One of the things I realized the first time we went camping that cooking in the outdoors was very different from being in the comfort of your own kitchen. You had to make sure that you packed everything and missing one ingredient or cooking utensil would make the difference between following the meal you planned and improvising with something else.
But just because we’re in a less familiar environment doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy food. In fact, there are tons of delicious camping recipes available. Here are some of the best recipes for camping you can try out the next time you take a trip.
1. Cheesy Egg Croissants
You can make them for breakfast or brunch on a lazy outdoor weekend. They’re easy to prepare and delicious. The best part they give you enough energy to make full use of the morning.
See the recipe here
2. Camping Quesadillas
If you like Mexican food like I do, there’s nothing more comforting that a campfire quesadilla. This is one of our go-to dishes and the kids will devour them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don’t forget to wrap in tin foil to protect the wrapper from burning.
Here’s the recipe.
3. Truffle Oil Omelet with Spinach and Mushrooms
If you like to enjoy a bit of gourmet food while camping, this specialty omelet packs nutritious spinach and mushrooms that’s flavored with delicious truffle oil. You can have them with bacon or other breakfast favorites. Click here for the recipe.
4. Biscuits & Gravy
Biscuits and gravy are one of the most comforting foods around. And there’s nothing better then spending time enjoying them for breakfast. You can make these with sausage patties, or vegetables if you’re vegetarian. Here’s how to make it.
5. Storecupboard Corn Pancakes
I’ll admit that these take longer to make that most of the other breakfast recipes, but they’re well worth the time and wait. I love the sweetness of the corn and the extra crunch the kernels have with each bite. Get the recipe.
6. Cowboy Chicken & Bean Stew
For those cold days when everyone wants something comforting and warm this chicken and bean stew recipe is a slow cooked dutch oven treat that will leave everyone satisfied and wanting seconds. You can make the stew with or without the beans based on what you prefer. See the recipe here.
7. Easy Broccoli Stir Fry
Healthy, delicious and easy to make, this broccoli stir fry includes the food rainbow and is something that’s very light. If you’re watching your waistline but still want something delicious this is it. Get this recipe.
8. Sri Lankan Beef Curry Dinner
For a taste of the exotic East, this Sri Lankan Beef Curry recipe mixes lean sirloin beef along with spices like coriander, turmeric, peppers and cumin to give it that spicy and earthy flavor. Go to the recipe.
9. Grilled Lime Garlic Shrimp
You can make these over a campfire and grate or a portable grill. Don’t forget to soak the skewers in water beforehand so that they don’t burn when left over the fire. You’ll also need to leave the shrimp in a bag with the lime to marinate though don’t leave it for too long since the acid in the lime will eventually cook the shrimps.
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10. Campfire Chicken Stew Recipe
This is another tin foil camping recipe that’s very simple to make. The chicken and vegetables make for a delicious combination while they’re left grilling over the campfire. This is one of those balanced meals that contains carbohydrates and protein.
Here’s how to make it.
11. Skillet Lasagna
For pasta and cheese lovers, there’s nothing better than a heaping skillet of lasagna. While it’s true that you don’t have the benefit of using an oven when camping, this skillet recipe offers a delicious pan of lasagna that fits a group of four.
See the lasagna recipe here.
12. One-Pan Lamb & Couscous
Lamb and couscous aren’t foods associated with camping, but this one pan recipe makes it possible to enjoy this Mediterranean delight while you’re away from home. It is one of those camping recipes that will impress everyone in the group.
Learn the dish here.
13. Peanut Butter S’mores Recipe
A camping classic with a bit of a twist thanks to the added peanut butter. This is a great snack not only because it’s tasty but also it’s fun to make and the kids can join in the cooking. Just be ready for the mess when they do join in. View the recipe.
14. Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowls
Another snack favorite that we can all sit around and enjoy while enjoying the beauty of nature or just having a nice conversation. The original recipe calls for shredded chicken, but you can also make them with beef. See it here.
15. S’mores Brownie Bars
Can’t get enough of S’mores? Here’s another one, this time in the form of brownie bars. This recipe makes a total of sixteen 2”x2” brownies that will be just enough for a small group. See how to make it here.
16. Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls
This is a delicious dessert that can be eaten in between meals or for breakfast. Made using a dutch oven, these cinnamon rolls will impress anyone you make them for as they’re be surprised that you’re able to make a batch of these while camping.
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17. Campfire Crescent Dogs
Cooking hotdogs over the campfire is one of the things kids love doing. This recipe wraps the hotdogs with crescent rolls giving them an extra tasty layer when you bite into them. Here’s how to make them.
18. Nutella and Banana S’mores
For that sweet and decadent chocolatey flavor, nothing beats this Nutella and Banana S’mores. This is so good that those who are trying to lose should try and keep away from it. Learnt to make this snack.
19.Grilled Potato Skins
Funny how most people don’t like the skins on their potatoes but when it comes of crispy potato skins, everyone’s in. This is recipe includes bacon, cheese, grilled potato skins and sour cream. Need I say more?
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20. Chipotle-Bacon Mac and Cheese
I have yet to meet a person who didn’t like this recipe. Use as much or as little Chipotle pepper as you like, but don’t forget the panko bread crumbs and the bacon, they’re what makes this Mac and Cheese recipe stand out.
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21. Three Cheese Potatoes Recipe
This is another camping favorite because of its gooey cheesy deliciousness. Just wrap the ingredients in foil, seal the foil and leave to grill. What can be easier than that? After a few minutes it will be ready to enjoy.
See the recipe here.