Camping recipes don’t have to be limited to burnt hot dogs and charred marshmallows. With a little practice and patience, you can easily cook a gourmet meal right outside of your tent! All you’ll need are a few basic tools, some grub, and a great attitude.
To kick things off, there are a huge number of campfire cooking utensils available to buy. A cast iron pan, for example, will quickly become an outdoor chef’s best friend. Those bad boys are tough, durable, and allow you to cook a wide array of delicious camping recipes.
Putting a pot of chili on to simmer over a smoldering campfire for the day is a classic camping recipe and is also a great place to start expanding your campfire cooking horizons. You can do a lot of the prep work at home and make your life around the campfire even easier. You can’t go wrong with a basic tomato-based recipe. You won’t believe how good a hot bowl of chili will taste after a day full of hiking.
Aluminum foil is another incredibly versatile tool for many camping recipes. Throwing various ingredients into a foil packet and nestling them among the campfire’s coals is a great way to cook many different foods. (Bonus: No pan to wash after enjoying your food!)
Blueberry orange muffins are a very unique (and delicious) camping recipe that utilize orange peels and foil to create a delicious snack. All you have to do is scoop out the flesh of some oranges (might as well eat the orange while you are at it), fill the empty peels with blueberry muffin mix, and wrap everything in foil. Then just toss the whole thing right into the coals and let it cook for about 10 minutes while turning occasionally. The orange peel insulates the muffin mix while also adding another level of flavor. For an even easier version, just bring a tube of premade cinnamon rolls and put one in each orange peel.
If you want to have some delicious food at the campsite, but would rather do most of the work at home, breakfast burritos (or campurittos) are a great idea. You can make them in advance, wrap ‘em in foil, and then just throw them on a campfire grate to warm up before enjoying. One of the great things about the breakfast burritos is that you can customize the recipe to include any of your favorite ingredients.
There are so many great camping recipes you’ll have no trouble finding something to fit your tastes and impress your camping companions. However, one of the ultimate camping recipes that you can make is grilled, freshly-caught fish. I believe that everyone should catch, clean, and cook their own food at least once in their lifetimes, and a freshly caught fish is a delicous way to accomplish just that.
The feeling of catching and eating your own meal from nature is something that just can’t be replicated. It’s an intense feeling of pride and accomplishment that you will never forget.
Rainbow trout are one of the easiest fish to both catch and cook, and there are a lot of great camping recipes for them out there. You can wrap the fish in foil with other ingredients, fry them in a pan with oil, or simply grill the entire (deboned and descaled) fish. It all depends on what you have on hand and how you prefer your fish.
My favorite way to cook a freshly caught trout is to grill the whole fish. It just feels like a more rustic way to enjoy the catch and doesn’t require anything more than some basic seasonings, a grill grate, and some patience. This type of camping recipe may not be for everyone, but I can’t recommend the experience enough.
These unique camping recipes only scratch the surface of the tasty dishes that you can prepare on your next camping trip. Get out of your hot dog on a stick rut and choose a couple new recipes to try. No reason you can’t throw a pack of dogs and a bag of marshmallows in the car just in case things go wrong. Just remember to have fun and don’t take things too seriously!