Eating nourishing camping dinner recipes feed the body and satisfy the soul. These camping dinner ideas are perfect for your next trip because you really do want great camping food for every meal of the day.
Camping Dutch Oven Dinner Recipes
Combine chicken thighs with petite potatoes, garlic, onion, fresh rosemary and lemon for a simple and flavorful one pot meal that makes its own pan sauce!
This is no ordinary meatloaf! It combines ground beef and ground Italian sausage to provide a juicy and zesty flavored meal. It gets even better when topped with strips of bacon and a simple homemade glaze.
Eating fresh vegetables never tasted so good! This stir fry cooks in 20 minutes and the entire recipe can be prepped at home making a really fast meal at camp.
Make this simple one pot meal of chicken and rice by combining chicken breasts with onion, garlic, rice and prepared salsa then bake and top with fresh cilantro.
Don’t slave all day making lasagna at the campsite … make this lazy man’s lasagna instead! It combines oven-ready pasta with Italian sausage, basil pesto and three cheeses!
Think “dinner and a show” is a good idea? Try this fun twist on a classic deep dish pan style pizza. You’ll pile the pizza toppings in the bottom of the pot, top with dough & bake. For the big reveal, invert the pie so it’s right-side-up on your serving plate!
You can’t go wrong with one-pot camping dinners! These pork chops are cooked with rice and veggies. A bit of onion, garlic, oregano, bell pepper and tomatoes provide a mild Italian flavor to this yummy and easy dinner.
Looking for a meal that requires minimal prep and only one pot? Try this old fashioned cowboy stew! The meat, potatoes and veggies all cook together to make a warm and satisfying dinner. Ground beef never tasted so good!
3 ingredients and NO prepping make this dinner really easy to prepare. The amazing flavor comes from the tangy and slightly hot pepper juice that the beef roast is simmered in … low and slow … resulting in fork-tender shredded beef sandwiches.
10. Hobo Casserole
Craving a hot meal of good old-fashioned comfort food? Try this giant ground beef patty that is topped with onions, potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, cheese and French fried onions. It’s all baked together till golden-brown and bubbly in your camp Dutch oven.
It took me years to get this family-secret chili recipe out of my brother-in-law! But, he finally shared his wildly popular Dutch oven chili recipe with me so I could share it with you! The homemade spice blend, ground beef, Italian sausage and a splash of beer make this chili recipe one that you can’t stop eating!
Pre-cooked chicken breasts are the secret to putting a really yummy dinner on the table in minutes! When you want to spend the day away from your campsite exploring hiking trails and beautiful scenery … you don’t have to settle on drab food for supper. This one pot pasta meal combines mild Cajun flavors along with a simple creamy sauce made from cream cheese. It will be on your table in about 30 minutes.
13. Dutch Oven Steak
Enjoy steak on a budget at the campsite! This recipe combines flank steak and petite fingerling potatoes in an amazing sauce to create a fork-tender dinner with an affordable cut of meat.
Using pre-cooked shredded chicken makes these enchiladas easy to prepare at the campsite! Just mix it with your favorite enchilada sauce, some chopped onion and shredded cheddar cheese then roll it up in tortillas to bake. These are great after an appetizer of our Campfire Nachos or crunchy tortilla chips and our simple homemade Fresh Guacamole.
Plan for a day around camp to tend to these ribs that cook low, long and slow … they are fall-off-the-bone tender! The smoke flavor is added to the sauce with a little bit of liquid smoke. This is a great way to make ribs at the campsite if you don’t have one of those really cool portable smokers.
These Dutch Oven Baked Beans pair well with ribs. My cast iron 5-bean baked bean recipe features hamburger, bacon and five different beans!
Try this chop suey that is filled with your favorite vegetables, chicken and sauce served over rice. The amazing flavor comes from readily available spices and condiments like ground ginger, red pepper flakes and soy sauce as well as fresh veggies including mushrooms, celery, carrots, onion, garlic and green onions. You won’t miss your favorite take-out restaurant when you are out in the wilderness!
Want warm comfort food for dinner on a cold weather camping trip? Try this amazingly easy and yummy campfire goulash! The sausage, beans and pasta make a flavorful combination that also packs this dish with carbs and protein to keep you warm and give you energy for nice long hikes.
Cold weather camping trips are much cozier with warm comfort food. This chicken pot pie has an upper crust that is simply made using refrigerated biscuits. And, the veggies are already chopped for you because you just dump in a defrosted bag of mixed veggies.
You won’t believe how easy this almost-gourmet dinner is to make! The fixings do all the work for you in this simple meal. You don’t have to go looking for specialty ingredients because I created this recipe using curry paste, curry powder and coconut milk … which are all easily found in regular grocery stores.
Warm, creamy and cheesy is what makes this really easy chicken and rice casserole so special. Oh, and it does NOT use canned soup!
Want a restaurant-quality Italian meal designed for outdoor camp cooking with minimal effort? Here it is … stuffed manicotti!
Oh, my … this stroganoff is delicious! You cook the pasta right in the beef broth … no need to boil it separately. Then stir in the sour cream right before serving to create a creamy sauce that coats the beef and pasta perfectly.
Want a quick camp meal that is ready in minutes and uses minimal ingredients? This is it!
This white chili is perfect for campfire cooking but easily transitions to a camp stove too.
Stews are some of the best camping dinner recipes for one-pot meals … this one is packed with tender meat and veggies.
Combine some ingredients in your Dutch oven, simmer and serve this AMAZING Latin chicken meal!
The secret to making this camp-friendly pizza is the crust made from batter instead of dough!
The entire family will enjoy this not-too-spicy jambalaya featuring chicken, sausage and shrimp in a thick tomato sauce. Serve it with hot sauce on the side so the heat-lovers in your crowd can boost the spiciness to their liking.
This yummy lasagna is made with oven-ready pasta so no pot of boiling water is required!
Got 5 minutes? Great, you have enough time to prep this one pot camping dinner!
I’ll let Carla, a reader, tell you about this recipe…
I gotta tell ya…this is my go-to chicken dish when I have company. It is phenomenal. I cook it all day so that the chicken gets nice and sticky. It is great to make the day ahead and even better as left-overs. I had people over for a Middle Eastern feast and they kept going back for seconds (and thirds) of this dish. I know some people are wary of cooking with fruit, but, one of the guys at my dinner absolutely hates fruit in meals. In fact, he was telling us, while he was eating this dish, how much he hates fruit. I waited until he was finished and said, “Weird. Cuz there’s both dates and apricots in that third helping you’re going for.” HAH! Thanks for this recipe – it has a permanent home in my ‘winner’s cookbook’.
Move over hamburger … this chili calls for steak!
I’ll let MiKayla, a reader, tell you about this recipe…
Truly the best chili ever. I have been making this recipe for about 3 years now and will even make it at home on the stove in my dutch oven. I finally had to leave a comment as I just won a chili cook-off at work with this recipe! Thank you so much!
The cider vinegar and touch of brown sugar make these pork chops slightly sweet and salty.
This gumbo is one of those good camping recipes for dinner crowds … it makes about 12 servings which can be increased if you serve it over rice with bread on the side.
So much flavor comes from Dijon mustard and this sauce makes boring chicken breasts taste fantastic!
This classic comfort food serves 6 as a side dish but if you want to make it your main dinner … indulge yourself and 3 of your friends!
This campfire shrimp is a restaurant-quality dinner that should be on your next camp menu!
The Greek flavors of lemon and feta make this campfire dinner a refreshing option for this affordable protein.
Not every soup recipe can stand alone as a dinner meal … but … this one can with its creamy & hearty, sausage & potatoes.
You won’t miss take-out from your favorite Asian restaurant if you make this beef and broccoli at camp!
This rich and creamy chili is so satisfying. It starts with cubed chicken breast meat and some Mexican-flavored spices. The great Northern beans and cream cheese give it a smooth yet hearty texture that is really filling. The fresh cilantro gives it a nice bright finishing touch. You’ll love the fast prep too!
When you want a filling meal that is fast to prep, try this classic camp one-pot meal. The beef, beans, tomatoes and cheese provide great flavor as well as tons of carbs and protein along with the macaroni. Homemade comfort food never tasted so good!
We had plain spaghetti and meatballs on one of our camping menus. But, that was the meal we planned to eat after a day of visiting local wineries in southern Arizona. So, these drunken meatballs in a flavorful sauce were born!
Camping Grill Dinner Ideas
This grilled flatbread makes a great dinner but can also be sliced and served as appetizers for Italian main dishes.
It only takes minutes to prep and grill kabobs. The amazing flavor comes from the hours of marinating the meat and veggies!
This easy dinner recipe takes about 13 minutes to prep and cook! The flavor comes from the 6+ hours of marinating (while you explore the great outdoors!)
If you enjoy tropical flavors and a super-fast cooking dinner, try this Mahi Mahi. The mango salsa is fresh and slightly sweet with a touch of heat. You can grill the fish with a propane or charcoal grill, over your campfire or with a cast iron griddle on top of your camp stove.
Whip up a quick marinade to season a simple chicken breast then grill it over your campfire or using a camp grill powered by charcoal or propane. This slightly spicy and zesty sauce is made with Dijon mustard, garlic and a bit of jalapeno pepper.
Some sandwiches are hearty enough to qualify for dinner … these pitas are in that group! The Greek flavors in this recipe are amazing and most of the recipe can be made ahead. A really nice pairing for this sandwich is this make ahead Greek Tomato And Feta Pasta Salad.
If you blink you won’t see this meal cook because it is done in minutes … and … the flavors of soy and garlic are out of this world!
The crunch that comes from a grilled tortilla makes this burrito a real crowd-pleaser!
Camp Stove Dinner Ideas
It is important to have quick and simple dinner recipes for your busy camp days. This one pot spaghetti only takes 5 minutes of prep and it is cooking!
Don’t feel guilty if you “catch” your fish at the local seafood counter for this delicious one pot cast iron skillet dinner!
If you have picky eaters in your camp crowd who think healthy can’t taste good … don’t say a word about this recipe … just serve it to them … they will LOVE it! The boneless skinless chicken breasts are cooked with black beans, canned diced tomatoes and canned corn then topped with fresh avocado and cilantro.
Try this blackened trout and you’ll understand why my brother-in-law said this was THE BEST MEAL HE ATE IN HIS LIFE! This recipe serves 4 but can be easily scaled back to make camping meals for two.
You can use your cast iron skillet on a camp stove or over a campfire to make these yummy sandwiches.
Get one pot and one skillet ready to cook on your two-burner camp stove for this simple shrimp and pasta dinner. While the angel hair is boiling, you’ll be making a simple butter and garlic white wine sauce then quickly cooking the shrimp in that. Less the 30 minutes and dinner is served!
Travel to the Big Easy without leaving your campsite with these shrimp po boys!
This pastrami reuben sandwich is … so easy … so fast … so satisfying!
This pasta salad is great for camping if you want to make it at home and transport it to the campsite … the flavors taste better after they marry for a day or two.
Go ahead … indulge yourself at the campsite but you’ll probably need a nap if you eat too much of this rich and creamy pasta.
This is one of those camping meal ideas that is more of a brunch or dinner meal. The hot breakfast sausage, bacon and scrambled eggs make it more of a breakfast meal. But, the sauce, onions, tomatoes and spinach make it more of a dinner. Whatever meal you want to call it, it’s so delicious and filling, you need to try it on your next camping trip.
My favorite way to make this steak and pesto pasta is over a campfire in a Dutch oven but it is so versatile you can use a camp stove or RV stove with any type of pot that has a tight-fitting lid. It all cooks in one pot, in just 30 minutes!
During the summer we make an entire supper out of campfire corn on the cob … you should too! It is really good just plain but extra special with basil butter!
Tin Foil Dinners For Camping
Make a sandwich with cold cuts and cheeses, wrap in foil pouches and warm over a campfire for a quick and satisfying meal.
Aluminum foil pack Hobo dinner recipes are a classic campfire treat … add a sprig of rosemary to your foil packet for a quick gourmet flair.
Many campfire tin foil dinner recipes include fish and veggies, this one makes its own delectable sauce from a little butter, garlic and white wine.
Make Ahead Camping Dinners
Thai flavors are unusual at the campsite but this recipe is made easy because you prep and freeze the ingredients at home, then just defrost and cook at camp. The secret to the amazing flavor is peanut butter!
A nice, hearty beef sandwich with dipping sauce makes a yummy dinner … this one is super easy too! You prep the ingredients at home, freeze in a food storage bag, then defrost and just “dump and cook” to make yummy French dip sandwiches in about 20 minutes.
This chicken cacciatore is a satisfying meal that goes well with a side salad and garlic bread.
No Cook Camping Dinners
This salad is anything but a plate of lettuce … it is a scrumptious supper!
Having an ordinary cold sandwich just doesn’t cut it for dinners … this simple recipe only uses a few ingredients but they are fresh and fabulous when served on ciabatta rolls!
Wraps are super easy camping meals and taste luscious with minimal ingredients … if they are fresh and bright.
This salad is one of those easy dinner recipes for camping that can be eaten with a fork or rolled up in a tortilla. Vegetarians love this meal but you can also add cubed chicken or steak for meat eaters.
Pile your favorite salad in a tortilla and dinner is on the table in minutes!
No Refrigeration Camping Dinners
Canned chicken is dressed up with canned corn and green chilies to make this spicy and slightly sweet Mexican-themed chili.
You can enjoy this bean salad with a fork or wrap it in a tortilla for a quick hand-held meal.
Easy Camping Dinners
When you make extra bacon for breakfast, you won’t have to cook for dinner if you have this easy BBT sandwich on your menu.
You won’t miss the McDonald’s drive-thru when you make these sloppy joes at your campsite! This homemade twist on a fast-food favorite will have your hungry campers asking for this meal on every trip! The secret weapon: the Big Mac copycat secret sauce!
Dinner can’t get much easier than grilling some meat and brushing on a little BBQ sauce to finish it off! This KC style barbeque sauce has bold flavors from the molasses, brown sugar, honey and chili powder. It can be made at home and refrigerated for a month or so … that means, it is ready whenever you are heading out for a last minute camp trip.
The combination of prepared and fresh ingredients in this campfire pizza make you feel like your favorite batter hit one out of the park with the bases loaded!
Breakfast burritos are fast and easy meals to prepare, try them for a quick dinner. This low-carb version is served in a bowl rather than in a tortilla. The scrambled eggs provide lots of protein, and black beans provide good fiber. Add avocado spritzed with lime juiced, cheddar cheese and prepared salsa for a yummy Mexican flavor profile.
Pre-baked pizza crusts are great for topping with interesting ingredients to make artisan-style pies.
Camping Dinner Recipes For Portable Smokers
We put a fun twist on a camping classic when we combined ground beef, bacon, onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, spices and three types of beans to make this smoky chili in a portable pellet grill smoker.
Let your portable smoker do all the hard work for you to make fall-off-the-bone tender beef short ribs. You only need 6 simple ingredients to create a restaurant-worthy meal.
Unlike traditional brisket point burnt ends, this Poor Man’s version is done using beef chuck roast and smokes in a fraction of the time. Add some flavorful Kansas City dry rub, smoke for a few hours, add some Kansas City style old fashioned molasses BBQ sauce, cover and smoke for a few more hours and you have a meat candy meal fit for a king.
If you have a portable pellet smoker, you can make really easy main dishes that require almost no prep. These smoked chicken drumsticks start with a really simple spicy dry rub that can be made and stored in a cool, dry place for up to a year.
Camping Thanksgiving Dinner
The biggest food holiday of the year is Thanksgiving so if you want to experience it in the great outdoors … don’t sacrifice having your favorite dinner with turkey and all the trimmings!
Camping Dinner Sides
92. Campfire Chili Cheese Fries
Spray sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Pile a handful of frozen French fries in the center, fold into packet and place on campfire grate over hot coals. Cook about 15 minutes, open packet and top fries with a large scoop of canned chili and handful of shredded cheddar cheese. Reseal foil pouch, place back over campfire coals and continue cooking until chili is warmed through and cheese is melted. Remove from heat, carefully open packet cool slightly before eating.
These are yummy snacks or great sides for easy camping recipes like grilled hot dogs. Want more ideas? We’ve got them!
Make sure your entire meal is well-rounded by adding some exciting side dishes to your main dish.
After Dinner Camping Desserts
93. Campfire S’mores Banana Boats
Slice a banana in half, lengthwise. Add chocolate chips (milk or dark chocolate, depending on your tastes) and mini marshmallows in the opening. Wrap in aluminum foil and heat over hot campfire coals for a few minutes. Remove from heat, carefully open the hot packet and top with crushed graham crackers or nuts.
94. French Toast Campfire Popcorn
In large campfire-safe pot with handle, add olive oil to generously coat the bottom. Add popcorn kernels to form a single layer. Cover pot with lid or aluminum foil and place over medium-high heat of campfire coals or camp stove. Gently shake the pot once the kernels start popping. Continue cooking until the popping slows and remove the pot from the heat. Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss with a mixture of cinnamon, sugar and a touch of salt.
95. Strawberry Short Cake Cups
In a non-reactive bowl, toss fresh strawberries with sugar and let the berries macerate to break down and form a syrup. Spoon into store-bought short cake cups and top with whipped cream.
Want more ideas for sweet treats? We’ve got them!
We’ve got s’mores and a whole lot more desserts to complete your camp meal!