Ah, summer! The season of spending time in the great outdoors. If you're planning your next family camping trip, then this blog post is for you. In it, we share the easiest campfire meals the whole family will love....because, as we're sure you know, hot dogs can get boring pretty quick!
Read on to discover the best camping food that will create better meals...and better memories! Let the outdoor adventures begin!
Easy Camping Breakfast Ideas
As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here are some easy camping meals to start your day off on the right foot.
Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Since no one likes to start the day with lots of cooking or dishes to clean, these pre-made breakfast burritos by Beyond the Tent are the perfect choice for your next camping trip. They're delicious, easy to make, and are easy to toss onto the camp stove. It's also makes one the most perfect make ahead meals.
Here's what you need to make this easy camping meal:
- 1 pack flour tortillas
- 1 pound of bacon
- 1 roll of breakfast sausage
- A dozen large eggs
- 1 large onion diced
- 1 large green pepper diced
- 1 pound of red potatoes cubed small
- 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tsp paprika
- Salt and pepper
After frying the bacon, let it cool before chopping it into small pieces. Next, fry up the breakfast sausage with onion and green pepper. Toss the potatoes in salt, pepper, and paprika and bake them for 15 minutes. While the potatoes are cooling, whisk the eggs and milk until they're light and fluffy. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray before scrambling the eggs in the pan until cooked through. Finally, add everything to your tortilla and cover with cheese. Fold them up and place them in the freezer for 1 hour. When you're ready to embark on your camping trip, wrap them in tin foil, place them in a plastic bag, and store them in your camping cooler. Warm them on top of the fire grate when you're ready to eat.
Blueberry and Cinnamon Bread
Sweet and delicious blueberry and cinnamon bread is the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee as you sit around the camping stove. For this easy camping meal by Taste of Home, you'll need the following ingredients:
- 1 loaf cinnamon-raisin bread
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup 2% milk or half-and-half cream
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
Start by preparing your grill or campfire for low heat. Align the bread slices on foil that's heavily greased. Curl up the edges of the foil, leaving the top open. Whisk together the eggs, milk, syrup and vanilla extract and then pour your mixture over the bread. Next, sprinkle with nuts and 1 cup blueberries before folding the edges over top, crimping to seal. Finally, place the foil on a grill grate over your campfire for roughly 30-40 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked through. Once done, remove the heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
Place on a grill grate over campfire or grill until eggs are cooked through, 30-40 minutes. When ready, remove from the head and sprinkle with the remaining blueberries and maple syrup. Who said camp food couldn't be glamorous?
Breakfast Hash with Chorizo
This easy camping breakfast by Champagne Tastes is the perfect way fuel yourself with energy for all the fun activities you've got planned. Here's what you need:
- 8 ounce russet potato, diced into small cubes
- 6 ounces chorizo
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus one pinch (divided)
- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons oil or butter, plus more if needed
- hot sauce (optional, to serve)
Start by placing a pan on a hot campfire grate. Add oil, potatoes, onion, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and ½ teaspoon salt and let cook for about 10 minutes, or until potatoes begin to soften. Next, add your chorizo and cook until they begin to brown. Create space in the center of your pan by pushing the potatoes and chorizo to the outer edges of the pan. Crack the eggs and place in the center of the pan, sprinkle with remaining pinch of salt, and cook sunny-side up, without flipping. When the eggs reach their desired doneness, serve with hot sauce.
Easy Camping Lunch Ideas
These camping meals are a great alternative to hot dogs. Requiring minimal prep time and clean up, they're definitely easy camping meals to consider for your next trip.
These delicious nachos by Fresh off the Grid are a favorite make ahead camping meal for many families. Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- 1 tablespoon neutral flavored oil
- ½ lb tortilla chips
- 1 can of hot tomato sauce
- 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 1 can of drained black beans
- 1 large avocado, cubed
- 4-5 green onions, sliced
- handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 small lime (cut into wedges)
Start by lightly oiling the bottom of your dutch oven. Next, add a layer of chips, tomato sauce, beans, cheese, and a handful of avocado, green onions, and cilantro. Repeat this process until all of your ingredients are used up. Cover the dutch oven and place on a grill over your campfire for about 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Serve with the lime wedges. These easy campfire nachos will be ready to enjoy around the picnic table in no time!
Double Decker Hot Ham and Cheese Foil Sandwiches
This is another one of our favorite easy camping meals by Beyond the Tent. It's so easy, it doesn't even require any meal planning.
- 1 loaf of bread
- 1 tomato, thinly sliced
- 1 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
- 1 lb sliced deli ham
Take your bread and lather with mayonnaise. Sprinkle with oregano. Next, add your slice of tomato, two slices of ham and a slice of cheese. Create your sandwich by capping it with another slice of bread. Repeat these steps and add the mayonnaise to the cap slice. After tightly wrapping the sandwich in aluminum foil, place it near campfire coals or on a grill grate for 5 minutes. When the cheese is melted, you know you're ready to go. Serve with a side of chips or leafy greens.
This popular Middle-Eastern dish by Cookie and Kate is an easy and delicious option for your next camping meals.
- 5 to 6 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper or roasted red bell pepper, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 large can crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ½ cup crumbled feta
- Crusty bread or pita, for serving
Warm up your oil over the campfire before adding the onion, bell pepper, and salt. When the onions have turned translucent, add the garlic, tomato paste, cumin, paprika and red pepper flakes. Stir constantly. Next, add in the crushed tomatoes with their juices and the cilantro, continuing to stir until the mixture comes to a simmer. Remove from the heat, make a well, and add the cracked eggs. To help contain the eggs, gently spoon some of the tomato mixture over the whites. Repeat with the remaining 4 to 5 eggs, depending on how many you can fit. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the eggs. Place back onto your campfire until the egg whites are an opaque white and the yolks have risen a bit but are still soft. Top with the crumbled feta, fresh cilantro leaves, and if desired, more red pepper flakes.
Easy Camping Recipes for Dinner
At the end of a fun-filled day in the great outdoors, the last thing you probably want is to stand around the camp stove cooking for hours. These camping dinner recipes for families are the perfect solution.
Mac N Cheese
Enjoy the ultimate comfort food while camping with this easy recipe by Delish.
- 1(16-oz.) box pasta
- 1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk
- 1 stick melted butter
- 1 tsp. ground mustard
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 cups shredded yellow cheddar
- 2 cups shredded white cheddar
- 1/2 cups crushed Ritz crackers
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Kosher salt, to taste
Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta according to directions. After draining the water, add the evaporated milk, melted butter, black pepper, ground mustard, and cayenne. Stir in both cheddars before covering with foil and cooking over your campfire until cheese is melted. Top with crushed crackers and parmesan. We got to say - this is probably one of the best camping dinners you'll have!
Grilled Shrimp Foil Packet Meal
Grilled shrimp foil packet meals are another one of our favorite camping meals for families. We love this recipe by Delish. Here's what you need:
- 1 1/2 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 smoked andouille sausages, thinly sliced
- 2 ears corn, each cut crosswise into 4 pieces
- 1 lb.red bliss potatoes, chopped into 1-in pieces
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp.
- freshly chopped parsley
- 1 lemon, sliced into thin wedges
- 4 tbsp butter
Heat up your grill and cut 4 sheets of foil about 12 inches long. Divide shrimp, garlic, sausage, corn, and potatoes evenly over the foil sheets before drizzling with oil. Next, add Old Bay seasoning and season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine before sprinkling with parsley, lemon and a tablespoon of butter each. Completely cover the food with foil and seal them close. Finally, place your foil packet on the grill and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until they are cooked through. Enjoy!
Easy Camping Recipes for Dessert
These camping dessert recipes are the perfect way to end the day round the open fire with family.
Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread
This mouth-watering bread by Say Not Sweet Anne is the ultimate camping dessert. Whether you're gathered around the campfire or seated by the picnic table, this is sure to be one of your family's favorite camping meals.
- 1 can buttermilk biscuit dough
- 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 stick salted butter
Pre-measure your ingredients before heading on your camping trip. Line your dutch oven or old cake pan with aluminum foil. Cut the biscuits into quarters and add them to a plastic bag, along with the cinnamon mixture. Shake to coat and then put them in your dutch oven. Repeat this process until all the biscuits have been added to the pan. Melt the butter over the camp fire and stir in the brown sugar and then pour the mixture over the biscuits. Next, lay another piece of foil over the top of your dutch oven and put the lid on. Bake your bread in the dying coals for 5-10 minutes until the center is cooked through.
No Bake ‘S'mores Bars
Can you really call it a camping trip without 'smores? Check out these upgraded 's'mores by Country Living. They're the perfect way to end the night around the campfire.
- Chips Ahoy! cookies
- Toasted marshmallows
- Sliced strawberries
Chocolate S'mores 2.0
- Chocolate wafer cookies
- Cinnamon-dusted toasted marshmallows
- Milk chocolate squares
Peanut Butter S'mores
- Graham crackers
- Dark chocolate squares
- Toasted marshmallows
- Sliced bananas
- Creamy peanut butter
Caramel Peaches with Pecans
These campfire roasted peaches by Simple Bites make a quick and delicious dessert. You'll need:
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
- 1/4 cup pecan halves
- 2 ripe but firm peaches
Pre-heart your grill or use the coals in your campfire. Butter a 6 inch square section of large piece of aluminum foil and drizzle with a tablespoon of caramel or brown sugar. Next, add your pecans and the four peach halves on top. Drizzle with any remaining caramel sauce. Wrap peaches up tightly and place them in hot campfire ashes or low grill. Let them cook for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and allow any steam to escape. Serve warm.
The Easy Way to Light your Campfire: The RocketFire™ Torch
To make cooking these easy camping food ideas even easier, light your open fire or grill with the RocketFire Torch. Rather than spending time collecting kindling, the torch can light wood or charcoal in a matter of seconds. No matches or liquids required! Best of all, it's completely portable, making it the perfect accessory for lighting up your camp fire pit.
The RocketFire Torch can easily be used on any campfire or charcoal grill.