31 Quick And Easy Camping Recipes To Keep You Full In The Wilderness
In need of some easy camping recipes? If you're headed out on an adventure, you're not alone. Tons of Americans are going on road trips right now. But while grilled cheese recipes and plain salad recipes can be delish, sometimes when you're camping you want something a little more… hearty and campfire-appropos. That's where these 30 camping recipes come in, and the fact that they're easy to make will give you more time to hang out with the fam. Sounds like a good idea to us!
What are some easy foods to take camping?
Dry and canned goods are the easiest foods to take on a camping trip. They're easy to transport, plus they stand up to any expiration date concerns you may have on your trip. Cased fruits and veggies, such as oranges, bananas, avocados, potatoes, and apples are all easy produce foods to take camping.
What is the most popular food for camping?
Easily transportable food is the most popular food for camping. Dry goods like cereal, pasta, and oats are always a good bet. Store bought snacks like crackers, dips, granola bars and trail mix are popular for snacking while camping. Canned vegetables and fruit are another popular option, due to how easy it is to carry, as well as its ability to last for longer periods of time.
What should I make for dinner while camping?
You can make campfire potato skins, sandwiches and wraps, hot dogs, aluminum foil packs, meat skewers, chili, and grilled fish for a tasty camping dinner. Read on for more easy and filling camping recipes!
What food should I bring for 3 days camping?
If you're camping for 3 days, you'll want to bring a range of items to make snacks and meals with. Pack a dry grain like pasta or rice, some protein (can be canned tuna, or already-cooked chicken), canned or dry beans or lentils, some easy-to-carry fruits like bananas, apples, and oranges, plus some store bought snacks like granola bars, potato chips, or trail mix.
Pancakes are quite possibly the perfect Saturday morning camping recipe, and these babies only need bananas, protein powder, and eggs! Top with your favorite fruit or maple syrup for a delicious camp food recipe. (via Brit + Co.)
If you love loaded potatoes but have dietary restrictions, or you're trying to keep to healthier recipes), then this vegan dish (which is one of the best camping recipes, in our opinion) is going to make your day! Spicy cashew cream sauce provides the creaminess and flavor of cheese, and don't even get us started on how much we love the shiitake mushroom "bacon." Prep the night before to make assembling a breeze. (via Brit + Co.)
This hearty sandwich is a great way to start off a day full of hiking, swimming, or just hanging out at the campsite. Chia seeds, avocado, spinach, and Greek yogurt give a regular egg sandwich a serious upgrade, and we're pretty sure we're never going back. (via Brit + Co.)
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These chicken wraps are super versatile because you can grill them like Tieghan does or leave them cold if you prefer to eat them like regular wraps. Grab rotisserie chicken to make this an easy camping recipe, but the real star of the show is the buffalo sauce. It adds a nice kick that complements the creaminess of the ranch and cheese. Yes please! (via Brit + Co.)
This sweet treat is like a regular s'more, except prepped inside a banana. Wrap your gooey creation in some aluminum foil and set it over the open fire for a bite you'll want every camping night. (via Brit + Co.)
Brussels sprouts are great for Vitamin K, antioxidants, and fiber, and a cheesy bacon topping just takes them to the next level. To get ready for your trip, just make this camping recipe ahead of time, cover, and store in the fridge until it's time to leave. Then reheat over the campfire and dig in! (via Brit + Co.)
Okay so we'll admit that this might not be the easiest camping recipe once you're actually at your campsite, but prepare them beforehand and you'll have a filling and cost effective breakfast at your disposal. The veggies add a healthy edge and flavor, and we give it two thumbs up! (via Brit + Co.)
Peanut butter, chocolate chips, and marshmallow spread come together for one of the best sandwiches ever. It's easy to find vegan versions of these ingredients, or just go for your regular go-to's. Either way, this is a camping recipe that will satisfy kids and adults alike (via Brit + Co.)
Make a healthier (not to mention cheaper) version of our favorite childhood meal with pita bread, cheese, and tomato sauce. This is a great meal for the car or the campsite, and since you customize the veggies, it's a surefire way to keep everyone happy! (via Feel Good Foodie)
Flavorful, filling, and warm, biscuits and gravy make for one of the best camping recipes. There's nothing like smelling the gravy cooking in a cast iron, and feeling the chill of the morning air. We love it *so* much. Prep the gravy ahead of time so that you don't have to do as much work at your campsite, or spend time making it with the whole fam! (via Culinary Hill)
These tiny snacks look and sound super fancy, but are as easy as assembling any other crackers! Layer ahead of time for a snack in the car, or wait until you're curled up inside your sleeping bag with your book. Either way, these will taste amazing! (via Brit + Co.)
Hot soup is one of the best camping dinners because it's filling, and it'll keep you warm after the sun goes down! This one is chock full of carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and kale. It also calls for sausage but you could easily leave that out to turn it into a meat-free dish. Make it beforehand with your Instant Pot or use a big pot over the campfire. (via Brit + Co.)
Foil dinners are a camping staple because you can just throw them on the fire and let them cook while you're playing cards, telling stories, or catching up on your latest read. This camping recipe is totally customizable, so pick soy sauce for an Asian flavor or go with hot sauce. You can also swap the chicken and broccoli for different meats and veggies until you find your favorite! (via Brit + Co.)
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Before you head off on your camping adventure, cut up your chicken and veggies, and store in different containers. Then when you're in front of your campfire grill, you can just arrange everything on your skillet, and cook! Moroccan flavors and the creamy feta sauce are a match made in heaven. (via Brit + Co.)
Carrots, cucumbers, and broccoli offer some nutrients, and the soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar give this simple camping meal some serious flavor. Plus, look at all that color! If you're not a fan of sandwiches, you can make the pickle mix (with the cucumbers, carrots, and shallot) for a side dish. (via Brit + Co.)
You can't have a camping trip without s'mores... right?! It's basically a rule. If you want to change up your usual s'mores, consider swapping regular marshmallows for peeps instead for some extra color! And while the chocolate dipped graham crackers are option, we recommend. (via Brit + Co.)
If you're preparing a huge camping dinner for the fam, sometimes you prefer a lighter lunch, especially if it's a hot afternoon. This salad has plenty of strawberries and walnuts, plus a nice dose of balsamic dressing (with Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and garlic — YUM!) that satisfies without weighing you down. (via Brit + Co.)
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Everything about this camping recipe is a good idea. Simmer some beer, ketchup and honey in a cast iron skillet with chipotle chili for a sauce that will go great with burgers, fries, and all your summer sandwiches. Spread some of the sauce on your chicken cubes before grilling to get some extra flavor, and add extra once the skewers are plated! (via Half Baked Harvest)
Hot dogs are one of the best camping recipes, and the only way you can make them better is by adding chili and cheddar cheese. Good thing this has both! This is a super easy camping recipe to assemble that's also easy to customize. Picky eaters welcome. While the recipe calls for a DIY chili, you can totally grab a can from the store to make meal prep faster. (via Culinary Hill)
HOW CUTE are these kid-friendly banana boats? You can this camping recipe a full *nine* different ways, including Stawberry Hazelnut, S'Mores, Banana Split, and Honey Ginger style. We'd like to try every single one, please and thank you. (via Fresh Off the Grid)
Prep this camping meal ahead of time and then throw these bad boys in the fire on your camping trip. Two notes of caution: 1. Keep these in a cooler until you're ready to cook them so the chicken doesn't spoil, and 2. Make sure to wear heat-proof gloves when taking these out of the open fire! (via Life in the Lofthouse)
Pretty much nothing could be simpler than prepping overnight oats ahead of time and eating them for breakfast while you're camping. And by the way, feel free to use whatever fruit you'd like, from strawberries to blueberries and beyond. (via Annie's Noms)
You might notice that there are a couple of foil pocket recipes on this list, mainly because they're *so* perfect for camping. This easy camping recipe offers a Cajun take on things. (via Favorite Family Recipes)
Going camping with your S.O.? We're pretty sure that this INSANELY delicious (and adults-only) dipped marshmallow snack is about to be the hit of the weekend. (via BS' in the Kitchen)
So, we've already covered some ideas for what camping recipes to eat around the fire, but what about when you're on the trail? Cue this high-energy snack loaded with coconut flakes, raw almonds, dried cherries, dark chocolate, cashews, and more. (via Kristine's Kitchen)
Sure, these are technically sandwiches, which is why they're so easy to make for a camping trip. But the twist is that you wrap them in foil and throw them on the heat, allowing the cheese to get all melty and gooey. Better than your average breakfast sandwich, no? (via Life With the Crust Off)
Looking for a camping recipe but want to keep it healthy and low-carb? Spring for this insanely good (and filling!) Italian sausage and bell pepper combo. Mix in as many different colored peppers as you possible can. (via Chelsea's Messy Apron)
When snack time rolls around, you want something healthy that also tastes good and will satisfy until dinner. And it's harder than it should be to do all three! Enter: this tasty camping recipe. The almond butter offers protein, while the banana adds some fiber, and the honey keeps things sweet. Done and done. (via Brit + Co.)
Camping with your dad? He's sure to love this classic meat-and-potatoes combo, and so will everyone else. (via Damn Delicious)
Anything that can be made overnight (ie: while we're literally sleeping) is going to get a stamp of approval from us, especially on a camping trip. This sweet and fruity recipe is the perfect thing to add to your trip, especially if the rest of your meals are heavy and salty. (via Culinary Hill)
We've saved the best for last. The key to making this campfire recipe is to pre-cook the noodles before you leave home. But once you've done that, it's all downhill. Bonus: This is a one-pot recipe that uses barely ANY dishes, so cleanup time goes a lot faster. (via Hapa Nom Nom)
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