Your Next Outdoor Trip Much of what you can cook while camping depends on the type of camping your planning for. If you’re car camping, you can cook extravagant meals by packing a larger stove or a propane camping grill.
5 Good Meals for Any Type of Camper
On the other hand, backpackers have to plan simpler, lightweight recipes so they can carry their food for miles through the backcountry. No matter what kind of camper you are, our list of good camping meals will inspire you to eat well out in the wild.
1. Mac and Peas
Mac and Peas is a simple twist on a classic meal. Cook up your favorite brand of boxed mac and cheese, and throw in a can of peas to wrap it all up. This is a good camping meal to enjoy as a tradition amongst your friends, not only for it’s cutesy name, but also for the familiar warmth it brings to cold nights outdoors. Because of the simplicity of this meal, it can be prepared on any type of portable stove. RVers and car campers can spruce up this recipe in a variety of ways, including throwing in some chopped bacon to make Mac and Peas extra filling.
2. One-Pot Spaghetti One-Pot
Spaghetti is yet another classic pasta dish that is easy to prepare in the outdoors. Simply pour two jars of your favorite pasta sauce into a large pot and mix with your favorite vegetable. Onions and carrots are a great option to add to pasta for flavor and because they remain edible for a while without refrigeration. Once you’ve added your veggies and sauce, it’s time for the main ingredient - spaghetti! Pro tip: snapping the spaghetti in half helps submerge the spaghetti in the simmering sauce and makes for an easier eating experience once you’re cozied around the campfire.
For a more complex, but delicious meal, we recommend chilaquiles. This traditional mexican breakfast dish makes for a good camping meal no matter the time of day. To prepare for this meal, gather a propane camping stove and a large pan. For four servings of chilaquiles, you’ll need to pack a bag of tortilla chips, a red onion, enchilada sauce, half a dozen eggs, 4 garlic cloves, 2 avocados, and a teaspoon of salt. First, saute the onions and garlic on medium heat until they began to soften. Then bring the heat to a simmer and add the teaspoon of salt and enchilada sauce. Now pour in the tortilla chips and stir until they are softened. To cook the eggs in the same pan, simply push the tortilla chips to one side and crack the eggs into the center. If your camping stove has two pans and burners, it may be easier to fry the eggs in another pan and add them to the rest of the ingredients once fully cooked. Now that everything is cooked and combined, arrange avocado slices on top and serve.
4. Chicken Pesto Couscous
This is a good camping meal for any type of camper. Couscous cooks almost instantly in boiling water, making it great for tired backpackers or any type of time-savvy camper. For this recipe, you’ll only need three ingredients and they’re all right in the title - chicken, pesto, and couscous. You can pre-prepare your own pesto at home or bring a store bought jar, depending on your preference. Couscous is usually unflavored, but you can buy flavored varieties if you’re looking to add a little more spice. As for the chicken, backpackers should precook their filets at home, while car campers with more stovetops can grill and slice their chicken right at the campsite. First boil the amount of water instructed on the couscous packaging, then remove the pot from heat and stir in the couscous. Let the couscous stand for 5 minutes before adding in the cooked chicken slices and pesto.
5. Peanut Sauce Ramen
Peanut butter and ramen are two staples of camping cuisine, but have you ever tried combining them to make for a delicious outdoorsy meal? All you need is a block of instant ramen, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a pre-mixed combination soy sauce (1 tablespoon), rice vinegar (1 teaspoon), and sriracha sauce (1 teaspoon). Bring ⅔ cups of water to a boil and then add the instant ramen packet. Second, reduce heat to a simmer and allow the ramen to cook for 4 minutes. Once the ramen is done, all you need to do is stir in the peanut butter and the pre-prepared sauce.