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Easy Camping Dinner Recipes (5 ingredients or less)

Easy Camping Dinner Recipes (5 ingredients or less)

When you are out camping, hiking, and backpacking you have a lot on your plate. Sadly, gourmet food is usually not one of them. It can be down right impossible to pack enough food and gear to make delicious and varied meals, right? Wrong! With the right know-how you can make amazing food without a lot of gear or ingredients. Check out these easy camping recipes that use 5 ingredients or less and you'll never cook (or eat) the same way again. 

1. BEER ME-LIGHTLY FRIED FISH FILLETS

  • 1 Pound Fish Fillets, One half pound per person, serves two

  • 1 Cup Buttermilk Pancake Mix

  • 1 Cup Beer

  • 1 Cup Flour

  • ¼ Cup Cooking Oil

First step is to open the beer and take a sip. We want the Oil to be nice and hot right when we have finished preparing our Fish Fillets, so we should heat that up now. Nice job! Take another sip of beer!

We need our Fish Fillets to be cleaned and dried. You COULD buy these Fish Fillets from a store, but hopefully you caught, skinned, cleaned, de-boned, and dried them yourself (because I can't do that). Anyway, take your Fish Fillets and dredge them in the Flour. We want just an even coating of flour all over the fish. Take another sip.

Now we want to mix the Pancake mix and about ¾ Cup of beer together. The rest of the beer is for you. Mix it with a fork until it is smooth. Now we want to take our floured Fish Fillets and dip them in the Batter. Again, we want an even coating.

Put these Fish Fillets into the oil and cook until the outside is Golden, Brown, and Delicious. Once the outside is done the inside should be nice, moist, and shiny. Only cook two at a time as over crowding the pan when frying is a big No-No.

Once they are all done (and you ate the first Lightly Fried Fish Fillet just to make sure it was done and then finished the beer) let them drain a little bit on a paper towel. After that you can sprinkle a little dill, pepper, or lemon on them, but that's not really needed. They are pretty perfect just the way they are.

2. BUBBLE AND SQUEAK

We got this recipe from British friends who were camping with us one year. It is filling, healthy, and makes a great one-pot dinner for potlucks or camping. It is as easy as can be, fairly inexpensive, and uses only 4 ingredients.

  • 1 small head of cabbage or 1/2 large head, chopped
  • 5 medium potatoes, sliced in bite size wheels
  • 1 or 2 Polish or Kielbasa type sausages (all kinds I tried were great, even bulk sausage!)
  • 1 cup water

In a large pot or frying pan, layer chopped cabbage, potatoes, sausage, then repeat until all ingredients are used. Add water, cover, and simmer until cabbage and potatoes and sausages are cooked; probably about 15 or 20 minutes. 

3. DUTCH OVEN PIZZA

  • 1 Pizza Crust

  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce

  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese

  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

  • 20 Slices of Pepperoni 

The Dutch Oven is a great and effective place to cook a pizza. Take out your Pizza crust and place it in the bottom of your Dutch Oven. If you want to bring Pizza Dough, just let the Dough cook up for about 5 minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients to give yourself a nice base on which to build.

Next, layer out your Tomato Sauce. Try not to use too much, a little bit goes a long way. You can substitute the tomato sauce for things like Buffalo Sauce, Barbecue Sauce, or Store bought Pizza Sauce.
Now Add the Cheddar Cheese. Spread it out so you have even coverage. I prefer to have my Pepperonis not too crispy so I like to add them next. Make sure they are flat and that you have even coverage. Now add the Mozzarella.

Put your Dutch Oven onto the coals. Now place the lid on the Oven and put five or six coals on top of the lid. This will cook the Pizza from both sides so it should only take about 10 minutes. 

4. CAMPING QUESADILLAS

The spicy, cheesy, and filling Quesadilla takes things to a whole new level when it's prepared over a roaring fire and with good friends. Just put the quesadillas together, place on tin foil and cover them up, and place them on the grate right over your campfire. And just like that dinner is done! 

  • 4 medium flour tortillas

  • 2 8oz chicken breasts, grilled and sliced

  • 1 jar Tostitos salsa con queso

  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained

  • 1 c. shredded Mexican blend cheese

  • tin foil

  1. Spread 1 Tbsp salsa con queso over one side of a tortilla.
  2. Place 1/4 c. chicken on half the tortilla over the salsa con queso. Sprinkle 1/4 c. black beans and about 1/4 c. cheese over the chicken.

  3. Fold other side of tortilla over to cover ingredients. Place on a piece of tin foil large enough to cover the quesadilla. Leave the ends open.

  4. Place the foiled quesadilla on the grate directly over the campfire. Keep over fire to cheese is melted and tortilla is crispy.

  5. Remove from the grate and cut in four pieces. No plates needed because you have the foil!

5. BACON, BEEF, AND BEANS CASSEROLE

  • ¾ Pound Bacon

  • ¾ Pound Ground Beef

  • 20 Ounces Canned Baked Beans

  • ½ Cup Steak Sauce or Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 Can of Biscuits

This tasty and filling Dinner is just perfect for cold evenings. Grill up the bacon in a skillet at medium heat. Once done remove it from heat, drain, and chop. Now cook the Ground beef until it is just done. Add the chopped Bacon, Baked Beans, and Sauce to the skillet. Stir this until it becomes well mixed and comes to a boil. Take it off of direct fire (think low to medium heat) and layer out the biscuits on top of the Meat and Bean mixture. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the biscuits are golden, brown, and delicious.


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