30 Easy Camping Meals to Make Campfire Cooking a Breeze
Camping is the perfect getaway when you're looking to escape into the great outdoors, relax with the sounds of nature, and kick back at your campsite without a single bar of cellphone signal. So don't let complicated cooking get in the way of your vacation. Instead, use one of these easy camping recipes. Try roasting up chicken and veggies in Campfire Foil Packets, get creative with Campfire Pepperoni Pizza, or just boil water to enjoy Backpackers' Thai Noodles. Pack up your cooler, and maybe a Dutch oven or grill, and hit the road!
Great for breakfast or a fun dinner, this hearty skillet meal has everything you need for a fueled-up day: crispy bacon, tender potatoes, and fluffy eggs.
Summer Corn Chowder
This dish is hard to beat when fresh corn is in season. It cooks up in the Dutch oven along with potatoes and peppers to create a rich and creamy chowder.
Camping Pasta with Clam Sauce
Everything that goes into this decadent pasta recipe is shelf-stable, so you won't have to worry about overpacking your cooler. Cooked linguine is tossed with an Old Bay-infused sauce, sliced mushrooms, and chopped clams.
This recipe is stick-to-your-ribs filling after a day of hiking. Ground beef and a variety of vegetables all simmer together in a tomato-y sauce. To make it a one-pot meal, simply sauté the beef in the pot instead of a separate skillet.
Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans
Backpackers' Thai Noodles
Step aside, ramen! All you need is boiling water to enjoy these instant Thai noodles. Rice noodles and freeze-dried veggies cook up in a creamy and spicy peanut sauce.
Campfire Pepperoni Pizza
Recipe creator gonefishn says, "The smokey flavor from the wood fire puts a great twist on an old favorite and with the help of a pizza stone, doing this over an open fire is easier than you may think." Bring a few of your favorite toppings, like pepperoni, veggies, and red pepper flakes, along for campers to customize their pies.
Tin Foil Stew
Who knew you could make stew without a pot? These easy foil packets are tucked into campfire coals to cook. "Friends loved this when I made it camping," says reviewer RAVENSKYLAR. "Only thing is that I made them up at home, and stuck them in the cooler so they were ready to pop in the coals after a long day fishing, and used multiple sheets of foil for each one so they didn't leak. "
Killer Bacon-Cheese Dogs
Hot dogs may be standard camping fare, but this recipe takes it up a notch. Savory bacon is paired up with creamy Swiss cheese and sweet barbeque sauce to create a trifecta of flavor.
Campfire Foil Packs
Made with hearty bacon, beef, and beans, you'll feel like a true cowboy stirring up this meal under the stars. Canned biscuits are layered on top of the beans and beef mixture, baking the flaky golden perfection in the Dutch oven.
Chicken and Chorizo Chili
With a kick from chorizo and chili powder, this ground chicken chili is equal parts delicious and easy to make. Just set up your Dutch oven over the fire, and you'll have a filling meal in about an hour.
Beef Shish Kebabs for Freezer Cooking
This meal is perfect for camping, as you can prepare, marinate, and freeze all the ingredients in advance in a zip-lock bag. When you're ready to go, dinner is ready for the grill.
Earth, Sea and Fire Salmon
Here's another one of the foil packet recipes for camping that we just love. It's the ultimate quick campfire meal: salmon, potatoes, and veggies all cooked in an aluminum foil packet.
Big Ray's Kielbasa Cabbage Skillet for a Crowd
Cabbage, sausage, and potato all simmer together in a smoky tomato sauce. This is camping food at its best. Instead of bringing large jars of spices, store what you need in an empty Tic Tac box.
Omelet in a Bag
You'll wonder why you didn't think of this before. Cook your bagged omelet in a saucepan of boiling water for super quick clean-up.
This tried-and-true Girl Scouts inspired recipe is quick to make, and requires minimal clean-up. Serve with salsa and some sour cream on the side.
Campfire Breakfast Sandwich
Wake up on the right side of the tent with this simple, 4-ingredient breakfast sandwich (made with just bread, an egg, a slice of Cheddar cheese, and butter).
Lori's Campfire Potatoes
"These 'taters are delicious and perfect for a camping trip," says recipe creator Loripowell. "Don't forget to dress them up with sour cream, chives, and crumbled bacon. Be sure to use small potatoes, which cook through over an open fire better than larger ones."
Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast
This hearty breakfast is the perfect filling meal to make over an open fire. Fair warning: The recipe makes a lot, so be prepared to share with your fellow campers.
Campfire Chicken Pot Pie
Make this easy and filling campfire recipe with just five ingredients: refrigerated biscuit dough, a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and chicken breasts.
Papa Funk's Campfire Chili
Mom's Campfire Stew
Over the Fire Scalloped Potatoes
These cheesy potatoes can serve as a side dish or, if you top them with crispy bacon, an easy campfire meal.
This 4-ingredient meal (made with ground beef, an onion, baby carrots, and potatoes) cooks in individual foil packets, so cleanup is a breeze.
Grilled Chicken and Potato Foil Packs
Meal In Foil
Poor Man's Beer Batter Fish
Use your freshly caught fish to make this incredibly easy and fast dinner. What's the secret ingredient? Shake and pour buttermilk pancake mix!