Keto Camping Food

Create a keto camping food meal plan the whole family will enjoy so you can maintain a low carb diet on your next camping trip!

Keto Camping Food by CampingForFoodies features a collage of meals including Campfire White Chili, Spiced Nuts, Dutch Oven Tomato And Avocado Frittata, Chicken In Dijon Mustard Sauce, Campfire Veggie Packets, Campfire Chili and fluffy Scrambled Eggs.

We like preparing camping food that has tons of flavor and appeals to a lot of people, here are some of our favorite low carb choices.

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Keto Camping Tips

It may seem the Ketogenic diet is difficult to manage on camping trips but continuing your weight loss plan it is totally achievable with a little advanced prep.

You’re probably used to focusing on net carbs (total carbs g – fiber g) for your normal daily eating habits. You will probably need to adjust your calorie intake on your trip:

  • Less active than normal (relaxing around the campsite, less exercise than your normal routine) you’ll need to consume fewer calories than a typical day and won’t need as much food as you normally eat.
  • More active than normal (more outdoor activities exploring hiking trails and other physical activities, more exercise than your normal routine) you’ll need to consume more calories than a typical day.
    • Expert Tip: If you don’t consume enough extra calories, your body will start breaking down muscle making it difficult to recover from hikes.
      • See the list of foods to enjoy or avoid below.

Low Carb Keto Camping Recipes

These are some of our favorite keto camping meals that don’t take a lot of time to prepare and are good for keeping your energy level up during short or long trips.

Breakfasts

We have so many camping breakfast ideas, here are some of our keto-friendly favorites.

1. Dutch Oven Tomato And Avocado Frittata

  • Total carbs/serving: 7g
  • Total fiber/serving: 4g
  • Net carbs/serving: 3g

This cast iron Dutch oven breakfast is a great choice if you want a slightly fancy breakfast. It’s made with eggs, milk, cheddar cheese, avocado slices, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. It can be baked with hot coals from a campfire, charcoal briquettes or made in a camp or RV oven.

If you need help determining how many coals you need to maintain a specific baking temperature, use our Dutch oven temperature chart.

Tomato And Avocado Dutch Oven Frittata by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp oven filled with a freshly baked, golden yellow egg breakfast meal. Bright green slices of avocados and bright red cherry tomatoes top the dish along with ribbons of dark green fresh basil. The pot is set on the ground on a bright sunny day.

2. Dutch Oven Scrambled Eggs

  • Total carbs/serving: 3g
  • Total fiber/serving: 0g
  • Net carbs/serving: 3g

You can make these eggs in a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven right over the open flame of a campfire or using a camping stove. A great addition is serving a few sausages on the side to make a hearty meal. We have a huge list of easy campfire recipes that are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Dutch Oven Scrambled Eggs Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies is a cast iron Dutch oven sitting on a campfire grate in a fire ring, the fluffy yellow scrambled eggs have melted cheese and are topped with bright green parsley ready to be served at the campsite, text over the image reads scrambled eggs.

3. Egg Stuffed Avocados

  • Total carbs/serving: 18g
  • Total fiber/serving: 13g
  • Net carbs/serving: 5g

We have tons of gluten free camping food ideas, this meal is a great option for keto dieters and a great way to bake eggs. This recipe combines one of the best high fat foods with lots of fiber and protein. I add a bit of salt and red pepper flakes for an extra little zing.

Egg Stuffed Avocados Dutch Oven Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with two eggs baked in an avocado that has been split in half. The creamy yellow egg yolks and egg whites are topped with black pepper and red pepper flakes. Breakfast sausage patties and toasted English muffins are also on the plate that is lit by the morning sun.

4. Celery Sticks & Organic Peanut Butter

Keto backpackers need quick and simple meals that don’t require cooking. Cut celery sticks and store in a ziplock bag then dip them into low-carb organic peanut butter for a delicious breakfast that is crunchy, creamy and slightly sweet. See all of our ideas to make yummy no cook camping meals.


5. Dutch Oven Bacon Scramble

  • Total carbs/serving: 7g
  • Total fiber/serving: 1g
  • Net carbs/serving: 6g

My bacon scramble combines bacon, onion, tomato, fresh spinach and cheddar cheese with eggs to create a yummy meal filled with protein and fiber. See all of our easy camping meals.

Dutch Oven Bacon Scramble by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron camp Dutch oven filled with a cooked breakfast ready to be served at the campsite which includes bacon, eggs, onions, spinach, tomatoes and melted cheddar cheese with text over the image that reads bacon scramble.

Snacks & Appetizers

6. Mexican Spicy Nuts

  • Total carbs/serving: 5g
  • Total fiber/serving: 1g
  • Net carbs/serving: 4g

Plain mixed nuts make satisfying snacks but they’re even better when they’re toasted in a foil packet along with some chipotle chili powder, ground cumin, black pepper, honey and olive oil! See our entire list of yummy camping snacks.

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.

7. Sausage And Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

  • Total carbs/serving: 8g
  • Total fiber/serving: 2g
  • Net carbs/serving: 6g

I like serving these stuffed baby bell peppers as an appetizer but I’ve also served them as the main course. The filling combines Italian sausage, garlic, onion, cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese that is stuffed into mini bell peppers and baked until the filling is bubbly and peppers are softened.

Sausage And Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron Dutch oven set on a campfire grill grate. The pot is filled with red, yellow and orange mini bell peppers that are cut in half and stuffed with a creamy mixture of ground Italian pork sausage and cream cheese. The appetizers have been baked and are ready to be served.
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Dinners & Sides

We have so many camping dinner recipes, here are a few of our low carb favorites.

8. Grilled Pork Loin Roast

  • Total carbs/serving: 1g
  • Total fiber/serving: 0g
  • Net carbs/serving: 1g

This pork roast uses just 3 ingredients, and, one of them is oil!

Grilled Pork Loin Roast by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with 4 slices of grilled pork loin with a golden-brown crust, the meat is set next to mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli that are sprinkled with red pepper flakes. The table is set outside on a sunny day with a desert landscape in the background.

9. Grilled Dijon Chicken With Garlic And Jalapeño

  • Total carbs/serving: 3g
  • Total fiber/serving: 1g
  • Net carbs/serving: 2g

Make this at home or make it at the campsite, this Dijon chicken is that easy!

Grilled Dijon Chicken With Garlic And Jalapeño by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with a dinner comprised of a golden brown chicken breast with charred grill marks and sprinkled with bright green parsley, on the side is a green dinner salad, a serving of couscous and a whole green jalapeno pepper. The plate is set on a wooden picnic table on a sunny afternoon.

10. Chicken Fajitas Freezer Meal

  • Total carbs/serving: 7g
  • Total fiber/serving: 2g
  • Net carbs/serving: 5g

Prep these fajitas at home and freeze up to 3 months. Then, you’ll just defrost, dump and cook at camp.

Chicken Fajitas Freezer Meal by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate holding a brown, whole-wheat tortilla topped with golden brown chicken fajitas, red and green peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, spicy red salsa and drizzles of white, creamy sour cream. A green jalapeno pepper sits at the side of the plate on a picnic table with a blue, flowing river in the background on a bright sunny day.

11. Cajun Chicken Foil Packets

  • Total carbs/serving: 9g
  • Total fiber/serving: 3g
  • Net carbs/serving: 6g

This quick 30-minute dinner is not only fast, it’s delicious and moist too! The veggies are made super flavorful by the Cajun spices and the andouille sausage. It’s perfect on its own or with a serving of riced cauliflower. It’s also gluten free!

Cajun Chicken Foil Packets by CampingForFoodies features a silver-colored piece of tinfoil used as a bowl to hold a serving of Cajun chicken. The pieces of white cauliflower, green broccoli, red bell pepper and white onion slices compliment the chicken and andouille sausage pieces. A serving of white rice is behind the food and the foil packet is set on a blue camping plate with green shrubbery in the background.

12. Campfire White Chili Recipe

  • Total carbs/serving: 4g
  • Total fiber/serving: 1g
  • Net carbs/serving: 3g

I have two white chili recipes and I love them both. This one is made with ground turkey, white beans, shredded Monterey jack cheese, cilantro, Jalapeno slices and sour cream. The longer you let it simmer, the thicker it becomes. See our entire list of one pot camping meals.

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13. Chicken In Dijon Mustard Sauce

  • Total carbs/serving: 4g
  • Total fiber/serving: 0g
  • Net carbs/serving: 4g

This is one of my favorite high protein keto meals. You’ll start by sautéing chicken breasts then you’ll remove them from the pot to make the pan sauce, then, you’ll return the meat to the pot to finish cooking in the sauce. It’s nice to serve with side salads or bacon-wrapped asparagus. You can make this over a campfire but it works well as one of our camp stove recipes too.

Simple, Easy And Creamy Cast Iron Campfire Dutch Oven Dijon Mustard Sauce Chicken Recipe by CampingForFoodies

14. Protein Burgers

Pat a few ground beef burgers at home so you can quickly grill them over hot campfire coals or your camp grill. Add some cheese and replace the bun with a lettuce wrap for a super easy dinner.


15. Dutch Oven Campfire Pork Chops

  • Total carbs/serving: 8g
  • Total fiber/serving: 1g
  • Net carbs/serving: 7g

These pork chops are so tasty! The sauce is made with chicken broth, cider vinegar and a little brown sugar. The sliced fresh mushrooms, onion and garlic finish it off nicely. If we actually need extra carbs I will splurge with mashed potatoes, if not, mashed cauliflower is the perfect side dish!

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16. Dutch Oven Campfire Chili Recipe

  • Total carbs/serving: 8g
  • Total fiber/serving: 3g
  • Net carbs/serving: 5g

This is my award-winning chili that is one of my favorite winter camping meals. If I have extra (which I usually do) I serve it the next day over grilled hot dogs.

Campfire Chili by CampingForFoodies features a bowl of chili topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, diced onions and jalapeno peppers with a spoon and slice of crusty bread ready to be served at the campsite.

17. Campfire Veggie Packets

  • Total carbs/serving: 6g
  • Total fiber/serving: 3g
  • Net carbs/serving: 3g

You’ve gotta love foil packet meals that require next to no cleanup! These veggies can be your main meal or served on the side with a nice grilled meat like steak, pork or chicken. Check out all of our camping side dishes.

Campfire Vegetables by CampingForFoodies features a foil pack of cooked vegetables including broccoli, carrots, cherry tomatoes and garlic ready to be served at the campsite and text over the image that reads campfire vegetables.

18. Shrimp And Asparagus Foil Packs

  • Total carbs/serving: 13g
  • Total fiber/serving: 5g
  • Net carbs/serving: 8g

Lemon and garlic provide a ton of flavor with the shrimp and asparagus in one of the quickest & tastiest campfire foil packet meals you’ll ever make!

Shrimp And Asparagus Foil Packs by CampingForFoodies features a piece of shiny aluminum foil set on a table outside on a sunny day. The foil pack holds 6 cooked jumbo shrimp set on a stack of bright green asparagus and topped with chopped fresh parsley, on the side is fluffy white rice and two lemon wedges.

19. Lettuce Wrap Tacos

It’s so easy to make quick tacos if you cook the taco meat at home. Then, just reheat it at camp and serve wrapped in iceberg lettuce leaves, top with a little cheddar cheese and sour cream. See our entire list of make ahead camping meals.


20. Cowboy Soup Recipe

  • Total carbs/serving: 12g
  • Total fiber/serving: 2g
  • Net carbs/serving: 10g

The Tex-Mex flavors in this soup are amazingly delicious. It requires very little meal prep because it uses mostly canned ingredients and frozen mixed veggies. You’ll only need to chop some bacon and cube a couple of potatoes.

Dutch Oven Cowboy Soup by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron Dutch oven filled with hamburger Tex-Mex soup in a red tomato sauce broth. Green beans, yellow corn kernels, green peas, orange cubed carrots and white potato chunks in the soup are ready to be served with the ladle set in the pot.

21. Campfire Fish Grilled In Foil Packets With White Wine And Garlic Sauce

  • Total carbs/serving: 15g
  • Total fiber/serving: 4g
  • Net carbs/serving: 11g

For this fish you’ll make a little bowl out of a piece of aluminum foil to capture the ingredients. You’ll layer the fish, butter, garlic, basil, tomatoes and wine, then, wrap it up and cook over your campfire until the fish is done, only about 10 minutes! If you want to reduce the carb count even further, you can replace the wine with a little chicken broth. See all of our campfire meals in foil.

Campfire Fish Grilled In Foil Packets by CampingForFoodies features flaky white fish, red cherry tomatoes and ribbons of fresh green basil in an opened aluminum packet with a pile of couscous mixed with capers and sun-dried tomatoes ready for serving.

22. Pellet Grill Smoked Green Beans

  • Total carbs/serving: 12g
  • Total fiber/serving: 4g
  • Net carbs/serving: 8g

If you’re like us, you bring your portable pellet grill smoker on some of your camp trips. If I have a big group to feed, I serve these beans as a side dish. If I’m serving a small group, it becomes a main dish! The bacon, onion, garlic and red pepper flakes combine with fresh green beans for a really flavorful meal. Check out all of our camping smoker recipes.

Pellet Smoked Green Beans by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron skillet set on a grate inside a portable pellet grill smoker. The pan is filled with green beans, bacon, onions and garlic that have been smoked and are ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads Pellet Smoked Green Beans.

23. Dutch Oven Chili: Secret Family Recipe Revealed

  • Total carbs/serving: 12g
  • Total fiber/serving: 4g
  • Net carbs/serving: 8g

This was a secret family recipe until my brother-in-law spilled the beans! This chili uses 3 types of meat: bacon, ground beef and Italian sausage! He likes serving it with cornbread but it really doesn’t need anything on the side! Check out all of our Dutch oven camping recipes.

Dutch Oven Chili Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camp bowl filled with beef chili topped with freshly made cornbread. In the background are two camp Dutch ovens, one filled with campfire chili, another filled with jalapeno cornbread.

24. Camping Breakfast Burrito Bowls

  • Total carbs/serving: 25g
  • Total fiber/serving: 11g
  • Net carbs/serving: 14g

This meal is filled with protein, fat and fiber. I like serving these bowls for breakfast but they make a wonderful brunch you can bulk up with chopped lettuce.

Breakfast Burrito Bowl by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping bowl filled with black beans, scrambled eggs, bright green avocado chunks and red salsa set next to a blue cup filled with camp coffee.

25. Creamy Tacos

  • Total carbs/serving: 1g
  • Total fiber/serving: .1g
  • Net carbs/serving: 1g

This easy, tasty & fun one-pot camping meal uses simple ingredients and requires minimal prep work.

Creamy Taco Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with a serving of creamy beef tacos. Corn tortilla chips are covered with browned ground beef and black beans in a thick brownish-orange cheesy sauce that’s topped with bright red diced tomatoes, sliced green onions and bright green cilantro.

26. Grilled Flat Iron Camping Steak Recipe

  • Total carbs/serving: 5g
  • Total fiber/serving: .1g
  • Net carbs/serving: 5g
Simple Camping Recipe Grilled Flat Iron Steak by CampingForFoodies features flat iron steak that has just finished cooking and is sitting on a propane camp grill with a side dish foil packet alongside, both are ready to be removed from the grill to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads flat iron steak.

The secret to tender flat iron steak is a nice marinade. This one needs 6 hours, but, the prep and cook time is lightning fast!


27. Middle Eastern Chicken

  • Total carbs/serving: 10g
  • Total fiber/serving: 2g
  • Net carbs/serving: 8g

Chicken strips are marinated then quickly cooked and finished with apricots, dates and olives to create a flavor-packed meal. Serve it with cauliflower rice for a complete dinner.

Middle Eastern Chicken by CampingForFoodies features a plate filled with orange and yellow colored chicken strips tossed with orange apricot pieces, brown date pieces and chopped kalamata olives. The dinner is served on a bed of rice and vegetables. The meal is glistening from the sun on a bright afternoon.

28. 3 Ingredient Caesar Chicken

  • Total carbs/serving: 2g
  • Total fiber/serving: 0g
  • Net carbs/serving: 2g

Three ingredients never tasted so good! This creamy Caesar chicken requires NO prep work and cooks in just 40 minutes.

3 Ingredient Caesar Chicken by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with a hearty dinner meal. The chicken breast is covered in a white, creamy sauce and golden brown Parmesan cheese. A bright green leafy salad with red cherry tomatoes that are sliced in half and purple onion are tossed in salad dressing that is next to a bed of white fluffy rice on the plate which is set on a wooden picnic table. A forest is in the background lit by the golden glow of a setting sun.

29. Keto Sausage, Cabbage, and Radish Foil Packs

  • Total carbs/serving: 5g
  • Total fiber/serving: 1g
  • Net carbs/serving: 4g

Shallot, garlic and butter are used to flavor the sausage, cabbage and radishes in this simple foil pack meal.


30. Shrimp Foil Packets With Zucchini

  • Total carbs/serving: 9g
  • Total fiber/serving: 2g
  • Net carbs/serving: 7g

A simple marinade is used with the shrimp, zucchini, peppers and tomatoes before cooking in a foil pack.


31. Baked Salmon Foil Packets With Vegetables

  • Total carbs/serving: 8g
  • Total fiber/serving: 2g
  • Net carbs/serving: 6g

Lemon, garlic, fresh dill and parsley create a yummy combination for the salmon, asparagus, tomatoes and zucchini in this dinner.


32. Keto Sausage and Peppers Foil Packets with Cauliflower

  • Total carbs/serving: 9g
  • Total fiber/serving: 3g
  • Net carbs/serving: 6g

This packet is filled with flavor! The sausage, sweet peppers and cauliflower are enhanced with shallot, garlic and fresh basil.


33. Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets

  • Total carbs/serving: 11g
  • Total fiber/serving: 2g
  • Net carbs/serving: 9g

This meal is like a shrimp boil in individual serving foil packets!

Cajun Shrimp Boil Foil Packet is a foil packet filled with shrimp, cajun spices, sausage and corn that has been cooked and is ready to eat.

FAQs

How can I make my family eat low-carb meals on camping trips?

The secret to staying on a keto diet while camping is to prepare low-carb meals that everyone will enjoy. Stick with meats, veggies and sauces that are keto-friendly and serve them over cauliflower rice. If they insist on regular rice, just prepare the exact amount of servings they will eat and keep it simple by using instant rice.

Where can I store perishable keto foods when I have limited cooler space?

Cooler and RV refrigerator organization is key to keto cooking in the wilderness. Don’t chop shelf-stable veggies until you are ready to cook with them. If you want to prepare meals in advance, store them flat in food storage bags that take up less room than plastic containers. Get tips on how to pack a cooler for camping and also check out how to keep food cold while camping.

Keto Camping Food List To Enjoy Or Avoid

You don’t have to fall off the keto wagon during camping season. In addition to making recipes that fit your low-carb diet, don’t forget about packing ingredients and keto foods for quick snacks.

If you need to increase your calorie intake because of increased activity levels, the last thing you want to do is reach for typical camping snacks. Instead, eat more healthy food that is approved for the keto diet.

ENJOY these friendly keto products

Choose an easy snack that is a healthy energy source, a great option like these keto camping food ideas for your next trip:

  1. Low carb veggies and fruits: Berries, avocado, tomatoes, celery, peppers, mushrooms, cabbage, brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower.
  2. Cheeses and high-fat dairy products: Parmesan, cheddar, cheese sticks, heavy cream, cream cheese, sour cream, and soft cheeses.
  3. Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs are a good idea for quick snacks.
  4. Keto condiments: With low or no sugar like sugar-free ketchup, bbq sauce and dressings. Use individual mayo packets instead of a jar so you don’t have to keep it refrigerated.
  5. Fat bombs: These high-fat treats make a yummy dessert. In warmer weather you may have to wrap them for storage in a cooler or refrigerator.
  6. Deli meat: This is a great idea for a quick lunch time meal. Sandwich high fat content hard salami and cheese between a couple of slices of keto bread, or, a better idea is to use a few pieces of head lettuce as the bread.
  7. Fresh or defrosted frozen berries: They make the perfect keto dessert when served with fresh whipped cream and sugar-free dark chocolate.
  8. Tuna packets: Packed in olive oil.
  9. Canned fish and meats: Chicken, tuna, sardines etc.
  10. Pork rinds: With no added sugar or artificial ingredients.
  11. Olives, nuts and sunflower seeds.
  12. Sugar-free nut butter.
  13. Water, instant coffee, tea.
  14. Keto-friendly alcohol: Unflavored hard liquor, dry red or white wine, and low-carb beers

Common camping foods to AVOID:

Avoid highly processed choices with lots of added sugar and carbs like: Pre-packaged trail mix with candy and sugary dried fruit. Stay away from foods like:

  1. Baked goods like breads, cakes, cookies etc.
  2. Chips, pretzels and crackers
  3. Starchy veggies like white potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn
  4. High-sugar fruits like bananas, apples and pineapples
  5. Grain-based products like cereal and oats
  6. High-sugar and high carb drinks like soda, lemonade, milk, fruit juice, beer and sweetened alcoholic drinks

Final Thoughts

Advanced planning is the key to easily cooking keto meals at the campsite. With proper preparation, the carb lovers in your group will enjoy eating and drinking low-carb food and drink without even knowing they are doing it.

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FREE Printable Meal Planner

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