Do-Ahead Campfire Burritos

Do-Ahead campfire burritos are a simple and delicious meal, perfect for your next outdoor adventure.

Hello June!

Restrictions have been lifted here in Nova Scotia and our first camping weekend is coming up in a few short days. After weeks of lockdown, we can’t wait for a road trip and a few starry nights around a fire with friends.

“Real food’ camping meals don’t have to be complicated or take a lot of time to prepare at the campsite. These do-ahead campfire burritos are a perfect example.

I like to prep them in advance and freeze them. This makes the last minute food prep more manageable. And as a bonus they double as an ice pack in the cooler.

Why Burritos Are The Best

I once wrote about The Ultimate Camping Food Day, listing all our favourites foods from mac & cheese to homemade instant oatmeal.

However, I’m going to have to update the post to include these easy campfire burritos. They are hearty and comforting, just what the body needs for June camping, when evenings can still get a little chilly.

Here are a few more reasons why campfire burritos are the best:

  • Easily customizable to be gluten-free, vegetarian, etc (more on that below)
  • Loved by all ages – especially my teenagers!
  • Easily portable – transport them frozen or not.
  • Create no dishes around the camp! Just toast and enjoy.

The star of these burritos is my simple recipe for spiced taco beef with beans and quinoa. Developed out of a need to stretch beef a little further, this recipes comes packed with nourishing pantry staples.

Once prepared and cooled, this spiced taco beef with beans and quinoa can also be frozen. It’s great to have a stash in the freezer for a quick weeknight batch of burritos.

Vegetarian Campfire Burritos

It’s simple to change up the basic burrito for special diets.

Black beans, golden quinoa and corn: this trio is my go-to filling for vegetarian burritos. I start with this recipe for Vegetarian Black Bean Burritos, and then build on it with what I have on hand.

Make it vegan by swapping out the Monterey Jack for vegan cheese or serve with this zesty cilantro lime cashew cream.) I do like to included rice or a grain in my camping burritos, as that makes them a little more filling.

For celiacs, use a gluten-free tortilla and proceed with with the black bean or the beef recipe below. And feel free to pack as many vegetables in there as you like!

Family camping in Nova Scotia has helped us make so many incredible family memories. This weekend we’ll kick off another summer of adventures in the wild. The pandemic certainly taught us to take nothing for granted, and it’s the simple things, like dinner around a fire, that we hold dear.

Wherever you are, I hope you’re making good memories and reconnecting with loved ones. Here’s to Summer 2021.

Campfire Beef and Bean Burritos

Do-Ahead campfire burritos are a simple and delicious meal, perfect for your next outdoor adventure.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Essential Ingredient: beef
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 540kcal



  • Prepare 10 square sheets of tin foil. Fill each flour tortilla with the following: 1/2 cup of the taco filling,1/4 cup cheese, 1 tablespoon of salsa and a sprinkling of cilantro.
  • Roll halfway, fold over ends and continue rolling into a burrito. Wrap the burrito tightly in foil.
  • Do-Ahead: Freeze the foil-wrapped burritos for up to 2 months. Bring frozen on the camping trop. Thaw overnight, then cook slowly until the cheese has melted.
  • Cook the burrito over smouldering coals farther from the main flame for 3 minutes, flip and continue cooking for 3 additional minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Serve burritos with guacamole, pico de gallo or a green salad.


These burritos can also be heated over coals on the barbecue for a similar smoky flavour. No campfire required!


Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1197mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 939IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 587mg | Iron: 3mg
About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. When you say thaw overnight, on a camping trip would that just mean secured (from bears and the like) but not in a cooler?

  2. Susan Poolarea says

    I’m gonna try this for my next camping plan, it’s healthy and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Krista Poolpeace says

    5 stars
    Wow! I never thought of this, I’ll try it next time, not just barbecue.
    Thanks, Aimée

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