When camping, you want easy camping meals that do not require a lot of prep or a ton of ingredients. After all, you must haul those ingredients and keep them fresh – when all you have is an ice chest to do so.
For those hunting down camping meal ideas for their next weekend in the woods or next family camping trips, there are plenty of great recipes out there that the entire camping crew will enjoy.
Good Camping Meals for Breakfast
Nothing is simpler than scrambled eggs over the open fire. They don’t need milk, just butter, and water. If cooking in a Dutch oven or cast iron pan, they will whip up quickly and easily.
Another good breakfast is cinnamon rolls that are heated over the campfire. These cinnamon rolls are pre-made at home or purchased from the store; then they are cooked in a Dutch oven over the open fire. Icing can be drizzled on top after they roast over the flames or they can be left bare to avoid attracting flies.
Another favorite for camping is the potato and egg scramble. This can be done in a Dutch oven, cast iron pan, or even a skillet on a camping stove.
Lunch Meals for Camping
Baked potato boats eliminate the need for dishes, but also add carbohydrates for those long days of hiking and exploring. The potatoes can be pre-baked and chilled at home, then reheated at the campsite. Add cooked bacon, cheese and ham for a fun lunch.
Simple Camping Meals for Dinner
Walking tacos is a modern camp food and ideal for minimizing the need for dishes, says Country Living. Just make all the taco ingredients and add to a bag of corn chips. Use a fork to eat, and the meal is served right from the individual chip bags.
One pot macaroni and cheese will also work for camping dinners. It only takes a single pot, so there will not be a lot of cleanup. Using a sharp cheddar and the natural smoke of the open fire, Sunset says it is an excellent campground meal.
Dutch oven pizzas are perfect for the campgrounds, because they give the kids what they want to eat, and the entire dish is made in a single pot. The pizza dough can be premade at home or store-bought. It is added to the bottom of a lightly greased Dutch oven, then the sauce, cheese, and toppings are placed atop. It cooks until everything is bubbling and the dough is done.
Those that want a sweet treat after a long day of camping and adventure can do the usual smores or try something new, like smores campfire cones. All the ingredients of a traditional smores (minus the graham crackers) go into a waffle cone and heat on the fire. Then they cool slightly before enjoying a less messy campfire treat.