Easy to make camping food

Easy Food to Make For Camping Trips

Easy Food to Make For Camping Trips

Camping can be easy and fun and it certainly doesn’t have to be stressful. Our team of expert campers have help come up with a list of all the food which is easy to make when you are camping. Check out our tips on how to pack food with food to bring camping and check out our cheap and easy camping food options too for extra inspiration. When you go camping you are limited to what you can cook with and how you can cook it. Once you get the hang of it though you will be a professional camp cooker in no time. If you are cooking for two or ten have a look at these neat ideas and meals which are super easy to prep, can be done in advance and are tasty and perfect for making and enjoying around the campfire.

Tacos in a Bag

This tacos is a bag recipe is not only great fun but super quick and easy and can be made with a variety of leftover ingredients that you have leftover at the end of your camping trip. All you need to do is buy a few bags of doritos or tacos or buy in bulk to save money and follow the instructions below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 2 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 7 Lunch size bags Nacho Doritos, Cool Ranch Doritos and/or Fritos
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno Slices
  • Taco Sauce
  • Sour Cream, etc.

Directions: Brown ground beef and drain. Add seasoning and 1/4 cup water. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Gently crush chips in each bag. Open top and roll down edges of bag. Add a meat and cheese and your favorite toppings and gently toss with a plastic fork.

Chilli Campfire Bake

This chili recipe is a classic and can be done over the campfire with a skillet. It is really quick and easy to whip together and let’s face it, no camping trip is complete with chili!

Easy to make camping food
Easy to make camping food

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 oz) box elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili
  • 1 (7 ounce) bag corn chips
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Pour the whole box of pasta into a large skillet (approximately 12 inches in diameter). Pour 3 cups of cold water into skillet. Make sure the water covers the pasta. Turn the burner to high, then set your timer for 10 minutes (optional: add a bit of salt to taste).
  2. Cook on high, stirring occasionally, until almost all of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Add chili and bring to a simmer.
  4. Remove from heat and top with corn chips and Cheddar cheese.

This recipe can be cooked in advance at home before you go and then stored in tupperware containers in the cooler. All you need to do when at the campsite is just gently heat up on the fire. You can even have this cold with a salad on the side. We love this recipe because it requires minimal ingredients but it still tasty and filling.

Campsite Mac n Cheese

Another classic heartwarming food is mac n cheese. There are so many variations on this dish that it can sometimes be hard to find the perfect one but this following recipe has been tried and tested by members of our team and we can guarantee it is tasty, filling and just scrumptious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 8 oz prepared Alfredo sauce {just over half a jar}
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 cup half and half or whole milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Stir alfredo sauce into the cooked pasta with the three cheeses and enough milk to keep things loosey goosey. {This is so your mac and cheese doesn’t dry out while it’s staying cool.} Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Divide between four mini aluminum pie tins –{or one big one}, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spray one side of aluminum foil with more nonstick cooking spray and cover each individual mac and cheese portion, sprayed side down, facing the food. Seal well. Store in a large plastic food storage bag in a cooler until ready to cook.
  3. Prepare a fire and let it burn down to the coals. Place a cooking rack over top that would be 2-3 inches above. Place each pie tin over the hot coals and cook 8-10 minutes or until hot. Remove from fire and serve immediately.
  4. You can also just bake these at home in a glass baking dish at 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or so. Easy peasy!
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S’mores Cones

The one thing you have to have when camping is s’mores and we love this unique take on s’mores which adults and kids will love! Maybe not so healthy but is a treat worth having at least one evening while you are away.

Ingredients:

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Directions:

Fill each cone with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Wrap each one carefully in foil. Stick on the grill for seven to ten minutes but make sure you keep them away from direct flames. Unwrap and enjoy – drizzle with maple syrup for an extra sweet boost.

You can even add sliced up apple, fudge and toffee to make some interesting cones. These work great every time and you can even do them at home in the oven!

Campfire Pies

We weren’t too sure about this recipe when we tried it but we ended up loving it. It is diverse and easy. For a super quick dinner or breakfast these campfire pies will be loved by everyone on the campsite! Get your sandwich irons out and have some fun experimenting.

Ingredients:

  • cinnamon sugar mixture
  • seasonal fruit (sweet cherries, blueberries, raspberries, peach slices, apple slices) or preserves or canned pie filling
  • Bread Slices

Directions:

  1. Make sure the campfire is very hot with glowing coals.
  2. Spray the insides of the sandwich iron with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Lay a piece of bread in each side of the iron and press it down slightly to make an indentation in the bread. Place a few tablespoons of fruit on the bread and sprinkle on about 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Lay the other piece of bread on top of the other.
  4. Connect the two sides of the sandwich iron and press down, locking the handles together. Scrape away any bread hanging out of the irons as it will burn in the hot coals. Place the iron right in the middle of the hottest part of the fire and leave it there for about 2 to 3 minutes. The sides should be toasted golden brown when ready. The pie will be very hot, so allow it to cool for a couple minutes before eating.

If you aren’t too keen on the fruit fillings then you can try it with peanut butter, nutella and sliced bananas. You can even do savory fillings and have pizza filled pies or use the vegetable leftovers from the night before. There is so much you can do and they are simple, tasty and require less washing up!

Even More Tips To Cooking When Camping

It is no secret that eating food cooked by an open fire under the stars is so much more tasty and special. We agree that it takes a little extra patience and a little more thought but as we have said time and time again it is worth it in the end. Here some tips to getting it right the first time before we continue with our campfire recipes.

Easy to make camping food
Easy to make camping food
    • Measure ingredients for each meal ahead of time and pack in ziplock bags. Label each bag accordingly.
    • Prepare soups, stews or chili etc ahead of time. Freeze and keep in cooler. Reheat for a quick meal.
    • Don’t forget the heavy duty aluminum foil. There are many uses for it at camp.
    • Be very careful with gas canisters. Keep upright at all times. Keep outside in well ventilated area. Check for leakage by putting soap liquid on all connections. Turn off when not in use.
    • Freeze meat before putting in cooler. Keeps other foods cold and will keep longer.
    • Cover pots whenever cooking outdoors. Food will get done quicker and you will save on fuel. Also helps keep dirt and insects out of your food.
    • For ease of cleaning up and to protect equipment from smoke and fire damage, put liquid soap on outside of your pots and pans before putting over the fire.
    • Block ice will last longer than cubed ice.
    • All items in your cooler should be packed in watertight bags or containers.
    • To avoid unwanted visits from animals, keep food stored away or hang above ground level.
    • Apply oil on camp grill to keep foods from sticking or rub half an onion onto it.
    • Cans of frozen juice keep other foods cold.
    • Use convenience or instant foods for quick meals.
    • Use fireproof cooking equipment. Keep handles away from extreme heat and flames.
    • To keep matches dry – dip stick matches in wax and when needed, scrape off the tip of the match and light. Also keep matches in a waterproof container.
    • Use ziplock bags to store foods like soup, sauces, chili etc. Freeze the bag and put in cooler. It helps keep other foods cold.
    • To fix a cooler leak, apply melted paraffin wax inside and outside the leakey area.
    • Put a pan of hot water on the fire while you eat so that it’ll be ready for cleanup when you are done.
    • To keep soap clean at your campsite, put it in a sock and hang from a tree.
    • Pita bread packs better and stays in better shape while camping than regular type breads.
    • Bring energy boosting snacks such as GORP trail mix, granola bars, dried fruit, beef jerky etc. for in between meals.
    • To cook hamburgers more evenly throughout, put a hole in the middle of your hamburger about the size of your finger, during grilling the hole will disappear but the center will be cooked the same as the edges.
    • Fill gallon milk jugs or 2 liter soda bottles with water or juice and freeze. They keep the cooler cold and provide a cold beverage.
    • To remove odors from your cooler, wipe with a water and baking soda solution.
    • Use a separate cooler for drinks so not to open the food cooler too often.
    • Replenish your ice often. Keep your food cold at all times to avoid food spoilage and food poisoning.
    • To keep marshmallows from sticking together, add a little powdered sugar to the bag. Brand name marshmallows are less likely to stick together.
    • When making egg sandwiches using english muffins or bagels, cook your eggs in a canning ring.
    • Consider using a crockpot. Prepare and start your dinner in the morning before your activities. It’ll be ready to eat when you get back.
    • If you add too much salt to a recipe, add a peeled potato to the dish and finish cooking. The potato will absorb the excess salt.
    • On your last day of camp, use your leftover meats and vegetables to make omelets for breakfast. You can use almost any ingredient in omelets. Then you don’t have to take the leftovers home with you.
    • Pre-chop ingredients such as onion, peppers etc at home. Pack in ziplock bags. Pre-cook select meats and freeze for quick meal preparation.
    • Pack food items in separate ziplock bags. Saves space. Easy to pack. Resealable. Can use for trash container when empty.
    • Instead of “stick” or “tub” butter or margarine, try “squeeze” margarine. This squeeze bottle is much easier and cleaner to use when in the woods. It is also great for cooler temperature. If it gets too hard, simply place the bottle in a pot of warm water for a few minutes.
    • Cook on or over coals (either wood or charcoal). Coals provide a more steady, even heat without the smoke. Avoid burning your food and avoid undercooked food in the middle.
    • To save room when packing your camp kitchen, use your pots as mixing bowls.
    • Heavy duty aluminum foil bags take up little room and are great for mixing vegetables and meats together for easy cooking and easy clean-up.
    • When barbecuing chicken, grill the chicken without the sauce until it is halfway cooked, then coat with sauce. The sauce won’t burn onto the chicken and your meal will be more flavorful.
    • To get your charcoal pieces ready quicker, use a charcoal chimney.
    • Disposable water bottles make great dispensers for salad dressings, oils and sauces.
    • Add a few ice cubes to aluminum foil dinners or vegetables packets to prevent them from burning and to keep them moist.
    • To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet or pan, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan and bring to a boil.
    • Use an old large coffee pot to heat up water for cooking, doing the dishes or for hot beverages.
    • Use a leather/suede work glove as an oven mitt.
    • If you are truly into outdoor camping, invest in one of those airtight bag/sealing systems. Without air, bacteria doesn’t grow (as fast) and cold foods seem to keep better. Prepare individual servings in airtight bags so you only open what you need. For frozen items, individual servings defrost faster than large portions. Since the bags are reusable, use them for your litter. They are also lighter than cans. Finally, the bags are thicker than other storage bags and will help cut down, if not eliminate, food odors.
    • Use two or four large coffee cans filled with water and covered with heavy duty aluminum foil as grill holders. As your meals cook, water heats up for dishes or cleanup. Store in their own plastic bags to keep soot from other items. Fold plastic bags inside for storage along with roll of T.P. and other small camping items such as dishcloth, soap etc.
    • Put a rope through the paper towel tube. Tie ends together. Loop over slat in picnic table or from a low limb for easy use and to stop it from getting lost or dirty.

Campfire Cheesy and Spicy Fries

We love this neat example of healthy, juicy, creamy, cheesy and packed full of carbs recipe. You can even try this one at home in your oven to save on washing dishes later. Either way this has to be a favorite of ours.

Ingredients:

  • one can of chili of choice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small package frozen french fries (not mega family size)

Directions:

  1. Spray the inside of a large doubled-up sheet of foil with cooking spray.
  2. Place the frozen fries in the middle of the sheet; fold to enclose.
  3. Cook the fries on your BBQ or over a campfire until they are cooked – around 15-20 minutes.
  4. Spread the chili and cheese over the fries.
  5. Close the packet again and cook until the chili is hot and the cheese has melted.
  6. Remove, cool slightly and enjoy! We just ate it with forks right out of the package!

Roasted Mushroom On The Fire

Who doesn’t love mushrooms, especially when they are roasted on a skillet on top of the fire? This great recipe can be used as a side dish or as a topping for rice or pasta. Whichever way you choose, guarantee you will need to make plenty as everyone will just love it.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound brown crimini mushrooms, cleaned and cut into thirds
  • ¼ pound portabella mushroom, cleaned and cut into thick slices
  • ¼ pound morels, cut the very end off;  leave whole
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • drizzle of red wine or beef stock (about ¼ cup)

Directions

  1. Start your campfire using wood;  the smoky flavor will add depth to your mushroom dish.  Once the coals are ready put a cooking grate over the top of the fire, set a large frying pan on top;  add the olive oil and butter.  Heat until melted.
  2. Add the shallots, stir, and cook for a minute.  Add the garlic and rosemary, stir. Add the brown crimini mushrooms, stir, and cook for about 3 – 5 minutes, until slightly soft.  Cooking time will depend on how hot the fire is.  Add the portobello mushroom, stir, and cook for another 3 – 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice, stir and cook for a minute.  Add the wine and cook down for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the morels, and lightly heat for 3 minutes.
  3. Serve over grilled steaks.

Cooking Up a Storm

When you cook meals at the campsite take into consideration the washing up and the prepping tools needed. Try to make things as easy as possible for everyone and consider sticking meat and veggies on a skewer and cooking over the campfire. Everything tastes so much better when cooked this way and everyone will have a hungry appetite after a day in the fresh air. Try tin foil meals where you stick everything in a tin foil pan or wrapped in tin foil and then chuck over the campfire. Whatever it is you decide to make when camping, make your meals easy and fun by preparing and doing the hard work at home. All you then need to do is sit back and relax with a drink while watching the campfire flames light up the night sky.