Learning some special camping recipes is an excellent way to spice up a rather dull outdoor night out. The cool thing is there’s nothing fancy about it. You just have to make use of what you have in your bug-out bag.
23 Easy Camping Food Ideas
1. Hobo Ham and Egg Combo
No camping would be complete without the ubiquitous ham and eggs partnership. However, this tandem could get a bit boring, isn’t it? Good thing we found a way to jazz this old recipe up.
You just need to chop those leftover hams then sauté on garlic and onion. After a couple of minutes, pour in a cup of beaten eggs then add some salt and pepper. Let it fry until cooked and you have a meal even Jack Kerouac would hitchhike for.
This is a cool twist on the immortal s’mores. But instead of the same old same old, this one involves some Nutella for that extra oomph factor. All you need to do is slather that chocolate richness in between crunchy graham crackers and you’re all set
3. Bread a la Scrambled Egg
Craving for camping food on a budget? No problem. Get some leftover scrambled egg and yesterday’s bread. Toast the bread, reheat the egg, mix them all, and voila!
4. Sausage-Potato Ensemble
If you want something smoky, savory, and healthy, this one is for you. Chop some sausages and potatoes, wrap them in foil, and cook it on an open fire. The smokiness and juiciness of this simple meal will make you forget about going home.
5. Granola Trail Remix
Think of this meal as if you are doing a freestyle dance mix a la Questlove of The Roots. Get some corn chips, pieces of crumbled cookies, marshmallows, and anything edible and tasty from your rucksack. Of course, the mix wouldn’t be complete without the groovy granola.
6. Sausages and Vegetable Fiesta
This is similar to the savory sausage-potato ensemble. Only this time we will be using some vegetables. Celery, turnip, squash, pumpkin, tomato… wait, is tomato a vegetable? Whatever. As long as it tastes good.
7. Campfire Cinnamon Twist and Scout
Need some energy to get through the day in the wild? This recipe will no doubt give you that much-needed zest. Just wrap cinnamons around skewers, warm it over the fire, brush with a healthy serving of butter, and sprinkle with some sugar. Wham!
8. Banana-Peanut Butter Blast
Banana is nice. But with some finger-lickin' peanut butter, it’s nicer. Slit your banana’s lengthwise then slather a good serving of peanut butter. You can sprinkle a bit of fine salt on the top to add some flavor contrast.
9. Blues Man Soup
You can sing the blues better when you taste this classic camping food with a spicy twist. Open a can of mushroom or tomato soup and cook directly in an open fire. Add some leftover bread, chopped sausages, and onion. Season with tabasco or Worcestershire sauce, taste, and growl like Howlin’ Wolf in delight.
10. 24-Carrot Gold
Got a lot of carrots in your rucksack? Got some leftover chicken stock in the makeshift kitchen too? Chop your carrots along with some onion and tomatoes and combine them all in boiling chicken broth. Add some crushed leftover bread or biscuit to thicken the golden-rich concoction.
11. Wu-Tang Clam
Canned clam chowder is boring but with a bit of imagination, you put a Kung Fu kick on this rather humdrum processed meal. Boil your chowder with some onions and chopped vegetables. Pour in two packs of instant ramen along with a bit of seasoning to taste.
12. Beat on The Bratwurst Supper
This is one of those easy camping meals for large groups. Get loads of bratwurst. Chop them into bite-size pieces along with mushrooms, carrots, and potatoes then put it all in a heavy-duty foil bag. Cook directly in an open fire. Add a dash of soy sauce and onion soup seasoning mix.
13. Egg and Parmesan Delight
This is best for a nice breakfast during a cold morning in camp. Scramble some eggs, add a good serving of Parmesan cheese, and season with hot sauce for that extra zing. This zesty breakfast is best served with hot coffee.
14. Cheesy Hash Brown Nuggets
No book on camping recipes is complete without mentioning hash brown. This time though, we will make it cheesier. We’re going to add some bacon bits too to give it a savory touch.
15. Crunch ‘N’ Roll Breakfast
Camping recipes like this is all about the texture. Crunch is king. What you need is some chopped apples, crushed granola, breakfast cereals, and corn chips. Pour some maple syrup, mix them all, and crunch until you drop.
Nothing like a hot and spicy breakfast to start the day right. Crush some sausages, potatoes, and leftover bread. Add water and season it with salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Make some patties from the mixture and fry to dark brown perfection.
17. Berry Nice
Berries are plentiful in the wild. If you can get hold of various edible varieties near your camp, then you got yourself a simple yet healthy snack. Just combine different berries together then add some cream, syrup, or depending on what’s available in camp.
18. Vegetable and Egg Salad
Healthy camping recipes? You’ve come to the right place. The ingredients that we need are some lettuce or green leafy vegetables plus chopped boiled egg. Dress it with vinegar or mayonnaise and you are ready to go.
19. Smoked Bread with Sardines
Sick and tired of eating meat? You can put a little variety on your camp diet by dining on seafood of the canned variety. But first, you need to toast your bread over the fire. Be careful not to burn it. Once cooked, top it with canned sardines.
20. Corned Beef Ramen Surprise
This may seem odd but if handled properly, this actually tastes killer. Sauté corned beef in onion and garlic. Add some water and pour in the ramen seasoning. Boil the ramen separately. Once cooked, put the corned beef on top of the noodles. Enjoy!
21. Fish ‘N’ Dips
Camping is nothing without hunting or fishing. And what’s the use of fish if it’s not going to the cooking table, or in this case, tin foil. Wrap the fish in tin foil and cook it directly in the fire. Make some dips out of mayonnaise, soy sauce, vinegar, hot sauce, and sugar.
22. Mac ‘N’ Cheese Delight
Mac ‘N’ Cheese has become the go-to food for every cash-strapped college student all over the country. But this humble culinary delight is also versatile. Cook it with some mushrooms, onions, sausages, and eggs, and you have a quick and easy rustic meal.
23. French Toast Extreme
Everybody loves French toast but did you know that you can also jazz up this old breakfast favorite? Depending on the availability of ingredients in camp, you can add more ingredients to make it even heartier. Sausages, cheese, and ham could turn this breakfast staple into a full all-day meal.
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So, there you go. With these uncomplicated easy-to-do camping recipes, you can make sure that your next outdoor trip would be a blast. Happy camping and cooking!
When we think of traditional camping food, the first thing that comes into mind is barbecue. Though nothing compares to the taste of burnt meat, there is more to life than food on a fiery spit.
Which of the camping recipes is your favorite? Share your thoughts by leaving a post in the comment section below!
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