I love meal time when I’m camping. Sitting around the campfire and eating meals is one of the joys of the whole experience.
But what I don’t like are complicated recipes with lots of ingredients that I have to lug along with me.
That’s why I put together this list of some of my favorite recipes and easy camping meals. Each recipe comes together quickly and uses only 4 ingredients or less.
Easy Camping Meals
Tortilla + Peanut Butter + Trail Mix
I have made this one countless times since I found and included in my no cook meals post a while back.
Take a tortilla wrap, spread peanut butter on it, then add your trail mix before rolling it up and eating. You can and should add a chopped banana in there too.
Egg + Banana + Oat Pancake
This is a favorite of mine which I more often make at home, but also works perfectly when camping. Just mash up a banana in a bowl, crack an egg over the top, then add a few tablespoons of fine oats.
Mix everything together into a batter then pour into a hot pan to make pancakes of your desired size.
The oats don’t have to be in flour form, any instant oats will work just as well. You can also replace the oats with any flour of your choosing. I prefer to use oats but I’ve also made these with regular self-rising flour.
Bagel + Salmon + Cream Cheese
Here’s a meal that can be prepared anywhere with little fuss and always satisfies. When you combine a bagel with salmon and cream cheese, you’ve got a winner.
Each of these items can be found anywhere, and cream cheese even comes in single serving sachets these days which are perfect for a camping trip.
Couscous + Pesto + Parmesan
Couscous is a classic food item for modern campers. It’s lightweight and easy to carry, very versatile, and cooks up very quickly.
Here we combine it with a pesto packet mix and parmesan cheese for a simple but satisfying meal.
Pita + Fresh Vegetables + Hummus
A fresh hummus and vegetable pita sandwich is something you will return to eat over and over again. I like to use cucumber to give the sandwich a fresh crisp crunch, but you can use whatever fresh veggies you like best.
Potato + Sausage + Green Onion
Meat and potatoes, who doesn’t love that? And this is one of the fastest and easiest hot meals you can make at your campsite. The instant potatoes just need hot water added, then just add cured sausage and fresh green onions.
Tortilla + Taco Mix + Rice + Beans
Everybody loved burritos, and with minute rice, precooked beans and a simple taco mix you can easily make one up in just a few minutes while camping. If you want to go the extra mile add some salsa and cooked chicken.
Rice Noodles + Jerky + Peanut Butter
Putting peanut butter with meat and noodles may seem odd at first, but this really works. After all, satay sauce if often paired with meat and noodles and that is mostly peanut butter.
Rice noodles are light and easy to cook, once done, just add your jerky and peanut butter and mix everything together.
Lentils + Coconut Milk + Curry Powder + Dried Vegetables
With just a few choice ingredients you really can have a pretty good curry “from scratch” in just a few minutes. Add the dried vegetables in with the lentils at the beginning, once they’re cooked add the coconut milk and curry powder.
You can adjust the thickness of this curry to your liking by adding more water.
Noodles + Dried Vegetables + Curry Paste + Cashews
Cook the veggies with the noodles, then once cooked add a little bit of curry paste and throw on some chopped cashews. A delicious vegetarian meal in about 5 minutes.
Crackers + Cheese + Meat
I try to think of this is a snack but once I start it usually becomes a meal because I cannot make myself stop. Hard cheese will keep relatively well, use gouda, cheddar cheese or any other you prefer.
Tortilla + Nutella + Banana
If you’ve got any room left, or your sweet tooth absolutely needs to be satiated this classic never fails to disappoint. Spread Nutella onto your tortilla and add chopped banana, a kids favorite that any adult can enjoy too.
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