21 Delicious and Easy Camping Meals for Family

Heading into the great outdoors for a camping trip with the family? One thing that can make or break your camping experience is the food. Sure, you could survive on granola bars and hot dogs, but where’s the fun in that?

In this blog post, we’ve rounded up 21 delicious and easy camping meals for family that are sure to please everyone.

From hearty breakfasts to mouthwatering dinners and even indulgent desserts, these recipes will take your camping cuisine to the next level.

So grab your camping stove, pack your cooler, and get ready to impress your fellow campers with these tasty treats. Happy cooking!

Easy Breakfast Camping Meals

Breakfast while camping doesn’t have to be a soggy cereal disaster. With a little planning and creativity, you can whip up some easy and delicious meals that will have your family begging for seconds (and maybe even thirds).

Here are some super easy breakfast camping meals…

Oh, and be sure to check out REI’s camp kitchen section for all of your essential camping equipment. We also have a camping equipment guide to help you out.

1. Campfire Toasted Breakfast Sandwiches

easy camping meals for family

Ingredients:

  • Sliced bread
  • Eggs
  • Cheese slices (e.g., cheddar, Swiss, American)
  • Pre-cooked bacon or sausage patties (optional)
  • Butter or cooking spray

Instructions:

  1. Start by building a campfire and allowing it to burn down to a bed of hot coals. You’ll need a steady and even heat source for toasting the sandwich.
  2. Use a flat griddle or skillet placed over the campfire or hot coals. Grease the griddle with butter or cooking spray to prevent sticking. Crack an egg onto the griddle, and allow it to cook for about a minute. You can use a metal ring to keep the egg in a neat circular shape if desired. Once the egg whites have set, add a slice of cheese on top of the egg to melt slightly.
  3. While the egg and cheese are cooking, toast two slices of bread on the edge of the griddle or directly on a grill rack placed over the campfire. Toast the bread until it becomes golden brown and crispy.
  4. Once the egg is cooked and the cheese is melted, carefully place the cooked egg and cheese between the toasted bread slices. Add pre-cooked bacon or sausage patties if you want to make it even heartier and more flavorful.
  5. If you have a camping sandwich press or a cast-iron sandwich press, place the assembled sandwich inside it and press it gently together. Toast the sandwich on both sides over the campfire until the bread is nicely toasted, and the cheese is fully melted.

2. Campfire Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • Pancake mix (pre-made or homemade)
  • Water or milk
  • Cooking oil or butter
  • Maple syrup or your favorite pancake toppings

Instructions:

  1. Grease a flat griddle or skillet with cooking oil or butter to prevent the pancakes from sticking.
  2. Using a ladle or measuring cup, pour the pancake batter onto the greased griddle to form pancakes of your desired size. Leave some space between each pancake to prevent them from running into each other while cooking.
  3. Place the griddle with the pancake batter over the campfire or hot coals. Cook the pancakes until bubbles start to form on the surface and the edges look slightly cooked. This usually takes about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Once you see bubbles on the surface and the edges are set, carefully flip the pancakes with a spatula to cook the other side. Cook for another minute or until the pancakes are golden brown and fully cooked.

3. Yogurt Parfaits

Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt (plain or flavored, depending on your preference)
  • Granola (store-bought or homemade)
  • Fresh fruits (e.g., berries, bananas, diced apples, or any other fruits you like)
  • Honey or maple syrup (optional, for added sweetness)

Instructions:

  1. Before your camping trip, prepare the granola and store it in an airtight container. You can also chop any fruits that need prepping and store them in separate containers or resealable bags.
  2. When you’re ready to make the parfaits, start by layering the ingredients in individual serving cups or bowls. You can use reusable camping-friendly containers or disposable ones for easy cleanup.
  3. Begin with a layer of Greek yogurt at the bottom of the cup.
  4. Add a layer of your chosen fresh fruits on top of the yogurt. Feel free to mix and match different fruits for a variety of flavors and textures.
  5. Sprinkle a layer of granola on top of the fruits. The granola will add crunch and additional nutrition to your parfait.
  6. Repeat the layers of yogurt, fruits, and granola until you reach the top of the container, finishing with a final layer of granola on top.

4. Breakfast Burritos

Ingredients:

  • Tortillas (flour or corn, depending on your preference)
  • Eggs (2-3 eggs per burrito)
  • Breakfast meat of your choice (e.g., cooked and crumbled bacon, sausage, or diced ham)
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or any type you like)
  • Chopped vegetables (bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, etc.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil or butter (for cooking the eggs)
  • Optional toppings: salsa, sour cream, avocado slices, hot sauce, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Before your camping trip, you can pre-chop the vegetables and store them in separate containers or resealable bags to save time at the campsite.
  2. Heat a skillet or campfire grate over medium heat.
  3. Add a little cooking oil or butter to the skillet.
  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour the beaten eggs into the hot skillet and scramble them until cooked through.
  6. Once the eggs are cooked, mix in the cooked breakfast meat, chopped vegetables, and shredded cheese. Allow the cheese to melt and the ingredients to combine.
  7. Warm the tortillas by placing them directly on the campfire grate or a clean area of your camp stove. Heat each side for a few seconds until they become pliable.
  8. Spoon the egg and filling mixture onto the center of each tortilla.
  9. Add any optional toppings you desire, such as salsa, sour cream, avocado, or hot sauce.
  10. Roll up the burrito by folding in the sides and then rolling it tightly from the bottom up.
  11. If you prefer a warm and toasted burrito, you can wrap it in foil and place it near the campfire for a few minutes to warm it through.
  12. Serve the breakfast burritos immediately and enjoy your delicious camping breakfast!

5. Oatmeal Packets

Making your own oatmeal packets for camping is a great idea, as it allows you to have a quick and easy breakfast while enjoying the outdoors. Here’s a simple recipe for DIY oatmeal packets:

Ingredients (per oatmeal packet):

  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1-2 tablespoons powdered milk (optional, for creamier oatmeal)
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, apricots, etc.)
  • 1-2 tablespoons nuts or seeds (almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, etc.)
  • 1-2 teaspoons brown sugar or maple syrup (adjust to your desired sweetness)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Small resealable plastic bag or small sealable container

Instructions:

  1. In a small resealable plastic bag or a small sealable container, add the quick-cooking oats as the base of your oatmeal packet.
  2. If you prefer creamier oatmeal, add powdered milk to the bag. This step is optional but recommended for a richer texture.
  3. Next, add your choice of dried fruits, such as raisins, cranberries, or chopped apricots, into the bag.
  4. Add nuts or seeds of your choice, such as almonds, walnuts, or chia seeds. These will add crunch and extra nutrition to your oatmeal.
  5. Sprinkle in brown sugar or drizzle maple syrup for sweetness. Adjust the amount based on your preference.
  6. Add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavors.
  7. Seal the bag or container tightly to keep the ingredients secure and prevent any spills.

At The Campsite:

  • Boil water in a pot or use a camping stove.
  • Pour the contents of one oatmeal packet into a bowl or cup.
  • Add hot water to cover the oatmeal mixture and stir well.
  • Let the oatmeal sit for a few minutes to allow the oats and other ingredients to soften and absorb the water.
  • Stir again and adjust the consistency by adding more hot water if needed.
  • Enjoy your delicious and customized oatmeal breakfast right at the campsite!

Easy Lunch Camping Meals

6. Campfire Quesadillas

Campfire quesadillas are a delicious and easy lunch option for camping. They can be customized with your favorite fillings and cooked over an open flame for a satisfying meal.

Here’s a simple campfire quesadilla recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas (8-inch or 10-inch size)
  • Cooked chicken, beef, or any protein of your choice (shredded or diced)
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a Mexican blend)
  • Chopped vegetables (bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, etc.)
  • Olive oil or cooking spray (for greasing the cooking surface)
  • Optional toppings: salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your fillings before you start assembling the quesadillas. If you have leftover cooked chicken or beef from previous meals, they work great in quesadillas. You can also use canned beans or other meat alternatives for a vegetarian option.
  2. Lay out a flour tortilla on a clean surface.
  3. On one half of the tortilla, layer your fillings – start with a generous amount of shredded cheese, followed by the cooked protein and chopped vegetables.
  4. Fold the other half of the tortilla over the fillings, creating a half-moon shape.
  5. Lightly grease a campfire grate or a flat surface over the fire with olive oil or cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  6. Place the assembled quesadilla on the greased surface and cook over the campfire.
  7. Keep a close eye on the quesadilla and flip it with tongs or a spatula once the bottom side becomes golden and crispy.
  8. Continue cooking the other side until it’s also golden and the cheese inside has melted.
  9. Once the quesadilla is cooked to your liking, remove it from the campfire and let it cool for a moment.
  10. Cut the quesadilla into wedges using a knife or a camping-friendly utensil.
  11. Serve the campfire quesadillas with optional toppings like salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.

7. Campfire Grilled Cheese

Campfire grilled cheese is a classic and delicious camping meal that’s simple to make and satisfying to eat.

Ingredients:

  • Sliced bread (white, whole wheat, or your preferred type)
  • Sliced cheese (cheddar, American, Swiss, etc.)
  • Butter or margarine (softened)
  • Optional additions: sliced tomatoes, cooked bacon, ham, or any other fillings you like in your grilled cheese

Instructions:

  1. Before you start assembling the grilled cheese sandwiches, prepare any additional fillings you want to include, such as sliced tomatoes or cooked bacon.
  2. Lay out the slices of bread on a clean surface.
  3. Spread a thin layer of softened butter or margarine on one side of each slice of bread. This will create a golden and crispy crust when grilling.
  4. Place a slice of cheese on the unbuttered side of half of the bread slices. If you’re adding any extra fillings, layer them on top of the cheese.
  5. Top each cheese and filling-covered slice with another slice of bread, buttered side facing out.
  6. Create a campfire with a well-established bed of hot coals. You can also use a portable camping grill or grate over the fire.
  7. Place a heavy-duty campfire-safe skillet or a cast-iron pan on the grate or directly over the hot coals to preheat.
  8. Once the skillet is hot, add a little butter or margarine to prevent sticking.
  9. Carefully place the assembled grilled cheese sandwiches in the hot skillet.
  10. Cook the sandwiches for a few minutes on each side, or until the bread turns golden brown and crispy, and the cheese inside has melted.
  11. Use a spatula or tongs to flip the sandwiches and ensure even cooking on both sides.
  12. Once the grilled cheese sandwiches are cooked to your liking, remove them from the skillet and let them cool for a moment.

8. BBQ Chicken Wraps

Ingredients:

  • Cooked and shredded chicken (you can use leftover grilled or roasted chicken)
  • BBQ sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • Flour tortillas (8-inch or 10-inch size)
  • Shredded lettuce or coleslaw mix
  • Sliced red onions
  • Sliced bell peppers (any color you prefer)
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or your favorite cheese)
  • Ranch dressing or your preferred dressing (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Before your camping trip, you can cook and shred the chicken ahead of time for convenience.
  2. In a bowl, mix the shredded chicken with BBQ sauce until it’s coated evenly. Adjust the amount of sauce to your taste.
  3. Lay out a flour tortilla on a clean surface.
  4. Start by layering the shredded BBQ chicken on one side of the tortilla.
  5. Add a layer of shredded lettuce or coleslaw mix on top of the chicken.
  6. Next, add the sliced red onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes.
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of the vegetables.
  8. If desired, drizzle a bit of ranch dressing or your preferred dressing over the filling.
  9. Fold the sides of the tortilla inwards and then roll it up tightly from the bottom to create the wrap.
  10. You can wrap the BBQ chicken wraps individually in foil for easy handling and transport.

At The Campsite:

  1. Place the wrapped BBQ chicken wraps on a campfire grate or a grill over the fire.
  2. Cook the wraps for a few minutes on each side, turning them occasionally, until they are heated through, and the tortilla gets a slight grill mark.
  3. Carefully remove the wraps from the fire and let them cool.

9. One Pot Chili

An easy one-pot chili is a fantastic and hearty meal for camping, as it requires minimal cleanup and can be made over a campfire or camping stove. Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious one-pot chili:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef (you can also use ground turkey or chicken)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained (or use frozen corn)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth (or water if broth is unavailable)
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, hot sauce, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large camping pot or a sturdy cast-iron Dutch oven over the campfire or camping stove.
  2. Add the ground beef (or your preferred meat) to the pot and cook until it’s browned and cooked through.
  3. Stir in the chopped onion and minced garlic and cook until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, and corn to the pot. Stir everything together to combine.
  5. Season the chili with chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Adjust the spices according to your taste preference.
  6. Pour in the beef or chicken broth (or water) to create a flavorful base for the chili.
  7. Stir the mixture well and bring it to a boil.
  8. Once the chili is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid.
  9. Let the chili simmer for about 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together and the chili to thicken.
  10. Check the seasoning and adjust with more salt and pepper if needed.
  11. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool slightly before serving.

10. Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces pasta of your choice (e.g., penne, rotini, bowtie)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (or any cheese you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped (or use dried basil if fresh isn’t available)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Before your camping trip, cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and let it cool completely.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled pasta, halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced red bell pepper, finely chopped red onion, sliced black olives, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped basil leaves.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad ingredients and toss everything together until well coated.
  5. Taste the pasta salad and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate the pasta salad until you’re ready to take it camping.

At The Campsite:

  1. Store the chilled pasta salad in a sealed container or an airtight bag with ice packs to keep it cool during your trip to the campsite.
  2. Once you’re at the campsite and ready to eat, give the pasta salad a final toss to redistribute the dressing.
  3. Serve the pasta salad in individual bowls or plates and enjoy your delicious and refreshing camping meal!

Easy Dinner Camping Meals

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice delicious meals for your family.

With a little planning and some creative thinking, you can whip up easy camping dinner meals that will have everyone asking for seconds (and thirds!).

From foil packet dinners to one-pot wonders, here’s a few of our favorite camping dinner meals that are super easy to make.

11. Foil Packet Meal


An easy foil packet dinner is a fantastic camping meal option, as it requires minimal preparation and allows for effortless cleanup. Here’s a simple and delicious foil packet dinner recipe for your camping trip:

Foil Packet Lemon Herb Chicken and Veggies:

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup baby potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sliced bell peppers (any color you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Fresh or dried herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, or oregano)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the campfire or camping stove and ensure you have enough hot coals or heat to cook the foil packets.
  2. Tear off four large pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil, each about 12×12 inches.
  3. In a bowl, mix the olive oil, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Place one chicken breast on each piece of foil, and drizzle the olive oil mixture over the chicken.
  5. Season the chicken with your choice of fresh or dried herbs, and add a couple of lemon slices on top of each chicken breast.
  6. In a separate bowl, toss the baby potatoes, broccoli, sliced bell peppers, and sliced carrots with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Divide the vegetable mixture equally among the four foil packets, arranging them around the chicken.
  8. Add a few more lemon slices and another sprinkle of herbs over the veggies.
  9. Fold the sides of each foil packet up and over the ingredients to create a sealed pouch. Make sure to seal the edges tightly to prevent any juices from leaking out.
  10. Place the foil packets on the campfire grate or a flat surface over the fire.
  11. Cook the foil packets for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked (internal temperature reaches 165°F) and the vegetables are tender.
  12. Carefully remove the foil packets from the fire using tongs or heat-resistant gloves.
  13. Allow the packets to cool slightly before opening.
  14. Serve the lemon herb chicken and veggies directly from the foil packets for easy cleanup and enjoy your delicious camping dinner!

12. Campfire Tacos

A simple campfire tacos recipe is a fun and delicious way to enjoy flavorful tacos while camping. Here’s how to make campfire tacos:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef (you can also use ground turkey or chicken)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or any type you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 8-10 small flour tortillas

Instructions:

  1. Start by preparing the taco meat. In a campfire-safe skillet or a sturdy cast-iron pan, cook the ground beef over the campfire or camping stove until it’s browned and cooked through.
  2. Drain any excess grease from the beef if necessary.
  3. Add the taco seasoning to the cooked ground beef according to the package instructions, or use your homemade seasoning mix.
  4. Stir the seasoning into the meat and let it simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. While the meat is simmering, set up a campfire grate or a flat surface over the fire.
  6. Warm the flour tortillas by placing them directly on the campfire grate or in a dry pan over the fire. Heat each side for a few seconds until the tortillas become pliable.
  7. Set up a taco station with all the toppings and the warmed tortillas, making it easy for everyone to assemble their own tacos.
  8. To assemble the tacos, place a spoonful of the seasoned ground beef in the center of each tortilla.
  9. Top the meat with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, diced onions, chopped cilantro, and salsa.
  10. Fold the tortillas in half or roll them up, securing the fillings inside.

13.One Pot Pasta

A simple one-pot pasta recipe is a perfect camping dinner that requires minimal ingredients and cleanup. Here’s a delicious and easy one-pot pasta recipe for your camping trip:

One-Pot Cheesy Tomato Pasta:

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces pasta of your choice (penne, fusilli, or any short pasta works well)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes (with juices)
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth (or water if broth is unavailable)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional, for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large camping pot or a sturdy cast-iron Dutch oven over the campfire or camping stove.
  2. Add olive oil to the pot and sauté the minced garlic until fragrant, but be careful not to burn it.
  3. Pour in the can of diced tomatoes (with juices) and the dried oregano and basil.
  4. Add the uncooked pasta to the pot, making sure it’s submerged in the tomato mixture.
  5. Pour the vegetable or chicken broth (or water) over the pasta, ensuring there’s enough liquid to cook the pasta.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Stir everything together and bring the mixture to a boil.
  8. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid.
  9. Let the pasta cook for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the pasta is cooked to your desired level of tenderness.
  10. Once the pasta is fully cooked, stir in the shredded mozzarella cheese until it melts and coats the pasta.
  11. Remove the pot from the heat.
  12. If you have fresh basil leaves, tear them into pieces and sprinkle over the pasta for added freshness and flavor.

14. Campfire Pizza

Making campfire pizza is a fun and delicious way to enjoy a tasty meal while camping.

Here’s a simple campfire pizza recipe that you can easily prepare during your outdoor adventure:

Campfire Skillet Pizza:

Ingredients:

  • Premade pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • Pizza sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Your favorite pizza toppings (e.g., pepperoni, sliced bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, olives, etc.)
  • Olive oil or cooking spray (for greasing the skillet)
  • Aluminum foil (for easier cleanup)
  • Campfire grate or a flat surface over the fire

Instructions:

  1. Start by preparing your pizza toppings. Slice any vegetables and gather your chosen toppings to have them ready for assembling the pizza.
  2. Tear off a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil and fold it in half to make it sturdier. Grease one side of the foil with olive oil or cooking spray to prevent the pizza from sticking.
  3. Roll out the pizza dough on the greased side of the foil, forming it into your desired pizza shape and thickness. Remember that the pizza will expand slightly when cooking, so make sure it fits within your skillet or pan.
  4. Once the dough is rolled out, carefully transfer the foil with the dough to a campfire-safe skillet or a sturdy cast-iron pan.
  5. Place the skillet on the campfire grate or a flat surface over the fire.
  6. Cook the pizza dough for a few minutes on each side, allowing it to get lightly golden and partially cooked.
  7. Remove the skillet from the heat and carefully flip the partially cooked pizza dough so that the uncooked side is now facing up.
  8. Spread a layer of pizza sauce on the partially cooked side of the dough.
  9. Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce, covering the entire pizza.
  10. Add your favorite pizza toppings on top of the cheese.
  11. Carefully place the skillet back on the campfire grate or flat surface over the fire.
  12. Cover the skillet with a lid or use foil to create a tent over the top of the pizza, which will help the cheese melt and toppings cook evenly.
  13. Cook the pizza for a few more minutes until the cheese is melted, and the crust is fully cooked and golden.
  14. Once the pizza is cooked to your liking, remove the skillet from the fire and let it cool.

15. Grilled Chicken Skewers

Grilled chicken skewers are a delicious and easy camping recipe that can be enjoyed as a main course or as a tasty appetizer. Here’s a simple chicken skewers recipe for your camping trip:

Chicken Skewers with Lemon Herb Marinade:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Wooden or metal skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before grilling)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional vegetables for skewering (e.g., bell peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and pepper to create the marinade.
  2. Add the bite-sized chicken pieces to the marinade, making sure they are coated evenly.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or put the mixture in a resealable bag to marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes (or longer if you have time) in a cooler or refrigerator.
  4. If you plan to use vegetables, you can also marinate them in a separate bowl using some of the same marinade or simply season them with salt and pepper.
  5. Once the chicken has marinated, assemble the skewers by threading the marinated chicken pieces (and vegetables, if using) onto the skewers.
  6. If you’re using a campfire grate, prepare the fire and let the flames die down to hot coals. Alternatively, set up a camping grill or use a portable camping stove.
  7. Place the skewers directly on the campfire grate or grill over the hot coals.
  8. Cook the chicken skewers, turning them occasionally, until they are fully cooked and have a nice charred appearance. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken pieces and the heat of the fire.
  9. Once the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center, remove the skewers from the fire.
  10. Let the chicken skewers cool slightly before serving.
  11. Enjoy your flavorful and tender chicken skewers right at the campsite!

Easy Camping Desserts

What better way to end a day of hiking, fishing, and exploring than with a delicious dessert cooked over the campfire?

From gooey s’mores to fruity grilled desserts, we’ve got something for everyone. So grab your marshmallows and get ready to indulge!

16. Campfire S’mores

Ingredients:

  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate bars (milk chocolate or any flavor you prefer)

Instructions:

  1. Take two graham cracker squares and break them in half, creating four individual squares.
  2. Place a piece of chocolate on one of the graham cracker squares. If you prefer, you can break the chocolate bar into smaller pieces to fit the cracker better.
  3. Skewer a marshmallow on a roasting stick or a long campfire skewer.
  4. Hold the marshmallow over the campfire, allowing it to roast evenly. Rotate the skewer to ensure the marshmallow gets golden brown and toasted on all sides.
  5. Once the marshmallow is nicely roasted and gooey, carefully remove it from the fire.
  6. Place the roasted marshmallow on top of the chocolate on the graham cracker square.
  7. Immediately cover the marshmallow with another graham cracker square to create a sandwich.

17. Campfire Banana Boats

These tasty treats are a twist on the classic s’mores and are sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike.

Ingredients:

  • Ripe bananas (one per serving)
  • Chocolate chips or chocolate bars (milk chocolate or any flavor you prefer)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Optional toppings: chopped nuts, coconut flakes, peanut butter chips, caramel sauce, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the campfire or use a portable camping stove with a low flame.
  2. Keep the bananas in their peels and make a lengthwise cut along the inside curve of each banana, creating a pocket to hold the fillings.
  3. Stuff the banana pockets with chocolate chips or pieces of chocolate.
  4. Add a handful of mini marshmallows on top of the chocolate.
  5. If you want to add extra toppings, sprinkle them over the marshmallows.
  6. Close the banana pockets by bringing the peel back together to cover the fillings.
  7. Wrap each stuffed banana in aluminum foil, ensuring they are completely sealed to prevent any fillings from leaking.
  8. Place the foil-wrapped banana boats directly on the campfire grate or in the hot coals.
  9. Cook the banana boats for about 5-7 minutes, or until the chocolate and marshmallows have melted and the bananas are soft.
  10. Carefully remove the banana boats from the fire using tongs or heat-resistant gloves.
  11. Allow the banana boats to cool for a moment before unwrapping them.
  12. Use a spoon to scoop out the warm and gooey fillings, enjoying the delicious combination of melted chocolate and marshmallows with the sweet, soft banana.
  13. Be cautious as the fillings can be hot, especially the melted chocolate and marshmallows.
  14. Savor your delightful campfire banana boats and enjoy this tasty camping dessert!

18. Grilled Fruit Skewers

Grilled fruit skewers are a delicious and easy treat to make while camping.

Ingredients:

  • Assorted fruits of your choice (e.g., pineapple chunks, strawberries, kiwi slices, mango cubes, and/or banana chunks)
  • Wooden or metal skewers
  • Honey or maple syrup (optional, for drizzling)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the fruits: Wash and cut the fruits into bite-sized pieces. Make sure to remove any seeds or tough parts.
  2. Preheat your grill or campfire: If you’re using a campfire, let the flames die down, and you have a bed of hot coals.
  3. Assemble the skewers: Thread the fruit pieces onto the skewers in any pattern you like. Be creative and have fun with it!
  4. Grill the skewers: Place the fruit skewers directly on the grill grate or over the campfire coals. Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side or until you see grill marks and the fruit starts to caramelize slightly. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  5. Optional: If you like, you can brush some honey or maple syrup over the grilled fruit skewers for extra sweetness.
  6. Serve and enjoy: Remove the skewers from the grill and let them cool slightly. Serve the delicious grilled fruit skewers as a delightful camping dessert or snack.

19. Dutch Oven Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

For the Filling:

  • 6 cups apples (peeled, cored, and sliced) – Use a mix of sweet and tart apples for the best flavor (e.g., Granny Smith and Honeycrisp).
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cubed

Optional:

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans)
  • Vanilla ice cream (for serving)

Instructions:

  1. Start by placing a few hot coals or briquettes on the ground or fire pit. Arrange them in a circular pattern to match the size of your Dutch oven. Place the Dutch oven on top of the coals.
  2. Add some additional hot coals or briquettes on top of the lid to preheat it. You’ll want an even distribution of heat on the top and bottom of the Dutch oven.
  3. In a bowl, combine the sliced apples, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and ground cinnamon. Toss the mixture until the apples are evenly coated.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, and cubed butter. Use your hands or a fork to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a crumbly texture.
  5. Spread the apple filling evenly in the preheated Dutch oven. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apples. If you’re adding nuts, sprinkle them on top of the crumble.
  6. Place the lid on the Dutch oven and add some additional hot coals on top of the lid. Cook for about 30-40 minutes, rotating the Dutch oven occasionally to ensure even cooking. The apple crisp is ready when the filling is bubbly, and the topping is golden brown.
  7. Remove the Dutch oven from the coals and let it cool slightly. Serve the apple crisp warm, and if desired, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat.

20. Campfire Dessert Nachos

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of cinnamon sugar pita chips (or regular pita chips if preferred)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (such as pecans or almonds)
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce or dulce de leche

Optional toppings:

  • Sliced bananas or strawberries
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. On a heat-proof platter or a piece of aluminum foil, arrange the cinnamon sugar pita chips in a single layer.
  2. Sprinkle the chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and chopped nuts over the pita chips.
  3. Place the platter with the nachos directly on the campfire grill grate or over the hot coals. Be cautious not to let the foil burn or the nachos get too close to the flames.
  4. Heat the nachos for a few minutes until the chocolate chips and marshmallows begin to melt. You can cover the nachos with a lid or use a pie tin as a makeshift cover to help the toppings melt faster.
  5. Once the chocolate and marshmallows are gooey and melted, remove the nachos from the campfire. Drizzle caramel sauce or dulce de leche over the top.
  6. For an extra touch of deliciousness, you can add sliced bananas or strawberries on top and a dollop of whipped cream. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the nachos for additional flavor.

21. Campfire Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of your favorite brownie mix (plus the ingredients mentioned on the box, typically water, oil, and eggs)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cooking spray or oil for greasing

Optional toppings:

  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans)

Instructions:

  1. Take a large piece of aluminum foil (about 18×12 inches) and grease it with cooking spray or oil. This will prevent the brownies from sticking to the foil.
  2. Mix the brownie batter: Follow the instructions on the brownie mix box to prepare the batter. Typically, you’ll need to combine the brownie mix with water, oil, and eggs in a mixing bowl.
  3. Pour the prepared brownie batter onto the greased foil, spreading it out evenly to form a rectangular shape.
  4. If you’d like, you can sprinkle marshmallows, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or any other toppings you desire on top of the brownie batter.
  5. Carefully fold the foil over the brownie batter to create a packet, ensuring it’s sealed tightly to prevent any leakage.
  6. Place the foil packet on the campfire grill grate or directly on the hot coals. Cook the brownies for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the heat of the campfire. You can rotate the packet occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  7. After 20 minutes, carefully open the foil packet and insert a toothpick into the center of the brownies. If it comes out mostly clean or with a few moist crumbs, the brownies are done. If needed, cook for a few more minutes and retest.

Wrap Up

So there you have it, 21 easy camping meals that will make your next outdoor adventure a delicious one!

From hearty breakfasts to satisfying dinners and sweet treats, these recipes are sure to please the whole family.

Whether you’re a seasoned camper or new to the great outdoors, these meal ideas are simple, tasty, and perfect for fueling your adventures.

So pack up your cooler, grab your campfire cooking gear, and get ready to enjoy some unforgettable meals under the stars. Happy camping and bon appétit!

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