Loaded Campfire Potatoes

This variation of campfire potatoes is hearty enough to serve as a main dish. If you are serving it as a side dish, it will make more than 4 servings.

If your Scouts are “meat and potatoes” guys, they will enjoy making this. It is pretty easy, so even inexperienced cooks should be able to handle this.

Loaded Campfire Potatoes


  • Charcoal fire (16 briquettes)
  • Dutch oven
  • Spatula or fork
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese
  • sour cream (optional)
  • chives (optional)


  1. Prepare your charcoal fire.
  2. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut into bite sized pieces.
  3. Dice the onion.
  4. Heat the Dutch oven over the charcoal.
  5. Fry the bacon in the Dutch oven until crisp. Remove.
  6. Sauté the onion in the bacon grease until it begins to soften.
  7. Add the potatoes in with the onion and mix.
  8. Cover the Dutch oven and move 4 briquettes to the top.
  9. Let cook for 30 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
  10. Crumble the bacon on the top. Garnish with cheese, sour cream, and chives.

Serves 4 as a main dish.

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