It’s spring. The weather is mostly beautiful, which means it’s time to get the the camping gear out and plan a trip with your friends or family. Camping with large groups is typically a lot of fun, but it takes some serious meal planning. It’s important to keep your meals simple and plentiful when it comes to serving a lot of people. Here are some tips and recipes to help get you started this camping season!
Plan Your Meals in Advance
With one to two people, it’s easier to bring some ingredients and throw together dinner, but that’s not the case with large groups. One pot meals and dutch oven dinners are great ways to cook for a big group since these methods yield a lot of food with little mess. You can also “grill out” over an open fire which keeps cooking social and fun. Check out our open fire stoves if grilling is your game.
Are Kids Camping, Too?
If kids are a part of the crowd, you’ll probably want to keep meals simple. Pasta dishes are a crowd pleaser for all ages, and are easy to make. Here’s a one pot spaghetti dish by The Spicy Apron that’s great for camping. If you want to prepare a more interactive meal with the kids, try making camp kebabs or burgers over the fire.
Delicious Recipes for Big Groups
Here are some recipes that can keep big group camping fun and easy:
Tangy Chicken Tacos: This recipe by The Camping Kitchen uses one skillet over a camp stove. Much of it is prepared at home, saving you and the group time when cooking at the campsite. This recipe would also pair well with margaritas, if that’s your thing!
Camp Stove Pad Thai: Unlike many of the other recipes referenced, this one requires two pans. However, it’s still easy to throw together, hearty, and can feed a lot of mouths. Plan to Eat also encourages a lot of meal preparation at home, so you’re ready to play chef right when you get to camp.
Kebabs: Easy, nutritious, lots of food, little clean up, and absolutely delicious. Need we say more? Fresh Off the Grid outlines 15 kebab recipes that are camp ready. You can cook kebabs straight on the fire or in foil, which yields zero mess. Just be sure to pre-cut and marinate everything at home before you set out on your group adventure.