3 Cheese Bacon Campfire Potatoes

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If you’ve never made 3 cheese bacon campfire potatoes you have to give this easy foil pack cooking recipe a try! Cheesy bacon campfire potatoes are super easy to make and they’re delicious!

This recipe for campfire potatoes with bacon makes cooking outdoors easy and enjoyable. These cheesy campfire potatoes made over the campfire are also great for cooking up in the fire pit in the backyard or even in the oven. You don’t need a big trip or an excuse to make this super simple side dish recipe.

pin showing the finished campfire potatoes ready to eat. title across the middle.

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What are campfire potatoes?

Campfire potatoes are exactly what they sound like. Potatoes that you prepare and cook over the campfire while camping or hanging out in the backyard at home. You can also cook them in the oven but then they aren’t “technically” a recipe for campfire potatoes.

A look at the finished campfire packets ready to eat.

When to serve 3 cheese bacon foil pack potatoes:

Potatoes with cheese and bacon can be made any time of the day. A perfect meal or addition to a breakfast, lunch, or dinner menu. We also add chives, onion, garlic, and seasonings to make sure we have a flavorful dish to enjoy. Sour cream or ranch dressing would add another great flavor to the recipe.

They taste great any time of the day. We made our 3 Bacon Campfire Potatoes as part of our supper. Then we used the potatoes the next morning as part of breakfast. Added some scrambled eggs and green pepper and a whole new meal. YUM!

Is this a gluten free recipe?

Absolutely! Keep an eye on your shredded cheese if you are buying it already shredded, sometimes they add things to prevent clumping that can contain gluten but for the most part this recipe should be naturally gluten free without much work on your part!

finished potatoes held up to show texture to the camera. Ready to eat.

Campfire potatoes ingredients

This recipe uses really simple ingredients. They’re easy to pack and travel with which is great for camping recipes. There’s nothing super fussy for fancy here so that’s always nice too. There’s nothing worse than getting to camp and realizing your recipes call for a bunch of stuff you don’t have with you.

For these campfire potatoes, you will need red potatoes, onions, salt/pepper, butter, shredded cheese, and bacon. That’s it! These are likely things you’d already be packing for your camping meals anyway so it’s a nice way to use those ingredients for a multipurpose side dish that can be served any time of day!

ingredients needed to make campfire potatoes.

How to make foil pack cheesy potatoes on the campfire:

Let’s dive in and see just how simple it is to create these packs and cook them up over the campfire. You can also make these at home over a fire or on the grill. You’ll have to adjust and play with the cook times and temperatures to make them in the oven but it definitely could be done!

Create your campfire potato packets with a double thickness of heavy-duty aluminum foil (about 18 in. square). 

Spray foil with non stick spray or brush with olive oil 

creating the seasonings for the potatoes.

Put 1/2 of the potatoes in the middle of each foil packet 

potatoes in the foil packs.

Dot with butter  (you can also melt the butter and add all the seasonings to the melted butter, mix the potatoes in there and then put them in your foil packs).

getting ready to add the cheese and bacon.

Sprinkle with onion, salt, and pepper.

cheese added to the foil packs.

Fold foil around the potato mixture and seal tightly. 

Grill, covered, over medium heat for 12-15 minutes on each side or until potatoes are tender. 

bacon added

Carefully open the foil so you don’t steam yourself.  Sprinkle the bacon and cheeses over the potato mixture. 

foil wrapped up ready to be cooked.

Grill 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Open foil with caution, so steam can escape. Enjoy your cheesy foil potatoes.

Finished campfire potatoes
top down look at the finished campfire potatoes ready to serve.

This is a great recipe that everyone can enjoy while traveling and camping without any stress. Campfire potatoes are good for breakfasts, lunches, and even as a side dish for dinner. It’s a versatile recipe that is super simple to make and allergy friendly.

You can sub in dairy free cheese/butter options if that applies to you as well. It’s pretty easy to adapt this recipe to your needs.

Looking for more ways to cook with foil packs on the campfire?

Once you get the hang of doing foil pack cooking over the campfire you’ll want to try cooking everything you can this way. Good news…we have some other delicious foil pack recipes that you will absolutely love. Make sure to try them all out and let us know which ones you love.

close up view of the finished campfire potatoes ready to eat.

These foil pack recipes for campfire cooking have always been a big hit with our readers. They’re some of our most popular for a reason!

Printable 3 Cheese Bacon Campfire Potatoes Recipe:

Finished foil pack campfire potatoes ready to eat

3 Cheese & Bacon Campfire Potatoes

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

If you've never made 3 cheese bacon campfire potatoes you have to give this easy foil pack cooking recipe a try! Cheesy bacon campfire potatoes are super easy to make and they're delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 medium red potatoes cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 oz shredded cheese, we used a colby, monterey, cheddar blend
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon

Instructions

  1. Create your foil packets with a double thickness of heavy-duty aluminum foil (about 18 in. square).
  2. Spray foil with non stick spray or grease with olive oil
  3. Divide potatoes and put in the middle of each foil packet
  4. Dot with Butter
  5. Sprinkle with Onion
  6. Add Salt and Pepper.
  7. Fold foil around potato mixture and seal tightly.
  8. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 12-15 minutes on each side or until potatoes are tender.
  9. Carefully open foil so you don't steam yourself.
  10. Sprinkle the bacon and cheeses over potato mixture.
  11. Grill 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  12. Open foil with caution, so steam can escape
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 587Total Fat 38gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 112mgSodium 969mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 29g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

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    1. I am sure you could do these in the oven just like roasted potatoes. Toss the potatoes & onions with olive oil, spices,then bake at 350 for 40 mins, add bacon and cheese and bake for another 15 mins. YUM! –

      1. I bet they would work just great in the oven. Cooking time may need to be adjusted. I’d try it at 400 degrees and check after 20 minutes to see how close they are to being done. Then add an additional 10 minutes as needed. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

  1. I am going to try these next time we go camping! They look so good. Bacon and potatoes? Cant go wrong! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  3. Oh My Gosh, these look so good. I have not been camping in a long time and was just telling my partner that we really need to go. I love being unplugged! These potatoes are divine and I really do have to try them!

  4. Unfortunately this is not a new recipe. I had it published 20 years ago, winning runner up, in Taste of Home magazine. Since then I see slight variations of the original recipe, which yours is very close to mine. No matter what the variation is, it is totally yummy! A great dish over a campfire or on your grill.

    1. Darn! I guess I missed the contest by twenty years. Foil packets are something we throw together during camping trips. No real recipes mainly just concoctions. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I wanted to PIN this yummy-looking recipe, but all that comes up for images are the ads on this page. Didn’t matter if I used the Pinterest link at the top of this page, or of I created a PIN feom.my browser. 🙁

  6. Why does it say to only put half of the potatoes in the foil. What did you do with the other half? If it was 2 servings I would think it would be half in each packet, but the recipe is for 4 servings. When do you add the rest of the potatoes?

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