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Easy Camping Recipes That Will Make You Want to Get Your Campfire Lit

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I can’t wait for camping season!! I’m already planning our summer camping trips and am excited to make these easy camping recipes. They are quick and family friendly recipes that everyone will love!

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Easy Camping Recipes for Your Outdoor Adventures

There is nothing like the smell of the campfire and the sounds of the fire popping. Even more so, the smell of camping food cooking over the open flame.

S’mores in the microwave versus s’mores over the campfire? There’s no comparison.

I’m going over my dollar store camping hacks to make sure we have everything we need for this camping season.

Here are seven of my favorite camping recipes. I hope you love them too!

If you’re getting excited about camping too, check out these 25 camping quotes that’ll make you want to pitch a tent asap!

And since I love saving money (I think we all do?), I wrote this post Camping on a budget: 5 tips to know to save money this season – it will save you LOTS!!

7 Favorite Camping Recipes

1. Dump Cake in a Dutch Oven

This first recipe is a sure-fire way to thrill any camp goer: a Camping Dump Cake. A Dutch Oven is required for this recipe. I LOVE this cast iron dutch oven. First of all, cast iron cookware is awesome. It’s sturdy, not coated with any nasty non-stick coating, heats evenly, lasts practically forever, and can go straight into the campfire.

But this Dutch oven in particular has a lid that doubles as a frying pan! So cool for camping (and at home too).

Yield: 8 servings

Dump Cake in a Dutch Oven

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A super easy dump cake recipe for camping (or at home), made in a Dutch oven. With only 4 ingredients and 2 minutes of prep time, this easy dessert recipe will be one you make over and over.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 29-ounce can sliced peaches in heavy syrup (or any favorite canned fruit)
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple (optional)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

    1. In the heated Dutch Oven, dump the fruit into the bottom of the Dutch Oven and mix.
    2. Cover the fruit with the cake mix by dumping that on top of the fruit.
    3. Drop pats of butter on top of the cake mix and then cover the Dutch Oven with
    its lid.
    4. With the lid in place, you want to cover the lid with hot coals as well as make sure it is sitting on top of hot coals.
    5. Make sure you rotate the Dutch Oven every 15 to 20 minutes so that it bakes evenly.
    6. After approximately 40 minutes or until golden, your cake will be finished.
    7. My family likes to bring an ice cream ball and make ice cream to go alongside the Dump Cake in a Dutch Oven.
    8. Enjoy!!



2. Ice Cream in a Ball Recipe

This camping recipe is so fun! Kids will totally love to help you out with making this easy homemade ice cream while you’re on a camping trip. It’s also fun to make in your own backyard.

Ice cream in a ball is a take on the ice cream in a bag recipe that is also a kid favorite. We make ice cream in a bag with our daughter in the summers, but I’m going to be picking up an ice cream ball.

As much as I love ice cream in a bag, there is that chance that the one of the bags will rip with vigorous shaking and throwing. That might have happened once over here with a very enthusiastic 4 year old. 🙂

Basically the churning motion is provided by you (and your kids!) by rolling a ball filled with ice cream ingredients. There is an ice portion in the ice cream ball that gets filled with ice and salt that will chill the ice cream as it’s forming.

This ice cream ball is manual and no electricity is needed so it’s perfect as a camping recipe.

Kids will absolutely love making their own diy homemade ice cream in such a fun and physical way.

This ice cream in a ball recipe makes around 1 pint of ice cream. There is also a quart size ice cream ball available on Amazon.

It takes around 30 minutes of play to make ice cream in a ball.

Yield: 1 pint

Ice Cream in a Ball

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Homemade ice cream you can make without having an ice cream machine! Fill up the ice cream ball with 3 simple ingredients, and have fun rolling the ball to make your ice cream. Your kids will love helping you make this easy DIY ice cream!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint Heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • ½ - 1 tbsp real vanilla extract (you can also use a vanilla bean to add those lovely vanilla bean flecks in your ice cream)

Instructions

  1. Mix the 3 ingredients together and pour into the ice cream ball.
  2. Fill the ice portion of the ice cream ball with ice and half a cup of rock salt.
  3. You can sub kosher salt for the rock salt if you don’t have any.
  4. Roll the ice cream ball or “hot potato” the ball for around 10 minutes.
  5. Open up the ice cream ball and stir the hardened bits of ice cream into the softer bits.
  6. Roll the ball for another 10 minutes and check to see if your vanilla ice cream in a ball is the consistency you like.
  7. If you want it a bit more solid, keep rolling for a few more minutes.
  8. Scoop out that ice cream in a ball you worked for and enjoy!

Notes

Follow the amounts suggested in the ice cream ball you have, they might hold slightly different quantities. This recipe is based on a 1-pint ice cream ball like this one.



3. Fish in Foil with Vegetables Camping Recipe

The third camping recipe is a favorite and easy recipe amongst the camping community, and most anyone will be able to cook this dish.

Some vegetables that work well in this fish in foil recipe are: mushrooms, red or green peppers, asparagus, shredded or diced carrots, corn, peas.

This recipe uses aluminum foil.

Yield: 1 serving

Fish in Foil with Vegetables

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Fish in foil is a classic and popular camping recipe for good reason. It's easy to make, delicious, protein-packed, and you can eat right out of the foil - no dishes to wash!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • fillet of fish (your choice)
  • 3 Tsp Basil (easier to bring dried basil camping)
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1/3 cup of sliced veggies (any you like, ie. mushrooms, sweet peppers, corn, peas, carrots)
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

    1. In some aluminum foil, place your fish (could be some you caught earlier in the day or just your favorite fish you bought from the store, my favorite is Halibut,
    and it cooks well in the foil) and cover it with the basil and garlic salt.
    2. Take the lemon wedge and squeeze some of the juices over your fillet and place the wedge on top of the fillet.
    3. Pour the vegetables over the fish and top with pats of butter.
    4. Close the aluminum foil around the fish and vegetables, and close the ends.
    5. Set down on some of the hot coals from the edge of the fire.
    6. Let it cook for approximately 15-20 mins, or until clear juices run from the fish.
    7. Open the packet (carefully! Watch for the steam), and you can eat right from the foil; no plate is needed.
    8. Enjoy!



4. Campfire Bread

Fresh bread baked over the campfire? You will feel like a total camping superstar with this delicious and surprisingly easy camping recipe.

You will need your trusty Dutch oven for this campfire bread.

I based this campfire bread off of my no-knead bread recipe.

At home in an oven, this no-knead bread can take 30-40 minutes to bake but over a campfire it will take longer. It is so worth the wait and still a crazy easy camping recipe.

Yield: 1 loaf

Campfire Bread

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Easy no-knead bread baked in a Dutch oven over a campfire. With this campfire bread, cooking outdoors has never been tastier!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp instant yeast (the instant part is important!)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups hot water (less than boiling, more than lukewarm)
  • 2-4 tbsp extra flour

Instructions

  1. Mix the first 3 ingredients together (you can do this step at home before you leave on your camping trip if you’d like).
  2. Add the hot water and stir well (you don’t need to knead).
  3. Cover with saran wrap or foil and leave for an hour or two or the whole day if you want to make this campfire bread in the evening.
  4. If it is hot when you’re camping though, don’t let it rise for more than an hour or two before you bake it.
  5. Preheat your Dutch oven over your campfire (using coals) for about 20 minutes or so (with the lid on).
  6. When your Dutch oven is hot (this is key!) shape the risen dough into a loose ball.
  7. If your risen dough is too sticky add up to ¼ cup more flour just until it comes together.
  8. Some Dutch oven bread recipes say to put parchment in the Dutch oven; I tend to not do that because I have found that sometimes the paper can scorch from the heat.
  9. You can grease the Dutch oven with a bit of butter or vegetable oil (not olive oil, its smoke point is too low for this recipe).
  10. Plop that dough into your Dutch oven and put the lid on.
  11. Put the Dutch oven right on the coals and let the bread bake.
  12. Turn the Dutch oven every 15 minutes so the campfire bread bakes evenly over the fire.
  13. Add coals as needed to keep the heat going.
  14. The campfire bread will take up to 90 minutes to bake.
  15. If you have a thermometer the campfire bread should be 200 degrees F when it’s done and will be golden brown.
  16. Slather with butter, dunk in soup, or just rip pieces off like a wild animal and eat it (hey, you're camping).

5. DIY Instant Oatmeal Camping Recipe

You can make your own homemade instant oatmeal to bring with you on your next camping trip. This is a super easy camping recipe for breakfast that is cheap, lightweight to pack, and you can customize tons of different ways.

Yield: 1 serving

DIY Instant Oatmeal

Camping recipes - diy instant oatmeal

This DIY instant oatmeal is a super easy camping recipe for breakfast that is cheap, lightweight to pack, and you can customize tons of different ways.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup instant oats
  • 1 tbsp powdered milk
  • Basic DIY Instant Oatmeal Recipe:
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tsp granulated sugar (any kind you like: white, brown, erythitol, coconut sugar, etc)

Optional DIY Instant Oatmeal Add-ins:

  • Raisins and cinnamon
  • Fresh or dried apples
  • Almonds and raspberries
  • Bananas (fresh or dried) and chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for extra protein
  • 1-2 tablespoons trail mix
  • Top with a runny egg (my favorite!)

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a ziplock bag or Tupperware container.
  2. To make the homemade instant oatmeal when you are camping, simply add ½ cup to ¾ cup boiling water to one packet of DIY instant oatmeal.
  3. Use the amount of water you like to make thicker oatmeal or thinner oatmeal.
  4. Stir the instant oatmeal with the water and let sit for a couple minutes.
  5. Enjoy the DIY instant oatmeal as is, or add any toppings you like, or some of the suggestions above!

6. Canned Chicken Recipes

Check out these 10 canned chicken recipes. They are simple, protein-packed, delicious, and make perfect camping food.

Recipes using canned chicken - chicken salad

7. Overnight Oats

A super simple camping recipe for breakfast, you can make overnight oats in all kinds of flavors. Try this yummy cherry chocolate overnight oats version.

This cherry chocolate overnight oats recipe couldn't be easier.  Stir a few ingredients into a jar, put it in the fridge overnight, and in the morning you’re treated to a yummy healthy breakfast treat! #healthybreakfast #healthysnacks #easyrecipe #oats #overnightoats #breakfast

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