Easy Camping Recipes

Cooking is a staple of camping. Most people can’t remember everything they did on their last camping trip, but can remember those great campfire meals.

Here is a list of easy camping recipes for you to try on your next camping adventure. All of these camping meal ideas and easy camping recipes can be cooked over an open fire, or on a traditional camping stove.

garlic butter campfire corn recipe

Garlic Butter Campfire Corn

Ingredients

  • 4 medium ears corn, husked
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Step 1 Combine butter, garlic, chives, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the flavored butter over the corn. Wrap each piece of corn with heavy-duty foil. Pack in a cooler until ready to use.
  • Step 2 Prepare a campfire and let it burn down to the coals. Cook the corn in the foil 4 to 6 inches above the coals, turning occasionally, until tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before carefully unwrapping.

Tips

To make ahead: Store the wrapped corn in a refrigerator or cold cooler for up to 1 day.

Grilled Corn is an incredibly simple and easy camping recipe. Add some garlic and butter and you have a delicious campfire meal.

Find out more about this garlic butter campfire corn recipe here – https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/258991/garlic-butter-campfire-corn/

campfire trail mix recipe

Campfire Trail Mix

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • ¼ cup almonds (Optional)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 (1.69 ounce) package candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M’s®)

Directions

  • Step 1 Combine the cashews, peanuts, almonds, raisins, and chocolate in a bowl. Store in an airtight container to store.

This is another simple, easy camping recipe. Campfire trail mix is the perfect camping meal idea for those on the go that need a quick snack.

Find out more about this campfire trail mix recipe here – https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/216594/mountain-trail-mix/

campfire hash recipe

Campfire Hash

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved and sliced
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained

Directions

  • In a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat, cook and stir onion in oil under tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add potatoes. Cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add kielbasa; cook and stir until meat and potatoes are tender and browned, 10-15 minutes. Stir in chiles and corn; heat through.

This is another one of our favorite camping meal ideas. Campfire hash is an extremely quick and easy camping recipe that is always tasty. If you enjoy potatoes and kielbasa, this is one of the best camping recipes.

Learn more about this recipe here – https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/campfire-hash/

campfire pancakes with peanut maple syrup

Campfire Pancakes with Peanut Maple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 package (6-1/2 ounces) chocolate chip muffin mix
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chunky peanut butter

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine muffin mix, milk and egg; stir just until moistened. Fold in marshmallows and chips.
  • Lightly grease a griddle; heat over medium heat. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto griddle. Cook until bubbles on top begin to pop and bottoms are golden brown. Turn; cook until second side is golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, microwave maple syrup and peanut butter in 10- to 20-second intervals until heated through. Serve with pancakes.

This another one of our favorite easy camping recipes. It’s also one of the greatest camping breakfast ideas. The campfire pancakes are also great as a make ahead camping meal. Pancakes are always delicious, even for dinner!

Find out more about this recipe here – https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/campfire-pancakes-with-peanut-maple-syrup/

campfire baked beans recipe

Campfire Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 pound uncooked bratwurst links, cut into 1-inch slices, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) pork and beans
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; mix well. Add cooked beef, bacon and bratwurst. Stir in all of the beans.
  • Pour into a 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through.

Campfire Baked Beans are another one of our favorite easy camping recipes. Incredibly simple to make means they are always one of our staple camping recipes. Another plus is they smell great while slow cooking on the campfire.

Find out more about this recipe here – https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/campfire-beans/

best campfire beans and weenies recipe

The Best Campfire Beans and Weenies

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 5 (~12 ounces) Johnsonville Stadium Brats (or your favorite cooked brats), cut into 1/4″ thick slices
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled & smashed
  • 2 (15.5 ounce) cans beans, drained (I use Great Northern & Red Beans)
  • 1/2 cup beer (or water)
  • 1/4 cup Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, or your favorite
  • kosher or sea salt
  • ground black pepper

Instructions

Set a cast-iron pot over your campfire (on a rack, hanging from a tripod, etc), or over high heat on the stove. Add the bratwurst slices and let cook until they begin to brown and some fat is released, stirring often, 4-5 minutes.


Add the onion, bell peppers, and garlic to the pot and cook until softened and starting to turn golden in spots, 5-7 minutes. Add the drained beans, beer (or water), barbecue sauce, and a big pinch of salt and pepper; stir to combine. Move it to indirect heat (or lower the heat on a stove) and let it bubble until it has thickened up and the flavors have had time to come together, 10-12 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed before serving.


To prepare the recipe for camping:


Place the sliced brats in one zippered baggie and all of the veggies in another zippered baggie. Combine the beans and barbecue sauce in a larger zippered baggie. Pack beer/water and salt and pepper separately since you can use them for more things. I recommend using heavy duty quality baggies when packing for camping. Line them up, zippered top facing up in your cooler or individual containers (however you like to pack).

Beans and Weenies are one of my personal favorite easy camping recipes. They’re a meal I have been eating since childhood. Therefore any easy camping recipes list deserves to have our personal staple camping recipe.

Learn more about this recipe here – https://www.allroadsleadtothe.kitchen/2016/07/best-campfire-beans-weenies.html

campfire breakfast burritos

Camping Breakfast Burritos

Ingredients

  • 1lb bulk breakfast pork sausage
  • 12eggs
  • 1can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles, drained
  • 2cups shredded cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8(12-inch) flour tortillas

Steps

  • In 12-inch skillet, cook sausage, stirring frequently, until no longer pink.
  • Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat eggs with whisk until well blended.
  • When sausage is thoroughly cooked, pour eggs into skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, as eggs set up. When eggs have started to set up but are still runny, add green chiles. Continue to cook until eggs are set. Add cheese; stir to distribute evenly. Remove from heat.
  • Wrap tortillas in clean kitchen towel. Microwave on High 30 to 45 seconds to soften. Place 1 tortilla on top of large sheet of foil. Spoon one-eighth of egg mixture onto center of tortilla. Fold in ends; roll into burrito shape. Wrap burrito tightly in foil. Repeat with remaining tortillas and egg mixture.
  • Place foil-wrapped burritos in large resealable food-storage plastic bag. Store in refrigerator or insulated cooler with ice until ready to cook.
  • When ready to cook, place wrapped burritos in hot coals next to fire. Cook until burritos are thoroughly heated, 10 to 15 minutes depending on how hot the fire is.

Breakfast Burritos are another one of our favorite easy camping recipes. The possibilities are endless with what you can put in them. The amount of creativity makes camping breakfast burritos one of the best camping breakfast ideas.

Find out more about this recipe here – https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/camping-breakfast-burritos/d68363d7-afc4-40e5-8318-97c249cebd42

walking tacos easy camping recipes

Walking Tacos For Camping

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium chili seasoning mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 5 packages (1 ounce each) corn chips
  • Toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and sliced green onions

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles, 6-8 minutes; drain. Stir in chili seasoning mix, pepper, tomatoes and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Just before serving, cut open corn chip bags. Add beef mixture and toppings.

Walking tacos are another one of the best easy camping recipes. Making the entire camping meal in the bag of chips makes for an easy clean up. Mix up the recipe with different flavors of chips for some added creativity for your next campfire meals.

Find out more about this recipe here – https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/walking-tacos/

Campfire Smores Recipe

Campfire S’mores

INGREDIENTS

1 sleeve graham crackers, broken into squares

1 (12-oz.) bag marshmallows

1 bar Hershey’s chocolate, cut into squares

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large cast-iron skillet, layer graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. 
  2. Place skillet over a campfire cooking grate and cook until marshmallows and chocolate are melty.

This is one of our favorite easy camping recipes. The camping recipe takes a standard S’more and turns it into a skillet dish. The main reason this camping meal idea happened was because S’mores are so messy to make and eat. This easy recipe takes the messiness out of the equation.

To find out more about this easy camping recipe, visit here – https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a20897848/campfire-smores-recipe/

campfire cast iron brats recipe

Campfire Cast Iron Brats

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced into half moons
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 poblano pepper, deseeded and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb bratwurst
  • Sandwich rolls or buns and mustard to serve

Instructions

  • Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat on your campfire grate (or camp stove). Add the oil, then the onions, peppers, and salt. Cook for a few minutes until they just begin to soften, then add the bratwurst, nestling them into the vegetables so they come in contact with the skillet.
  • Turn the brats and stir the vegetables occasionally, until the brats are cooked through (internal temp of 160°F), 15–20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and divide the brats and veggies among the sandwich rolls.
  • Top with mustard and enjoy!

Add more spice to this easy camping recipe with your pick of hot peppers. This is a timeless camping recipe that is always a staple on our camping trips. Campfire cast iron brats are in our opinion, one of the best camping meal ideas you can pick.

Find out more about this campfire cast iron brats recipe here – https://www.freshoffthegrid.com/cast-iron-brats-peppers-onions/

campfire beef kebab recipe

Campfire Beef Kebabs

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbs. lime juice
  • 1 tbs. minced garlic 
  • 1/2 tbs. black pepper

Kebabs

  • 2 lbs top sirloin steak
  • 1 Package of whole mushrooms (fresh)
  • 1 Medium sweet yellow onion
  • Cherry tomatoes (large handful)
  • 1 Can (15 oz.) of pineapple chunks (not tidbits)
  • 2 medium zucchini or summer squash
  • 1 medium sweet pepper (orange, red, or yellow)

Directions

Once all of your skewers are assembled and your fire has died down, spread your coals out into a two inch thick bed and put your grill grate over it. The closer you can get your grate to the coals the better your kebabs will cook.

Let them cook about 3 to 5 minutes, then flip them over (make sure you’re using your tongs or gloves or you’ll end up with roasted fingers) and cook them for another 3 to 5 minutes.

Cooking times can vary quite a bit due to the heat of your coals, the proximity of your grate to your heat source, how cold it is outside, and how windy it is.

To test to see if your kebabs are done, pull a piece of the meat off of one of the skewers and cut it open slightly. If it’s not ready yet, simply slide it back onto the skewer and cook it until it is.

Campfire Beef Kebabs can be one of the best make ahead camping meals. Prepare the skewers before leaving home and you have one of the best easy camping recipes once at the campsite.

Find out more about this campfire beef kebab recipe here – https://www.easycampfirerecipes.com/campfire-beef-kebabs/

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