Ok, we know you’re here for the camping recipes. We even broke them down into neat little sections for you.
#1: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. Oatmeal is an easy and economically-friendly breakfast that everyone will love. Just pack oats, water, and your favorite ingredients.
Check out this healthy, simple breakfast recipe that will give you an extra boost:
Hot Apple Cinnamon Oats with Coconut
Ingredients: 4.25 cups oats | 6 cups water | 1.5 cups rice milk | 2 apples, chopped | 2 tsps ground cinnamon | 1 tsp salt | 1 tbsp brown sugar| 1 tsp vanilla
Toppings: raisins, craisins, dried coconut, almond slices, yogurt
Instructions: 1) Combine water, rice milk, oats, and apples in a pot. 2) Bring to a boil. 3) Reduce heat and simmer until oatmeal reaches desired consistency stirring occasionally. 4) Add vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar.
Top with: Choose from the toppings list above or get creative and add your own!
#2: Breakfast Potatoes. Breakfast potatoes are an easy and versatile dish to make for any size group. You can add anything: simple salt and pepper, peppers and onions, or meat and cheese. Almost anything goes well with potatoes. Here’s a recipe we love.
#3: Granola/Cereal. This is another meal that can be modified any way you choose. Whether your adding milk, serving warm, or eating dry, you’ll be fed and ready for whatever the day brings. For an easy hot granola meal that you can prep at home, try this 5-minute recipe.
#4: Burritos. Tortillas are your best friend on the trail. They keep better than bread, won’t get smashed, and can be used for almost anything. Plus, you won’t need plates, which makes packing and cleanup a breeze. You can make them at home or cook them up at the site, but make sure you do all the prep ahead of time; chopping and cleanup can be a real hassle out in the wild. Another great idea is to utilize leftovers from breakfast or other meals to make your camp burritos. Remember to cook any meat ahead of time for safety. Here’s a great recipe that utilizes foil and doesn’t require any cookware.
#5: Pozole Stuffed Onions. Another fun and easy camp cuisine option is pozole, which can be customized to your liking, and prepared in a myriad of ways. Pozole can be served on its own or used as part of another dish. We mentioned that foil is the camp chef’s best friend, and this is no different. Using onions as a bowl and foil as an over, you can cook and serve these Coal-Roasted Chuckbox Pozole-Stuffed Onions in no time. Note that if you want to serve a vegetarian version, you can use tofu, mushrooms, or eggplant instead of pork.
#6: Kebobs. Kebobs are fun way to get your group involved in the “kitchen”. Invite your companions to assemble their own skewers to make their own custom meals (which is especially helpful when dealing with picky eaters). Again, it’s important that you cook meats ahead of time. If you want to make a marinade and cook on site, be sure to freeze your meats and use them as soon as they’ve thawed. Here are 15 fun skewer recipes for your next trip.
#7: Bagel Sandwiches. Bagels are another amazing substitute for regular bread. Packed with carbs and rugged enough for travel, they’ve been a commuter staple for generations. They’re also delicious and perfect for camping. You can use bagel sandwiches for breakfast or lunch and put literally anything you want on them. We’re not even linking to a recipe for this one; you know how to make a sandwich.
#8: Paella. Want to impress the lightweight, water-resistant pants right off your fellow campers? Go gourmet with a campfire paella. You can make this meal in a single pan (#winning) and have plenty of options. You can use meat, seafood, or veggies, and make it about as spicy as you can handle. Just remember: crust is key. You may want to stir the rice but try to resist. The crispy bottom layer is what makes paella so unique. Don’t worry, we’ve got a recipe for this one, straight from REI.
#9: Chili. If you have a larger group, chili will become your best friend in no time. You can make everything ahead of time, seal it in a bag, and heat it up in a pot or Dutch oven. This is a great meal to freeze and use as an extra ice pack in your cooler. Once it’s thawed, it’s ready to cook. This author loves their chili with bacon tips, beer, beef, and an extra kick, but my editor said to include some vegan-friendly options, so here ya go: Vegan two been camp chili.
#10: Pasta Salad. This is one of those “no-fire backup meals” we mentioned. This can be a side dish or the main course. It’s another meal that you can make at home, and is ready to serve in seconds. There are endless options for your salad, but here’s a recipe for Italian pasta salad that actually gets better when it sits.
#11: Freeze-Dried Meals. Freeze-dried meals are simple, only require hot water, and don’t need plates. They’re also a great option if you’re roughing it a bit, since they pack ultra-light. There are tons and tons of options available, so you can take the family to your local outdoor store and let everyone pick their own meal. This is another one that’s great if you can’t light a fire, since you can quickly heat up some water over a camp stove. You can even make your own freeze-dried meals at home. Here’s a quick guide for making your own meals with or without a machine.
#12: Trail Mix. You can either buy a mix or make your own. We’re cheating a bit since this isn’t an actual recipe, but the good news is: there are no rules for making your own trail mix. You can add whatever you like and omit what you don’t. Buying mix can get expensive, so we highly recommend making your own. Great choices for a healthy mix include nuts, dried fruit, cereal, granola, and even a bit of sweet candy will help fuel you for all your outdoor adventures. Here’s a DIY trail mix that we dig… be sure to scroll down to “My Favorite Healthy Trail Mix Recipe”.
#13: S’mores. Everyone knows the standard recipe – graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. For fun extras, you can add Nutella, bacon, bananas, caramel, or substitute the crackers with your favorite cookies. For a fireless backup, you can make a S’more dish in a pan to serve chilled.
#14: Popcorn. Bringing a bag of popped corn is the easiest way to snack but popping your own kernels over the fire is way more fun. Bring a bit of sunflower oil, plenty of kernels, and the seasonings of your choice. For a fun twist, season with Old Bay and a bit of sugar. Just be sure to bring the right pot so you don’t burn your corn!
#15: Oranges (Leave No Trace). Oranges are an easy treat to replenish your body and can be easily packed and eaten. Remember: just because something is biodegradable does not mean it’s okay to leave behind. Properly dispose of peels and cores left over from your food.