6 Favorite Camping Meals

We love our camping table and the meals we share together with family and friends!

"You don't need a silver fork to eat good food."  Legendary chef, Paul Prudhomme, knew that good food can stand alone.  I do too!  With the right ingredients and cooking techniques, you can go from ordinary camp cook to campsite chef.  If you are looking to grace your finest plastic cutlery in style, this post is for you!

I don't know about you, but a good camping meal starts with partial prep at home to simplify the process at the campground.  Also, stick to meals with flavor profiles that suit your culinary tastes.  If you love spicy and Mexican (Christy Rogers I'm talking to you), incorporate that into your camping meals. Planning and attention to food preferences spell success.

Hobo Steak Packs

First night meals that are 'toss on the charcoal grill and forget it' is for me!  This was one of our first camping meals.  Start with a nice cut of meat.  I use ribeyes.  Add cubed potatoes, onion, garlic, butter, salt, and pepper.  Done!  Wrap in foil.  Pack it in your cooler and dinner is ready for the grill the night you arrive at your campsite.

Foil packets work best in heavy-duty foil.  You can even double the foil to be sure not to puncture while cooking.

Pigs In a Blanket

I make angel biscuit dough and prepare it pigs in a blanket style.  Roll and cut your dough into small pieces.  Wrap each piece around little smokie sausages.  You can freeze these ahead of time in cake pans to cook in your Dutch Oven.  Or you can use the pan of your choice and cook in your oven.

Angel biscuits made into pigs in a blanket that can be frozen and packed for camping!

French Dip Sandwiches

I cannot take credit for this recipe.  Our friend Bryan found it and suggested it as an Easter Weekend meal.  This is literally a roast, french onion soup, and a beer.  Cook it all day in a crockpot.  At the end of your day, serve it on toasted rolls with Provolone.  Add a salad and maybe another side and dinner is served!

French Dip Sandwiches are truly a set it and forget it mealtime option.

Chicken Street Tacos

Make your marinade for your chicken and place in a Ziploc bag with your meat.  Freeze it and then toss it into your cooler to travel.  Serve these tacos with avocado, red onion, hot sauce and lime wedges.  Add cheese if you like.  It is the perfect flavor combo and isn't too spicy for children.  I also like that these can be dressed up as much or little as you like them.

Chicken street tacos are simple and delicious.  These also make great leftovers for breakfast tacos or even lunch quesadillas.

Dutch Oven Enchiladas

My friend Christy is still talking about these enchiladas from Thanksgiving last year.  I'm not going to lie, this is an excellent cold evening meal.  Start early if you are making this as a fall meal since the days are short.  Or, you could prepare these in a traditional or convection oven depending on your camp kitchen set up.

Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Waking up to both breakfast and the smell of apples and cinnamon in the air is amazing.  On a crisp fall morning, this the perfect way to enjoy breakfast at your table with the view of fall leaves all around.  I bring my oatmeal in a plastic bag already pre-measured.  Also, measure and bring your cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Having these items prepped ahead of time does make a difference.

All of the ingredients go into the crock pot for an overnight cooked and breakfast ready in the morning option.

The oatmeal cooks into a creamy well-spiced mixture.  Stir well before serving.

Lots of chunks of apples with cinnamon and brown sugar.  Perfection.

My dutch oven, crock pot, and grill are the three items I use the most for cooking meals.  My 2 burner stove works for reheating, making coffee or a quick soup and sandwich meal.  If you are looking for ideas and inspiration, check out my Campfire Cooking Pinterest Board.  I also have a Lists and Menus Page where I share updated cooking and meal planning sheets.  Don't forget to stop by and check out my new and improved Camp Kitchen page where I share all of the gear to get meals on the table on the road!

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  1. Thanks for the ideas. We're going out on a camping trip this fall that will be a little longer than normal and we are looking for a few more ideas to add to our rotation. With a diabetic in the family we need to stay low carb, but many of these ideas would work for us.

    1. Great! I hope that some of these will work for you. I know that cooking for a diabetic will require some changes. The oatmeal has a fair amount of sugar. You might could prepare this with Splenda. I also have a low carb and Keto Pinterest board on Pinterest where I add recipes that would work well for you. Low Carb or Keto Taco Soup could be a good option for you all since you can prepare it in a crock pot. Hope you have a great trip!


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