Cooking In Your Camping Food Recipes

camping food recipes

For anyone heading out on a camping trip, there is no doubt they will want some good camping food recipes to bring with them. There is a lot that can go wrong when camping so it is good to know what the possible ingredients are in regard to the meals that one can prepare. Most of these foods are basic and can be made at home. With a little bit of research it is easy to find campfire favorites or prepare a simple meal on an as-needed basis. Here are some of our favorite camping food recipes.


A bowl of fruit on a table

Everyone loves eggs but how about an easy-to-make bacon and egg breakfast. Excellent camping food recipes for the morning includes an assortment of cereal, a bowl of fruit, a handful of fresh or dried fruit and a handful of cracked nuts. Sipping a bowl of cereal will provide the energy needed to start the day and will help fortify the immune system. The breakfast will also help settle the stomach after a long day of hiking and rambling.


A bowl of food on a table

Camping food recipes for snacks can include a variety of items including fresh fruit, cheese, crackers, vegetable sticks, pretzels, nut butters, and other items. Many people like to bring potato chips and canned items for snacks. If the campground has a caterer, consider making some homemade chips and salsa with the cans as well. Another snack idea is packing trail mix, canned nuts (to save money in the long run), and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

More’s Salsa

An all-time favorite camping food recipes of mine include beef, ham, pineapple, and tomato salsa. An alternative to canned vegetables is to make a beef stew using canned tomatoes, beef, cumin, red peppers, onion, garlic, cilantro, hot dogs (make sure to soak them first), corn, rice, bean sprouts, and shredded cheddar cheese. Serve with an accompanying hot dogs dip and add some shredded lettuce.

Grilled Trout

Another great camping food recipe idea is to grill a single steak, adding the desired amount of seasoning and pepper to it and leaving it over until ready to serve. This steak can be grilled on a gas barbecue, outdoor propane grill, or stovetop. Serve with grilled onions, avocado, and lemon juice.

Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes

Another easy and relatively inexpensive meal idea for camping is to cook a couple of small potatoes, Chile peppers, onion, and green beans together in a large pressure cooker. After the dish is completed, add some water to make sure the potatoes don’t stick. Then add some liquid such as chicken broth to thicken the sauce. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 25 minutes.

Camping Food Recipes For Buffets

A great way to enjoy camping meals outside is to prepare buffets consisting of items that campers might typically have on a camping or fishing trip. For example, cut up radishes, jalapenos, and cucumbers into matchstick-size pieces, shred them, and then place them on top of steamed broccoli or cabbage leaves. Another delicious option for campfire foods is to use dried tomatoes, peppers, onions, and spices to make a salsa to dip in ranch salad dressing.


To complete a one-pot meal, simply add all of the items in the recipe to your camping dish. You can make the hot dogs and hamburgers meal, a fruit and vegetable barbeque, or a variety of other fun and delicious meals. When it’s time for bed, just add everything to your warm, empty pot and away you go! Your entire family will enjoy these delicious meals, and they are easy enough to create that even children under ten years of age can enjoy one.

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