Best Food to Make When Camping
For many experienced campers, making a delicious camp meal is one of the highlights of camping. With the right ingredients, campers can make their outdoor experience more pleasurable. Preparing a delectable camp meal can be a tricky challenge, and it takes some planning to prepare the proper food and snacks. In this blog, we will discuss the best food to make while camping and provide valuable tips to make meal preparation easier and more enjoyable.
5 Best Foods to Make When Camping
- Breakfast Burritos
- Campfire Dutch Oven Lasagna
- Taco Salad Bowls
- Grilled PB&J Sandwiches
- Grilled Chocolate and Marshmallow S’mores
1. Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast burritos are one of the most popular camping meals and for a good reason! A few scrambled eggs, homemade breakfast potatoes and some sautéed onion and peppers come together to make a classic camping favorite. For extra flavor add some cheese, sausage or bacon. Wrapping your ingredients in a warm flour tortilla will make your breakfast burrito complete. Whether it’s during a weekend camping trip or during a week-long wilderness adventure, breakfast burritos are a delicious way to start the day.
2. Campfire Dutch Oven Lasagna
Lasagna is a classic Italian dish, but you don’t need a traditional oven to make it! Instead, make your own version of Campfire Dutch Oven Lasagna. It’s simple culinarily: mix together layers of cooked ground beef, lasagna noodles, cheese, and jarred spaghetti sauce and cover with an oil-sprayed Dutch oven lid before placing it over the campfire. You should be able to enjoy a cheesy, comforting meal in no time.
3. Taco Salad Bowls
Taco salad is a great choice for camping since it’s so easy to make and clean up. Ground beef or turkey, diced tomatoes, lettuce, kidney beans, corn, and taco seasoning are all you need. To give it more of a gourmet feel, you can add shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, black olives, or guacamole. Simply cook your ground beef or turkey over the fire or stovetop, mix with the other ingredients, and enjoy!
4. Grilled PB&J Sandwiches
One of the simplest and sure-fire favorites for a camping meal is a grilled PB&J sandwich. If you have a grill, fire up and get ready to create the ultimate camp comfort food. All you’ll need is peanut butter, jelly and the bread of your choice. Spread peanut butter and jelly on one side of each slice of bread. Place the slices of bread, peanut butter side down, on the heated grill until toasted and golden brown. Enjoy your hot, gooey grilled PB&J.
5. Grilled Chocolate and Marshmallow S’mores
Nothing is quite as quintessential for a camping weekend as s’mores. Get creative and make a version on the campfire! The key to making great s’mores is to get just the right ratio of melted chocolate, gooey marshmallow and crunchy graham cracker. Place a square of your favorite chocolate on a graham cracker. Roast your marshmallow over the fire until golden, then place it on the chocolate-covered graham cracker. Top with another graham cracker and press together lightly. Enjoy the ultimate campfire treat!
Tips For Easier Camp Cooking
- Cook meals the night before you leave.
- Make large meals that can be packaged in portions for several days. That way you only have to cook once.
- Bring a cooler filled with perishables. It’s essential for keeping food fresh.
- Make a grocery list and only bring the essentials. Unnecessary items can be a waste and add extra weight to your backpacking load.
- Bring a light-weight camp stove to save time and energy.
- Pack spices and seasonings to give your meals flavor and depth.
- Bring an all-purpose mixing bowl and utensils that can be used for multiple purposes.
- Bring a cup with a lid to avoid spilling.
- If you plan to cook a lot, bring multiple pots and pans.
As an experienced camper, I’ve learned that with a little preparation and creativity, a great camp meal can be just a grill or campfire away. And if you’re camping with kids, camp cooking can be a fun family activity that will leave them with a memorable experience. Try out these delicious recipes and some of your own to make the most of your camping adventure!