Recipe From My Boyfriend

Campfire Jalapeño Johnny Cakes

This weekend, my boyfriend and myself are going camping. Unfortunately, I’m not talking Camp Firewood, which in terms of the wilderness, is more my speed. We’re talking more along the lines of, I will be lucky if there is running water. Whereas this prospect is horrifying to someone who is known for having their bangs look perfect*, this is my boyfriend’s element. He loves being completely out in the wild, and figuring out what he’s going to cook for said event.

Cooking while camping is an entirely different beast than cooking in your kitchen. It takes a lot of preparation because you’re going to have to lug all your supplies into backcountry. The trick to plan ahead and plan smart. These delicious Jalapeño Johnny Cakes can be easily cooked on your campfire for breakfast or a snack, and all the ingredients take up about half a tote bag.

Campfire Johnny Cakes
Built for the wilderness. Campfire tested, weekend warrior approved.” – Ben Blascoe

• 1 box Krusteaz Corn Bread Mix
• 1 ½ cups water
• 1 cup olive or vegetable oil
• 1 large jalapeño (diced, de-seeded)
• Cinnamon sugar

• Skillet
• Spatula
• Fork
• Mixing Bowl


1. Mix corn bread, jalapeño, 1/3 cup oil and water to mixing bowl.

2. Drizzle olive oil in skillet, place over heat to warm up. Looking for medium high heat.

3. Applying pancake principles, drip batter into skillet. Roughly “half/dollar” to “corn tortilla” size. When the cakes start to acquire a good amount bubbles on the surface, that’s when you start looking for the flip. The other side will cook a little quicker, so watch them. You’re looking for a deep golden brown on both sides.

4. When cakes are done (you will probably only be able to do 2 – 4 at a time) sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

5. Cool and serve

And last but not least, chow down, campers! 😀

What’s your favorite thing to cook while roughing-it?

Big thanks to my amazing boyfriend & the best cook I know, Ben.

* For the record, I’m not some camping baby. I was a Girl Scout for seven years. I can pitch an old school tent, I love trees, and I make a mean friendship bracelet. Here’s the thing: we’re camping and going to a music festival, hence why I wish I’d have some sort of facility in which I could care for my bangs. I know you understand. Thank you for your condolences, I’ll let you know how it goes. xoxo

  • Sonya Smith

    I hope you know that I hijack just about every single one of your boyfriends recipes for myself lol. don’t worry tho I totally give him props and make sure all know that these are not my recipes. everyone loves them and i cant wait to try this one. i just love spicy :)

    • Marissa A. Ross

      Oh girl, that’s what they’re here for! Hijack away! We’re HUGE spice fans too! 😀

  • Rebecca Doris

    this looks goooood! love your recipes. because i am boring, my fav camping foods are hot dogs, popcorn and s’mores!

    • Marissa A. Ross

      Hot Dogs are not boring! They’re the #1 camp food of all time. I now eat the Tofurkey ones. :)

  • Michelle Gilbert

    I’m with you on the bangs :) I like to camp but also enjoy my modern luxuries like a blow dryer and straightening iron too. But you’re bf’s food always sounds delish & I would definitely suffer ugly bangs for some fun in the mtns and good food like that any day too.

  • Dominga Quinones

    i love BEER CAN CHICKEN!!!!! it’s AWESOME! and then there’s individual omelets…in ziplock baggies! also awesome!

  • Shelly Gallender

    I just went camping this weekend and made an awesome dessert- you slit a skin on banana down the middle, stuff it with chocolate and peanut butter (or marshmallows or whatever you want, really), wrap it tightly in tinfoil, and throw it in the coals for 5 minutes. The result is delicious melty banana goo that you scoop out of the tin foil. So good!

  • Jennifer McNeill

    pre-prepped and packed veggies (peppers, carrots, snow peas, onions, lotsa garlic) butter, EVOO, various spices thrown in 2 layers of tinfoil and cooked on hot campfire coals. It makes scraggly cat lady bangs totally worth it.

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