Prepping great meals on the go might seem impossible when all you have is a camp stove and a cooler. From carting along cooking equipment and supplies to keeping ingredients cold, there are plenty of challenges. But with these nine best camping meals, there’s always something delicious cooking, and it won’t take a ton of work.
Cereal with milk might be an acceptable quick breakfast for many campers. But if you plan on hiking, swimming, or any other physical activity, eating a hearty breakfast is a smart idea. These breakfast camping recipes pack plenty of nutrition into an easy-to-prepare meal.
You might not think of oatmeal as an appropriate camping food, but if you have a container to prepare it in, it’s easy and delicious. Whether you purchase pre-made instant oatmeal packets or make your own, oatmeal will stick with you as you start your day.
You can either boil water over the camp stove and pour it onto the oats or put your heat-proof container onto the fire to heat the water and oatmeal together. If you’re preparing your oats ahead of time, add instant oatmeal, your sweetener of choice, and dried fruit and nuts to your liking.
When it comes to cooking eggs while camping, mess-free is the way to go. Bring along a muffin tin, and you can have your eggs scrambled, over easy, or in a mini omelet. Add aluminum foil to the muffin tin’s cavities first, and there’s no mess to clean up afterward, either.
Just crack each egg into its well, scramble if desired, and add flavorful ingredients like onions, bell peppers, spinach, or pre-cooked sausage or bacon bits. Muffin tin eggs also pair well with bacon.
To cook your bacon the easiest way possible, grab a few skewers and poke them through each slice. Layer the bacon onto the skewer in a ribbon shape, leaving room to hold onto it at the end. Then, hold it over the fire until it’s as crispy or burnt as you prefer.
This versatile sandwich works with cast iron skillets, non-stick pans, or even a piece of tin foil over the campfire. Bring along bread, raw eggs, and shredded cheese, and you have an easy to assemble breakfast sandwich that will keep you full until lunch.
Consider adding extras like pre-cooked sausage or bacon from yesterday’s meal, or even sliced hotdogs if you have some on hand. Bringing along butter for the bread makes the sandwich even more decadent, but you can still toast bread without butter if necessary.
Some of the best camping meals are simple, and that’s the goal with lunch. While you’re probably starving mid-day, you may not have the time or inclination to sit around the campfire waiting for food to cook. That’s why these recipes are perfect for noontime eating.
Hot dogs are a camping staple, but you can switch things up by wrapping each dog with crescent roll dough. When you cook the hot dogs over the fire, the crescent rolls will puff up and brown nicely.
This might take about ten minutes, but when you don’t have time for plates, it’s a handy meal. Of course, you can always add a quick prepackaged salad or fresh fruit to make a well-rounded meal.
If you brought shredded cheese for the breakfast sandwich above, set aside leftovers for quesadillas for lunch. Chopped onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and even avocado make for flavorful quesadilla fillings, but plain cheese is still satisfying when it’s cooked in foil and comes crispy with grill marks.
The easiest way to make pizza on your campfire is to bring along a frozen one, but it can prove difficult to keep a frozen pizza cold enough. Our solution is to pack a precooked or store-bought pizza crust, but you can also bring refrigerated pizza dough.
Bring your pizza stone or pan from home and place it directly on the grill. A cast iron skillet also makes an excellent pie, so if you have one, pack it with your camping supplies.
If you use the raw dough, cook the crust first, then flip it over to ensure it’s cooked all the way through. After flipping, add your toppings and let the whole thing cook until the cheese melts and the edges brown. There are no limits to toppings here, either, making this meal a complete crowd pleaser.
For dinner, you can’t go wrong with these filling campfire meals. Bringing along a cast iron skillet is always helpful, but even without a ton of equipment, you can prepare easy and satisfying camping recipes over a fire.
A healthy and relatively fresh way to feed a crowd, this camping recipe requires only aluminum foil, fresh meat, and sliced veggies.
You can prepare each packet ahead of time, but prepping ingredients at your campsite doesn’t take much work, either.
Wrap up your choice of meat, vegetables, and spices in a foil packet, and cook it over your campfire for about 15 minutes on each side.
If you’re cooking over an open fire, make sure your meal isn’t directly over the flame, so it doesn’t burn.
Your cast iron skillet is helpful for this recipe, but you can also use any other baking sheet, tin, or aluminum foil. Just make a layer of tortilla chips, sprinkle shredded cheese and canned beans over them, and heat until the cheese melts and the beans are warm.
As they cool, add toppings like tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos, onion, avocado, or whatever else you enjoy.
If you’ve ever made lasagna on the stovetop, then this recipe is nothing new. But enjoying a cheesy and filling meal of lasagna while camping is an experience that will have you swearing off baked beans forever.
With your cast iron skillet, Dutch oven, or any other stovetop-safe pan with a lid, layer lasagna ingredients: lasagna noodles, sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, and spices. Then cook for about 30 minutes.