52 Incredibly Delicious Camping Food Ideas

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Camping food doesn’t need to be complicated or boring! Include some of these tasty camping food ideas on your camping menu and you will look forward to every meal.

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Top camp cooking tips

Pack a good camping stove. You can cook just about anything on a two-burner camping stove that you could cook on your stovetop at home. The trick is making sure that your stove offers decent wind protection and simmer control. We recommend this camping stove, or check out our full review on the best camping stoves here!

Prep what you can ahead of time. Make your life easier once you are at the campsite by doing some of the work ahead of time. Chop vegetables, pre-cut meat for kabobs, make your marinades and sauces. You’ll thank yourself when you have a little extra time to relax in camp before you have to start cooking!

Start with meals and techniques you’re familiar with. If you are new to camp cooking, set yourself up for success by choosing camp meals and cooking techniques that you already use at home. Remember, there’s no ordering take out for plan B, so this might not be the time to attempt a souffle for the first time 😉 Luckily, most of the meals we’re sharing with you are easy enough to try on your next camping trip!

Brush up on some of your camp skills. Learn about how to pack a cooler properly, how to wash dishes at a campsite, and how to use a camping Dutch oven.

Camping breakfast ideas

A great day outdoors starts with a great breakfast. Here are a few of our favorite camping breakfast ideas. Oh, and don’t forget about the camp coffee!!

Side view of two sausage and egg sandwiches with runny yolks.

1. Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

Few things are as satisfying on a camping trip as a good breakfast sandwich. It has all the hit ingredients of all-American breakfast, assembled together in a convenient grab-and-go package. This recipe features homemade maple and apple sausage patties, melty cheese, and is topped with a fried egg.

A stack of pancakes topped with sliced bananas on a yellow plate.

2. Banana Bread Pancakes

Who would settle for regular old pancakes when you could start your morning with Banana Bread Pancakes?! Just add walnuts, banana, and a scoop of brown sugar and you’ll start the day with a real treat.

Vegetable frittata in a cast iron skillet over a campfire.

3. Cast Iron Frittata

If you’re looking for a hearty car camping breakfast, look no further than this cast iron frittata! Blistered cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and shallots all layered together with cheese and eggs, a frittata is a wonderful way to start your morning.

Michael holding a Halloumi Breakfast Sandwich with egg

4. Halloumi Breakfast Sandwich

Four words: FRIED CHEESE AND EGGS. This is one of our favorite camping breakfasts!

French Toast in a cast iron skillet on a camping stove.

5. French Toast

French toast is a camp classic. In this recipe, we break down the basics so you can make perfect French toast, every time!

A stack of pancakes with cinnamon apple topping on a blue camping plate.

6. Cinnamon Apple Pancakes

Light, fluffy, and layered with incredible apple flavor, these cinnamon apple cider pancakes are the ultimate fall weather camping breakfast. If you like spiced apple cider, you’re going to LOVE these pancakes!

Sweet potato and chorizo hash with an egg on a plate.

7. Chorizo and Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet potato breakfast hash with crumbled chorizo sausage and diced scallions—this super satisfying one skillet breakfast is a perfect way to start the day.

French Toast Sticks fanned out on a blue plate with a small bowl of syrup.

8. French Toast Sticks

These French Toast Sticks are on the table quickly and are fun for kids and adults.

A red and white bowl filled with oatmeal topped with apples and seeds

9. Super Seed Apple Oatmeal

When we need a quick, no fuss breakfast that isn’t boring, we cook up a pot of this apple oatmeal. It’s loaded with chia, flax, and hemp seeds for an extra nutritional boost, and sweetened with cinnamon apples.

Chilaquiles with eggs and avocados in a pan on a camping table.

10. Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles is an easy camping breakfast – crispy tortillas simmered in a spicy tomato sauce and topped with a few eggs. It takes less than 30 minutes to make, and it’s vegetarian, too!

Michael holding a plate of stuffed french toast topped with strawberries

11. Stuffed French Toast

Filled with fresh strawberries and sweet mascarpone cheese, this stuffed french toast recipe is an easy way to upgrade a classic camping breakfast.

Chickpea breakfast hash with eggs in a cast iron skillet on a campfire.

12. Chickpea Breakfast Hash

For an extra protein punch, we swapped out traditional potatoes with chickpeas in this simple breakfast hash recipe.

Shakshuka in a cast iron skillet with two eggs and bread

13. Shakshuka

This easy shakshuka recipe is loaded with flavor. Eggs poached in a slightly spicy pepper & tomato sauce, then topped with feta cheese – perfect for enjoying with a slice of crusty bread.

Three slices of French toast on a blue plate

14. Vegan Coconut French Toast

Confession: we are not vegan, but we still LOVE this recipe. The batter is made with banana and coconut milk, which gives this French toast a subtle tropical vibe.

Camping Dinner Ideas

After a day full of hiking and outdoor adventure, nothing beats returning to camp and enjoying a great meal while relaxing around the campfire.

Chili and cornbread in a blue camping bowl on a stump.

15. Dutch Oven Chili

An entire meal that cooks in one pot, this Dutch oven chili and cornbread recipe is perfect for cool-weather camping.

Woman holding a shrimp boil foil packet on a blue plate

16. Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

These Shrimp Boil Foil Packets are quick to prepare, easy to clean up, and can be cooked directly over a campfire or BBQ. Just assemble your ingredients, seal them inside using aluminum foil and parchment paper, and place them over your campfire or grill!

A sweet potato black bean burger stacked between two buns, avocado, and spicy mayo on a plate with a natural backdrop.

17. Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

We set out to make a better veggie burger, and this sweet potato and black bean burger checked all the right boxes!

Brats, peppers, and onions on a silver camping plate.

18. Brats with Peppers and Onions

Caramelized onions and peppers are the perfect accompaniment for brats!

Enchiladas in a dutch oven on a table

19. Dutch Oven Enchiladas

Cheesy, spicy, and oh so filling – these veggie-stuffed Dutch Oven Enchiladas are a campfire favorite.

Red lentil sloppy joes on a blue camping plate with grilled corn.

20. Lentil Sloppy Joes

A whole-foods take on classic camp fare, these red lentil sloppy joes are vegan AND can be cooked in just one pot!

Three campfire grilled fish tacos on a blue camping plate.

21. Campfire Grilled Fish Tacos

These campfire grilled fish tacos couldn’t be easier to make! Season the fish with lime, chili, and cumin, then grill on the fire. Stuff into a tortilla with a scoop of the spicy corn salsa and dig in!

Grilled Gyros Kebabs on a silver camping plate.

22. Grilled Gyro Kebabs

Grilled lamb, tomatoes, and halloumi cheese served with a yogurt sauce – it’s like a gyro on a stick!

Grilled veggie & chicken skewers on a blue camping plate.

23. Grilled Chicken Veggie Skewers

A simple marinade and fresh vegetables make these chicken skewers a healthy option for your next camping trip.

Three Grilled Halloumi Tacos on a blue camping plate.

24. Halloumi Tacos

Halloumi is a grillable cheese and we think the perfect way to use it while camping is to stuff it into tacos!

Ratatouille kabobs grilling over a campfire.

25. Grilled Ratatouille Kebabs

These vegetable kebabs would make a bright, colorful addition to any camping menu.

Campfire paella in a cast iron skillet on a wooden camping table.

26. Campfire Paella

We camp a lot on the coast, so we always pick up some fresh shellfish on our way to the campsite so we can make this simple but stunning campfire paella!

Michael is sprinkling cheese onto a skillet full of pasta on a campfire great

27. One Pot Protein Pasta

Why settle for a bowl of carbs, when it could be packed full of protein, too?! We use lentil pasta in this one-pot meal to up the nutritional profile.

Sliced quesadillas stacked on an orange cutting board.

28. BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Combining BBQ sauce, pan-fried chicken, melty Colby Jack cheese, and tangy pickled red onions, these “gourmet” quesadillas are the perfect camping lunch or dinner!

A cast-iron skillet filled with beef stroganoff resting on a wooden cutting board

29. One Pot Beef Stroganoff

Our take on one of our favorite comfort foods, this beef stroganoff is simple to make in one pot.

Three tacos on a plate filled with black beans, sweet potato, and avocado

30. Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos

This vegan taco is loaded with plant-based goodness – roasty sweet potatoes, charred peppers, and smoky black beans.

Dutch oven lasagna on a wooden camping table.

31. Dutch Oven Lasagna

This lasagna cooks in a Dutch oven over your campfire and is loaded with cheesy goodness.

Sweet potato peanut stew in a blue camping bowl in front of a campfire.

32. Sweet Potato Peanut Stew

This hearty stew is loaded with flavor and will warm you from the inside out – perfect for early or late-season camping trips!

Megan holding a bowl of chili mac

33. Chili Mac

This One Pot Chili Mac is a tasty and satisfying camping meal! Cheesy noodles with perfectly browned ground beef and protein packed beans, everyone will love this nostalgic one pot meal.

Michael holding a plate of grilled chicken tacos

34. Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken Tacos

Using a quick citrus marinade, these grilled chicken tacos offer a blast of summer flavor.

Pizza topped with mozzarella cheese slices and basil in a cast iron skillet

35. Campfire Pizza

Make Pizza Night part of your camping menu! This pizza cooks in a cast iron skillet over your campfire and can be made with all your favorite toppings.

A blue bowl of red beans and rice on a natural surface

36. Dutch Oven Red Beans and Rice

Smoky, spicy, and deeply satisfying, this hearty one-pot meal is a camp-friendly adaptation of red beans and rice.

Pineapple chicken kabobs on a blue camping plate

37. Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

With bright, tropical flavors, these Pineapple Chicken Kabobs are an easy, fuss-free camping meal perfect for summertime grilling!

Vegetable stew in a blue and white bowl with grilled bread on the side

38. Veggie Dutch Oven Stew

This Vegetable Stew is an awesome Dutch oven camping meal that is hearty and full of flavor.

Three shrimp tacos on a silver plate with sliced limes and a small bowl of guacamole on the side.

39. Blackened Shrimp Tacos

Bold, spicy, and incredibly quick-cooking, these Cajun blackened shrimp tacos deliver a robust flavor that can easily be pulled off in a matter of minutes.

A bowl of white chili on a camp table

40. White Bean Chili

A delicate balance of spicy and sweet, white bean chili is a great one pot meal for warm weather camping. A little lighter than the traditional tomato-based version, this white chili is just as flavorful and filling.

Grilled sweet potato “steaks” and roasted peppers and onions

Grilled Sweet Potato Fajitas

Grilled sweet potato “steaks”, roasted peppers and onions, and a New Mexican chile marinade, these vegan campfire fajitas are a new take on an old classic.

Chicken Marbella in a Dutch oven over the campfire

42. Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella

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

Camping Sides and Salads

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus bundles on a plate

43. Grilled Asparagus Bundles

Grilled asparagus wrapped with crispy prosciutto, these quick and easy prosciutto asparagus bundles are a great way to class up your camping happy hour.

Cornbread in a Dutch oven next to a bowl of chili

44. Dutch Oven Cornbread

Featuring green chiles and sharp cheddar cheese, this Dutch oven cornbread recipe takes camp comfort food to the next level.

Four pieces of Mexican street corn on a blue camping plate

45. Grilled Mexican Street Corn

We love to serve this with a simple grilled steak!

Megan holding a bowl of panzanella bread salad

46. Panzanella Salad with Peaches and Tomatoes

This panzanella bread salad is like the greatest hits album of summer flavors with sliced peaches, tomatoes, and basil. If croutons are your favorite part of a salad, this one is for you!

Popping popcorn over a campfire.

47. Campfire Popcorn

This DIY version of the Jiffy Pop popcorn we all loved as kids uses a few simple spices to make things interesting.

Nachos in a cast iron Dutch oven

48. Campfire Nachos

Great as an appetizer or as an indulgent dinner, this nacho recipe is super easy to put together and would be great with any of your favorite nacho toppings.

Cornbread in a cast iron skillet over a campfire.

49. Skillet Cornbread

Perfect for pairing with chili or campfire stew, this cast iron skillet cornbread cooks right over the campfire.

Camping Desserts

What better way to end a meal than with a campfire dessert? Try one of these recipes out on your next camping trip.

Apple cobbler in a blue bowl with two forks next to a Dutch oven

50. Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler

Use your Dutch oven to bake this simple apple cobbler over your campsite. You can prepare the cobbler topping at home before your trip, so this dessert comes together with little effort!

5 different campfire banana boats in foil lined up on a camping table

51. Banana Boats

A favorite of kids and adults alike, banana boats are a camping classic. Check out this post with 9 different topping ideas!

Apple crisp in a blue camping bowl with a scoop of ice cream.

52. Quick and Easy Apple Crisp

If you’re short on time, this apple crisp is SO easy and is really an afterthought of a dessert!


We hope that you and your family enjoy these camping recipes! If you’re hungry for more, check out these easy camping meals, best camping breakfasts, favorite campfire desserts, or our collection of Dutch oven recipes!

This post was first published on February 13, 2018 and updated in 2020 with new recipes.

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23 Comments

  1. i’m glad I’ll be able to take my fridge with me /s

    1. Exactly my thought, dan.

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  2. Great list of camping foods. Loved the photos most. These are so delicious.

  3. You guys should try winter camping. Refrigerator provided.

  4. I found so many great recipes to try. And look so tasty for camping meals.
    Thanks for your suggestions. Can’t wait to try some.

  5. Olivia Smith says:

    Great food for camping!!

  6. Good lists of camping food list, surely it will help me in my next trip.
    Image are really Good and look ????

    Thanks

  7. New camper says:

    I was dreading our upcoming camping trip until I found this list – thank you!

  8. Sometimes finding a good and simple cast iron recipe can be overwhelming at times. I’m glad I found this list. Can’t wait to find my new favorites.

  9. What a great website! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes when we go camping this summer.

  10. I love to camp and travel. Thanks for sharing such an amazing list of camping recipes. It is truly a great and useful piece of info.

  11. C.Jentzsch says:

    Years of camping and cooking and Finally found a down to earth camping site that reflects the ultimate ideas of easy cooking and preparation. Along with all the gear and so many ideas that are 100% practcal.
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  12. Kate Dority says:

    So many yummy sounding and unique ideas!

  13. Great list of camping foods. Loved the photos most. These are so delicious. Very tasty, simple breakfast recipe.