Campfire Quesadillas

46 Comments » | Posted by aimee on Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Mushroom and Corn Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a staple at my house. We always have tortillas and cheese, so when we’re lazy and don’t feel like cooking, that’s usually the first thing we reach for. Sometimes we’ll fancy them up by adding some beans, grilled or sauteed veggies, or even sliced fresh tomatoes. Other times, it’s just straight cheese. It just depends on what we have and our laziness level.

You can just as easily make fantastic quesadillas on a grill or campfire if you don’t want to use your stove. All you need is some foil and if you’re using a campfire, a grate. Some campsites have grates over the fire pit, but if you’re going to a campsite without a grate, this camp grill will do the trick. The trick is to use one tortilla, pile on your ingredients, fold it almost like a burrito, and wrap it in foil. Then stick the foil packet on the grate, and let the it cook until the cheese is melty and the tortilla slightly crisp. My favorite part is that you get beautiful grill marks through the foil—you won’t get that in a skillet at home!

Campfire Quesadillas

You don’t even need a plate to eat a campfire quesadilla. Just let it cool off a little bit, and then eat it straight out of the foil packet, like a burrito. If you make a few extra, they make a perfect lunch for the next day. No need to heat them up—they’re good cold too.

The recipe below is for Mushroom and Corn Quesadillas, but do experiment with other ingredients. I like to use veggies like bell peppers, onions, zucchini and tomatoes. You really don’t even have to cook them first—just throw them in raw and the quesadillas will still be great, they just won’t have that same caramelized and smoky flavor you get if you cook the veggies first. Black or pinto beans (whole or refried) are also delicious. And you can’t go wrong with plain cheese.


Campfire Mushroom and Corn Quesadillas

Yield4 quesadillas

Prep Time5-30 minutes, depending on your ingredients

Cook Timeabout 5 minutes

Activity GuideBike Touring, Car Camping


  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 10 button or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese


  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Grate (for campfire) or grill
  • Skillet (optional)
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Tongs or spatula


  1. For Veggie Mixture:
  2. Lay out a piece of foil and center onion, mushrooms, and corn on the foil. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bring up the sides of the foil and double fold the ends to make a packet. Place on the grate and cook until veggies are tender.
  3. Alternately, you can cook the veggies on your camp stove. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and mushrooms and saute until softened and lightly browned. Add corn and stir to combine. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Note: The veggie mixture can be made a day or two ahead of time.
  5. For Quesadillas:
  6. Lay out four pieces of foil and place a tortilla on top of each piece. Divide half the cheese among the four tortillas, sprinkling it down the center of each. Divide the veggie mixture evenly among the tortillas, and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the veggies. Fold the two sides of the tortilla toward the center and then wrap the quesadilla in the foil, sealing the edges to make a packet.
  7. Place the packets on the grate and cook for a few minutes on each side, until the cheese is melted and the tortilla crisp.

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  6. Jacqui Woods says:

    Recipe looks awesome – planning to take it with me this weekend :)
    Thank you.

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  14. swaninwa says:

    Made these over our campfire last weekend and they were a huge hit. We added part of a red pepper to the veggie packet and used cheddar instead of pepper jack, but otherwise, made the recipe as posted. It’s hard to find meatless camping recipes that my caveman hubby approves of, so you KNOW it’s good when HE says it’s a keeper. Looking forward to adding black beans next time. Great, easy campfire recipe — THANKS!

    • emily says:

      Most of our recipes get tested against our own cavemen, so we know what you’re dealing with. Black beans are a great addition to this recipe!

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  18. Kayla says:

    WOW. This recipe deserves a comment! I’m a single college student and wanted something easy to make! I added chicken to mine, LOVE it!

    • emily says:

      I think I survived solely on quesadillas in college. What am I saying- I pretty much survive solely on quesadillas now!

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  24. Lisa T. says:

    Wow that is a fantastic idea. I think I’d throw in refried beans and rice too!

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    Yummmm! I’m so sad we can’t employ a grill at our fresh place: (It was my husband’s pride along with joy, not to mention my happiness while i didn’t have a million pans to scrub after! Ping Gahagan

  26. Foodie says:

    These are so amazingly good! I can hardly remember what I put in mine… zucchini, mushroom, corn, peppers, onion…. the kitchen sink! I added some heat too. Very tasty and great for hikes.


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  29. Sophia says:

    I could totally eat cheese and bread in any form, especially quesadillas. They’re so easy to make and they really fill me up. Your recipe looks delicious. I usually make these Quick Chicken Quesadillas – – I love them!

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