Comforting Camp Stew – Next-Level Campfire Cooking

Camping is a favourite family tradition in North Queensland. No matter the season up here, it’s perfect weather to gather up the tent or clean the caravan, relocate all the camping gear and prepare for days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. Sometimes, what can make or break a camping trip is the food! We know how hard it can be to prepare and cook good meals when camping (we’ve been there), and as much as we love the old favourites, we also love variety. So, to help us all ‘mix it up’ and ‘up our campfire cooking game,’ try out this minimal but tasty recipe for comforting camp stew. 

Comforting Camp Stew

This delicious, warming and hearty meal can be made in an oven or pot over coals or fire. You will need several ingredients, but you definitely won’t regret making it! You can also choose between different vegetable options to personalise the recipe to your taste.


2 carrots

1 brown onion, thinly sliced

2 potatoes

1 Tbsp oil

750g beef stew meat

2 Tbsp tomato paste

400ml beef stock

1 tsp oregano

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 – 3 Tbsp plain flour for thickening sauce

Salt and pepper

Other optional vegetables: peas, corn, green beans, root vegetables such as parsnip, mushrooms


Heat the oil in a pot over medium high heat. Cook the beef until brown.

Add chopped onion and garlic and cook for roughly five minutes. Then add the tomato paste.

Stir in the stock, then add the potatoes, carrots and oregano. Cook until vegetables are softened (20 – 45 minutes), adding the flour until sauce reaches desired thickness.

Add salt and pepper.

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