27 Easy Camping Meals to Make Camp Cooking a Breeze
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Looking for some quick & easy camping meal ideas to make on your next camping trip? Something that won’t be a ton of work, but still tastes delicious? Well, then this list is for you!
We searched through our recipe catalog to find our favorite quick and easy camping meals. All of the following recipes use just a single piece of cookware (pot, skillet, foil packet, pie iron, etc), feature quick-cooking ingredients, and contain elements that can be prepared ahead of time at home, saving you time at your campsite!
The end result: elevated camping meals that come together quickly and clean up just as fast, so you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time worrying about the next mealtime.
So dive in and discover your next go-to camping recipe!
Our best easy camping meals to make camp cooking a breeze
1. Campfire nachos
What could be easier than loading a Dutch oven full of tortilla chips, melty cheese, black beans, salsa, and all your favorite nacho toppings and calling it dinner?!
2. Chicken tzatziki skewers
These Greek-inspired grilled chicken skewers with tzatziki sauce can either be a quick grab-and-go appetizer or the centerpiece of a full dinner spread. Chop the veggies & chicken and make (or buy) the tzatziki sauce at home so all you have to do at the campsite is assemble & grill the skewers.
3. Shrimp boil foil packets
Shrimp, smoky sausage, buttery corn, and zesty lemon, this Shrimp Boil Foil Packet is one of our all-time summertime favorites. And, since the whole meal cooks in foil, there are NO DISHES to clean at the end of the night!
4. Easy chickpea curry
Packed with plant-based protein, completely filling, and loaded with flavor, this easy chickpea curry with coconut milk is sure to hit the spot!
5. Sausage breakfast sandwiches
Make the sausage patties at home and store them in your cooler so you’ll have them ready to throw on the griddle first thing in the morning. Add in a fried egg and hot-honey sauce and you’ll have a tasty breakfast sandwich with minimal effort!
6. Chicken Pad Thai
This chicken pad thai is easy to make on either a one or two-burner camping stove. Make the pad thai sauce at home before your trip, or use store-bought sauce to keep things simple!
7. Dutch oven mac & cheese
Using only 7 ingredients, this Mac & Cheese is a simple yet satisfying meal. Since it cooks in a Dutch Oven, it’s completely hands-off, too – just dump the ingredients in, set it over coals, and dinner’s ready in 10 minutes!
8. One pot pasta primavera
This recipe features a ton of fresh veggies, pasta, and a creamy cheesy sauce that cooks in ONE skillet, so clean-up is a cinch.
9. Easy trail mix recipes
Make these trail mix recipes at home before your trips so that you and your camping crew have lots of grab-and-go snack options throughout the day.
10. Foil wrapped sweet potatoes & chili
This easy vegetarian chili comes together quickly and is perfect for stuffing coal-roasted sweet potatoes.
11. Campfire apple crisp
This apple crisp couldn’t be easier! By using store-bought granola as the topping, all you have to do is saute sliced apples in some butter and brown sugar, then top with granola (and maybe a dollop of whipped cream!)
12. Campfire grilled fish tacos
Using a simple spice rub gives these grilled fish tacos a ton of flavor without a lot of fuss.
13. Grilled Mexican style street corn
A quick and easy camping appetizer, Elote – grilled Mexican street corn – is a great way to make the most out of your campfire.
14. Campfire banana boats
For those who don’t want to dirty another dish in order to prepare dessert, Campfire Banana Boats are here to the rescue! They’re simple: slice a banana in half, stuff with toppings, wrap in foil, and dessert is ready after a few minutes over the campfire. We share 9 different topping ideas in this recipe!
15. Avocado toast breakfast sandwich
This camping breakfast sandwich has it all: avocado, bacon, toast, and a fried egg. Plus, it can all be made with just a single skillet over a camp stove or campfire.
16. Chickpea breakfast hash
A can of chickpeas, chopped veggies, and a few eggs are all you need to whip up this protein-packed vegetarian breakfast. Did we mention it cooks in one skillet for easy cleanup?
17. Sweet potato peanut stew
This is one of our most popular recipes, for good reason: minimal, low prep ingredients, one pot, and it’s SUPER filling. Inspired by West African flavors, this stew combines sweet potatoes and chickpeas in a peanutty tomato broth.
18. Cheesy asparagus one pot orzo
This one-pot pasta is easy to make and you can use nearly any vegetable you’d like. We love asparagus when it’s available since it is easy to prep – just chop and add to the pasta (no peeling required!).
19. Camp stove chilaquiles
Make these stove-top chilaquiles simple by using store-bought tortilla chips, jarred spicy tomato sauce, and eggs.
20. Lime & cilantro grilled chicken tacos
These tacos use a quick citrus marinade to add a blast of summer flavor to the grilled chicken. The marinade can be made before your trip, meaning all you have to do is throw the chicken on the grill when you’re at the campsite!
21. Pineapple chicken skewers
These kabobs feature bright, tropical flavors and are simple to make. Chop the chicken, pineapple, and red onions at home before your trip to cut down on steps at the campsite. Then all you have to do is marinate for 30 minutes, assemble the skewers, and grill!
22. French toast sticks
Who doesn’t love finger food? These French Toast Sticks are easy to make and totally dunkable when served with a small bowl of maple syrup.
23. Cast iron brats with onions and peppers
This meal is easy to make over the campfire or on your camp stove. Simply saute onions and peppers in a skillet or on your griddle with a couple of brats. Serve in a pretzel bun and dinner is ready!
24. Banana bread pancakes
These banana bread pancakes are a real treat in the morning! The dry pancake mix can be made at home, then in camp, you add the milk, eggs, bananas, and chopped walnuts. Served with a drizzle of maple syrup, it’s hard to believe this is breakfast, not dessert.
25. Pie iron pizzas
Pie iron pizzas are such an easy meal to make over your campfire. Using store-bought pizza dough and your favorite toppings, everyone at your campsite will have fun making their own personal pizza pocket.
26. One pot pesto pasta
Make the pesto ahead of time, or pick up a jar from the store, to make the prep for this meal a cinch. The pasta cooks in one pot or skillet so clean up is easy, too!
27. Red lentil sloppy joes
These vegetarian sloppy joes cook in one pot, and are perfect for making into sandwiches, or stuffing campfire baked potatoes.
They all sound yummy
I made Chickpea Breakfast Hash several times! It was great! I can’t wait my next camping trip so I could experiement with these receipts! Thank you for your sharing!!!
So glad that you enjoyed the chickpea hash! It’s one of our favorites, too. Hope you have a great time on your next trip 🙂
We just got a pop-up camper and your site is incredible!! I was struggling to find camping recipes that were truly home-cooked meals still (I cook from scratch daily but camping food always seems so processed). This site is BLOWING MY MIND!!! Thank you so much for all you’ve done-you’re giving me the confidence I need to start planning and prepping for our first trip.
Sara, thank you so much for your kind comment! Hearing that our site has given you confidence to start planning your first really made my day. Hope you have a wonderful time and we’d love to hear about your new adventures in camp cooking! -M
Tell me about wanting to make great easy camp food with prep done lots before hand in your kitchen you are used too. Also to I agree with you that much camping food is so processed. Yes it is campaing and allow your self to have some goodies but yet keep to your usual eating habits also that it what your body is used and do not want to put it in over drive and get a tum tum ache or just low on energy. Love the fact that many of the recepies are easy to prep befoe hand or even make at your campsite. Also many can be made on the open fire, the two burner mini stove, or for us since we can not tent camp or afford a pop up we are renting a cabin at a camp ground that has kitchen. We love camping miss it and with the covid just need to get out of town and enjoy some out door life. Plus we are having a craving for a camp fire and of course the smores.
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This post is so helpful!! Thanks for sharing! Excited to try some of these meals on my camping trip next week.
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This site is so great, I love it. I’m not the greatest cook. But the one thing that I knew about was the banana boats. My family always does those, And there delicious😝. So thank you so much for these🤗. You guys are awesome.😜🥰
These recipes look amazing! I just printed a lot of them out, and I’m heading to the store! I needed some new ideas for our camping menu:)
Oh my gosh. I’m making my grocery list for our camping trip and felt so exhausted at the prospect of more cooking and cleanup after cooking nonstop through the pandemic. I googled easy camping meals and feel like I have a new lease on life! I’m scrapping my old standard beef stew and Italian sausage with noodles for some of these delicious recipes that use one pot. Thanks for these recipes. I love the layout of the site and the format of the recipes. So easy to use and save.
you makeing me hungy
Can you make them more like dinner instead of breakfast? Also can you also make them easy with less items. Thanks
Unable to open the recipe for French Toast Sticks. Can the batter be pre-maded?
We fixed the link for the French Toast Sticks. So long as you have a way of keeping the batter properly refrigerated (in a cooler) there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to pre-mix the batter.
my family is going camping and I just printed off the recipe for the banana pancakes and my mother thought it was a wonderful idea to make them! Credits to the owner who made the banana pancakes!!!