21 Easy Camping Meals to Enjoy in the Great Outdoors

When spring and summer roll around, one of the things my family likes to do is take out the camping gear and head out to the great outdoors. Fresh air, breathtaking sceneries, and spending quality time with the people you love are all on the menu. But let’s not forget the delicious camping meals that taste so good prepared over an open fire or even a BBQ.

21 Camping Meals - Food Ideas and Recipes.

The following meal ideas have you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even contain desserts and snack ideas too! The best part is that most of these recipes are super easy to make and will let you enjoy camping without all the work.

1) BBQ Chicken Foil Pack Camping Meals

21 Camping Meals - BBQ Chicken Foil Packs

Barbecue chicken and veggies make for a great campfire meal; however, add the convenience of foil packs for easy cleanup and you’ve got a winner! Juicy chicken, sweet pineapple and red peppers, and fresh cilantro bring sweet and savory flavors together in one fantastic meal. Get the recipe.

2) Bubble and Squeak With Ham

21 Camping Meals - Bubble and Squeak With Ham

The term “hash” is generally reserved for meals using a handful of hearty ingredients thrown together in a pan and bubble and squeak is a classic hash. This bubble and squeak with ham recipe is the perfect camping meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Get the recipe.

3) Camping Meals – Farmer’s Breakfast

Camping Farmer's Breakfast

This is a personal favorite of mine and I cook this at least once a week at home; however, it’s a special treat when cooking it over a campfire in a cast iron pan. There is just something about potatoes, bacon, and eggs making the perfect trinity of flavors. Get the recipe.

4) Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

21 Camping Meals - Campfire Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

Break the rules of typical sweet campfire staples like marshmallows and smores and give campfire toasted cinnamon rolls a try! Start with packaged cinnamon rolls and make sure to have a container of cream cheese glaze for dipping. Get the recipe.

5) Caramelized Banana Oatmeal

21 Camping Meals - Caramelized Banana Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple and adding fruit brings it up to a whole new level. Caramelized bananas add delicious sweetness and make this a satisfying camping breakfast perfect for those colder mornings. Get the recipe.

6) Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

21 Camping Meals - Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Foil pack meals are the best when cooking in the outdoors. Mix everything together, toss it on a campfire grate, and enjoy no-fuss cooking at its best. These loaded nachos are incredibly delicious and perfect for lunch or dinner. Get the recipe.

7) Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Camping Meals

21 Camping Meals - Campfire Chili Cheese Fries Tin Foil Dinner

Even if you’re camping, there are days you’ll crave fast food like burgers or fries. Load up your fries with tangy chili and melted cheese and make it an outdoor meal that is incredibly satisfying. Get the recipe.

8) Dried Cherry Almond Granola Clusters

21 Camping Meals - Dried Cherry Almond Granola Clusters

A camping trip wouldn’t be complete without a hike in the great outdoors. Refuel your energy with a portable snack like this dried cherry almond granola clusters recipe. Not a fan of almonds? Make it your own with cashews, pecans, or other crunchy nuts. Get the recipe.

9) Dutch Oven Stuffed Peppers

21 Camping Meals - Dutch Oven Stuffed Peppers

When it comes to campfire meals, there are many dishes that you can “set it and forget it” and this Dutch oven stuffed peppers recipe is just that! Assemble everything, place it in a Dutch oven and let it cook over hot coals for 30-40 minutes. What could be easier?! Get the recipe.

10) Campfire French Toast

21 Camping Meals - Campfire French Toast

If you have a group to feed, this campfire French toast recipe fits the bill. Topped with strawberries and generous amounts of maple syrup, this makes an outdoor breakfast worth waking up for! Get the recipe.

11) Grilled banana boats

Grilled banana boats

What came first? The banana boat or smores? Regardless, both are delicious treats featuring chocolate and marshmallows. The great thing about banana boats is that you can let your creative side go wild and add a variety of toppings like cereal, nuts, and even other fruit like strawberries or cherries. Get the recipe.

12) S’mores


Just like grilled banana boats, s’mores are a classic campfire treat. The best thing is that they are incredibly easy to make and kids will just love them! Many of us are familiar with roasting marshmallows and s’mores just kick it up a notch with chocolate and graham wafers to make a delicious dessert sandwich. Get the recipe.

13) Cheesy Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches

Cheesy Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches

When it comes to flavor combinations, ham and pineapple are a winning combo. The saltiness of the ham combined with the sweetness of pineapple together on a potato bun with melted cheese and Dijon mustard is a foil-packet slider of epic proportions. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Get the recipe.

14) Camping Meals – Hot Dogs With Quick Cast-Iron Beans

Hot Dogs With Quick Cast-Iron Beans

Hot dogs and franks scream campfire meals and for good reason: Delicious and easy to make. There are so many fun activities to enjoy when camping, you don’t want to fuss with elaborate recipes. This meal sticks to your ribs and gets you ready for your next camping adventure. Get the recipe.

15) Camping Meals – Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash

Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash

All you need are just a few ingredients to make a delicious outdoor meal in just 15 minutes! Kielbasa, peppers, onions, and potatoes come together and meld their flavors together in one amazing dish. Get the recipe.

16) Gluten-Free Mason Jar Peach Crisp

Gluten-Free Mason Jar Peach Crisp

For a no-nonsense camping dessert that can be made ahead of time, look no further than this mason jar peach crisp recipe. A healthy treat made with naturally sweet peaches topped and a crispy oatmeal topping, it’s sure to be a favorite with the entire family. Get the recipe.

If you love mason jar desserts, also check out this cherry pie in a jar recipe!

17) Pineapple Upside Down Cake in Foil Packet

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in Foil Packet

A Pineapple upside-down cake is generally not what you think of when dreaming up campfire desserts but it works! This recipe combines fresh or canned pineapples mixed with chunks of your favorite poundcake simmering in a luscious butter and brown sugar syrup. Get the recipe.

18) Camping Meals – Quesadillas

Camping Quesadillas

Everything tastes better when prepared over an open fire and that includes quesadillas! Hot and cheesy chicken quesadillas wrapped in tin foil roasting over an open fire is how you get dinner done! Get the family together and make your own meals in the great outdoors. Get the recipe.

19) Seared Sausage with Cabbage and Pink Lady Apples

Seared Sausage with Cabbage and Pink Lady Apples

If you’re looking for sweet and savory, look no further than this amazing seared sausage with cabbage and Pink Lady apples recipe. A quick and easy one-pot meal that will make clean up a breeze. Get the recipe.

20) Grilled Shrimp Foil Packet Camping Meals

Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets

You may notice this list doesn’t include fish recipes and that’s only because a campfire fish fry is generally the norm. But if you’re in the mood for other seafood like shrimp, these grilled shrimp foil packets are just what you need. Get the recipe.

21) Tipsy Campfire Nachos

Tipsy Campfire Nachos

Camping treats don’t get better than this! Tipsy is a handcrafted Swiss cheese called Mutchli and it’s created by Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese Company in Canada. It’s called Tipsy because its edible rind is soaked in Palatine Hills Cabernet Merlot for several days and gives it a unique taste. It’s definitely the star of these amazing loaded nachos. Get the recipe.

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