Campfire Fondue

Camping Recipes

Campfire fondue is a great treat when camping and makes a memorable dinner that brings the whole family together. Fondue by nature is a quick, one-pot meal which makes it perfect for making on a small RV stove top, a grill or a campfire. There are a lot of different recipes for fondue but I really enjoy a full-bodied beer and creamy Swiss cheese mixture spiked with garlic and spices. Yumm!

Campfire Fondue Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of your favorite beer (a winter ale is normally quite good with cheese and garlic)
  • 1 lb of a Swiss cheese such as Gruyere, Jarlsberg, Emmentaler or traditional Swiss, shredded
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • A selection of items to dip such as:
    • Stoneground crackers
    • Pretzels
    • Chunks of fresh sourdough or another firm bread
    • Tart apple slices
    • Red grapes
    • Sausage slices
    • Blanched broccoli
    • Blanched cauliflower


The cooking method varies slightly depending on your If you are using a cast-iron saucepan, you can place it directly over the coals of a burned down fire. If you are using an aluminum pot, place it inside another pot with a couple of inches of water to keep the cheese from burning.

After warming your pot, add the oil and brown the garlic.  Add the beer then bring to a simmer.

While the beer is heating up, mix the shredded cheese, flour, salt and pepper.  After the beer is simmering, add the cheese mixture a little at a time, stirring to ensure that it is completely melted.

When the fondue is smooth and consistently creamy, remove from the heat source and sprinkle with a little cayenne.  Serve directly out of the saucepan alongside a board of your favorite dipping items. Having the family group around a the pot of hot garlicky beer Campfire Fondue is a great way to end a perfect day. Hope that you enjoy!


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