35 Easy Camping Meals You Can Actually Make Outdoors
Our easy camping meals use hearty, rustic ingredients (and a few fun ones—we didn't forget s'mores!).
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Just cause you’re spending a few days in the great outdoors doesn’t mean you have to go on a steady diet of trail mix or forage for your food. Fill your camping meal plan with these easy camping recipes meant to be cooked over a fire or camp stove.
This list is chock-full of breakfasts, lunches and dinners with low-lift prep methods and simple ingredients, but we’re sure you’ll look forward to them year after year. (Camping is hard work, so don’t forget to make room for campsite-friendly desserts!)
Camping with the whole gang? These are our best group camping meals.
Here’s an easy camping meal that grills to perfection in a heavy-duty foil bag. Loaded with chunks of bratwurst, red potatoes, mushrooms and carrots, it’s easy to season with onion soup mix and a little soy sauce. —Janice Meyer, Medford, Wisconsin
Ham & Jack Pudgy PiePepper jack cheese adds spicy flavor to these warm, melty pudgy pies. —Terri McKitrick, Delafield, Wisconsin
Grilled Corn in HusksIf you’re new to grilling corn in the husk, season the ears with butter, Parmesan cheese and parsley. It’s especially good! Be sure to give the corn a long soak before putting it on the grill. Hot off the grate, the kernels are moist and tender with a wonderful, sweet flavor. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Blueberry-Cinnamon Campfire BreadA neighboring camper made a bread so tempting, I had to ask for the details. Here’s my version, best enjoyed with a steaming cup of coffee by the campfire. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
Campfire Bean ‘N’ Ham SoupThese are the best beans and ham you’ll ever taste—bar none! Friends rave about this easy camping meal that I serve hot off the grill. For quick cleanup, consider covering the outside of your Dutch oven with heavy-duty foil first. —Tom Greaves, Carrollton, Illinois
Use your trusty pot in these other Dutch oven camping recipes.
Camper’s Breakfast HashWhen we go camping with family and friends, I’m always asked to make this hearty breakfast. This camping breakfast is a favorite at home, too. —Linda Krivanek, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Foil-Packet Potatoes and SausageMy family enjoys camping and cooking over a fire. These easy foil-packet potatoes turn out beautifully over a campfire, on the grill or in the oven at home. —Julie Koets, Elkhart, Indiana
Skillet Herb BreadMy mom created this recipe more than 40 years ago. Thanks to the trusty cast-iron skillet, you can make it at home or over a campfire. —Shirley Smith, Yorba Linda, California
Pizza Mountain PiesBecause we liked this pudgy pie recipe as an easy camping meal, I started making them for my daughter on our stove at home. —Pam Weik, West Lawn, Pennsylvania
Cheesy Ham & Potato PacketI found the technique for grilling ham, potatoes and cheese in foil and changed the recipe for our tastes. —Molly Bishop, McClure, Pennsylvania
Easy Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime ButterGrilling corn in the husks is so easy. There's no need to remove the silk and tie the husk closed before grilling. Just soak, grill and add your favorite flavored butter. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Really Good Snack MixI grew tired of my family picking through a snack mix for their favorite ingredients and leaving the rest. So I experimented using only their most-loved mix-ins and came up with this recipe. Now there's never any left! —Lori Genske, Waldo, Wisconsin
Stay cool with these no-cook camping food ideas.
Lemon-Dill Salmon PacketsGrilling in foil is an easy technique I use with foods that cook quickly, like fish, shrimp, bite-sized meats and fresh veggies. The options are endless—and the cleanup is easy. —A.J. Weinhold, McArthur, California
Camping in an RV? Try these camper meals!