Camp stoves work wonders, even if it’s a single burner to throw in a backpack. If you have two burners for car camping or flaming, you can throw together minimalist dishes in thirty minutes or less. The key is bringing along foods already prepped, or quick to prepare at the campground. This will save time on chopping, slicing and dicing. Minimalist dishes taste far better under starlight, especially after a short hike or swim.
8 Minimalist Dishes To Prepare On Your Small Camping Stove
Chili with cheese and onions is a crowd favorite in summer and the cooler months alike. This is a three ingredient dish, and we recommend canned chili which provides all the protein and flavor you’ll need—either vegetarian or beef chili works perfectly. This minimalist dish definitely goes faster if you pre-slice onions and pre-grate your cheese of choice. Heat up the chili and when it’s steaming, add onions and cheese to taste. No recipe is required for this one, since the main ingredient comes in a can.
Quesadillas are a family favorite and definitely make great minimalist dishes. Some like tomatoes, others prefer a meat add-in. For camping, green chilis are a nice extra since a small can goes a long way. You’ll only require flour tortillas and cheese (grated beforehand, or bring a package). Pack a can or two of green chiles, and a jar of salsa. Mix in green chilis and dip the final, folded-over, cheesy goodness into the salsa. Toss on a side of salty corn tortilla chips and you have a full meal within minutes.
3. Breakfast Skillet
Breakfast skillets are perfect for the small camping stove: pre-chop small potatoes and bring eggs, ham or Canadian bacon, and shredded cheese. Fill the stove with 2 cups water and add potatoes, then boil until done. Cook in eggs, and add meat and cheese toward the end—just enough to heat up.
4. Blueberry Banana Pancakes
Try these blueberry banana pancakes for a fantastic treat among minimalist dishes. Make batter ahead of time and keep in cooler, but chop fruit while at camp.
Nachos are mostly assembly. And don’t forget the avocado. Combine black beans, cheese, salsa or pico de Gallo. Pre-chop green onions and bring or make grated cheese and be sure your skillet has a lid. Layer ingredients over chips, then add avocado last.
6. Mac ‘n Cheese
Mac-n-cheese can be cooked in a skillet or pot using just a few ingredients. Cook noodles ahead of time then follow this easy recipe for mixing in butter, milk and choice of cheese.
7. Pad Thai
Don’t be afraid to branch out into some more exotic cuisine with this Pad Thai recipe. It requires a few more ingredients than the others on this list, but you can substitute the all-purpose camp favorite, peanut butter, for peanuts.
8. Brown Bears
Last, a simple dessert called Brown Bears combines buttermilk biscuits with sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. These can be cooked on a grill or in a pan over camp stove, or over open flame when shaped into sticks.