Campfires and comfort food go hand in hand. We’ll take you through 17 Easy Camping Meals – from delicious breakfast, dinner, and desserts…even camping food that you can make ahead of time!
Alright if this doesn’t get you salivating, or wanting to leave for camping tomorrow there’s something wrong. We’ve all heard for S’Mores but s’mores in a cone? Yes! Nachos and Pizza in a skillet over a campfire. Yep!!
And cinnamon rolls in oranges. What? Read ahead.
What Are Easy Foods to Take for Camping?
There are quite a few options available when it comes to easy foods to take camping, especially if you’re really looking to keep it simple. Your options include cereal, granola, potatoes, nuts, chips, fruits, and vegetables. However, if you’re looking to step up your camping game, then you’ll want to consider bringing a few other options. Eggs, meats like hamburgers and hotdogs, chicken, marshmallows, bread, wraps, spices, milk, condiments and don’t forget the coffee!
How Do You Plan a Meal for Camping?
You’ll always want to look at the weather ahead – will you be able to cook outdoors?! Plan meals ahead of time, the more you make before you go, the less hassle it’ll be while camping. With that in mind, be sure to make meals or consider meals that won’t spoil easily! Prepping ahead of time is key, cutting up vegetables, fruits, and of course keeping in mind the number of people you have to feed! If you’re really stuck, just choose a few options below and head to the grocery store for all the ingredients. You definitely can’t go wrong with finger foods!
Classic Camping Food
- Campfire Orange Cakes: Super moist and melt-in-your-mouth, campfire orange cakes may become your new favorite desserts. Perfect for the campfire or grilling, it is the answer to making an outdoor dessert. It’s a simple recipe – just cake batter + orange! So good!
- Shrimp Boil Foil Packets: Full of juicy shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes, these shrimp boil foil packets are an easy dinner option and fun to make for an outdoor gathering. With the perfect amount of cajun seasoning and fresh lemon, your guests will be eating them up in no time!
- Campfire S’Mores: Who goes camping without making smores? They are practically a staple of any campfire gathering. The ooey-gooey chocolate, melted with marshmallows between two crunchy graham crackers, is there really anything better? Plus, this recipe provides the indoor option for those nights it’s too cold to be outdoors.
- Camping Hot Dog Recipe: One of the best parts about camping is the food! All it takes to make this simple recipe is some hot dogs, skewers, crescent rolls, and aluminum foil.
Easy Camping Dinner Ideas
- Campfire Pies: Is it a sandwich or is it a pie? You can easily call it a pie sandwich! These campfire pies only require some bread, cinnamon filling, fruit filling, a sandwich iron, and of course a campfire! In just 5 minutes you will have warm campfire pies to heat you up during those cold summer nights.
- Campfire Potatoes: So delicious and easy to make, campfire potatoes are an absolute must-try this summer! You will definitely want to make sure you have aluminum foil. All you have to do is put everything inside the foil and wrap it all up to cook!
- BBQ Chicken Foil Packets: An easy meal that is simple to clean up and takes just 5 ingredients. These BBQ chicken foil packets are made with seasoned chicken, frozen veggies, and your favorite BBQ sauce. The tip here is to use heavy-duty aluminum foil to avoid breakage.
Easy Camping Meals for Family
- S’Mores Campfire Cones: Alright, now this is interesting. You’ve heard of Campfire S’Mores but we take it to a whole other level with S’Mores Campfire Cones! Melted chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers in an ice cream cone! Oh my!! We’ll even give you the option of cooking this delicious delight in the oven.
- Campfire Nachos: Nachos hit the spot on any day of the week. Now imagine them in a skillet over a campfire! All that cheesy and crunchy goodness!! Keep them simple or add any ingredients you want. And our recipe can be used over the grill or in the oven as well.
- Campfire Pizza: Just think, most of the time when you go camping the closest pizzeria is miles away and delivery is non-existent. We’re bringing pizza to your campsite! The key with this recipe is to cook the crust first. We’ll get into all the details here.
Make-Ahead Camping Meals
- Campfire Cinnamon Rolls: These campfire recipes just keep getting better, don’t they? From appetizers to dinner and now desserts! And wait until you read and see the key here – they’re cooked over the campfire in oranges. Yes, believe it! Three ingredients are all you’ll need!
- Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich: It doesn’t matter how you say it, or in this case how you slice it, Philly Cheesesteak is a win every time! Thinly cut steak melted with cheese whiz, provolone, or American cheese, and add the toppings of your choice. Onions and Green Peppers are two usual staples of this super sandwich.
- Breakfast Burritos: Breakfast burritos are good any time of the day! Eggs, cheese, sausage, fresh avocado, and salsa, will reheat well. Not the spice level when making for youngsters, or anyone that doesn’t like a little heat with their burritos.
- Homemade Campfire Marshmallows: Homemade, organic, marshmallows. Are you intrigued yet? The biggest challenge will be to find organic corn syrup. If you can’t, non-organic marshmallows will work as well. This recipe will serve six with leftovers!
No-Cook Camping Meals
- Tuna Salad Sandwich: Delicious and easy. Be honest, have you ever tried tuna salad on a croissant? Well, you can now! Another added ingredient that I’ve never tried on a tuna salad sandwich is hot peppers. From the tuna and mayo to the toppings and the croissant, we’ll take you all of it here!
- No-Cook Chicken Salad Pitas: Planning ahead before a camping expedition is key. You’ll thank yourself for the planning before heading out on a road trip. Prep time is just 5 minutes with minimal ingredients.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich: Is there anything more nostalgic than P, B, and J? From your grandparents to your parents and down the line – it’s something we’ve all heard about and tried. It’s a can’t fail, must bring on camping trips. The bread you use, peanut butter and jelly you spread, are all up to you!
17 Best Camping Meals That Are Easy to Prepare (Campfire Orange Cake Recipe & More)
- 15 oz white cake mix
- other ingredients called for in cake mix e.g. water oil and eggs
- 6 large oranges
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Set aside a large baking sheet.
- Slice off the top of oranges. Then remove the inside of oranges. Save the inside for orange juice.
- In a medium bowl, prepare cake batter according to instructions on the box.
- Add the cake batter in a zip-loc bag, and cut a corner off.
- Pipe batter into the hollowed oranges until 2/3 full. Put back the top piece of each orange.
- Wrap each orange in aluminum foil and cook over the campfire. Cook for 25-35 minutes or until cooked through.
- Remove from oven and unwrap the aluminum foil. Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Using a sharp knife, slice under tops. Remove the top part and decorate with your preferred toppings. Serve and enjoy!