We know that campfire food should be more than just marshmallows and baked beans (although we love both of these things!) so we got our team together to brainstorm their top camp dinner ideas and camping food hacks for your next outdoor adventure.
These quick recipes for camping take minimal prep time, are easy to cook, and are downright delicious. For these hacks, all you need is a campfire or portable gas stove, and a cooking device of your choosing, be it a frying pan, cast iron skillet, or perhaps a camping Dutch oven for those one-pot extravaganzas.
This first hack will give you the opportunity to enjoy an American staple when you're out camping. Pancakes.
That's right, you can bring along easy to cook, pre-prepared, portable pancakes. It's simple, you gather your ingredients at home in the kitchen, mix up your favorite pancake batter, and set off to your favorite camping spot.
Store the pancake batter in a secure plastic tub or ziplock bag and you'll have pancakes, on tap, for the whole trip. We recommend bringing along your favorite toppings too, of course.
If you've been out hiking or have driven over a few rough roads to reach the campsite, it is quite possible that your eggs will not have survived the journey. With this hack, eggs can remain an important part of your camp food diet.
All you need to do is pre-scramble the eggs. Don't cook them, just crack them out into a ziplock bag.
When it's time to cook, you can pour the scrambled eggs into a pan, or you can even add the ziplock bag into a boiling pot of water to quickly cook an omelet.
Campers get hungry. If you're in a big group, it can be tricky finding a quick and easy meal to cook for everyone. In situations like that this recipe for muffin tray eggs can come in rather handy.
All you need is a large fire-pit with a few hot ashes and embers from the night before, a large muffin tray, and a large ziplock bag full of your portable scrambled egg mix.
Pour the mix over the muffin tray and you'll have enough fried eggs for everyone!
For many campers, coffee can be just as important as breakfast. But for coffee connoisseurs, instant coffee or single-serve coffee packets just won't cut it. If you love your filter coffee, then you will love this hack.
For this one, tie up your favorite filter coffee in the filters you normally use in your machine at home.
In the morning, boil up some water in a pot, throw in the tied-up filter, and let it brew slowly while you enjoy the outdoors.
You don't need to leave behind your sweet treats either, because it's surprisingly simple to add cinnamon rolls to the menu for your camp meals. You can even prepare them at your campsite.
Bring along plenty of dough and cinnamon sugar. Combine the two together, then wrap the cinnamon-dough around a skewer. Hold the skewer over the flames until your freshly prepared swirly, skewered, sugary, cinnamony, sweet rolls are cooked to perfection!
Bananas make for a tasty, healthy snack when you're out camping and they are packed full of energy too. To liven them up though, it's easy to turn your plain old banana into a campfire banana.
Just unpeel the banana, wrap it in tin foil, and place them in some hot coals. You'll get a soft, gooey banana to enjoy. You can liven it up even more by cutting the banana lengthways down the middle and filling it with chocolate, marshmallow, or any other sweet treats you love (just remember you'll be making them a little less healthy!).
Camping food hacks aren't limited to a great breakfast or delicious sweet treats. In fact, we've got some masterful dinner ideas that will make your camp cooking restaurant-worthy!
Campfire sausages are a classic addition to any camp outing. If you are looking to be a little more adventurous than just skewering some meat over the fire, these easy gourmet sausages can be ready in no time.
This is where you can get creative. We like to wrap our sausages up in tin foil, smothered in onions and cheese. You could even add some pre-made chili to cook inside the foil or wap the sausages in bacon.
Bring a few brioche buns along and you could have gourmet hot dogs.
Tinfoil is essential to all the best camping food hacks on any camping trip. It's not just great for cooking sausages and bananas, but it's great for cooking up delicious vegetarian camping food too.
Take your vegetables of choice, chop them up, season them and wrap them up in tin foil. You can even prepare this one at home before you leave to save time.
This is a great recipe that's guaranteed to cook perfectly every time.
If you are looking to add a little more spice to your life, make some spicy fajita veggies with peppers, chilis, onions, mushrooms, and some hot Mexican-style spices.
A Dutch oven is a great piece of cooking equipment to bring along camping. Portable and easy to use, they can add a new dimension to your camp cooking game.
We love making Dutch Oven Stews when we head out camping. Prepare some vegetables, spices, and meat as you like. Get your stock ready, throw everything into the Dutch oven, and slowly simmer the stew over the campfire until it's ready.
This is one hack where you can make the most of the ingredients you have lying around the campsite and while it cooks slowly you can kick back in your favorite camp chair and just watch the fire!
There are so many tasty, yet easy meals to cook up when you're out in the woods camping!
Cooking when you're camping is a wonderful way to get creative with your family and friends, and you'll be amazed at the complicated-looking yet easy to make meals you can quickly whip up on a weekend getaway.
The best thing about all of the camping hacks we have included is the fact that you need very little cookware to bring this camping food list to life.
With these fantastic camping food hacks, your next camping adventure is going to be so much more enjoyable. Take along those portable scrambled camping eggs, be creative with the tin foil, and never leave your favorite cinnamony desserts at home, ever again!