16 One Pot Camping Meals

March 30, 2017

Easy-to-cook and easy-to-clean, these one pot recipes are perfect for your next camping trip.

6 One Pot Camp Meals: tons of camping recipes that can be made in just one pot or skillet. Easy to cook and easy to clean!

We love cooking outside, but unfortunately, many home recipes don’t lend themselves well to being cooked at a campground. For most car campers, the relatively limited kitchen setup (two burner stove, no oven, no microwave, no electronic appliances) means you need to be a little more creative with the way you cook. Thankfully, there’s a simple solution: one pot meals.

One pot camping meals (or one skillet meals) can be made with just a single piece of cookware. Instead of using separate pans, for example to: boil water for pasta, simmer a sauce, and saute vegetables, a one pot meal would find a way to cook all the ingredients together. It’s all about finding the sequence.

We love making one pot meals when we’re camping and here are just a few of the reasons why:

Less Mess One of the biggest advantages of one pot cooking is having fewer dishes to clean up at the end of the meal. At home, this is nice. But when you’re cooking at a campsite, without a dishwasher (or even a sink!), not having to scrub multiple pots and pans at the end of the night means you get to spend less time cleaning and more time hanging out in front of your campfire.

Synchronized Timing Every home cook knows how difficult it can be to get each part of a recipe ready at exactly the right time. This problem can be even worse at a campsite where you can’t just pop something in the oven to keep it warm. By cooking a meal in one pot, everything is ready at once. 

Scalability Whether you’re cooking for two or an entire trail crew, one pot meals can be easily scaled depending on the size of your group. Although you might find you need a bigger pot!

We’ve collected a variety of one pot recipes for you to try out on your next camping trip. Spend more time enjoying your time outdoors and less time doing dishes! Enjoy!

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Caramelized bananas and bright blueberries transform a camping breakfast classic.

Blueberry Banana Pancakes

Combining two classic pancake recipes into one, these blueberry banana pancakes are a warm and fluffy way to start your morning.

A twist on a classic breakfast hash. Using chickpeas instead of potatoes adds protein and staying power, keeping you full until lunch! An easy vegetarian + gluten free breakfast to cook while camping or at home.

Chickpea Hash (GF)

A protein packed update to breakfast hash, this chickpea and vegetable breakfast skillet is a healthy way to jumpstart your morning.

An easy one pan camping recipe: Asparagus Pancetta Skillet Hash topped with a fried egg!

Asparagus Pancetta Skillet Hash (GF)

Colorful asparagus, hearty potatoes, and savory pancetta form this delicious spring inspired breakfast skillet hash.

Shakshuka is an easy one pot camping meal for either breakfast or dinner.

Shakshuka

Shakshuka fun to say, delicious to eat. This Middle-Eastern dish features poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce and can be served for either breakfast or dinner.

Campfire Nachos made in a Dutch oven are a simple, fast, and easy camping meal that the whole family will enjoy.

Campfire Nachos (GF)

A beloved happy hour classic, now being served at a campground near you. What better way to end the day outside than with a cold beer, warm campfire, and a big pot full of cheesy nachos?

You'll never believe how easy it is to make this gourmet camping meal! Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella is perfect for cooking over the campfire.

Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella (GF)

Sweet, savory, crispy and saucy, this Dutch oven recipe for Chicken Marbella delivers a “gourmet” campfire experience but without any of the work.

These campfire kebabs are fully vegan and provide a big protein punch. Throw these marinated seitan, tomatoes, peppers, and onion skewers on the grill and you've got a great camping meal ready in no time!

Vegan Kebabs (V)

What could be better than cooking kebabs over an open campfire? Wrapping those kebabs up in a tortilla and making them into a taco!

This one pot pasta is an easy camping meal that delivers a big vegetarian protein punch. One pot, 20 minutes, and fewer than 10 ingredients.

One Pot Protein Pasta (GF)

Combining red lentil pasta with garlicky sauteed kale, this super easy one pot camping meal delivers a ton of protein while still being completely vegetarian.

This beef stroganoff requires only one pan, 30 minutes, and 10 ingredients!

One Pot Beef Stroganoff

This one one beef stroganoff will warm your heart and fill your stomach.

Hearty, healthy, and satisfying - this #vegan Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew is a perfect meal to make over the campfire.

Sweet Potato Peanut Stew (V/GF)

If you’re looking for something hearty, comforting, AND healthy the next time you’re out camping, you need to try this vegan sweet potato peanut stew.

A super simple one pot pasta for camping

Cheesy Asparagus One Pot Orzo

Quick cooking orzo and lots of vegetables, this is a quick and easy meal that never fails to please.

Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread is one of our favorite comfort foods and one of our favorite camp foods. A perfect combination.

Paella might be the ultimate one pot camping meal - you can easily scale it up for groups and change the ingredients to whatever sounds tasty to you!

Cast Iron Paella (V option)

While it might seem fancy, paella is one of the most versatile rice dishes you can learn to make over an open fire.

The secret to making lasagna over a campfire? A dutch oven and fresh pasta! Learn how with this recipe for vegetarian spinach & cheese campfire lasagna.

Dutch Oven Campfire Lasagna (GF option)

Layers of baked pasta, crunchy edges of melted cheese, flavorful tomato sauce, and fragrant Italian seasonings. Can anything come close to the mouthwatering perfection that is lasagna?

Dutch oven apple cobbler

Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler (GF)

Soft cinnamon spiced apples, crumbly topping, and a sweet syrupy sauce, all baked to golden brown perfection inside a Dutch oven, this apple cobbler is a great dessert to enjoy around the campfire.

No-Bake Apple Bourbon Crisp

This No Bake Apple Bourbon Crisp is designed to be an afterthought of a dessert. Something so simple that you’ll be hard pressed to come up with a reason not to make it.


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3 Comments

  • Reply Marisa March 30, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    These all look amazing! Perfect timing too as I’m going camping next weekend with my sisters. Might just have to test out those campfire nachos!!

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  • Reply Julia Sheed April 12, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Wow those vegan kabobs are an amazing idea, for camping and for home! Love this post!!
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