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Eating well on camping trips may seem impossible, but with the right knowledge, it can be done
Simple tips like using frozen canned items as makeshift coolers and pre-portioning meals before you leave will help you stay gourmet, even if you’re living in a tent.
When it comes to camping, food can either be one of the most enjoyable or most terrifying aspects of your trip.
Many people find cooking outdoors without the distractions of electronics, other people, or everyday obligations appealing, while others dread making do without their fridges, cooking over an open fire, or coming back to find their hot dogs being eaten by a hungry bear.
Click here to see the 7 Tips for Camping Meals Slideshow!
For those who are dissuaded from embarking on camping trips because they question their ability to survive without modern convenience, not to fear. Although it may not be as easy as cooking with your high-tech appliances at home, preparing delicious meals while camping is far from impossible. In fact, you might even find that some food tastes better when it’s prepared outdoors.
Simple tips like using frozen canned items as makeshift coolers and pre-portioning meals before you leave will help you pack and eat well, even if you’re living in a tent. Check out our slideshow for some tips on how to stay practical but satisfied on camping trips.
Simple and Delicious RV Meals
Summer is the best time of year for RVing. Warm weather and blue skies make for the perfect vacation conditions, and, for this reason, most RV owners plan at least one trip per summer. One of the many benefits to RV camping is the full kitchen that is provided in most RVs. Cooking some meals in an RV can help vacationers to save money, while still enjoying delicious food.
Although most RV kitchens come equipped with the same standard kitchen appliances as kitchens in houses, everything is typically smaller in an RV. RVs also have less counter space. For this reason, many are not sure which meals are best to make in their RV. If the idea of cooking meals in your RV kitchen seems overwhelming, then you have come to the right place. Here, we have compiled a list of the best summer recipes that can easily be made in any RV kitchen or even outside, around the fire.
Make-Ahead Camping Recipes for Easy Meal Planning
Whether foil packs, casseroles, or pasta salads fit your camping style, there are plenty of options when it comes to making food ahead of time for your next RV trip. A little planning saves a LOT of trouble when you’re on the road!
Check out our blog for more recipes and RVing inspiration.
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55+ Easy Camping Recipes for Your Next Trip to the Great Outdoors
These will make everyone a happy&mdashand full&mdashcamper.
Summer is here, and so is one of the most adventurous times of the entire year: camping season, of course. Whether you're tent camping, taking an RV, or doing something a little more glam, there are few better ways to enjoy the beautiful weather than by spending as much time as you can outside. We love getting our boots muddy and exploring the outdoors all day, followed by a relaxing evening by the campfire, eating some well-earned dinner and roasting marshmallows.
It's always wonderful to swap stories with your family as you all gaze up at the wide open sky. There are plenty of things to do and items to pack to ensure your trip goes according to plan, and we're here to make that preparation easier with this giant list of our favorite campfire recipes. This list features main meals, side dishes, easy snacks, and even some sweet treats, so you won't have to worry about not having enough recipes for the trip. (And yes, there are several delicious s'mores recipes on this list!) The dishes offered here are easy to make, because we know the last thing you want to do after running around all day is spend a ton of time making meals for everyone. Also, many of these dishes can be taken on the go&mdashespecially the foil pack recipes&mdashwhich is ideal for those long hikes that you'll be taking. Your camping trip is going to be so much more delicious thanks to these ideas.
This dinner classic will sustain your camping guests after a long day of camping and hiking activities. Lots of people have their favorite chili recipe, so feel free to add any changes to our recipe. This heat-and-serve solution and premade camping meal is simple, but tasty.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup onion
- 2 cups of diced tomatoes
- 1 8oz can of tomato sauce
- 2 cups of kidney beans
- 2 tsp chili powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cheddar cheese
Cook the beef and onion in skillet until meat is cooked and the onion is translucent. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans and chili powder and mix. Add salt and pepper as you like and reduce to a simmer. Cover and keep heat on low for 20 minutes. Store in fridge until you leave!
Warm your chili in a cast iron pot over your campfire grill and keep everyone happy with this comfort food favorite.
10. Kabob Skewers
Kabobs are a lot of fun at the campground and very easy to make at home. There are so many different kinds of kabobs, but our favorite is this unique Mediterranean spin from The Road Map. These Italian Prosciutto Skewers are simple, yet gushing with flavor. Campers looking for a gourmet premade meal can assemble ingredients on a skewer at home, and store in the fridge for transit to the campsite.
- Mozzarella in balls
- Cherry Tomatoes
Add tomatoes to skewer, then add mozzarella, wrapping the prosciutto around the mozarella. Create this formation until you have as much food on each skewer as you’d like.
Grill kabobs over the fire until the tomatoes blister. Add a bit of olive oil, salt, and paprika to taste.
11. Mac and Cheese
This delicious recipe from Lauren’s Latest is mouth-watering. Make sure to store the mac and cheese in individual pie tins, which will make it easier to bring this premade camping meal to the campsite
- 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
- 8 oz prepared Alfredo sauce
- 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4-1/2 cup half and half or whole milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the pasta according to package directions, then drain and rinse in cold water. Stir in alfredo sauce into the cooked pasta with the three cheeses and enough milk so that your mac and cheese doesn’t dry out while it’s staying cool. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Divide between four mini aluminum pie tins sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and store in the fridge until it’s time to leave.
Prepare your fire, but let it burn down to coals before cooking the mac and cheese. Place a cooking rack 2-3 inches above the coals. Then, put each pie tin filled with mac and cheese on top of the rack. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until it is hot and serve when ready.
12. Margherita Campfire Pizza
This classic is one of the most shareable premade camping meals. We recommend making a few different pizzas with different toppings to suit your party’s food preferences and dietary needs. Keep the pizza in the freezer until you leave, then put it in the cooler until it’s ready to cook over the fire.
Prepare ingredients on pizza dough and store for later. These pizzas are so much fun to cook over the campfire, so you’ll want to leave them raw until they’re ready to cook.
Ingredients for Margherita pizza:
- Store-bought premade pizza dough
- Tomato sauce
- 1 Tomato
- 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
Oil a cast iron pan, baking sheet or pizza stone, and place the premade pizza in it and out over the fire. Cover and cook until the bottom has brown toppings are warm. Remove and enjoy!
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Camping Food Ideas That’ll Impress Your Friends and Family
1. Hot Dogs on a Stick.
Ditch those hot dog buns and make these hot dogs on a stick. They are convenient, tasty, and finger-licking good. I love doing quick meals like this that are less messy and easy to make.
2. Foil Chicken and Pineapple Camp Meal
Grilled Pineapple Chicken tastes like a gourmet meal from the comfort of your campfire. Just look at those juicy pineapple chunks and pepper pieces!
3. Campfire S’mores With Fruit
Take your S’mores to the next level by adding strawberry slices or pineapple, or banana or raspberries. Any fruit you can imagine with chocolate, it will taste AMAZING toasted on a s’more – trust us! You’ll never go back.
4. Grilled Fruit Cones
Instead of s’mores with graham crackers – use an icecream cone. This cone was filled with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and fruit, then wrapped in foil before being grilled, its the BEST tradition EVER!!
5. Fire Toasted Banana Boats
For something sweet (and at least kind of healthy), make banana boats. Bananas stuffed with chocolate and marshmallows… what could be better?
6. Foil-Wrapped, Fire-Grilled Corn
This is by far my FAVORITE way to eat corn. Grilled corn is the perfect accompaniment to any campfire dinner. Smokey, salty, and sweet all in one veggie. Butter your corn, wrap it in foil and place it on charcoals for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the heat of your fire. YUM!
7. Foil Packet Chili Fries
This triple-tested meal is to DIE for! Seriously, EASY. When you are camping you want EASY. And the kids LOVE it and gobble it up with zero complaints. Promise, the Campfire Chili Cheese Fries are even better than the version you’ll get at a restaurant. Yum.
8. Wrapped Warm Sandwiches
The easiest meal EVER. Sandwiches, meat, cheese – wrap them in foil until the cheese melts. It would be like 5 minutes flat from idea to ready to eat1 Kids and adults alike love super cheesy recipes. Try these Cheesy Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches on your next camping trip!
9. Breakfast Outdoors – French Toast
Make breakfast for a crowd easily with this scrumptious Campfire French Toast recipe. You can slice the break and have the eggs already made ahead of time to make this an easy meal.
10. French Toast on a Stick
Don’t want the foil french toast?? There is a little harder version, but definitely more fun! Campfire Cinnamon Rollups would make a great breakfast or dessert.
11. Breakfast Camp Tacos
These Make Ahead Breakfast Tacos don’t need to be prepped at the campsite. Make them before your trip and warm them up over the fire. You can’t get much easier than that.
12. Foil-Packed Macaroni and Cheese
Camping Mac and Cheese is divine. It gets a thin layer of crispy cheese on top, and the ooey, gooey, stretchy cheese will just make your day!
13. Spicey Foil-Wrapped Hot Dogs
Instead of grilling hotdogs, spice it up with peppers, onions and sliced potatoes. You’ll love these! It just isn’t summer camping without some hot dogs, but these Foil Packet Hot Dogs pack a lot more flavor than simple hot dogs on a bun.
14. Kabobs!! Hot Grilled Dinner!!
Marinate pieces of steak and fresh veggies the day before to prep these amazing Steak Kabobs. They’re real crowd-pleasers.
Related: 19 Camping Hacks Every Outdoorsy Family Needs to Know
15. Foil Packet Chicken
Santa Fe Chicken Packets pack lots of veggies and cheese into one yummy dish that the whole family will love. Plus, it’s a really affordable meal!
16. Kid-Loved Cheesy Fries
Or how about some Grilled Foil-Pack Cheesy Fries with bacon and green onions? Serve them with sour cream or ranch… yum!
17. 25 Min Charcoal Grilled Wings.
Wings make a great campfire food, and these Jerk Chicken Wings are super easy and ready in 25 minutes. Fun. Fast. Guaranteed to be a family favorite.
Enjoy an appetizer around the campfire with crusty bread and a big batch of Campfire Spinach Dip.
via Twin Dragonfly Designs
If you prefer lighter fare, Whole Wheat Pasta in Foil Packets may be right up your alley. You can cook the pasta at home to make meal prep even easier.
A simple skillet dessert will make campfire cooking so much easier. Try these Skillet S’more Brownies on for size. You’ll make them again and again!
This dangerously drinkable infusion is made with moonshine, a.k.a. "white whiskey," which is enjoying a comeback these days. Substitute it for vodka, if you like.
Recipes you want to make. Cooking advice that works. Restaurant recommendations you trust.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Red Wine Hot Chocolate is a dark chocolate blend of flavors is so rich and decadent you are sure to fall in love at first sip. Get Recipe Here.
Hawaiian BBQ Pork Walking Taco Recipe
Walking tacos are the newest and best excuse I have for eating chips. These deceptive little foil packets contain a whole meal. Get Recipe Here.
Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in Foil Recipe
A whole three course meal in an easy little package. Get Recipe Here.
Cajun Style Grill Foil Packets Recipe
Make sure to keep these on ice until you start up the campfire, they pack the full range of savory taste and fresh crunchy flavor. Get Recipe Here.
Camp Chili Cornbread Recipe
Just because you’re around a campfire doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to some comfort food. This recipe will have the whole camp lethargic from being so stuffed! Get Recipe Here.
Camping Mac N Cheese Recipe
Ooh I love mac & cheese, anywhere anytime. Taking everyone’s favorite side to the woods with you will make you an instant favorite around the fire. Get Recipe Here.
Easy No Knead Skillet Bread Recipe
Cooking bread in the woods? Yeah, we do that. This bread recipe will have you wanting to make your own. Get Recipe Here.
Grilled Blooming Onion Recipe
A grilled version of a certain trademarked franchises best selling appetizer and in the comfort of your own camp chair. Get Recipe Here.
Chili Campfire Bake Recipe
Got a skillet, make sure you bring it to the campsite because you’re going to want to make this for dinner. Just make sure you bring enough, no need to start a fight now. Get Recipe Here.
Easy No Mess Camp Burgers Recipe
This is a great way to make burgers while out camping but without the mess. Sign me up! Get Recipe Here.
Grilling Fires Potato Wedges Recipe
You should never have to sacrifice the fries with your burger just because you’re sitting around a fire. Get Recipe Here.
Camping Farmers Breakfast Recipe
Don’t forget a big breakfast before you go hit the trail or float the river, this will be sure to fuel the whole clan during your many adventures. Get Recipe Here.
Dutch Oven Bacon Cheese Pull Aparts Recipe
Bacon and cheesy pull apart bread you will want to snack on all day. Get Recipe Here.
Camp Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Now I am not saying you have to forget the s’mores but this might be a welcome departure/addition for your next camping trip. Get Recipe Here.
Dutch Oven Caramel Apple Pie Recipe
Caramel apple pie that you can bake at a campsite. Shhhh, you had me at caramel and apple and pie. Get Recipe Here.
Easy S’mores Bars Recipes
Ooh I love any idea that gets me more s’mores. Get Recipe Here.
Whether you're gunning hard on the trail, the river, or the rock faces, or you're indulging in more leisurely sightseeing in a national park or scenic corridor, camping inspires a mean and honest appetite. While backpackers might observe the midday camping meal with nothing more than an extended snack break, many other campers like to go for a more ambitious fresh-air lunch, in which case the following camping food recipes ought to fit the bill nicely.
Put together this zesty and colorful slaw from The Adventure Bite team before your camping trip, and it’ll just get more flavorful with the extra sitting time in a ziplock bag or Tupperware container.
This foil-wrapped, fire-cooked winner comes to us from Well Plated by Erin and its creator’s fond memories of Girl Scout campfire cookouts.
Another absolutely scrumptious foil-cooking homerun of a camping lunch, thanks to Kleinworth & Co.
This veggie tacos made with the Greek cheese halloumi (another Fresh Off the Grid score) are easy to throw together in the campsite or picnic area.
Enjoy the City of Brotherly Love’s signature sammie at the campsite with this hassle-free tinfoil recipe from Twin Dragonfly Designs.
Cheese takes a starring role in this delicious sandwich, a blue-ribbon midday reward on the trail. Check out the recipe at Dirty Gourmet!
Guy Fieri’s tip: Cooking corn on the cob in its de-silked husk keeps the kernels moist and adds a nice grassy flavor. For less fuss, feel free to fully husk the corn and wrap it in foil.
The trick to doing camp food well, Guy Fieri has learned, is to plan and prep at home. This dish is the perfect example. Cut the vegetables and make the dressing before you leave for your trip, then toss everything together when you’re ready to eat. Use a handheld slicer (like a mandoline or a Benriner) to make cutting the vegetables easier.