29+ Easy Camping Meals For Large Groups: Best Food Ideas For Crowds

When you are planning what camping food you want to enjoy on your trip, you need to consider how many people you are going to feed. It can be really challenging to cook for a bunch of people when you have the convenience of a home kitchen. Out in the wilderness, it is even more difficult! These easy camping meals for large groups are designed to effortlessly feed larger families and groups so you can enjoy the trip as much as the rest of the crowd!

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Camp Cooking Tips For Big Crowds

You may think the hardest part of outdoor cooking for a lot of people would be satisfying a range of taste buds. Actually, that is the easy part. It is the prep time and cooking that is the most challenging part of feeding a group of large families and friends.

Have you ever been faced with a large group of people who were waiting for you to finish cooking their whole meal? It is not fun. And, you certainly don’t want to rush off to the local grocery store because you ran out of food.

The following recipes are the easiest options to efficiently feed crowds and enjoy easy cleanup afterwards. But first, let’s discuss a few tips to make cooking easier on you so you can spend as much time as possible enjoying your next camping trip with a big group.

  1. Plan your menus in advance: Spur of the moment cooking does not work well when you need to feed a group of people. Make sure you plan for every aspect of each meal you are responsible to prepare for the group. Use my FREE printable camping menu template to help you stay organized.
  2. Potluck help: Many large group camping events are shared experiences. If group members are assigned a dish to bring, you won’t have to do everything yourself.
  3. Special diets: If any members of the group have food allergies, you may need to have options available for them. Two of the most common you may encounter are people who need gluten free camping food which is relatively easy to accommodate … the other frequent request is for vegetarian camping recipes.
  4. Prep ahead: Do as much prep work as possible before the camping trip. Then you just need to do the cooking at the campsite. We call these make ahead camping meals “dump and cook” recipes. My Dutch Oven Thai Campfire Chicken Recipe is one of my personal favorites and it is always a big hit with camping crowds who like a non-traditional dinner at camp.
  5. Cook ahead: If you prep and cook the entire meal before the camping trip, you just need to reheat at camp. Chili is a great option here.
  6. Use buffet-style food bars: Laying out ingredients and letting each camper build their own meal is a great way to make easy meals for large groups without a ton of effort on your part. Lunchmeat subs and sandwiches, like BBQ sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs, work great here.
  7. Arrive early: If you are the designated camp cook for a massive group of people, you’ll want extra time to get set-up and prepare for your task. If you can’t arrive the day before the rest of the troops, make sure you plan a really simple menu for the first night of the camp trip. I recommend a fully cooked quick meal that you can easily reheat or even be served cold.
  8. Have ample cold storage: Practicing good food safety handling is critical to prevent food poisoning. Keeping refrigerated food at safe temperatures is one of the most difficult things to do when camping … especially when you are handling large amounts of food for many people. Make sure you know how to pack a cooler to keep food cold and avoid cross contamination too.

Breakfast Camping Meals For Big Groups

What Is Cowboy Coffee And How To Make It

The bigger the crowd, the faster they empty a coffee pot! I could set out the prettiest, most delicious breakfast skillet meal but if I run out of coffee … I might have to hitchhike home! LOL The easy way to make large batches of coffee is by making it over an open fire … campfire or camp stoves both work well. Just don’t boil the coffee or it will taste bitter. Use my method to make yours taste better than the cowboys make it! This method allows you to make as many servings as needed.

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Muffin Tin Campfire Eggs

One of my favorite ways to feed sizeable groups is to set up an ingredient bar and let each camper make their own meal … it is so much fun to make unique creations. These muffin tin eggs are more of a process than a recipe so you can easily adapt it for whatever size crowd you are serving.

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Peachy Nutty Pancakes Camping Recipe

If you are looking for easy camping meal ideas to start your day … try using a just-add-water mix to make your pancake batter. But, how do you make that taste good? A yummy topping! This one features nuts, canned peaches and a few spices to make a fabulous syrup topping. Best of all, it is one of my camping food ideas no refrigeration required recipes which are also great car camping meals for people who are light on cold-storage space! Serves: 4, easily scales for large groups.

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

Mountain Man Breakfast

This classic Dutch oven breakfast casserole is hearty and filling. After trying other recipes and being disappointed because they were too dry or potato-heavy, I created my own version that is cheesier, meatier and moister with a slightly spicy hint that comes from ingredients with a southwestern flair. Serves: 6, easily scales up to feed larger groups.

Mountain Man Breakfast Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Dutch Oven Campfire French Toast

French toast is the last thing you might want to make for a crowd because dipping each slice of bread in the egg and frying it … one-slice-at-a-time … is almost an impossible task. One pot camping meals are the perfect solution. This recipe is really simple and you can do the prep work a day or two ahead of time so you can begin baking as soon as your coals are ready. Serves: 4-6, easily scales up to feed larger groups.

Camping Dutch Oven Cinnamon Campfire French Toast With Powdered Sugar Glaze by CampingForFoodies

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Breakfast Burrito Camping Recipe

I like making breakfast burritos because they are quick, simple and portable food that does not require any utensils for eating. Just drop some ingredients at the bottom of the tortilla and roll it up … you’re done! This particular recipe uses chorizo sausage to provide a ton of flavor without a lot of work. Serves: 4, just multiply as necessary for the number of campers you are serving.

Breakfast Burrito Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a sausage and egg breakfast burrito topped with sour cream and cilantro on a blue camping plate ready to be served at the campsite alongside a cast iron camp Dutch oven filled with the sausage and egg filling, all are sitting on a campfire grill grate in a campfire ring with text over the image that reads breakfast burrito camping recipe.

Easy Camp Dutch Oven Coffee Cake

Got coffee cake lovers? Don’t be intimidated by making Dutch oven baked goods during your camping holiday. This recipe has a delicious, not-too-sweet flavor that combines cinnamon and brown sugar. There is no need to measure a bunch of dry ingredients because it starts with a boxed cake mix. Then a bit of sour cream gives it a nice moistness. Serves: 6, make multiples as needed for the number of people you are serving.

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Fruit And Nut Peanut Butter Stuffed Tortilla

No cook camping meals are THE BOMB when you are serving lots of campers! These breakfast tortillas are packed with protein to give you tons of energy throughout the day … and … there are no dishes to wash afterwards! Meals like this are even easier than tossing a freeze-dried meal into boiling water!

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.

Camping Breakfast Sandwiches

This easy recipe makes individual breakfast sandwiches that are sort of like Egg McMuffins. You can make a pile of bacon all at once so it is easy to build the sandwiches that include an English muffin, fried egg, bacon and cheese. Serves: 1, just multiply as necessary for the number of campers you need to feed.

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Pre-made banana bread, homemade trail mix with chocolate chips and overnight oats are great options for quick morning meals. See all of our camping breakfast ideas for the most important meal of the day.


Camping Lunches For Large Gatherings

Chicken Parmesan Wrap Recipe

If you have a really large group, you can buy big portions of canned chicken and prepared ranch salad dressing … ingredients that don’t need refrigeration until after they are opened. Just toss those ingredients together in a large bowl and create an assembly line to build the wraps. Serve them immediately and you have a quick meal that doesn’t require tons of cooler or refrigerator space.

Chicken Parmesan Wrap Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate topped with a green spinach tortilla, leaf lettuce, shredded chicken tossed in a ranch salad dressing then finished off with sliced tomatoes and freshly grated Parmesan cheese with text over the image that reads Chicken Parmesan Wrap.

Greek Tomato And Feta Pasta Salad

Cold pastas are wonderful make ahead meals that you just place on a table for serving. Make sure you bulk them up by adding some meat and/or veggies if you are serving camping salads as a main meal. This one uses pepperoncini and red peppers, tomatoes, green onions, Kalamata olives and feta cheese. Serves: 6, scales easily for massive crowds.

Greek Tomato And Feta Camping Pasta Salad by CampingForFoodies

Basil And Prosciutto Sandwich

Lunchmeat sandwiches are the easiest camping meals you can serve for lunch. No cooking is required and each camper can build their own if you just set out the ingredients. If you want to get a little fancier, just use a really nice bread and slightly upscale ingredients. Sandwiches are some of the best camping meals for two because they can easily scale down but they go the other direction too! Serves: 4, scales easily for big crowds.

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Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe

So many group camping events happen during the summer, you will want some refreshing cold dish options for your menu. This Southwest salad is one of my most popular camping side dishes but it can also be served as a main dish if you want to make it more substantial by adding cubed grilled chicken breast meat. The truly outstanding flavor comes from frozen corn, black beans, red onion, fresco cheese and fresh cilantro that is tossed in a really simple homemade dressing. The entire recipe can be made 2 days in advance and just tossed right before serving. The bright colors reveal the bright flavors in this dish. Serves: 6, scales easily for large crowds.

Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe by CampingForFoodies is one of our simple optional make ahead camping recipes that is fast enough to make at the campsite and is a great cold side salad for summer camping, great vegetarian lunch or hearty camping dinner by adding a little protein and great for camping potluck side dishes too!

Campfire Corn On The Cob

How many different ways do you make corn on the cob? When it is in season, it is sweet, creamy and cheap … which makes it a great meal when you are feeding lots of campers! It makes a fun stand-alone meal when you add your favorite toppings. I like slathering it in basil butter. It is also yummy when you add different cheeses, hot sauces and even wrap it in bacon! Serves: depending on how elaborate your toppings and if you are serving the corn as a main dish or side dish, you may need 1-3 ears of corn per person.

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Ham And Cheese Salad Stuffed Tortillas

Make a quick tossed green salad then drop servings in flour tortillas to make satisfying and refreshing mid-day meals. See all of my easy camping lunches including 16 quick no-cook camping lunch ideas you will want to put on your menu. Serves: 4, scale it up to feed more campers.

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Camping Dinner Recipes For Large Parties

Big Mac Sloppy Joes

You can scale this recipe up to feed hundreds and they will love this twist on a fast-food favorite! These Big Mac Sloppy Joes are quick to make and easy to assemble. The best part about them is the Copycat Big Mac Secret Sauce!

Big Mac Sloppy Joes by CampingForFoodies features a double decker sandwich on a sesame seeded bun filled with sloppy joe meat and a copycat version of McDonald’s secret sauce, American cheese, pickles and shredded lettuce. The meal is ready to be served for dinner at the campsite. A cast iron Dutch oven and propane fuel canister on a camp stove are in the background.
Big Mac Sloppy Joes by CampingForFoodies

Dutch Oven Cowboy Stew

This warm and hearty one pot meal serves 6 – 8 and easily scales to feed more people. It contains ground beef, andouille sausage and a couple of strips of bacon. Then you add cubed potatoes and a bunch of canned veggies including diced tomatoes, green beans, whole kernel corn, pinto beans and green chilies. As you increase the number of servings, you’ll need to increase the size of the cooking pot. You can make this over a campfire or on a propane stove.

Cowboy Stew Camping Dutch Oven Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp Dutch oven sitting on the ground of a forest and filled with a meal of cowboy stew. A blue camping bowl sitting in front of the Dutch oven pot is filled with an individual portion of the stew ready to be served at the campsite. The stew contains ground beef, andouille sausage, potatoes and canned corn, tomatoes, green beans and green chilies with text over the image that reads cowboy stew Dutch oven camping recipe.

Dutch Oven Chili Mac

You can easily and inexpensively feed a large group of campers with this classic camping one-pot meal. The beef, beans, tomatoes and cheese are filling and provide lots of carbs and protein making a satisfying meal for hungry campers. Serves: 6, easily scales up to feed large groups.

Dutch Oven Chili Mac by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron camp Dutch oven sitting over a campfire on a cooking grate, it is filled with chili mac that is being served, another single portion is placed alongside the Dutch oven in a blue camping bowl with a spoon in it and ready to eat with text over the image that reads Dutch Oven Chili Mac.

Campfire Hobo Stew Recipe In Foil Packets

Prep a bunch of ingredients, lay them on a table with pieces of tin foil and let each camper build their own hobo stew packet. The same concept works if you want to make shrimp boil foil packets. The really nice thing about serving campfire meals in foil is that you can prep all of the ingredients in advance, store them in a ziploc bag and just set them on a table to make an ingredient bar. Each camper can just eat out of their aluminum foil packet and throw it in the trash when they are done … so there is virtually no cleanup required. Serves: 4-6, easily scaled up for feeding more campers.

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Dutch Oven Chili: Secret Family Recipe Revealed

Chili has to be one of the all-time favorite best camping foods! You can make huge batches to serve massive groups of people. If you want to make it in advance, you can freeze it then just reheat it at the campsite. It is really awesome if you need winter camping recipes for cold-weather trips! Serves: 10-12, scale up if you are serving more campers.

Dutch Oven Chili by CampingForFoodies features a blue camp bowl filled with Dutch oven beef chili topped with freshly made cornbread sitting in front of two camp Dutch ovens, one filled with campfire chili and the other filled with jalapeno cornbread with a slice removed and text over the image that reads Dutch oven chili.

Campfire Dutch Oven Chili Recipe

I know what you’re thinking … I just gave you an awesome chili recipe! Yep, you’re right … that was my brother-in-law’s secret family recipe. Here’s my award-winning recipe. We do have a friendly family competition once in a while LOL. This is one of my most popular Dutch oven camping recipes. Serves: 8-10, scale up if you are serving more campers.

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Dutch Oven Thai Campfire Chicken Recipe

When you want to serve an almost-gourmet meal to your large family and friends, make sure you put this Thai chicken on your menu! It is one of my favorite easy camping meals that you can prep and freeze at home, then just defrost, dump and cook at camp. Serves: 6, scale up as necessary to feed larger groups.

Make-Ahead Dutch Oven Thai Campfire Chicken Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Easy Dutch Oven Jambalaya With Shrimp, Chicken & Sausage

Traditional jambalaya is a labor of love. I made this classic Cajun meal a great dish for the campsite by using simple ingredients and methods to make a not-too-spicy version that is camp-cooking friendly! The main ingredients in this recipe … shrimp, chicken and sausage … can make it a little pricy so you may want to start off serving inexpensive appetizers to fill up those bellies before serving this main dish. Serves: 8, scale up as necessary to feed more campers.

Dutch Oven Jambalaya by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron camping Dutch oven filled with chicken, sausage and shrimp jambalaya alongside a pot of white rice in the background and a cast iron lid resting against a camping fire ring with text over the image that reads Dutch Oven Jambalaya.

If you are serving camping dinner recipes that have a strong flavor profile, like jambalaya, I recommend staying in the same cuisine-family for your appetizers.


Dutch Oven Campfire Goulash

This goulash is one of those camp dinner ideas that is really fast to prep, inexpensive to make, hearty to eat, and can be cooked over a campfire or propane stove. The whole family will enjoy this one-pot meal that can be served alone or with a side salad. Check out my tips on how to keep your camping vegetables fresh. Serves: 6, scale up if you are feeding larger groups.

Campfire Goulash by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron camp Dutch oven sitting on a grate in a campfire ring with a campfire burning in the background, the pot is filled with goulash and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and ready to be served with text over the image that reads campfire goulash.

If you can’t cook over campfires because of fire restrictions or you just prefer to use propane, the best camping stove for large groups is one that has lots of BTUs.

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Chicken And Veggie Camping Kabobs

The thing that makes kabobs so awesome for camping is the ability to prep everything in advance. You satisfy the meat eaters by serving the meat along with the veggies … all on one stick! This is one of my easy camping grilling recipes that only takes about 15 minutes to cook so you can easily get an assembly line going to feed larger groups. You can use an outdoor grill or campfire to cook them too. Serves: 4, multiply as necessary for the size of your crowd.

Chicken Shish Kabobs by CampingForFoodies features skewers of grilled chicken and vegetables including charred cherry tomatoes, yellow bell peppers and mushrooms sitting on a propane camping grill ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads chicken shish kabobs.

Campfire Stew

You can’t talk about feeding a large camping community without mentioning campfire stew. This is one of those easy campfire recipes that is simple to prep but takes a relatively long time to cook which is why the beef chuck turns out fork-tender. You’ll need enough hot coals for about 2 hours of cooking time. Your friends and family will love you for this one! Serves: 4, scale up as needed to feed more people.

Campfire Stew Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Hot Italian Sausage Soup Campfire Recipe

Soup as a main course is a great way to keep campers warm when the weather is really cold. I like serving it with a nice crusty bread which is yummy for dunking in this rich and creamy recipe. Serves: 8, scale up to serve larger groups.

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Dutch Oven White Chicken Chili

Chili is such a crowd pleaser, you really can’t go wrong when you make it. This version uses cubed chicken breast meat for starters. The thick and creamy texture make this recipe so yummy and filling. Serves: 4, simply scale up to serve more campers.

White Chicken Chili Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping bowl filled with rich and creamy white chicken chili, on a blue camping plate with toasted wedges of flour tortillas with text over the image that reads white chicken chili.

Pastrami Reuben Sandwich Camping Recipe

Toasted sandwiches are a great option for dinner. You can set up an assembly line to build the sandwiches for small groups or enormous crowds. One of my favorite camp stove recipes is this Reuben sandwich that uses only 6 ingredients to produce amazing flavors. Serves: 1, scale up as needed to feed your entire group.

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Pulled Meat Sandwiches

The perfect way to appeal to a wide variety of tastes is to serve “naked shredded meat” with buns and sauces to change the flavor profile of the meal. You can simmer beef, pork or chicken in a slow cooker, then shred the meat and place it in freezer bags in advance of your trip. Just defrost and re-heat at the campsite when you are ready for dinner. Great options for sauces you can serve on the side include garlic & tomato sauce, teriyaki & soy sauce and different types of bbq sauces like my Homemade Old Fashioned Molasses BBQ Sauce.

You can easily re-heat shredded meat with a little olive oil in a foil pan over a low-medium heat of a campfire or propane stove. You can also use a large skillet frying pan. Just make sure you have a tight fitting lid so you are trapping in the heat as you warm the food. Many large cast iron skillets don’t have lids that fit them so just use a large piece of foil.


Large Camping Group Appetizer & Dessert Recipes

Some people think the best part of a meal is the appetizer, others think it is dessert. Whatever camp you fall in, here are some tasty options.

Dutch Oven Campfire Spinach Dip

This dip is one of my family’s favorite camping snacks. I like to serve it with crusty bread and crackers but you can reduce the carbs by serving it with fresh veggies too.

This awesome hot cheesy spinach artichoke dip campfire Dutch oven appetizer recipe is one of our favorite camping recipes and easy campingforfoodies appetizers for outdoor cooking over campfires!

Camping Smores Dutch Oven Brownies

When it comes to awesome camping desserts, these s’mores brownies are at the top of the list. They are really yummy when they are served slightly warm and totally fun to make. The marshmallows blow up like little balloons as they get toasted and golden brown. Serves: 8-16 depending on how you slice them, scale up as needed to feed your group.

Smores Brownies Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a Dutch oven filled with baked brownies that are topped with graham cracker and marshmallow toppings and a Dutch oven lid in the background with spent charcoal setting on top and text over the image that reads camping Dutch oven smores brownies.

Make your cleanup really simple by using liners. Never used them before? Here’s how to line a Dutch oven with parchment paper.


Easy Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I don’t know why you would hang out with people who don’t like chocolate but if you decide to put up with them, you may want to serve this pineapple upside down cake. LOL, just kidding. What I’m not kidding about is how easy and yummy this recipe is … for chocolate lovers too!

This is a photo of a Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside Down Cake Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies. The moist cake is covered with gooey pineapples dotted with cherries sitting on a table in the mountains at a remote camping site.

No matter what type of baking you’ll be doing, my Dutch oven temperature chart will help you know how many coals you need to produce a specific temperature for the oven size you are using.


Campfire Smores Recipes: 10 Mouth-Watering Smore Variations

The great thing about serving s’mores is letting each camper make their own dessert. You can do the classic (which everyone seems to love) or you can provide alternative ingredients to make unique concoctions. Make sure you try my favorite, Tropical Therapy, and let me know if you love it as much as I do!

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Caramel Nut Brownies

My family absolutely LOVES these brownies. The wonderful thing about them is that you can make them in advance, cut them into squares and freeze them, then just pull out the amount you need for the size of your crowd. I really like taking recipes like this when we are traveling on a long road trip.

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

Easy Meals Large Camping Groups by CampingForFoodies features a group of campers relaxing around a campfire above a group of six dishes of various camping food that is plated and ready to serve with text over the image that reads Easy Meals Large Camping Groups.

More Yummy Meal Ideas

Cooking for fewer people? Check out all of my recipes no matter if you are camping solo or hanging out with others.

If you’re looking for awesome ideas for yummy camping food, you’re in the right place!

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