By: Jennifer Murray

Happy Camper Chuck Wagon Beans

Chuck Wagon Beans Easy Recipe Camping

We recently camped with our neighbors at The Dunes State Park.

Beautiful scenery. Great friends. Good times. Sweet memories.  

However, contrary to the belief, campers are not  “Happy Campersat every waking moment.  It sometimes takes an extra measure of patience when you’re away from home and in the elements for both kids and parents alike. Nevertheless, these Chuck Wagon Beans always bring us back to happy.  They are sweet and tangy, hearty, and just the dose of happy that every camper needs.

happy camper kids

My mom {who’s extremely happy but not a camper} has been making these for years, and they are always a requested recipe.  It’s like a meal in a bowl. This recipe is great for cookouts and pitch-ins too – you can easily make it ahead of time and warm up over the fire or in a slow cooker. 

What’s YOUR favorite campfire food?


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7 Responses to “Happy Camper Chuck Wagon Beans”

  1. Crystal
    July 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Smores, of course!

  2. Mom
    July 26, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    These are very good. We made these the other day after enjoying the one’s Jen made for the 4th of July. Yummy!

  3. Julie
    July 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    What are butter beans?

  4. Gail
    October 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    I have a similar recipe, and it also is the most requested recipe for me to make. The only difference is I use 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup real maple syrup instead of 3/4 cup brown sugar (along with the 1/2 cup of granulated sugar). I have never used vinegar, but I think I will add that the next time for a little tang! Thanks for the great recipe.

    We camp with a group of people and I like to make cowboy caviar (a black bean and corn salad) with Frito scoops as an appetizer. Because the dressing is oil and vinegar, you don’t have to worry about it if it is warm outside.

  5. Kelly Scott
    September 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    I just wanna say those boys are DARLING! U r sooooo blessed…

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