Are you ready for some awesome camping food for your cold weather trips? These winter camping recipes include some of your favorite comfort foods that make the perfect warm camping meals when you want to stay toasty while the outside air temperatures are frosty cold!
Warm Camping Meals For Wintry Weather Camping
You can cozy-up to a hot campfire on your winter camping trips as you prepare these yummy camp meals … or when you are in high elevations when the weather is cold in the spring and fall camping seasons too, like in the area of White Mountain Arizona camping destinations.
Sipping a hot beverage warms you from the inside out and it is one of my favorite ways to stay warm in a tent on cold camp trips.
You can’t go camping in the winter and not have a few mugs of hot cocoa! Make this hot cocoa mix prior to your trip, then, at camp you can make a cup at a time, or, a big batch for a group.
Camping Tip: One of the best ways to serve hot drinks in cold temperatures is to use insulated mugs that are not cold-soaked. Warm drinks will maintain their temperature longer if you take the chill out of the mug before using it. Pre-heat the mug with hot water or set it in a warm location to heat up a bit before you pour your beverage into it.
Can you even think of breakfast in the great outdoors without a hot cup of java? If you want to make a shot of espresso or a cup of strong black pot of coffee, these tips will show you the BEST methods to brew camp coffee.
A classic winter food always includes gravy! This simple sausage gravy recipe can be served over pre-baked biscuits or you can make your own easily at the campsite so they’re piping hot for your morning meal!
Warm up by a morning campfire as you bake this easy, sweet and slightly crispy pull apart bread for breakfast. If you have leftovers, they make a great snack or dessert!
This Texas-style French toast is thick and fluffy. It’s the perfect winter camping food to make using pie irons over hot campfire coals!
Enjoy a quick and easy breakfast that can be cooked over a campfire or on a stove. This recipe combines ham, eggs, potatoes, cheese and green onions in a one-pot meal that is done in less than 30 minutes.
Think freshly baked cinnamon rolls are impossible at the campsite? You’ll be amazed at how easy these are and how yummy they taste. Give yourself plenty of time for the frozen dinner roll dough balls to thaw and rise. They only take 5 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of baking time.
When you need to feed big appetites, put this massive burger on your breakfast menu! There are no sides … everything is between the potato hamburger buns! The sausage patty is piled high with cheddar cheese, maple bacon, a golden hash brown patty and a fried egg!
The fall and winter seasons are marked with seasonal flavors … like pumpkin and peppermint. If you enjoy partaking in the “pumpkin frenzy” you will LOVE these almost-gourmet pancakes that can be made over a campfire using a cast iron griddle or skillet.
Stay warm around the campfire as you cook these breakfast quesadillas! You’ll fry some chorizo sausage and mix it with some eggs and cheese. Spread it between tortillas, fold into a foil packet and toast over your fire till crispy and golden brown.
12. Campfire Donuts
Using the dough from refrigerator biscuits makes this a simple doughnut recipe. After the dough fries in vegetable oil, you roll the donuts and donut holes in powdered sugar or a cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve them hot with a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or glass of milk and enjoy some of the tastiest, sweetest cozy camping food you can imagine.
This camp breakfast is easy and sooooooooo delicious!
You can make yummy pancakes on a camping stove or use a griddle right over your campfire!
Eggs, hash browns, meat and cheese all in one pot … you’re gonna love this Mountain Man meal!
Make this one pot breakfast skillet over your morning campfire … just like the cowboys do! This hearty breakfast lets you cook your eggs sunny side up and scrambled at the same time. The eggs cook in a bed of sausage, onions, bell pepper and potatoes. The entire skillet is topped with cheddar cheese and green onions.
You don’t have to make individual servings of French toast when you serve this Dutch oven version for breakfast!
Chorizo sausage adds a spicy Mexican flair to this favorite camp breakfast.
We carry an over-fire grate in our campfire cooking kit for the trips when we are in remote locations without grates over established fire rings.
Make this easy oven-baked pancake recipe in your camp Dutch oven using hot campfire coals. Then, serve it warm topped with a sweet or savory topping. This custardy type of pancake is a cross between a popover and a crepe. And, only takes 5 minutes to prep!
20. Diablo Sandwich
Try these Tex-Mex style spicy sloppy joes when you want a little sweet and a little heat. The jalapeno peppers, taco seasoning, BBQ sauce and pepper jack cheese create a great flavor combination.
This is one of my favorite cozy camping recipes that includes lots of veggies in the main dish. I like making it in a big cast iron skillet over hot campfire coals but you can also cook this meal on a camp stove or RV stovetop. The meat needs to marinate at least 30 minutes but overnight is even better. It’s a great prep-ahead dinner that cooks in about 20 minutes.
The carbs and campfire will keep you warm when you make this steak and pesto pasta dinner in one pot … and … in just 30 minutes!
I love making this easy and healthy recipe using campfire coals. It creates its own smooth pan sauce after you sear the chicken thighs … then combine them with petite potatoes, garlic, onion and fresh rosemary.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a nice, greasy homemade version of a fast-food favorite? These Big Mac Sloppy Joes are fast, fun, easy and delicious. The best part is the copycat secret sauce!
This casserole uses a homemade alfredo made with simple ingredients to cook the pasta without boiling it in water. The rich taste and smooth texture of this one pot dinner are so yummy.
This chicken is full of bold Mexican flavors. The hot meal is baked into a one pot dinner of chicken and rice that’ll warm you to your core.
If you’re traveling with your portable tailgate smoker, you’ve gotta try this twist on a classic! We combined ground beef, bacon, onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, spices and three types of beans, cooked it for 5 hours in our portable pellet grill smoker and created a warm and smoky dinner.
Looking for a lazy man’s lasagna? This is it! This Pesto Pasta Bake combines oven-ready noodles with Italian sausage, basil pesto and 3 cheeses to make a simple one-pot dinner!
If this stew keeps cowboys warm on the trail, it’ll keep you warm on cold-weather camp trips! The ground beef, andouille sausage and slices of bacon combine to provide awesome flavor to the potatoes, canned tomatoes, green beans, corn, pinto beans and green chilies!
This zesty meatloaf tastes amazing because it uses ground beef and Italian sausage. Then, it’s topped with bacon and a simple homemade glaze.
You’ll please finicky kids and fussy adults with this yummy classic meal that features ground beef, beans, tomatoes and cheese. This is a super fast dinner to prep at the campsite but it also works well as a make-ahead meal you just reheat at camp.
We can all agree that chili is one of the top meals for winter camp trips. This recipe is one of the BEST and I’m able to share it with you because my brother-in-law finally spilled the beans on his secret recipe that uses a homemade spice mix, ground beef, Italian sausage and a splash of beer!
Enjoy velvety smooth comfort food from Louisiana when you make this one pot dinner! Pre-cooked chicken makes this meal come together lightning-fast without sacrificing flavor. Mix in some cream cheese, Cajun spices, fire roasted tomatoes and a jalapeno pepper for a touch of spiciness to balance out the rich sauce.
This soup is so substantial, just add some crusty bread and you have a meal!
Is is one of my favorite meals to serve when we are experiencing a camping themed Christmas in a location with really cold weather.
In addition to enjoying warm comfort foods, wear winter camping clothes to protect your body from dangerously bitter temperatures.
Do you want to eat your warm and hearty meals with a spoon or fork? You have the choice with this one pot dinner that combines chicken, potatoes and carrots. Cook it till the chicken is done and there is still some broth in the pot for a stew-type texture … cook it a little longer and let the broth reduce for a meal you eat on a plate with a fork.
It does not have to be difficult to make chicken pot pie at the campsite. This yummy recipe uses only an upper crust that is made really simply by using refrigerator biscuits and frozen mixed veggies that are already chopped for you!
You want a fork-tender pot roast on your cold weather camping trips? This one is FANTASTIC … and it is easy too!
You’ll love this family-friendly jambalaya featuring a thick tomato sauce that is not too spicy. You can prep most of this meal at home so cooking is quick at the campsite. The chicken, sausage and shrimp are beautifully served over a bed of fluffy rice.
Have a Mexican feast with these delicious chicken enchiladas!
This spaghetti cooks right in the sauce so you don’t have to separately boil the pasta!
If you are feeding a crowd, this gumbo is worth the effort!
These simple hobo packets cook in only 20 minutes over your campfire!
This quick and simple Dijon mustard sauce turns a regular piece of chicken into a yummy entrée.
These beer brats, onions, peppers and potatoes in a yummy beef broth are quick and easy to prep in only 5 minutes!
Forget about black beans, this white chili uses turkey and white beans with Mexican spices to create a fabulously flavorful campfire chili meal!
If you don’t want to cook outside, recipes like this chili can be made inside on an camper’s stove top. Get more winter RV tips for your next cold-weather adventure!
One pot meals made over a campfire are comforting and cozy for cold weather trips!
51. Hobo Casserole
This hobo meal is a no-frills, good old fashioned American comfort food dinner. It’s a giant ground beef patty topped with onions, potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, cheese and French fried onions, then, baked till bubbly and golden brown.
Goulash sound old-fashioned and boring? Not this one! It is easy and totally flavorful!
You might think you left your campsite to dine at a nice Italian restaurant when you enjoy this stuffed manicotti dinner! It is so good but made easy for camping!
Good, old-fashioned chicken and rice! This recipe is made easy for the campsite WITHOUT using canned soup!
Add a little extra heat to your winter meals with some curry and a few red pepper flakes!
You really can’t have too many chili recipes for your cold-weather trips! This version of white chili uses cubed chicken breast meat and great Northern beans as its base. The Mexican flavors come from cumin, green chiles and cilantro while the thick and creamy texture is simply achieved with cream cheese.
These homemade meatballs are a little extra work but totally worth it. The touch of red wine in the sauce creates a wonderful depth of flavor for the sauce and the meatballs that simmer to an amazing tender texture.
One-pot Dutch oven dinners are really nice for wintertime campfire cooking! These pork chops turn into an Italian feast as they cook with rice and a bit of onion, garlic, oregano, bell pepper and tomatoes.
Take a hot grilled sandwich and add a side of mac and cheese to make a nice warm dinner.
This is one of my favorite hot or cold weather camping recipes. In the summertime I grill these skewers on my charcoal or propane camp grill. In the winter and fall seasons I grill the kabobs directly over hot campfire coals using a nicely-flavored hardwood, like mesquite or oak.
The chicken, onions, bell pepper, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes marinate in a prepared salad dressing for about 4 hours so I prep in the morning, take a half-day hike and cook when I get back to camp.
This ooey, gooey, cheesy, bacon sandwich is easy to make, watch our VIDEO to see how. It’s great as a main dish or as a “soup & sandwich” combo.
I’ve made a simple camp-friendly version of this one-pot classic Italian comfort food. It only takes 10 minutes to prep and you’ll be cooking!
This classic cottage pie requires minimal prep work and bakes the meat and veggies together in one pot.
Appetizers And Snacks
You won’t believe how scrumptious this simple snack recipe tastes!
WARNING: This camping appetizer can spoil your dinner appetite … you can’t stop eating it!
Hot rich and creamy potatoes are always a welcome treat especially when topped with two types of cheeses.
These cast iron baked beans feature hamburger, bacon and 5 different beans! A hot bowl of beans is the perfect pairing for sandwiches, grilled meats and BBQ ribs.
We have so many different chili recipes, and, a few cornbread options too. This easy one has classic flavors and is made with cornmeal and canned cream style corn.
Cornbread pairs well with chili and the leftovers make a tasty snack!
Veggie foil packs make a great side dish or main dish for vegetarians!
These potatoes feature a bit of onion, garlic, bell pepper, butter, salt and pepper that cook in a foil packet directly over a campfire or camp grill!
Nothing says warm and cozy like a big helping of the ultimate comfort food … mac and cheese!
Just dump and bake this easy campfire recipe to enjoy a super-simple dessert recipe that’s almost no effort at all and will satisfy your sweet tooth!
These oooey, gooey brownies are served warm and they are extraordinarily delectable! The marshmallows puff-up and get toasted to a nice golden brown color … all without the use of cooking sticks! You par-bake the brownies then add the marshmallow and graham cracker mixture to complete this sweet treat the whole family will love!
This cake is our family’s choice when it comes to celebrating our birthdays on camping trips!
Try the Tropical Therapy s’more variation and you’ll see why it is my absolute favorite!
Non-Perishable Foods For Winter Months
It’s not necessary to have a warm meal to maintain your body temperature on a cold day. It is a good idea to stock your camp kitchen with the type of foods that produce body heat. Eat food that is high in fiber and made from complex carbohydrates. Your body digests those foods slower, and in turn, generates heat in your body. Consider packing these items for your outdoor adventures in winter weather.
- Root vegetables
- Instant oatmeal
- Instant rice
- Energy bars
- Trail mix
- Granola bars
- Cliff bars
If you don’t do a lot of campfire cooking, you might need a few pointers.
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Winter Destination Ideas
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