Pie Iron Philly Cheesesteaks

pie iron philly cheesesteak with salad and cheesy fries on blue plate

While there are multiple ways of making Philly Cheesesteaks over a campfire, this pie iron version is the easiest for beginners. Often, we will cook up our steak the night before and use the leftovers for this recipe the next night. However, even when we start from scratch Pie Iron Philly Cheesesteaks are well worth the effort for an ooey-gooey hot dinner.

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Who doesn’t love food cooked over a campfire? Actually, we know a lot of people who don’t and we just have to feel sorry for them. Because we love to cook over a campfire, especially in a pie iron. These are sometimes called camp cookers, pudgy pies, or even hobo pies, but we use the term pie iron. Whatever you choose to call it, know that these trusty tools make extremely delicious food cooked over the campfire.

What we love about Pie Iron Philly Cheesesteaks:

  • Easy to make
  • They can be adjusted to the kid’s tastes
  • Smells amazing
  • All that ooey gooey melted cheese
  • Simply and utterly delicious

The Ingredients:

  • Oil (don’t want that steak to stick)
  • Butter (for the sandwich bread)
  • Steak (slice this up before cooking)
  • Bell pepper (keep it traditional with green or use whatever color you have)
  • Onion (white, yellow, sweet, your call)
  • Provolone cheese (only cheese we eat on these sandwiches)
  • Sandwich bread (we use whole wheat, but your preference)
double pie iron oiled and seasoned for cooking meat and veggies
steak peppers and onions sliced for cooking
peppers onions and steak in pie iron for grilling
cooked steak peppers and onions in pie iron

The Process:

  1. (Optional) Preheat your pie irons over the fire while getting your supplies ready.
  2. Oil insides of a double pie iron and sprinkle with seasonings if you wish.
  3. Insert steak, peppers, and onions, then close and place on campfire.
  4. Cook for 5-10 minutes, flipping regularly. Remove when steak is at your preferred doneness.
pie iron that has been buttered
slice of bread with cooked steak peppers and onions in pie iron
slice of bread with provolone cheese in pie iron
pie iron philly cheesesteak plated with cheesy fries and salad
  1. Butter two single pie irons or another double on both sides. (If you don’t have enough pie irons, you will need to do this in batches.)
  2. Place one slice of bread on each side of pie irons.
  3. Layer steak, pepper, and onions on one side. Place 1-2 slices of cheese on other side.
  4. Close the pie iron(s) and place on the fire. Cook for 3-5 minutes to allow cheese to melt and bread to get toasty.

Equipment needed:

  • Pie iron(s): We have a double pie iron from Rome, a double from Field & Stream, two singles from Field & Stream, and two single Coghlan’s Camp Cookers. Pie irons also come in circles and waffle versions. We recommend a square or rectangle for this recipe.
  • Cutting boards and knives: You will want to have a clean surface to cut your meat before cooking and another clean surface to cut your sandwiches prior to eating.
  • Heat resistant gloves: If you are going to be working around a fire, at some point you will probably get burned. These gloves can help prevent that.

More Recipes to Enjoy:

Pie Iron Philly Cheesesteak

Who knew you could cook a Philly Cheesesteak over a campfire?
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, bread, camping, cheese, pie iron
Servings: 2 sandwiches

Equipment

  • Pie Irons

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lb steak sliced
  • 1/2 med onion diced
  • 1 med green bell pepper diced
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • olive oil
  • butter

Instructions

  • (Optional) Preheat your pie irons over the fire while getting your supplies ready.
  • Oil your double pie iron on both sides. Insert steak, peppers, and onion, then close and place on campfire.
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes, flipping regularly. Remove when steak is at your preferred doneness.
  • Butter two single pie irons or another double on both sides. (If you don't have enough pie irons, you will need to do this in batches.)
  • Place one slice of bread on each side of pie irons.
  • Layer steak, pepper, and onions on one side. Place 1-2 slices of cheese on other side.
  • Close the pie irons and place on the fire. Cook for3-5 minutes to allow cheese to melt and bread to get toasty.

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