Planning a camping trip anytime soon? Check out these quick and easy camping food ideas sure to delight the tummies of everyone in the family!
10 Camping Food Recipes to Try
Learn to Cook Delicious Camping Food
When camping or hiking, it’s easy to fall back on fuel like protein bars, trail mix, and dehydrated fruit or jerky. Not only are these snacks ready to go, they’re also lightweight and relatively unaffected by the weather.
But they’re also not as fulfilling as a hot meal – and a campfire or small camp stove is the perfect place to cook up some simple, delicious treats.
If you’re hiking, you probably won’t want to cart around a cooler in addition to your other gear. There are plenty of camping food ideas you can execute with items that don’t need to be kept cold.
If you’re camping, you’ll want to squeeze as many meals as you can out of the cooler you do bring, so packing smart is critical. As always, prep as much as you can before you leave the house to cut down on food prep time on camp and tools you need to pack.
Here are our top picks for hot meals any time of day!
Breakfast Camping Food Recipes
1. Dutch Oven Pull-Apart Bread
- Thawed dinner rolls
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Dutch oven
- Aluminum foil
- Charcoal briquettes
- Cut the rolls in half and roll them in melted butter. Lay them evenly on foil in the Dutch oven, and cover with 8 strips of chopped bacon and 2 cups of shredded cheese.
- Put the lid on and let the rolls rise to double their size.
- Once doubled in size, it’s time for the hot briquettes.
- You’ll want 10 below and 16 on top of your Dutch oven, and it should take 20-25 minutes to cook.
2. Potato & Egg Scramble
- Diced potatoes
- Chopped onion
- Chopped peppers
- Cast iron skillet
- Melt 1 tbsp of butter in your skillet and add 2 diced potatoes, 1 chopped onion, and 2 chopped peppers.
- Cook for about 20 minutes, and add another 1 tbsp of butter.
- Scramble 8 eggs and pour on top of potatoes, onions, and peppers.
- Cover with foil and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
3. Cinnamon Rolls
- Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
- Roasting sticks
- Crack open the can of cinnamon rolls and divide the rolls up.
- Slide rolls onto prongs or sticks, and hold them over the campfire.
- Cook for roughly 8-12 minutes.
Lunch Camping Food Ideas
4. Grilled Cheese
- Sliced cheese
- Pepperoni, marinara sauce, tomato slices (optional)
- Pan or skillet
- Melt butter in your skillet, and add bread.
- Add cheese and any additional enhancements, then another piece of bread.
- Flip several times until crispy on the outside and melted on the inside.
5. Sweet Potato Fries
- Sliced sweet potatoes
- Garlic powder
- Pan or skillet
- Slice the potatoes as evenly as you can, and coat them in seasonings of your choice. Chili powder and ranch seasonings make great additions.
- Add oil to the skillet and lay potatoes throughout the pan.
- Cook over the fire or in a grill for about 10 minutes on each side.
6. Hot Dogs
- Hot dogs
- Chopped onions, barbecue sauce, sliced cheese, canned chili (optional)
- Roasting sticks
- Hot dogs are a camping favorite because of how easy they are to make.
- All you need to do is cook them evenly over an open flame.
- You can also jazz them up with onions, chili, barbecue sauce, and cheese!
Dinner Camping Food Recipes
7. One-Pot Wonder
- Chopped cabbage
- Sliced potatoes
- Polish sausage
- Pot or skillet
- Layer 1 chopped cabbage, 5 sliced potatoes, and a few Polish sausages in a pot or skillet.
- Cover with 1 cup of water and cover with the lid.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes.
8. Chicken Quesadilla
- Chopped chicken breast
- Shredded cheese
- Tin foil
- Place tortilla on tin foil, and fill with sliced cheese and chopped chicken.
- Fold tortilla over fillings, and fold tin foil over quesadilla.
- Place on top of the grate over the fire.
- Cook until the cheese melts and the tortilla is crispy, and then serve with salsa.
Dessert Camping Recipes
- Graham crackers
- Chocolate bars
- A camping classic! Skewer the marshmallows and roast over the open fire.
- Put between graham crackers with a piece of chocolate.
10. Campfire Donuts
- Can of biscuits
- Cinnamon, sugar
- Paper bag
- Paper towels
- Put ¼ cup of oil in your skillet and get it hot.
- Separate biscuits and put in a pan.
- Cook for about 3 minutes, and flip them over.
- Cook for another 3 minutes or until they are golden.
- Remove from oil and drain them on paper towels.
- Toss them in a paper bag with cinnamon and sugar and shake.
Spending time in the great outdoors is an incredible opportunity to reconnect with nature. Don’t let your taste buds suffer because you didn’t know these simple camping food ideas!