Camping is awesome. I mean seriously right?! You get to go out into nature, away from the burdens, rings, reminders, keyboards and everything else in your daily routine and just enjoy nature and your fellow campers.
For me, one thing I don’t like to do when camping though is bring along the burden of cooking. I don’t like packing in extra weight of pans, dishes and all of the other things needed to create elaborate meals. So for me, I love to keep my camp cooking extremely simple. For that reason, I have compiled a list of some of the easiest and tastiest camping recipes for Beyond The Tent readers. These recipes are great for those time when you want good food, but don’t want all the fuss of crazy meals.
20 of our Favorite Easy Camping Meals
Lumberjack Breakfast in Foil Packet
A foil packet is one of the best ways to cook when you are camping. You can simply throw in on the grill or even use your campfire. Such is the case with our first campfire breakfast, the Lumberjack Breakfast. Sausage, potatoes, eggs, green onions, and tomatoes make this a hearty breakfast worth savoring. Doesn’t it make your mouth water? Get the complete Lumberjack Recipe.
Bacon…on a stick? Yes please! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and sometimes meat on a plate is just what you need to recharge your battery. This recipe from Zestuous gives you a delicious take on eating bacon outdoors. A simple roast over the coals gives the meat an extra layer of smokiness and depth. Campfire Bacon Recipe.
Pie Iron Philly Cheesesteaks
The Philly Cheesesteak a is a crowd favorite that will have them lining up before you even ring the dinner bell. For a more grown up version, add grilled onions and peppers. Cooking dinner over a fire with a pie iron is not only good food, but good times for your family as well. Beyond The Tent’s Pie Iron Philly Cheesesteak.
Campfire Breakfast Burger
This breakfast sandwich is an awesome way to kick off your day. Grilled English muffins, sausage, and eggs can make you feel like a new man (or woman). You will most definitely need some gear to make this happen. At minimum a couple of skillets are necessary. But man is it worth it! Campfire Breakfast Burger Recipe.
Campfire French Toast
French toast is a menu must have for a Sunday brunch. Why does your camping trip have to be any different? It doesn’t! Fluffy, moist French toast is possible in the great outdoors as well. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on it and serve it up with that roast bacon! Campfire French Toast Recipe.
Grilled Ham and Cheese Pull-Apart Sandwich Loaf
Looking for simple? It doesn’t get much simpler than campfire sandwiches. You can choose your favorite meats and cheeses and please everyone in your family. A loaf of French bread makes this recipe so easy for you, not to mention cheap. Grilled Ham & Cheese Pull-Apart Recipe.
Campfire Chili Cheese Fries
OK, I know you can get cheesy fries at home, but cheesy, smoky fries in a foil packet? That’s worth a camping trip alone. Keep it simple with just some fries and cheese, or go all out and add some chili, bacon, green onions, jalapenos, and sour cream. The sky is the limit, and since they are in foil packets, everyone can have it their own way. Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Recipe.
And we have another dinner with our handy foil packet. This one is made with potatoes, carrots, onion, and beef, but you can make these with just about any combination you can think of. You can make it vegetarian or vegan just by changing up a few ingredients. Beyond The Tent’s Hobo Dinner.
BBQ Chicken Potato Foil Packet
We can’t forget the chicken. Make sure you take some with you camping for a savory barbecue chicken meal. Featuring golden potatoes and shredded cheese, this one is a crowd pleaser for sure. BBQ Chicken Recipe.
Campfire Pizza In A Pie Iron
When your little ones get a hankering for home, nothing will make them happier than the taste of pizza over a fire. Add your favorite ingredients to personalize this one for your little campers. Keep them happy and coming back for more. Beyond The Tent’s Pie Iron Pizza.
Foil Wrapped Salmon with Herbs and Lemon
For all you campfire connoisseurs, this is one meal sure to please. Some salmon, fresh herbs, and lemon can even make the great outdoors your own little romantic getaway. So after the kiddos are in bed, you and your better half can enjoy fresh salmon and gaze at the stars together. Better yet, have the kids catch it, clean it, and prepare it for you. Tent-side service! Foil Wrapped Salmon Recipe.
Like the previous recipe, campers can use the resources on hand to make an elegant dish. Fresh herbs help to pack this dish with flavor…and did I mention bacon?! Bacon makes everything better, even fresh trout fresh from the stream. Cook this on the grill or use a grate over your campfire to make your own. Bacon Wrapped Trout.
Dutch Oven Lasagna
A Dutch oven is a camping mainstay and this dish shows you just why. It may not have traditional layers, but all the elements are still there for a yummy, hearty, cheesy dish. While it’s not traditional camp fare, this is one dish you can make ahead of time and bring with you to the campground. Or you can just pack it all into containers and fix it up at the campground.
You see what I did there? Sure, this is another hobo dinner, but placing the dinner on a tin plate and pair it with asparagus has to say something for taste, right? You can even bring hobos up to the next level when you are out camping. Hobo Supper.
Grilled Corn-on-the-Cobb with Herb Butter
This is just a side dish, but it’s so much more than a side dish. I love corn. On the cobb, off the cobb, creamed, main dish side dish…I love corn. When you put it with fresh herbs and butter and roast it over a campfire, it is near perfection. Grilled Corn On The Cob.
Campfire S’mores Granola
S’mores are the staple of any camping trip. They are the time tested treat for outdoorsmen and Boy Scouts alike. But when you couple all the flavor of that age old tradition with granola, you have a totally new recipe for delish! This recipe is not the gooey melty s’mores that you are used to, but a yummy treat you can eat by the handful on the go. Campfire S’mores Granola Recipe.
Berry Dump Cake
Break out the Dutch oven again and get it ready for desert. A berry dump cake is so simple and yet so delicious. Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to settle for packaged desserts. Treat yourself and your family to something worth getting outdoors for. Berry Dump Cake Recipe.
Baking at a campfire? Oh yes, it happens. These little goodies are often stashed protectively inside an orange as is the case with these tasty blueberry muffins. The foil and the hollowed out orange keep your muffins nice and moist and stop them from burning. Blueberry Muffin Recipe.
Apple Pie Packets
Even without a crust, campers will be delighted with this fruity treat. Apples cook up so tender and filled with flavor. Just add your favorite toppings like raisins and nuts. All that’s missing is the ice cream. Apple Pie Packets.
Warm S’mores Dip
If the S’mores Granola wasn’t enough to satisfy your craving for that original toasted treat, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. This is one for the record books. Take your cast iron skillet and transform your chocolate and marshmallows into ooey, gooey dip that you can savor with your graham crackers. You might not even want to share! Warm S’mores Dip.
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