There are so many ideas for easy camping foods on the internet and we picked out our top 15! We don’t want to spend hours on a camping trip prepping foods and cooking. Camping is about fun, family time. As much as we can prep ahead of time, the better! These recipes can be made ahead of time, stored in your fridge or freezer, and then placed in your cooler for a great camping trip with very little time spent on preparing your meals.
- First on our list, are foil pack complete dinners. Anyone experienced with camping has probably made foil packs. Making these ahead of time and putting them in the fridge is a cinch! Each individual person can make their own then just mark with a permanent marker on the pack so you know which foil pack belongs to which person. First step is to gather your ingredients- boneless chicken breast, meat, steak, smoked sausage. Then your vegetables- onions, mushrooms, red sweet peppers, green bell peppers, asparagus, green beans, really- any type of vegetable you want! Seasoning- Salt and pepper, creole seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, or any combination of your favorite seasonings and to your comfortable spicy level. I take each person’s combination, put all the ingredients in a Ziploc bag and add in olive oil, coating all the meats and veggies. I find it easier to transport in the Ziploc bags then to double wrap in aluminum foil once we are ready for the meal. If you prefer, go ahead and double wrap in the aluminum foil and transport that way.
- Who doesn’t love pancakes? We just mix the batter ahead of time, put in a Ziploc bag, lay it flat in the freezer so it makes it easier and takes up less room in the cooler. The morning we have pancakes, it has already defrosted in the cooler and we just snip the corner and pour into a hot cast iron skillet over the fire.
- Omelets- We make omelets similar to the way we make the foil packets. We first scramble up in individual bowls either one or two eggs per person then everyone picks what they want in their omelet- ham, cheese, onions, green peppers, whatever you want! Then add your seasonings. Pour into a Ziploc bag marked with the person’s name and put into your cooler. The morning you are ready for omelets, just boil a pot of water over your campfire and throw the bags in. In 12-15 minutes, your omelet will be ready! Just slide onto a plate and enjoy.
- Burritos! Breakfast, lunch, dinner- you can premake your burritos at home with whatever ingredients you want and throw them on the fire to warm up. Make sure you cook all the ingredients at home first. Breakfast- eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, potatoes, salt and pepper and whatever other seasonings you want. After everything is cooked, put your ingredients in your wraps, roll up as you would a regular burrito, wrap in aluminum foil and keep in fridge until ready to pack in the cooler. Lunch or Dinner- refried beans, ground beef or chicken mixed with taco seasoning, green peppers, red peppers, onions, whatever you want! Just be sure to cook it, mix it, roll it, and pack it!
- As Southerners, we love our sweet corn. We make it different ways. Sometimes we cover in olive oil and seasonings all over the cob. Other times we smother in Duke’s mayo, and other times we just use butter. We always add in a dash of sugar, salt, and pepper. Wrap in foil and throw on an open fire or if you have a grill over your fire while camping, take it out of the foil and put directly on your grate.
- Potatoes are one of the easiest things to cook while camping. Easiest potato recipe is to cover with olive oil and coarse salt all over the potato and wrap in foil. But we take potatoes a step further! You can cut them up and cook on a cast iron skillet, add in cheese, seasonings and some oil or butter. For foil packet potatoes, bake the potato at home and put in fridge. When the potato is not as soft, take back out, put in a square of aluminum foil (spray cooking spray on foil prior to this step) big enough to wrap up around the foil. Slice the potato to your desired thickness of each slice. We don’t cut all the way through to the bottom but you can. Add in butter, cheese, bacon, green onions or whatever you want throughout the individual slices. Don’t add sour cream at this point; only ingredients you want to melt. Wrap potato up tightly and put in fridge until it is time to put into the cooler. Throw on fire for 20 minutes and then top your potato with sour cream once completely heated through!
- Have you seen the Walking Taco recipes using a bag of Fritos with the taco ingredients put on top of the Fritos? Seems easy enough but I like to do it another way! Make your taco meat like you normally would for tacos at home. Heat up refried beans so you will have a smoother consistency. Line your squares of aluminum foils on the counter. Make your taco packages according to personal preferences- taco meat, refried beans, cheese, onions, jalapenos, or whatever ingredients that can be heated. Fold up your packets, and store in fridge until ready to put into coolers. Pack Fritos or tortilla chips. On taco night while camping, heat your packets on the fire. Open packets, crumble your Fritos or chips on top of packets, add on sour cream, lettuce, or whatever other ingredients you want.
- We have a standard pizza night so while camping, we don’t want to miss that night! This one takes a little more time but I prep my ingredients ahead of time. You also need a cast iron skillet and a grill grate while camping. Prior to the trip, I prep my onions, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, chicken and/or hamburger meat. Whatever you want on your pizza, cook, cut, grate, or prep ahead of time and put in separate Ziploc bags at home. Purchase a premade pizza dough and your favorite marinara or white sauce. While camping, place the pizza in the cast iron skillet and place on grill to start cooking the dough while you get out all your ingredients. On top of the partially cooked dough, add your sauce and all your other ingredients. I place foil over the pan to help cook it. Once all the ingredients have heated, let pizza sit for 10-15 minutes so it is easier to cut! Another alternative if you do not have a cast iron skillet is to make a pizza log at home. Use your premade dough, spread your sauce on it, and add your cooked ingredients. ROLL the dough into a log then roll into aluminum foil. Place on camp fire until dough is cooked! Slice pizza roll in small round slices and serve.
- I cannot wait to try this next recipe! Before leaving home, have everyone create their own dessert in a waffle cone- chocolate, strawberries, marshmallows, peanut butter, bananas, caramel, brown sugar, whatever they want! Wrap up the cones in aluminum foil, and then throw on the fire until all the ingredients have become a warm, gooey, lusciousness of yumminess!
- You can do the same thing with bananas instead of a waffle cone. Cut the banana down the middle and add in whatever ingredients you want- chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallows, caramel. Wrap up in foil and throw on the fire until it warms up.
Camping does not mean you have to forgo delicious meals or desserts. It also does not mean you have to spend hours cooking your foods and miss out on fishing, games, and quality time with your family. There are thousands of recipes online to help make your camping trips so easy!