Good camping meals are a top priority when prepping for a trip. Food and travel go hand in hand. And whether it’s meat cooked over a grill or a fresh salad, meals at a campground are better for some reason.
Here, we share 10 superb recipes for good camping meals. We also give tips, such as how to pack your meat. We hope you’re hungry!
What Are the Best Foods to Bring Camping?
Packable dried foods and cooler items are typically the easiest to bring if you don’t have an RV fridge. But don’t be afraid to be creative and bring along what you would normally eat at home. Camping meals can be healthy without being laborious.
How Do You Pack Meat for Camping?
We recommend double bagging any raw meat. Then, store it in your cooler. Or, if you have an RV refrigerator and freezer, you can store it just like you would at home. Making sure there are no chances of leaks is the top priority. And be sure not to leave raw meat out in the heat for more than two hours
10 Really Good Camping Meals for Your Next Camping Trip
We’re about to tempt your taste buds with some good camping meals. These 10 recipes are ideal for a camping trip and easy for any cooking skill level.
1. Campfire Nachos
What Makes It Good for Camping: Campfire Nachos are easy to make and take little time. And the ingredients take up little room when packing.
Ingredients: For Campfire Nachos, you’ll need tortilla chips, cheese, and whichever toppings you prefer on your nachos. Chicken or beef are excellent choices for protein. And for vegetables, you can do onions, tomatoes, peppers, and avocado.
2. Chicken or Veggie Skewers
What Makes It Good for Camping: Chicken or veggie skewers are tasty when cooked over the campfire or grill. They’re a great source of protein and don’t take much prep or cook time.
Ingredients: For skewers, you can use chicken or vegetables or a combination of both. Marinate the chicken with olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic powder, and half a teaspoon of salt for 30 minutes to two hours.
Then, grill the skewers with any combination of chicken, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, or tomatoes. In addition, you can add cold skewers to the meal by using tomatoes and cucumbers for a fresh taste. And we like to use tzatziki as a dipping sauce.
Pro Tip: Want to cook over the campfire? Use these five techniques on How To Start A Fire Like An Expert.
3. Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches
What Makes It Good for Camping: Sausage breakfast sandwiches are good camping meals, as they are quick and easy. And they make very little mess, so you can spend less time cleaning up and more time having fun.
Ingredients: You need English muffins, your favorite type of sausage patties, eggs, and cheese. We also recommend a sauce such as sriracha honey sauce.
4. Greek Salad
What Makes It Good for Camping: Greek salad requires little fridge space and is super healthy. Plus, you can make a lot of it and eat it for days.
Ingredients: The ingredients for Greek salad are tomato, cucumbers, onion, olives, feta cheese, olive oil, and oregano. Cut up the vegetables and mix them together. Place a block of feta cheese on top and pour olive oil and a bit of oregano over the top.
5. Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese
What Makes It Good for Camping: If you have a Dutch oven for camping, mac and cheese is a good camping meal to cook in it. The meal is quick and easy and requires only seven ingredients.
Ingredients: For mac and cheese in your Dutch oven, you’ll need elbow macaroni, water, butter, salt, cheddar cheese, mustard, garlic powder, and Kettle brand jalapeno chips.
6. Foil Wrapped Potatoes
What Makes It Good for Camping: Foil-wrapped potatoes are an excellent option for a side dish or a main course. We particularly like them on a cool or rainy day, as they’re the perfect comfort food.
Ingredients: For starters, you’ll need aluminum foil to make foil-wrapped potatoes. And the ingredients you’ll need are potatoes (regular or sweet), onion, olive oil, kidney beans, tomato paste, a can of beer, chili powder, cumin, and salt. You can also add cheese or any other protein that you like.
7. Avocado Toast
What Makes It Good for Camping: Avocado toast is the perfect go-to breakfast meal. It requires very little prep and time overall. And it’s a healthy way to start your day of adventure.
Ingredients: You’ll need bread, avocado, bacon, an egg, salt, and pepper for this avocado toast recipe. You can also replace any of the ingredients or add cheese or tomato. We also like to add a pinch of crushed red pepper.
9. Chicken or Fish Tacos
What Makes It Good for Camping: Chicken or fish tacos may seem a little extreme for a camping meal, but you may be surprised at how easy they are. They’re the perfect protein-filled treat during your trip.
Ingredients: For this recipe, determine if you want to use chicken or fish. It originally calls for fish, but you can substitute it with chicken. Other ingredients to make the tacos include corn salsa (bought or made), tortillas, hot sauce, and kettle chips.
10. Brats Over the Campfire
What Makes It Good for Camping: Brats over the campfire is a classic American camping meal. It’s easy, quick, hearty, and a good source of protein to keep your energy up for activities.
Ingredients: Get your choice of brats, hot dog or brat-size buns, and whichever condiments you prefer. You’ll also need a stick to roast the brats over a campfire, or you can grill them. Then, sit back and enjoy.
Pro Tip: Use our camp cooking hack on how to Boil a Bratwurst to Perfection.
Enjoy These Good Camping Meals on Your Next Adventure!
Now you have a premade grocery list for your next camping trip. Are you ready? We hope you try one or more of these good camping meals. Outdoor adventures are always better with good food. Get out there and enjoy!
What is your go-to camping meal? Share your recipes in the comments!
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