Camping Food Ideas

Camping Food Ideas
When it comes to camping, one of the most enjoyable highlights is eating and preparing a home-cooked meal. Many camping food ideas are passed down from generation to generation, proving over the years to be hearty and satisfying. When camping, living without the conveniences of Viking stoves and Kitchen Aid mixers may seem daunting, but cooking over hot coals can be just as easy. Incorporating tried and true camp cooking methods will result in tasty home-cooked foods the entire camp will love.

Cooking Surfaces

While many campers and RV enthusiasts enjoy the modern amenities of their stoves and microwave ovens, many choose to camp in a rustic setting without electricity. For campfire cooking, a cooking grate or tripod grill is recommended. The cooking grate is widely used by many campers. The grate method can be difficult to maintain temperature control as it rests directly over an open fire; therefore it is best for recipes calling for a fast, hot heat. A tripod grill is a popular type of cooking surface. The tripod offers an adjustable chain that moves the grill closer to or further away from the flames. A rotisserie is an inexpensive cooking device that slowly rotates food over an open flame. The end result is food that has a smoky, crisp outside and a moist, tender inside.


Cooking Equipment

Campers have several choices when it comes to cooking equipment. A popular choice is a heavy piece of cast-iron cookware. A Dutch oven, skillet, griddle and small saucepan are good for tackling any campfire meal. For those who need a more lightweight option, aluminum accommodates most recipes. Many campers use just one piece of cookware to cook all of their meals, an especially common approach among backcountry campers who need to save on space. Hobo pie irons are great for kids to use when cooking. They come with extra-long handles to prevent burning. The cast-iron plates close around food on each side, providing even cooking the whole way through. Aluminum foil also serves as a good piece of cooking equipment. The foil can be used to wrap individual meals and function as a way to heat food thoroughly.


Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, especially when camping. Camping often involves lots of physical activity, so staying fueled keeps up your energy levels. One popular breakfast meal for campfire cooking is Strata. Made in a Dutch oven, this meal begins with layers of crustless bread, provolone cheese, sliced ham, crumbled sausage, chopped green peppers and onions. Sixteen eggs are scrambled into three cups of milk and poured over the top. The Strata is baked over a fire for approximately 1 hour and served with juice or coffee.


To keep campers focused throughout the day, serving a tasty lunch is important. A healthy and easy meal like the fish hobo pack provides a generous lunch and plenty of protein for busy lifestyles. To make this dish, choose a fresh fillet of fish that is free of skin and bones. Take an 8-inch-by-8-inch aluminum foil square and begin to layer the ingredients. Fish, mushrooms, carrots, butter and salt can all be layered and then double folded and double sided with foil. Place each pack on a grate, propane stove or tripod grill for around 1 hour. Serve, then discard foil. This meal is simple to make and easy to clean up.


After a long day of hiking and outdoor adventures, a good hearty dinner is something to look forward to. A simple meal would be foil-wrapped stuffed peppers. Cut three green peppers in half and clean. Chop an onion and a few pieces of pepper and place in the bottom of a warm skillet along with a pound of ground beef, venison or turkey. Cook the meat thoroughly and allow to cool. Fill the peppers with the hamburger mixture and wrap with a double layer of aluminum foil. Place the wrapped peppers directly on hot fire coals for twenty minutes, then eat. For dessert, core three apples. Fill the apples with a mixture of ¼ cup each of brown sugar, raisins and chopped nuts. Add 5 Tbsp. of butter. Sprinkle heavily with cinnamon. Wrap in aluminum foil and place over the coals alongside the peppers. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until soft.


Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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