Don’t let these camping food ideas pass you by! One great part of camping is being able to eat all that amazing camping food!!!
Summer is here and that means it finally camping season, and we’re raring to go- armed with lots of camping tips! But if you’re tired of the same old campfire meals (hot dogs, anyone?), you’re not alone. We’ve found 28 totally irresistible camping food ideas that you’ll love — everything from quick breakfasts to decadent desserts! Just be sure to keep the s’mores on the menu, or you’ll have some very unhappy campers.
Even if you’re not heading out to the wild outdoors, some of these camping menu ideas would work for those backyard adventures. From family gatherings to neighborhood BBQs, these foods are sure to be crow-pleasers!
Camping Food Ideas That’ll Impress Your Friends and Family
1. Hot Dogs on a Stick.
Ditch those hot dog buns and make these hot dogs on a stick. They are convenient, tasty, and finger-licking good. I love doing quick meals like this that are less messy and easy to make.
2. Foil Chicken and Pineapple Camp Meal
Grilled Pineapple Chicken tastes like a gourmet meal from the comfort of your campfire. Just look at those juicy pineapple chunks and pepper pieces!
3. Campfire S’mores With Fruit
Take your S’mores to the next level by adding strawberry slices or pineapple, or banana or raspberries. Any fruit you can imagine with chocolate, it will taste AMAZING toasted on a s’more – trust us! You’ll never go back.
4. Grilled Fruit Cones
Instead of s’mores with graham crackers – use an icecream cone. This cone was filled with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and fruit, then wrapped in foil before being grilled, its the BEST tradition EVER!!
5. Fire Toasted Banana Boats
For something sweet (and at least kind of healthy), make banana boats. Bananas stuffed with chocolate and marshmallows… what could be better?
6. Foil-Wrapped, Fire-Grilled Corn
This is by far my FAVORITE way to eat corn. Grilled corn is the perfect accompaniment to any campfire dinner. Smokey, salty, and sweet all in one veggie. Butter your corn, wrap it in foil and place it on charcoals for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the heat of your fire. YUM!
7. Foil Packet Chili Fries
This triple-tested meal is to DIE for! Seriously, EASY. When you are camping you want EASY. And the kids LOVE it and gobble it up with zero complaints. Promise, the Campfire Chili Cheese Fries are even better than the version you’ll get at a restaurant. Yum.
8. Wrapped Warm Sandwiches
The easiest meal EVER. Sandwiches, meat, cheese – wrap them in foil until the cheese melts. It would be like 5 minutes flat from idea to ready to eat1 Kids and adults alike love super cheesy recipes. Try these Cheesy Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches on your next camping trip!
9. Breakfast Outdoors – French Toast
Make breakfast for a crowd easily with this scrumptious Campfire French Toast recipe. You can slice the break and have the eggs already made ahead of time to make this an easy meal.
10. French Toast on a Stick
Don’t want the foil french toast?? There is a little harder version, but definitely more fun! Campfire Cinnamon Rollups would make a great breakfast or dessert.
11. Breakfast Camp Tacos
These Make Ahead Breakfast Tacos don’t need to be prepped at the campsite. Make them before your trip and warm them up over the fire. You can’t get much easier than that.
12. Foil-Packed Macaroni and Cheese
Camping Mac and Cheese is divine. It gets a thin layer of crispy cheese on top, and the ooey, gooey, stretchy cheese will just make your day!
via Lauren’s Latest
13. Spicey Foil-Wrapped Hot Dogs
Instead of grilling hotdogs, spice it up with peppers, onions and sliced potatoes. You’ll love these! It just isn’t summer camping without some hot dogs, but these Foil Packet Hot Dogs pack a lot more flavor than simple hot dogs on a bun.
via Growing Up Gabel
14. Kabobs!! Hot Grilled Dinner!!
Marinate pieces of steak and fresh veggies the day before to prep these amazing Steak Kabobs. They’re real crowd-pleasers.
via Just a Pinch
15. Foil Packet Chicken
Santa Fe Chicken Packets pack lots of veggies and cheese into one yummy dish that the whole family will love. Plus, it’s a really affordable meal!
via Spend With Pennies
16. Kid-Loved Cheesy Fries
Or how about some Grilled Foil-Pack Cheesy Fries with bacon and green onions? Serve them with sour cream or ranch… yum!
17. 25 Min Charcoal Grilled Wings.
Wings make a great campfire food, and these Jerk Chicken Wings are super easy and ready in 25 minutes. Fun. Fast. Guaranteed to be a family favorite.
via Food Network
Enjoy an appetizer around the campfire with crusty bread and a big batch of Campfire Spinach Dip.
via Twin Dragonfly Designs
If you prefer lighter fare, Whole Wheat Pasta in Foil Packets may be right up your alley. You can cook the pasta at home to make meal prep even easier.
A simple skillet dessert will make campfire cooking so much easier. Try these Skillet S’more Brownies on for size. You’ll make them again and again!
via Satori Designs
Even More Tasty Camping Menu Ideas
I am a huge fan of monkey bread, but to make it while camping takes a new technique. Try this campfire monkey bread that is perfect and easy for cooking while you are roughing it outdoors.
If you own a dutch oven this is a must make, it is a dutch oven dutch baby. This dutch baby is smothered in berries and will be devoured as soon as the family smells the delicious fragrance. If you are not aware a dutch baby is also called a german pancake. They are very delicious and offer a certain amount of sweetness and the berries on top make this a home run.
Another great breakfast option is this campfire blueberry peach french toast. You use chunks of diced up bread and create a casserole style french toast that will wow your entire family, and make the whole campground dreaming they were eating breakfast with you guys.
This skillet campfire dinner is very hearty and filling. You have the rich smoked sausage, cubed potatoes, seasonings, veggies and more to create a one-pot dish to please the whole family. These are great to make because you can make this whole dish in one single pan, which is perfect when you are out camping.
You can’t go camping without some campfire nachos! You have the tortilla chips topped with tons of ooey gooey cheese, beans, and you can’t forget the delicious toppings. Each cheap will be smothered in toppings, and they are finger licking good.
Growing up when we camped we always had cinnamon buns, here is a classic camping breakfast option that makes it easy to serve up to your family. You can make cinnamon buns in an orange peel, not only will it amaze the kids, but the orange gives the buns a little hint of citrus.
Dump cakes are not only great to make when you are at home. They are the perfect camping food idea. This blueberry dump cake is perfection, you have the rich blueberries with the perfect cake topping. I highly recommend this recipe for your next camping trip.
These birthday cake s’mores are enough to make you forget all about regular s’mores altogether! They are seriously that good!!!!
Everyone loves camp food. But a change of pace from time to time is nice. What’s even more amazing is there are ways to eat camp food and still be healthy!! Which recipes are you excited to try?
Even more tips for packing great camping food!
If you’re eating all these great camping foods, remember some of these awesome tips as well!
- Arrive at your campsite and then head to the store and buy groceries. It’s less to pack and keep cold while you’re setting up camp.
- Experiment with your recipes. It’s amazing how ANYTHING tastes good over the campfire!
- Make certain that you use things to light your fire that is okay to eat over.
- Pack paper plates for your camping trip to eat off. That way, you can recycle to leave less trace!