The Best Quick & Easy Camping Food Recipes

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Preparing meals out in the wilderness is often overcomplicated with too many ingredients, long cook time and untimely perishables. No one wants to survive on granola bars and bland grits. In our search for the ideal camping menu, we’ve compiled a few meals that are simple, flavorful and don’t weigh down your pack if you’re walking long distances. Any of these recipes can be prepared with a simple pot or pan over a campfire, or grill if you have that in your arsenal.

Campfire Ramen

  • 1 pack instant ramen noodles (any flavor)
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried eggs
  • 2 packets soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp oil or butter

Instructions: Mix powdered eggs and 2⁄3 cup water until well blended. Heat oil or butter over a medium flame in a large, nonstick pot. Add eggs and scramble; set aside. Prepare ramen according to package directions. Divide noodles and broth between two bowls. Top with eggs, soy sauce and lastly, sprinkling green onions on top.

Campfire Pancakes

  • 3 cups of flour (white or wheat)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil

    Instructions: Mix dry ingredients then add water to make creamy batter. Coat pan with oil and pour in batter. Flip when edges curl. Serve.

    Baby Red Potatoes

    • 10-20 baby red potatoes
    • 1 packet dry Italian dressing mix
    • 1/2 cup olive oil

    Instructions: Cut potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Toss with olive oil and dressing mix until lightly coated. Wrap in foil, put near coals or on BBQ grill until potatoes are fork tender.

    Breakfast Bag

    • 1 - 2 slice(s) bacon
    • 1 cup frozen hash browns, thawed
    • 1 - 2 eggs
    • Brown paper bag

    Instructions: In the brown paper bag, place bacon slices and thawed hash browns. Crack eggs into bag. Fold paper bag down, leaving 3" of space above food. Skewer the bag so it hangs about 4" to 5" above the campfire. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes. Don’t let the bag catch on fire! Eat with fork directly from bag.

    Dessert Wraps

    • Flour tortilla (for each person)
    • Peanut butter
    • Mini-marshmallows
    • Mini-chocolate chips

    Instructions: Spread each tortilla with peanut butter, put on marshmallows and chocolate chips—according to the individual’s taste. Roll like a burrito. Wrap in foil and warm on the grill or the campfire for about 15 minutes. Peel and eat like a banana. (Additional ingredients can be added).

    Hamburger Stew

    • 1 pound(s) ground beef
    • 1/2 large onion
    • 1 large can of Campbell's Vegetable Soup

    Instructions: Brown ground beef and onion. Drain. Add vegetable soup and heat till hot.

    Easy Rice

    • 1 box "quick" white rice
    • 2 cans chicken broth
    • Favorite green vegetable(s)

    Instructions: Make an easy packet with foil and add rice, chicken broth, and place green vegetable of your choice right on top. Fold up foil packet tightly and place on BBQ for 20 minutes.

    Eggs in a Bag

    • 2 eggs per person
    • 1 freezer Ziploc quart bag
    • Cheese
    • Bacon
    • Tomatoes

    Instructions: Boil large pot of water. Crack 2 eggs and rest of ingredients into Ziploc bag. Close bag, but leave some air in the bag. Shake up your eggs until mixed well. Put bag into boiling water for 10-12 minutes. Open bag, and release on to plate. Enjoy!

    Spicy Tomato Bean Soup

    • 10 3/4 oz can condensed Tomato Soup
    • 1 can of water
    • 1 can or package of vegetable 4-bean chili

    Instructions: Mix, heat and enjoy!

    Hot Chocolate Oatmeal

    • 1 single-serving packet instant oatmeal (any flavor)
    • 2 Tbsp almond butter
    • 1 single-serving packet hot chocolate
    • 1 Tbsp butter

    Instructions: Bring 1 ½ cups water to a boil. Dump all ingredients into a 16 oz mug.  Add hot water, leaving at least an inch at the top of your cup. Stir well. Let sit for a minute before stirring once more.

    8-pc Outdoor Cooking Set, from National Parks Depot

    3-Ingredient Recipes
    All the recipes below may remind you of the dorm life, but still holds some sense of sophistication while you're "roughing it" on your camping trip. Typically, preparation for the carbs can be found on their respective packages. To be on the safe side, we recommend buffing up on your water boiling skills. Lol.

    • Dehydrated refried beans, chicken pouch, hot sauce
    • Rice, tuna pouch, pepper jack cheese
    • Polenta, Parmesan cheese, sausage
    • Macaroni and cheese, extra cheddar, can of spicy chili
    • Indian food pouch, couscous, cashews
    • Smoked salmon, quinoa, bacon salt
    • Ramen noodle packet, instant potato flakes, jerky pieces
    • Angel hair pasta, pesto paste, sardines

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