese and tortilla chips; shredded cheese, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and jalapeños! This recipe is perfect if you want something that will satisfy everyone at your next outdoor party or family gathering. It also makes great leftovers because it reheats well.


Campfire Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus

Campfire Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus

This recipe was inspired by my love of Italian food and my desire to create something unique. I wanted to combine two ingredients that I thought were great together – prosciutto and asparagus. The result is a delicious appetizer or side dish that is sure to impress guests at your next dinner party.

Easy Campfire Dip

Easy Campfire Dip

In the summertime, there is nothing that beats a campfire and a hot bowl of s’mores. Adding a Campfire Dip to the mix will not only add a new flavor dimension but will also provide a new way to cool off.

Making the perfect campfire dip recipe is so simple, you can whip it up in no time at all.


Campfire Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Campfire Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are a great snack option for those who want something savory and sweet. They are very simple to prepare and they taste amazing.

Every year on our annual camping trip with my husband’s huge family, we host an appetizer night at our campground. Last year, I made this campfire bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. They were delicious!


Homemade Guacamole – Beyond the Chicken Coop

Homemade Guacamole

This combination of healthy and delicious Guacamole is always a hit served as a dip or added to your favorite foods. All you need is just four fresh ingredients for this tasty recipe – ripe avocados, onions, tomatoes, and fresh limes. This avocado dip is naturally gluten-free and vegan and is a family favorite!


Grilled Avocado and Eggs – The Cozy Cook

19 Best Camping Appetizers, Savory and Sweet


Grilled avocado and eggs are a protein-packed, energizing breakfast that will fill you with the energy you need to take on the day! It’s also gluten-free. This recipe can be made in advance for when it comes time to eat your healthy meal of choice.


Caprese Salad Skewers – Reuse Grow Enjoy

Caprese Salad Skewers

If you could use a tasty yet easy appetizer these Caprese salad skewers are delightful! These are made using fresh cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of olive oil (or avocado oil), and balsamic vinegar. They’re so simple to make but taste like they took hours to prepare. I love them with my favorite pasta dishes or as an accompaniment for grilled meats.

Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe – Happy Kitchen. Rocks

This addictive Chipotle Corn Salsa is a perfect accompaniment to any Mexican food. Sweet roasted corn makes a perfect pairing with smoky chipotle peppers. Such an amazing and fresh side dish recipe for summer gatherings or Cinco de Mayo!


Cucumber Salsa – Low Carb Yum

This cucumber salsa is a delicious, low-carb version of traditional salsa! The added cucumber absorbs tons of flavor without adding extra carbs, so you can enjoy more per serving. This recipe makes two cups and will last in the fridge for up to three days. It’s great on tacos or as an appetizer with chips!


Zucchini Dip With Mint – Recipes from a Pantry

Zucchini Dip With Mint 

This light refreshing and creamy Zucchini Dip with Mint is completed with coconut yogurt and mint. It is perfect for a quick and healthy snack and the excuse to use up your zucchini/courgette bounty. It is suitable for people following a vegan, gluten-free, or keto diet.


Lemon Garlic Grilled Shrimp – The Cozy Cook

Lemon Garlic Grilled Shrimp

This Lemon Garlic Shrimp Recipe is so easy and flavorful. It can be baked, grilled, or pan-fried in a matter of minutes! Serve it with rice, pasta, or a healthy salad! Asparagus spears are one of my favorite spring vegetables. They’re crisp and sweet and have such a delicate flavor.


Simple Mediterranean Antipasti Platter – Happy Foods Tube

Simple Mediterranean Antipasti Platter

This simple Mediterranean antipasti platter recipe is not really a recipe. It’s more like an inspiration for those who don’t want to cook when it’s hot! I have been using this as my go-to summer appetizer, but you can use any type of fresh vegetables and herbs that are in season or available at your local market.


Cowboy Caviar Dip – Tasty Galaxy

Cowboy Caviar Dip

Looking for a recipe that just screams “summer”? You just found it in this Cowboy Caviar Recipe! The beautiful, bright colors of red bell peppers, yellow corn, green cilantro, and red onions are bright and perfect for all summer picnics.


Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad – Savory Tooth

Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad

This is one of my favorite keto Asian salads — light, refreshing, and simple. Chopped cucumbers and sliced scallions are combined with a savory dressing of soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, sesame seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes. You may have had similar versions served in Asian restaurants.


Keto Chicken Salad with Bacon, Avocado, & Caesar Dressing – Savory Tooth

Keto Chicken Salad with Bacon, Avocado, & Caesar Dressing 

Making a salad, but don’t know which toppings and dressings are low carbs? Look no further than this ultimate keto salad, where every ingredient has been selected for its low-carb impact. Just 3g net carbs per generous entree-sized serving. Even those who aren’t specifically looking to eat low carb will love this salad. It’s the perfect side dish that won’t leave you hungry!


Simple Hummus Recipe – Tasty Galaxy

Simple Hummus Recipe


It is simple to make the dip, which everyone loves. Wondering what to eat with hummus? It is deliciously served with veggies, pitas, grilled chicken, ground lamb kebabs, and lots of other things.


Sweet Camping Appetizers:

Chocolate Hummus – Recipes from a Pantry

Chocolate Hummus 

Chocolate Hummus is a creamy and sweet dessert hummus that’s actually healthy (but no one will know it).  It is a great spread, appetizer, dip, dessert, snack, and me-time treat that the whole family will love.


Take-Along Watermelon Skewers with Feta and Mint Pesto – Happy Kitchen Rocks

Take-Along Watermelon Skewers with Feta and Mint Pesto

These take-along watermelon skewers with feta and mint pesto dressing are a quick and easy appetizer or snack for your next outdoor gathering, BBQ, or picnic! Enjoy these delicious and healthy watermelon skewers on a hot summer day!


I hope you enjoy these delicious camping appetizers on your next trip. I think you’re going to find that these recipes take camp food to a whole new level!

In conclusion, when planning your next camping trip, don’t forget the bonfire finger foods and cold dips for camping! They are the perfect way to keep your guests fed and happy. And who knows, you might just find yourself enjoying them just as much as everyone else!





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