Campfire Gourmet: How to Make the Best Camping Food Ever


Ah, camping. The getaway of getaways for those who love the great outdoors. There are few things better than spending the night in the mountains and breathing that good old fresh air.

While you’re out, though, you’ve got to provide some meals for yourself. That means you’ve likely had lots of hot dogs or cans of soup.

Tired of the same old camping food? So are we. So we’ve gathered up some great camping food ideas to share with you.

Ready for some camping cuisine inspiration? Keep reading!

Hobo Dinners

You can’t go wrong with hobo dinners. These are meals cooked in tin foil and thrown into your campfire. Simply pile the ingredients into the foil, wrap them up, and you’re good to go!

There are countless ways to make hobo dinners. One classic combination includes ground beef, onions, potatoes, and carrots.

Get a good-sized sheet of tin foil and lay it out. Put some slices of butter on the foil, then top them with ground beef, sliced potatoes, onion slices, and baby carrots. Throw some salt and pepper in for taste, or try other spices!

Wrap your meal tightly, then add a second layer of foil. Make sure every side is sealed so the juices don’t escape.

Then, place your foil dinner directly on the hot coals of your campfire. Your meal may take a little bit of time to cook, but don’t let it stay too long. Check your meal every 10 minutes or so to make sure it doesn’t burn.

When your food is ready, simply open the foil and dump the food onto a plate. Or, you can use the foil itself as a plate for easier cleanup. Just make sure you don’t burn yourself!

This is only one combination you can use in a hobo dinner. Try using sliced chicken, cubed steak, or other vegetables. You can even add some condensed cream of mushroom soup to keep everything moist and add even more flavor.

Instant Oatmeal

For a simple but hearty breakfast, take some instant oatmeal packets along on your camping trip. All you need to make this is an oatmeal packet and some water.

Get your fire going and create a place to put a pot. Alternatively, you could use a portable camp stove. View here to get an idea of how they work.

Once you’ve got some water boiling, simply mix it with the oatmeal in another container. The packet will likely have water-to-oatmeal ratios on the outside.

Or, if you want to use fewer dishes, simply measure out a little more water than you’ll need. Then add the oatmeal to the water as it comes to a boil over the fire.

To liven up your oatmeal, add fruit or nuts. Or both!

Pesto Chicken Pasta

With a camp stove or fire to cook on, you can really make any stovetop dish while you’re camping. Try this pesto chicken pasta on for size.

In a pot, prepare your favorite pasta. Use a frying pan or the same pot (after draining the pasta) to cook some cubed chicken. Once those are done, simply combine them into one dish.

Top the pasta and chicken with some store-bought pesto sauce. Mix it all together and you’ve got a delicious meal within minutes. 

Pair this with some pre-purchased or cooked breadsticks and you’ll have a complete meal! Some veggies wouldn’t be a bad add-on either.

Breakfast Sandwich

You know those fast-food breakfast sandwiches we all love? You can have those while you’re camping!

You can prep these sandwiches ahead of time, or assemble them next to the campfire.

Start with an English muffin. Feel free to pop this in your toaster, or toast it over the fire first. Top it with a sausage patty or barbecue shredded meat. Add a slice of American cheese and a cooked egg.

Wrap your sandwich in aluminum foil and place it in your campfire. Aim for placing it on coals instead of direct flame.

Once your sandwich is heated through, you’ll have a melty, delicious breakfast! Heat up some water so you can have some hot cocoa with it!

Apple Crisp

Just because you’re camping that doesn’t mean you can’t have dessert. And we’re not talking about s’mores either, as great as those are.

Instead, impress your camping buddy with a delectable, but easy, apple crisp!

Place a pan over your cooking source and add some butter. When the butter is melted, throw in a bunch of apple slices. Let them cook down for a few minutes then add some brown sugar and cinnamon.

Once the apples are tender, toss in some granola to complete the apple crisp. You could also add nuts if you’d like.

If you really want to go all out, bring a little vanilla ice cream or caramel sauce (or both) to put on top.

Give These Camping Food Ideas a Try

Camping might take you away from your regular kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have kitchen-worthy food while you’re gone. Each of these camping food ideas will make you feel right at home while letting you enjoy the open air.

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, or dessert, there’s something great you can create while camping. Give these recipes a try and see where your inspiration takes you!

You can’t enjoy your camping trip if you don’t get there safely. Check out our article on the dangers of defensive driving to make sure you reach your destination.