20 Easy Camping Meals & Recipes

easy camping meals

20 Easy Camping Meals & Recipes

When you go camping, enjoying a magnificent meal isn’t usually on your list of priorities. When you’re cooking in the outdoors with no kitchen equipment and no fancy ingredients, you probably figure you’re lucky to get hot dogs, canned beans and other basic camping meals.

Get ready to get your world rocked because these camping recipes will change your mind. They’ll also change the way you view your camping meals. Each recipe is fast, easy and needs only a few basic ingredients. That makes these recipes perfect for your next adventure in a tent, RV or woodland lodge.

We know you want to spend your time hiking, swimming, exploring and gazing at the stars. These recipes won’t chain you to a camp stove. You can whip them up just about as quickly as you can whip up a bowl of instant oatmeal or pop open a can of soup. If you can get fire, you can make these delicious meals on your next trip.

What Equipment Will You Need?

These meals will make your trip more fun and satisfying, whether it’s a family gathering, a trip with friends or a romantic escape for just two. Get that fire going and start cooking up some memories.

These recipes are ideal for situations where you have limited equipment. You will need:

  • Cast iron skillet.
  • Dutch oven or casserole that can cook on a stovetop or grill.
  • Aluminum foil.

Plan Ahead for Great Meals

We’ve included breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts. We also added some tasty sides that will take your campfire meal to the next level.

Some recipes call for you to do some preparation ahead of time. Get these recipes partially prepared while you’re still home. Once you’re camping, the recipe will take just minutes to make.

It’s a good idea to make a meal plan just like you do at home. Knowing what you plan to eat each day will tell you what to pack. Be sure to pack foods that travel well. Don’t forget energy-boosting snacks like peanuts, trail mix and granola bars.

20 Fast, Easy Camping Recipes

It’s time to step up your campfire cuisine. These recipes make it easy for anyone to create an amazing outdoor meal.

Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

These spicy, satisfying nachos use rotisserie chicken to make preparation even easier. Use fresh or canned corn. You gather everything in foil packs, season them and grill them. You can pack these portable, foil-wrapped nachos and take them on a walk. Get the recipe here.

Seared Sausage With Cabbage and Pink Lady Apples

This is a filling stew that’s perfect for autumn and winter trips. Pink lady apples and red cabbage give this classic meal a gorgeous color and bright flavor. Cooked to perfection in a cast-iron skillet, this sausage dish smells as good as it tastes. Here’s the recipe.

No-Bake Nutella S’mores Granola Bars

What could be better than a granola bar that needs no baking? It could only be a granola bar that’s rich with the flavors of Nutella and marshmallows. These soft, chewy bars are a great snack or breakfast. They require only a few minutes of heat to melt the butter. Then you just blend, mix and mold into shape. Get the recipe here.

Fiery Campfire Veggies

Give plain corn on the cob, zucchini and bell peppers a jump-start of bright, fresh flavor. This easy recipe grills in about 10 minutes and makes a great side dish or snack. They smell great and will wake up your senses. Get the campfire-approved recipe here.

Hot Ham and Cheese Campfire Sandwiches

Make everyone’s belly happy with these hearty, cheesy sandwiches. They cook quickly in foil packets. The packets make them portable, but you won’t be able to resist eating them right away. You can make them for any meal. The recipe is here.

Root Beer Apple Baked Beans

This rich, decadent take on classic baked beans is perfect for any camping trip. The beans smell incredible while they’re cooking, and they make an inviting meal after a day spent outside. If you can’t imagine how root beer works in baked beans, the first bite will amaze you. The recipe is here.

Cucumber Melon Salad

This refreshing salad is perfect when you’re camping in the summer. It uses two of summer’s brightest, coolest tastes together. This perfectly combines tangy and sweet flavors. It goes well with any meals you’re making and will appeal to everyone. The recipe is here.

Pound Cake and Berry Campfire Skillet Dessert

Who says you can’t have homemade dessert just because you’re camping? This easy recipe uses fresh berries, store-bought pound cake and chocolate candies to create a sensational treat. You can adapt it to your own preferences by changing the fruit and candy you use. The recipe is here.

Bacon Ranch Grilled Potatoes

Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. They’re even more satisfying when you add cheese, bacon and ranch dressing. These sensational spuds are the perfect side for any grilled meats. This foil packet recipe cooks right on your campfire. The recipe is here.

Chicken Parmesan Foil Packets With Veggies

Are you seeing a theme here? Foil packets make for easy cooking, amazing flavor and no cleanup. That’s why foil packet recipes are perfect for camping meals. This wonderful recipe is just another example of what foil can do for you. The seasoned chicken cooks quickly with vegetables to create a full meal. The recipe is here.

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

S’mores are great, but did you know you can cook cinnamon buns at your campfire? Make room for the ingredients to make these gooey, decadent buns. You cook them on a stick over your campfire. The recipe is here.

Speedy Cream of Wild Rice Soup

A few simple ingredients cook together in a pot on your campfire. This recipe takes just minutes to cook, making it ideal for those days when you’d rather be doing other things. Use precooked bacon to make it easy. This recipe makes a creamy, comforting soup. Get it here.

Grilled Hot Dogs With Fixings

Hot dogs are a classic campfire meal. Why not make them special? This is super easy. Just make one of these three delicious sauces before you leave on your trip, bring it with you and use it to give your grilled hot dogs a dose of amazing flavor. Why not make all three? The recipe is here.

Blackberry Glazed Chicken

Take your chicken recipes up a notch with a sweet, slightly sour blackberry glaze. Grill these up for a dinner that tastes like the wild outdoors. You’ll have plenty of glaze left to spoon over the chicken and any sides. The easy recipe is here.

Cowboy Casserole

After a long day on the dusty trail, fill your belly with this feast. This combination of beef, beans and biscuits is a family-friendly meal. Get the recipe here.

Grilled Salmon and Asparagus

Here’s a meal that’s elegant enough to serve to company but cooks in minutes on your campfire or grill. Asparagus is at its prime in the early spring, but you could use frozen or canned asparagus for this. Foil packets come to the rescue again to create a no-fuss, high-end meal in minutes. Get the recipe here.

Cornmeal Griddle Pancakes

Surprise your family with these filling, country style pancakes in the morning. Put together the mix at home and bring it with you. Once you have a fire going, it takes just one or two ingredients to turn the mix into breakfast magic. Add blueberries and syrup for a classic feast. The recipe is here.

Cake and Berry Campfire Cobbler

Here’s another delicious, easy dessert you can make right on your campfire. It cooks in a Dutch oven on a fire or your grill. If you have ice cream or whipped topping, you can make this really special. Get the recipe here.

Ultimate Camping Breakfast Sandwich

Get ready to enjoy an old-fashioned breakfast in one easy-to-make sandwich. Cooked on the grill, they will give your morning a boost of energy and flavor. The recipe is here.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Here’s another cold salad that’s the perfect accompaniment to any spring or summer camping meal. With tuna and eggs, it could even work as a light meal. Make it ahead of time and bring it with you for an unforgettable meal. The recipe is here.

Eat Well With These Tasty Camping Recipes

We hope we’ve inspired you to create some fantastic meals the next time you’re camping. Enjoying delicious meals is a big part of any vacation, and a camping vacation should be no different. A little planning and some basic equipment are all you need.

With these recipes, your next camping trip will be memorable not just for the adventures you experience. It will also be memorable for the delicious meals you enjoyed.


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