Try these easy camping recipes to make your outdoor trip more memorable! From breakfast to dinner to savory snacks, these dishes are sure to fuel you up!
Camping is one of those wonderfully versatile activities that you can do with anyone. It can be romantic, family-friendly, or a little wild.
It’s something almost everyone knows how to do. When it comes to camping recipes, though, many of us are still way behind the times.
Eating around a campfire no longer means breaking open cold, pre-packed sandwiches, roasting marshmallows, or heating cans of baked beans.
These 30 camping recipes will prove that just because you’re enjoying the rustic life for a few days doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself at mealtime.
This campfire skillet breakfast tastes as good as it looks. It’s like something you might eat in a five-star restaurant.
Camping breakfasts don’t mean you’re stuck boiling eggs in a pot of water and heating pre-cooked bacon over the fire.
With this skillet breakfast, you’re only limited by your imagination and your ability to pack the right ingredients.
It includes peppers, potatoes, onions, cooked ham, and eggs and is seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked in olive oil.
It takes about 25 minutes to make, and it’ll keep you full for an entire day of hiking, swimming, or whatever else you plan on doing.
Pull-apart bread is one of my favorites, but this pull-apart bread is particularly scrumptious.
All you’ll need is bread, butter, cheese, and bacon, though you can serve it with Dijon mustard if you like.
Cook it on a grill or over a campfire in less than 30 minutes.
Every time you pull apart a slice, you’ll enjoy warm, gooey, cheesy-and-bacony goodness that gets better with every bite.
If you’ve ever tried – and failed – to make French toast on a camping trip, you’re probably shaking your head right now.
But making perfectly crispy, not-too-soggy French toast while camping is possible.
You’ll just need the right tools for the job. A whole loaf of sourdough bread is the ideal place to start.
Beat your eggs in a bowl, and add in your spices. Everything else should fall into place.
We like to serve ours with blueberries and maple syrup, but bring your favorite berries along to make it just right.
This recipe allows you to play around a little with the protein, but using leftover meat from the previous night’s meal is certainly convenient.
Aside from that, all you’ll need are English muffins, a couple of eggs, and your favorite cheese.
Warm everything up in tinfoil on a grill, and you’ll have a delicious breakfast sandwich in about 25 minutes.
Bring a cast-iron Dutch oven with you on your next camping trip, and you’ll be able to wake your family up with the sweet smells of a berry-filled Dutch baby cooking over the fire.
With nine ingredients, this recipe requires a few more things than many of our simpler camping recipes, but it feeds six people and cooks in less than an hour.
Plus, it tastes unbelievably good, so leave a little room in your bags for a few extra ingredients the next time you go camping. It’ll be worth it.
If you’re a frequent camper, you should definitely invest in a Dutch oven if you don’t already have one.
You’ll make some of the absolute best meals in these, and they’re so simple.
These nachos include all the good stuff – green onions, avocados, black beans, a Mexican cheese blend, tomato sauce, lime, and cilantro – and you can make them in about 15 minutes.
They’re spicy, cheesy, and yummy. If you want to throw in some ground hamburger, you’ll need to cook it separately and thoroughly before adding it to the Dutch oven.
Grilled cheese is classic comfort food, and there’s really no better way to make them than in pie irons over an open fire.
Aside from the pie iron, all you’ll need is bread, butter, cheese, and a butter knife.
You can also add sandwich meats, pickles, tomatoes, or anything else you might enjoy on a classic grilled cheese sandwich.
All you’ll need to make campfire pizza dough are five ingredients: water, salt, olive oil, rapid-rise yeast, and flour.
It’s surprisingly easy to whip up, and you can cook it in a skillet over an open fire.
Don’t forget to pack your cheese, tomato sauce, and whatever extra toppings you want to add.
Caramelized onions are mouthwateringly, incredibly good. Even if you don’t enjoy onions, I urge you to give these a try.
You’ll need a few Vidalia onions, some butter, beef bouillon granules, and garlic salt and pepper for seasoning.
They may be onions, but cooked this way, they’re delicacies.
Campfire cornbread is always yummy, but this cornbread is especially good, thanks to the green chiles, cheddar cheese, and honey.
It’s a cheesy, herby treat with just a hint of sweetness.
If you have a Dutch oven, this is an incredible way to make roast chicken. Everything goes in the Dutch oven, and you’ll have a complete meal when it’s done.
This is also a great meal to cook at home in the oven. It only requires a roast chicken, your favorite seasonings, some carrots, potatoes, and an onion.
I love chili cheese fries, but I never eat them at home because they feel more like “party” or “special occasion” food.
I was thrilled when I discovered this recipe for campfire chili cheese fries.
Camping is the perfect time to fix “special occasion” or “party” food. Plus, it’s super simple.
Cook your fries in tinfoil first. Then add in the chili and cheese, re-close the tinfoil, and cook it until the chili is warm and the cheese is melted.
This Dutch oven meal takes a little longer to cook, but it’s worth it.
The beer brats come out juicy, tender, and bursting with flavor, and the potatoes, peppers, and onions are all perfectly seasoned thanks to the salty, hearty beef broth base.
Baked beans are a camping tradition, but just because something’s traditional doesn’t mean it has to be boring.
This recipe for baked beans includes bacon, onions, bell peppers, BBQ sauce, and three different kinds of beans.
It’s the best campfire beans recipe you’ll ever find.
Whether you’re looking for a sweet but healthy snack or something to complement those yummy baked beans, grilled corn on the cob is the answer.
Soak the corn in water for 30 minutes, grill them for 30 minutes, and then add your salt. That’s all it takes.
If you’re looking for a campfire dinner that’ll give you that authentic rustic feeling, try this recipe for cowboy stew.
It’s high in protein and has just enough chili pepper (or hot sauce) to it to give it a bite.
Made from beans, tomatoes, sausages, garlic, and onions, it should also keep the bears (and vampires!) away.
Want to know the secret to fixing the perfect camping nachos without your chips getting all soggy? Tinfoil.
Layer your ingredients with the chips on the bottom, followed by the cheese, chicken, beans, and BBQ sauce. Cook all that in the foil for about 8 minutes.
Once your cheese melts, add on all your cool toppings, and enjoy!
These kabobs are so easy to make, you’ll want to add them into your regular dinner rotation.
The marinade is simple to mix, and all you’ll have to do for the kabobs is layer your chicken, pineapple, and onions.
Be sure to let the chicken marinate for about a day beforehand.
If you’re not very experienced with Dutch ovens or campfire cooking, these enchiladas are perfect for beginner chefs because they’re super simple and done in about 25 minutes.
They’re also vegetarian-friendly and can be made vegan-friendly with the right cheese. They’re filling and delicious.
Tinfoil to the rescue again! Best of all, with these sandwiches, you can make them beforehand and bring them already wrapped in foil.
Then all you’ll have to do is heat them.
If you want the dipping sauce, that’s easy to whip up, too! Just don’t forget to bring along the au jus gravy mix, water, a whisk, and a bowl.
This is such an easy way to make tacos – taco salad, really – that we do it even when we aren’t camping.
It’s perfect for Superbowl Sunday or any event where people eat somewhere that’s not sitting down around a kitchen table.
Fix your ground hamburger and taco seasoning just as you would if you were making regular taco salad. Then slice up all your extras – tomatoes, lettuce, etc.
Instead of breaking out plates or taco shells, though, add the finished product into an individual bag of your favorite tortilla chips, whether that’s nacho cheese, cool ranch, or regular tortillas.
Have you ever wished you could make garlic bread on the grill that was perfectly crispy, had the exact right amount of butter, and done in less than 5 minutes? Now, you can.
Best of all, you can make the homemade garlic butter ahead of time, so all you have to do is spread it on the bread, wrap it in foil, and heat it for about 3 minutes.
The homemade garlic butter also tastes great on potatoes, pasta, or wherever else you enjoy garlic.
Cooked in foil over an open fire, these potatoes are juicy, garlicky, and herby. They’re soft, but not too soft, and are bursting with flavor.
They’re the perfect side dish to just about any campfire meal.
It’s true; you can even make lasagna while camping. (Just one more reason you should invest in a Dutch oven if you don’t have one!)
Best of all, this lasagna only requires six ingredients.
Coat the bottom of your Dutch oven in the oil, then spread your tomato sauce and lay down your noodles. Add more sauce, followed by baby spinach and cheese.
Add another layer of noodles, and keep going until your lasagna is as high as you want it.
Top it all off with oregano, and cook it for about half an hour. You can also make this in your oven at home.
Ham and cheese sandwiches are pretty standard camping fare, but with this recipe, you’ll never have to eat them cold again.
These are cheesy and gooey, and the Dijon mustard gives them a slightly zesty kick that sets off the whole sandwich. They’re done in less than 30 minutes.
The actual name for this recipe is “One Pot Veggie Chili Cornbread Casserole Over the Open Fire,” and it tells you pretty much everything you need to know about this dish, except how tasty it is.
It’s incredible, but it does require quite a few ingredients (unless you make the chili at home and bring it with you).
This recipe is easiest if you’re camping near a lodge or cabin or if you have a camper.
27. Campfire S’mores
You can’t have a list of the best camping recipes and not include s’mores.
Chances are, you know how to make these already, but if you don’t, this classic recipe has you covered.
Basically, this is just another recipe for s’mores. However, these s’mores are made in one big, messy, pull-apart concoction that somehow makes them even more fun to eat.
Throw all your ingredients into a skillet. Wrap it in aluminum foil, and set it on a grate over your campfire.
Cook it until the chocolate and marshmallows melt. It’s a big, gooey mess, but it tastes so good.
29. Campfire Popcorn
There’s just something so satisfying about popping popcorn over an open fire in the woods at night.
It’s one of my favorite things to do while camping, which is why I’ve included this recipe, even though it’s a simple one.
You’ll just need popcorn kernels, salt, aluminum foil, and some neutral flavor oil. Oh! And a campfire and a long stick, of course.
Even though you can’t actually make these while camping, I decided to include them anyway because they’re perfect for making at home and taking with you on your camping trips.
They combine the yumminess of s’mores with the nutrition of granola bars.
They’re vegan-friendly (although you can easily make them non-vegan-friendly if that’s not an issue) and perfect for on-the-go snacking while hiking.
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