59+ No Refrigeration Camping Meals & Recipes (shelf-stable food ideas)

Do you ever want to make camping food with ingredients that require no refrigeration? If you are short on cold food storage space … or have none at all … these ingredients for no refrigeration camping meals start and end with your pantry!

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Easy Camping Recipes Using Non-Refrigerated Food

You should know how to keep food cold while camping because most camping recipes use ingredients that are refrigerated. But, if your cold food storage space is limited or non-existent, you need recipes, like these, that use pantry-only, shelf-stable ingredients. These are perfect for simple camping trips with minimal gear!

1. 4 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

4 Ingredient Banana Pancakes by CampingForFoodies features golden brown pancakes topped with banana slices, nuts and chocolate chips on a blue camping plate.
4 Ingredient Banana Pancakes by CampingForFoodies

Pancake recipes typically use eggs and milk but this one doesn’t use either. Here we use 4 simple, non-refrigerated ingredients to create a delicious, vegan-friendly, healthy meal without using refined sugar.

2. 5 Can Chili

Spicy Chicken And Corn Chili Camping Recipe With Food Requiring No Refrigeration by CampingForFoodies

This is a hearty camp dinner that can be made over a campfire or as one of our easy camp stove recipes. It uses canned chicken to provide the meat that does not require refrigeration unless you have leftovers … which you won’t!

3. Mexican Spicy Nuts

Mexican Spicy Nuts by CampingForFoodies features a white bowl filled with mixed nuts that have been tossed in Mexican spices and honey then roasted in a foil packet so they are shimmering in a slightly sticky glaze. The bowl is set on a table outside with green plants in the background on a sunny day.
Mexican Spicy Nuts by CampingForFoodies

Many flavored nuts use perishable fats but this one uses olive oil to make this camp snack you can’t stop eating! These nuts are a little salty, sweet and have a touch of heat.

4. Peachy Nutty Pancakes

Peachy Nutty Pancakes Camping Recipe With Food Requiring No Refrigeration by CampingForFoodies

This recipe uses just-add-water pancakes (which can be quite boring) but the peach topping makes them extraordinary! Instead of using fresh fruit, this yummy breakfast makes great use of canned peaches.

5. Grilled Potato Wedges

Grilled Potato Wedges Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

This recipe makes the best “French fries” and they don’t need any dipping sauce. But, if you decide to serve them with our Chipotle Mayonnaise, you will have to refrigerate the extra mayo.

6. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls Camping Recipe With Food Requiring No Refrigeration by CampingForFoodies

Who doesn’t love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter? The ingredients in this recipe are all non-perishable but in order for the chocolate to harden, you’ll need to make them during the cooler camping months … or … just lick your fingers in the summer! LOL

7. One-Pot Spaghetti

Did you know you don’t have to boil water to cook pasta? You can cook it right in the jarred tomato sauce! If you have can carry a pound of Italian sausage, you can make this One Pot Spaghetti with meat or just skip the sausage and make it meatless!

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8. Black Bean Burgers

Who needs meat when you can do Black Bean Burgers like these!

9. Boxed Mac and Cheese

It’s always a good idea to read the package directions when planning convenience foods on your menu. You usually just boil the pasta in water, drain it then stir in a package of processed cheddar cheese. Otherwise, if the cheese is in a powdered form, you may have to add some milk and butter. The best way to add the liquid is to use canned evaporated milk or canned chicken broth and just skip the butter.

10. Pesto Chicken Pasta

This Pesto Chicken Pasta Recipe uses jarred pesto and canned chicken. It is the perfect pantry ingredient recipe.

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11. Greek Lentil Soup

Yes please, I’ll take a bowl of hearty Greek Lentil Soup!

12. Campfire Smores Recipes: 10 Mouth-Watering Smore Variations

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Most of our 10 smores variations use non-perishable ingredients. But, we do have a few that use things like bacon … yes, I said bacon! You can always stick with the traditional graham crackers and chocolate bars, but swapping out for some of my favorite ingredients provides a whole new dimension of different flavors and textures that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Camping Food No Cooking No Refrigeration

No cook camping food ideas are lifesavers when you are camping without fire due to fire restrictions at your camping site. In those situations you may be restricted to open flame cooking with propane camp kitchen equipment that has a quick shut-off mechanism. In those instances, my camp stove recipes are the best choice to make delicious meals.

If you are prohibited from cooking in dry conditions, or you are car camping and don’t have much space for cooking gear, you can still make simple meals and quick snacks with these no cook recipes.

13. Mexican Three Bean Salad With Corn

Mexican Three Bean Salad Camping Recipe With Food Requiring No Refrigeration And No Cooking by CampingForFoodies

Our Mexican three bean salad is a great camping food no cooking, no refrigeration side dish. You can also enjoy it as a hearty meatless main course, if you prefer, as the beans are packed with protein!

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14. Boiled Egg Sandwich

Hard-boiled eggs make a great snack right out of the shell with a little salt and pepper. Another good option to use them is by slicing them and layering with a few tomato and onion slices to make a quick sandwich on a nice crusty bread, bagel or croissant for quick and easy camping meals.

15. Fruit And Nut Peanut Butter Stuffed Tortilla

Fruit And Nut Peanut Butter Stuffed Tortilla Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a whole wheat tortilla laying on a blue camping plate with peanut butter, banana slices, dried fruit, nuts and seeds layered on top and ready to be rolled up to be eaten with text over the image reading camping recipe.

Want a meal that is healthy and packed with protein? This stuffed tortilla makes a great breakfast, lunch, dessert or snack at the campsite or on the trial! The great thing about wraps is their ability to scale up or down to make camping meals for two, one, or to feed large crowds.

16. Avocado Tuna Salad

Make tuna salad but replace the mayo with mashed avocado. You’ll get more flavor out of a can of tuna packed in oil rather than water. You can serve it as a sandwich, wrap or a dip that is scooped up with tortilla chips.

17. Greek Veggie Wraps

Spread shelf-stable hummus on a pita, top with diced tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, then top with Kalamata olives. It’s a great idea to pack shelf-stable ingredients that come in small containers so don’t have any leftovers that need to be stored in a cooler after opening.

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18. Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chips Apple Rings

Need a delicious snack after a long day on the hiking trail? Don’t reach for junk food! Slice apples into rings (you can cut out the core of each slice but it’s not necessary) spread peanut butter on top of the ring and dot with chocolate chips. You’re gonna want to try these on your next camping trip, they are so yummy and a healthy alternative to satisfy your craving for a sweet treat.

Make-Ahead Recipes That Require No Refrigeration

These are camping food recipes that require no refrigeration after they are prepared.

19. Camp Dutch Oven Coffee Cake

Camp Dutch Oven Coffee Cake Camping For Foodies .com

Our coffee cake is really easy to make at the campsite but it does use eggs and sour cream so just make it at home and you are good to go!

20. Campfire Dutch Oven Jalapeño Cornbread

Campfire Dutch Oven Jalapeno Cornbread Camping Recipe perfect for outdoor cooking and a side dish for your camping meals

You can make this cornbread at home and pack it to travel whole or sliced into individual servings. That is … if you don’t eat it all before you get to camp! LOL

21. Caramel Nut Brownies

Caramel Nut Brownies Camp Recipe - Perfect for making in a Dutch Oven, Camp Oven or RV Oven - Camping For Foodies .com

These brownies are sooooooooo delicious and if you cut them into individual servings and wrap them at home, they travel well to make a sweet treat at camp!

22. Dutch Oven Cinnamon Bread

Easy Dutch Oven Cinnamon Bread Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies. Slices of this golden brown bread are sitting on a blue camping plate and the remaining bread is in a black camp dutch oven ready to be sliced and served.

You can pick up sweet breads from the bakery department of your favorite grocery store. The best thing about banana bread is it’s common availability. You can also make a homemade variety like this cinnamon bread that features raisins and pecans.

23. Teriyaki Beef Jerky

This Teriyaki Beef Jerky is savory with a little spice too. Make it at home and it is ready to pack without refrigeration for your trip.

37 Non-Refrigerated Camping Food Items

  1. Pre-popped popcorn
  2. Dried fruit
  3. Trail mix
  4. Hard boiled eggs
  5. Energy bars
  6. Dry cereal
  7. Bagels, breads, pitas and tortillas
  8. Canned tuna
  9. Nuts
  10. Canned sardines
  11. Crackers
  12. Processed cheese
  13. Hard cheeses
  14. Canned salmon
  15. Jerky
  16. Nut butters like peanut butter, almond butter
  17. Granola bars
  18. Almonds
  19. Canned soup
  20. Instant potatoes
  21. Maple syrup
  22. Honey
  23. Fresh fruits like oranges, pineapples, apples (my favorite because they last a long time if kept out of the sun)
  24. Fresh fruits like carrots, cucumbers
  25. Potato chips
  26. Sunflower seeds
  27. ​Pasta and grains
  28. Chocolate chips
  29. Dry beans
  30. Fruit cups
  31. Shredded coconut
  32. Evaporated canned milk
  33. Powdered milk (you just add cold water)
  34. Shelf-stable soy milk (individual servings because it can be stored at room temperature but needs to be refrigerated after opening)
  35. Ramen noodles (just need to add a little boiling water)
  36. Pancake mix
  37. Instant oatmeal
  38. Dehydrated meals
  39. Hot cereal
  40. Breakfast bars
  41. Nut butter packs
  42. Fish pouches
  43. Summer sausage
  44. Beverage mixes
  45. Herbs and spices (this is a great way to add a variety of flavors to canned ingredients without taking up a lot of space in your gear box. See how to make your own camping spice kit).
  46. Individual packets of condiments: mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, relish, soy sauce, hot peppers sauces (like Tabasco and Sriracha)

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Storing Fresh Vegetables

If you decide you want to add a few fresh items alongside your non-perishable food, you can add camping veggies to your menu. Some require no refrigeration and others require cool storage options. We’ve got tips for both!

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Meal Planning Help

Grab yourself a copy of our FREE Printable Camping Menu Template to help you organize your food for your next trip!

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  1. Thank you for this post since we are now cleaning out cabinets and wondering what to do with all these cans of stuff

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Hi Stella! Thanks for the note! I hope you enjoy these meals and your freshly cleaned cabinets too. Happy Camping, Kim