Deliciously Surprising: What to Eat with Hot Dogs Camping

Delicious, Easy Meals to Eat with Hot Dogs Camping

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Hot dogs may be a classic campfire food, but are often overlooked as a content option when camping. With a little creativity, hot dogs can be transformed into delicious, healthy, and easy meals that the whole family can enjoy. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the best hot dog toppings, sides, and dishes to make while camping to add variety and excitement to your mealtime.

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As a father of three kids and an experienced camper, I understand how daunting mealtime can be during camping trips. Not only do you have limited options, cooking outdoors with primitive tools can present additional challenges. Fortunately, hot dogs provide a quick, easy, and delicious meal with no fuss. Now you can enjoy a hot dog-packed meal with fun sides that the whole family can enjoy.

To up your hotdog game, there are a few essential toppings and sides that you can have on hand to elevate your camping cuisine.


One of the things that can make hot dogs more exciting is the toppings. From classic to creative, here are some topping options that you can bring for your camping trip:

  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Relish
  • Onions
  • Chili
  • Cheese (shredded or nacho)
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Savoury Sauces
  • Pickles
  • Slaw
  • Garlic Mayo
  • Mayonnaise
  • Avocado slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Fresh herbs
  • Banana peppers
  • Honey mustard
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Jalapenos

If you have a small cooler, be sure to bring all the necessary condiments and toppings that will help you to create the perfect hot dog combination, be it traditional or modern. If you want to keep your meals a little more creative and bring something new to the campfire, lay out all the ingredients and let the whole family mix and match favorite topping combinations. This way, each person can have their own unique hot dog.

Side Dishes

Side dishes can also make or break your hot dog meal. While chips and dip are a great accompaniment, here are some healthier sides to consider while camping with your hot dogs:

  • Baked potatoes
  • Baked beans
  • Potato salad
  • Corn salad
  • Granola
  • Fruit salad
  • Raw vegetables
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Coleslaw
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Yogurt

These side dishes can be pre-made and easily heated up over the campfire or enjoyed cold. Plus, you can always use leftovers to spruce up hot dogs the next day or to create meals from scratch such as fried quesadillas or salads.

Creative Hot Dog Dishes

Hot dogs have far more potential than just plain dogs on a bun. Want to get a little more creative? Here are some hot dog-inspired dishes that everyone will love while camping.

  • Quesadillas – Simply fill the quesadilla with shredded cheese, cooked hot dog slices, and your favorite toppings, such as jalapenos, onions, and tomato.
  • Frito Pies – Layering Fritos on the bottom of a foil pan, top with chili and your favorite hot dog toppings is an excellent way to turn a simple hot dog into a fuller meal.
  • Nacho Dogs – Spread a layer of cheese sauce over a flour tortilla, top with hot dogs slices, and add all the necessary nacho toppings for a delicious meal.
  • Pasta Salad – Toss together cook pasta, chopped up hot dogs, and any other vegetables and dressing of your choice for a light and tasty pasta salad.
  • Hot Dog Sushi – Roll a hot dog slice with cheese, bacon, and seaweed for a unique twist on the classic hot dog.
  • Hot Dog Kabobs – Wooden skewers can be used to line up hot dogs, caramelized onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, and more.

hot dog kabobs

The options of what to eat with hot dogs camping are endless. With the right ingredients and preparations, you can easily enjoy delicious and nutritious meals with your family and friends.


Hot dogs don’t have to be bland and boring as long as you have the right ingredients, condiments, and creative dishes. With a little planning and preparation, hot dogs can be transformed into amazing, satisfying dishes that the whole family can enjoy. Be sure to have plenty of toppings and sides on hand for your next camping adventure.

hot dog toppings

With these delicious and easy meals, your family will be sure to have a delightful camping experience.

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