Easy Meals to Cook When Camping
Whether you’re a seasoned camper or just starting out, mealtime while camping can be a challenge. It’s hard to know what to make while in the outdoors, especially if you’re using basic camping equipment. As a longtime camper and a father of three, I’ve picked up some easy meals that are perfect for camping trips. I’m sharing them here with you, so you can worry less about meal planning and enjoy more time under the stars.
For a tasty and nutritious camping meal, try veggie fajitas. This is a great option if campers want to avoid eating too much animal protein. You’ll need a few basic ingredients, including bell peppers, diced onion, mushrooms, garlic, olive oil, a variety of seasonings (cumin, chili powder, etc.), and tortillas. All of these ingredients are easily available at any grocery store.
To get started, heat the olive oil in a skillet and then add the vegetables. Cook the vegetables until they start to soften. In the meantime, mix together the seasonings. Add the seasoning to the vegetables and continue to cook until the vegetables are slightly charred. Serve the vegetables with the tortillas and ingredients of your choice, such as salsa, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and anything else you want.
Who says you can’t make a delicious pasta dish while camping? One-pot pasta is the perfect solution when you need an easy camping meal. All you need is some pasta, a few cans of diced tomatoes, a few cloves of garlic, olive oil, and your favorite seasonings.
To begin, heat the olive oil in a large pot and then sauté the garlic. Then, add the diced tomatoes and seasonings and give it a stir. Pour in the uncooked pasta and enough water to cover the pasta and stir everything together. Cook for approximately 15-20 minutes until the pasta is cooked. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs.
Pita French Toast
This is an easy and fun way for campers to enjoy a unique twist on French toast. All you need to make this dish are a few slices of stale pita bread, eggs, almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and your favorite toppings.
Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk them together with the almond milk. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg and stir it until it’s mixed together. Dip the pita bread into the egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides. Heat a skillet with a little bit of butter and then cook the pita bread for about two minutes until both sides are golden. Serve with a dollop of yogurt or honey and your favorite berries for a delicious and easy camping meal.
Quesadillas are a great way to enjoy one of your favorite foods while camping. The ingredients you need for this dish include tortillas, cheese, and the filling of your choice. Some great options for the filling are beans, grilled vegetables, cooked ground beef, and cooked chicken.
Begin by heating a skillet on the fire and adding a little bit of butter. Place one of the tortillas in the skillet and sprinkle the cheese over half of the tortilla. Then add the filling and top it with more cheese. Add the other tortilla and cook each side until the cheese has melted and the tortilla is lightly golden. Cut the quesadilla into four equal parts and serve with your favorite condiments.
Camping hash is an ideal option for campers who are short on ingredients. All you need is potatoes, onions, bell peppers, garlic, a few sprigs of fresh herbs, and your favorite seasonings.
To get started, dice the potatoes and heat a skillet over the fire. Add a little bit of olive oil or butter to the skillet and then add the potatoes and onions. Cook the vegetables until they begin to soften and then add the bell peppers, garlic, and herbs. Once the vegetables are cooked through, season them with your favorite spices and serve.
Campfire pizzas are a fantastic way to enjoy a classic dish while camping. To make this dish, you’ll need some flatbreads or tortillas, pizza sauce, cheese, and any toppings you want. You could use anything from cooked sausage to peppers and olives.
Lay the flatbreads or tortillas on a pan and spread the pizza sauce over them. Sprinkle the cheese over the pizzas and then add the toppings. Cook the pizzas over the fire for about five minutes or until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden. Let the pizzas cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
Last but certainly not least, campfire nachos are a fun and easy camping meal. All you need are tortilla chips, cheese, and whatever other toppings you want. For a more filling nacho dish, try adding cooked ground beef, black beans, cooked chicken, and sautéed vegetables.
Start by heating a skillet over the fire. Add the tortilla chips and sprinkle the cheese over them. Then, add any other toppings you want. Cook for about five minutes or until the cheese has melted. Serve with a dollop of guacamole, sour cream, or salsa, and enjoy!
Camping meals can be just as delicious as ones enjoyed at home. With a few basic ingredients, and some creativity, easy and tasty meals can be created with minimal effort. Now that you’ve read through this post, you’re well on your way to creating delicious meals on your next camping trip.