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12 Meals Perfect For Cooking While Camping
Camping meals must be fairly simple, mess-free, and easy to cook, but that doesn’t mean they can’t taste delicious. Here are 12 ideas for high-flavor, low-effort meals to enjoy on your next camping trip. All of the meals only use one piece of cookware, whether it is a pot or a griddle, like this Lodge Round Griddle, and many feature quick-cook ingredients and elements that you can prepare at home before you leave to save you time when you are on your trip.
1. Campfire nachos
Load a Dutch oven with tortilla chips, cheese, salsa, black beans, and any nacho toppings you like and that’s it - dinner’s ready!
2. Shrimp and sausage boil in foil
Combine smoky sausage, shrimp, zesty lemon, zucchini, corn on the cob, Cajun seasoning, garlic, butter and parsley in a foil and parchment paper package. Cook over your campfire, on a barbecue or a Tabletop Grill and you will have a delicious dinner - with no cleanup afterward!
Foil packet recipes like this are a great choice on camping trips. The results can be an absolute flavor fest and yet they are so easy and mess-free, making them perfect when you want to spend your vacation time eating rather than cooking and cleaning up.
3. Chicken and tzatziki skewers
Either make some tzatziki sauce at home or buy some from the store, and then all you have to do is assemble your chicken and vegetable skewers and grill them on your barbecue or gas grill when you are ready to eat.
4. Lime and cilantro chicken tacos
Make a marinade with two limes (zest and juice), chili powder, cumin, cilantro, salt, garlic powder, and olive oil. You can do this at home and take it with you. When you’re ready to eat, marinate the chicken for 30 minutes - any longer and the acid in the marinade will make it go tough - and then grill and load your tacos exactly as you like them.
5. Lentil Sloppy Joes
This vegetarian dish is a one-pot wonder and can be used as everything from a baked potato topping to a sandwich filling. Make it by combining red lentils, garlic, pepper, yellow onion, tomato paste, mustard, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and chili powder.
6. Sausage breakfast sandwich
Start your day the right way with a classic American breakfast assembled to make it super easy to just grab and go. Fill a sandwich with sausage patties, a fried egg and melty cheese for a morning meal that will really set you up for the day.
7. Banana bread pancakes
These are great as a breakfast dish, but who says they can only be eaten in the morning? You’re on vacation, after all! Whip up your pancake mix and add brown sugar, banana, and walnuts for a delicious take on a family favorite dish.
8. Dutch oven chili with cornbread
A Dutch oven chili is the perfect one-pot camping meal brimming with hearty flavors. Top it with fluffy cornbread to take it to another level.
9. Black bean and sweet potato burgers
Make patties out of panko, egg, black beans, and sweet potato and then cook. You can make these at home and take them on your trip in an airtight container. It’s often easier to just transport the mixture and then shape and cook on your campfire or your grill when you’re ready to eat.
10. Brats and veggies
Caramelized peppers and onions are the ideal partner to delicious brats on a camping trip. Cook your sausages and top with your choice of peppers and onions. How much spice you add is entirely up to you. Cook your brats in a skillet with the onions and peppers or place them straight in an open fire for a camping classic that may well transport you straight back to your childhood.
This classic breakfast dish can be enjoyed at any time of the day when you’re on vacation. Simply simmer crispy tortillas in a delicious tomato sauce, top with eggs and you’re ready to eat.
12. Mac & cheese
Mac & cheese cooked in a Dutch oven is the ideal camping meal. Not only does it taste delicious, but it is also so easy to make. Simply fill your pot with macaroni, butter, salt, cheese, mustard powder, and garlic powder, set it over your coals, and after ten minutes, you can have a hearty meal on your plate. Top with crumbled potato chips for a really decadent finish to the dish.