Easy And Delicious Camping Meals: Five Ingredients or Less

By Emily Leikam on February 16, 2024
16 min read

Camping is an adventure that brings families and friends closer to nature. One of the highlights of any camping trip is the food. Preparing easy camping meals that are both delicious and require minimal ingredients can enhance the overall experience. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a newbie, this guide will introduce you to some of the best camping food ideas that won't break the bank or require extensive prep time. With these recipes that are all just five ingredients or less, you'll discover that camping meal ideas can be both simple and satisfying.

Key Takeaways

  • Discover easy camping dinners that require five ingredients or less.
  • Learn about campfire meals that can be prepared with minimal equipment.
  • Find out how to make easy camping meals for family gatherings or solo trips.
  • Explore easy camping food ideas that are both nutritious and delicious.
  • Get tips on camping food storage and safety to ensure your meals remain fresh.

Before You Start

Before embarking on your camping adventure, it's always a good idea to plan ahead. This not only involves selecting your camping meal ideas but also making sure you have the tools needed for your outdoor kitchen.

What Essential Cooking Items Do I Need?

When it comes to easy camping recipes, the tools you use can make a significant difference. A camp stove or an open fire can be your best friend, allowing you to whip up easy campfire meals in no time. Don't forget the basics like a cast iron skillet, which is perfect for campfire cooking, or a dutch oven for those one-pot wonders. If you're looking to make camping meals easy, consider investing in a foil packet. These are great for creating individual meals that can be thrown onto the fire and require minimal cleanup. 

Here’s a simple list of items to consider bringing with on your camping trips:

  • Pots and pans 
  • Spatulas 
  • Camp stove 
  • Propane 
  • Lighter
  • Plates
  • Utensils 
  • Sharp knife 
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper 
  • Seasoning 
  • Sponge or dishrag 
  • Biodegradable soap  
  • Aluminum foil 

How Should I Wash My Dishes While Camping?

Washing dishes outdoors can be tricky without the usual amenities. But unless you're making all your campfire meals in aluminum foil, you'll have some cleaning to do. Use eco-friendly soap that won't harm nature, and bring along a durable sponge and dishcloth. While you could use paper towels, they aren't the most sustainable choice. On sunny or windy days,  just let the dishes air-dry and they'll be ready in no time!

sliced apples and nuts mixed with oats in blue bowl
Oatmeal (or yogurt) with apples, nuts and cinnamon makes a tasty camp breakfast. Photo by Gaby Yerden (cropped).

Camping Breakfast

Starting your day with a hearty breakfast is essential, especially when you're out in the wilderness. The energy from a good meal can fuel your adventures for the day. Here are some easy camping recipes that are perfect for breakfast and require minimal ingredients:

Super Simple Pancakes

Pancakes are a classic breakfast choice. With just a few basic ingredients, you can whip up a batch in no time, making it one of the simple camping meals to start your day.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • Butter or oil for frying
  • Maple syrup or honey for topping
  • Fresh fruits (optional)

How to Make:

Mix the flour, eggs and milk in a bowl until there are no clumps. Heat your cast iron skillet or pan over the campfire or stove and add butter. Pour in some batter, cook until bubbles form on the surface, flip and cook the other side. Serve with your choice of toppings.

French Toast

This easy breakfast option is both delicious and filling. Using just a few ingredients, you can have a breakfast fit for a king. 


  • Bread slices
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Maple syrup or honey for topping

How to Make:

Whisk together eggs, milk and cinnamon. Dip each bread slice into the mixture, ensuring both sides are coated. Cook on a preheated skillet until golden brown on both sides. Drizzle with syrup or honey.

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a nutritious and easy camping food option that will help you stay full and give you the energy needed to go hiking. Adding cinnamon and apples gives it that special touch, making it one of those easy camping meals for 2 or more.


  • Instant oats
  • Water or milk
  • Apples, diced
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey or sugar for sweetness

How to Make:

First, boil water or milk. Add oats, diced apples and cinnamon. Cook until the oats are soft. Serve with a drizzle of honey or a sprinkle of sugar.

Breakfast Burritos

These are perfect for those who want a savory start to their day. Almost everybody loves a breakfast burrito, and they're easy camping meals for family gatherings that can be customized based on preferences. 


  • Tortillas
  • Eggs
  • Cheese, grated
  • Avocado
  • Sausage or bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Salsa or hot sauce (optional)

How to Make:

Cook your meat first, then scramble the eggs in a skillet. Lay out a tortilla, add a portion of the scrambled eggs, some cheese, sliced avocado, and your choice of meat. Roll up the burrito, and add a to the skillet for one more minute to melt the cheese and warm the tortilla. Enjoy with some salsa or hot sauce.

Breakfast Frittata

A frittata is an easy campfire meal that’s packed with protein. Just mix in any veggies or meats you have, and you're set.


  • Eggs
  • Cheese, grated
  • Veggies (bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, etc.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sausage or bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)

How to Make:

Whisk the eggs and pour them into a heated skillet. Add your choice of veggies and meats. Cook until the eggs are set, sprinkle cheese on top and cover until the cheese melts.

woman in KÜHL jacket cutting vegetables while camping
Cooking in the outdoors is fun and enjoyable if you know what you're doing. Products shown: W's Travrse™ Pullover, Airspeed™ LS.

Camping Lunch

Lunch is the perfect time to refuel during your camping adventures. Whether you've been hiking, fishing or just relaxing by the campfire, these easy camping lunches will keep you energized for the rest of the day.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

There's nothing like a classic grilled cheese sandwich, especially when it's cooked over an open fire. This easy campfire food is both comforting and delicious.


  • Bread slices
  • Butter
  • Cheese slices

How to Make: 

Butter the outer sides of the bread slices. Place a slice of cheese between two slices of bread. Grill on a skillet or directly on a grill grate until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Simple Salad

For those looking for a lighter and healthier option, a simple salad is an easy camping meal that requires no cooking. And, if you’re knowledgeable in edible plants, you could even add some greens from the forest! 


  • Mixed greens or lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumber slices
  • Your choice of dressing
  • Optional toppings: nuts, seeds, cheese, or grilled chicken

How to Make:

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with your favorite dressing and enjoy!

Grilled Corn on The Cob

Corn on the cob is a classic campfire meal that's both sweet and savory.


  • Fresh corn on the cob
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Tajin or ground cayenne for heat (optional)

How to Make: 

Peel the corn and place it directly on the grill or campfire grate. Rotate occasionally until all sides are charred. Slather with butter and sprinkle with salt.

Veggie Wraps

These are a quick and easy camping lunch that's both refreshing and filling.


  • Tortilla wraps or lettuce wraps
  • Hummus 
  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Baby spinach

How to Make: 

Spread hummus on a tortilla. Lay out the spinach leaves and add the sliced veggies. Roll up the wrap and enjoy!

Classic PB&J

You can't go wrong with a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It's an easy camp food that's loved by both kids and adults.


  • Bread slices
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly or jam of your choice

How to Make:

Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread and jelly on the other. Press the slices together and enjoy!

two pieces of bread on a pink plate with brown butter and jelly on them
Pack them up in a ziplock and you're ready to go! Peanut butter & jelly sandwich by Matias Garabedian.


Quesadillas make for a quick and delicious campfire meal. With gooey cheese, your choice of protein and a golden-brown tortilla, they're both satisfying and easy to whip up.


  • Tortillas
  • Shredded cheddar cheese 
  • Cooked chicken or beans for protein
  • Sliced vegetables (like bell peppers & onions)
  • Salsa or guacamole for serving

How to Make:

Lay a tortilla flat on a skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on one half of the tortilla. Add your choice of protein and sliced vegetables. Fold the tortilla in half, pressing down gently. Cook until the bottom is golden brown, then flip and cook the other side until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy. Serve with salsa or guacamole.

Dutch Oven Nachos

Dutch Oven Nachos take campfire snacking to the next level. Layered with crunchy chips, melted cheese and your preferred toppings, they're a hearty treat that's perfect for sharing around the fire, making it a good camping meal for groups


  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese (a mix of cheddar and Monterey Jack is great)
  • Black beans or cooked ground beef
  • Jalapeños, sliced
  • Salsa, sour cream, and guacamole for topping

How to Make:

Layer the bottom of the Dutch oven with tortilla chips. Sprinkle a layer of cheese over the chips. Add beans or meat and jalapeños. Repeat the layers until the Dutch oven is filled. Place the lid on the Dutch oven and cook over a campfire or grill for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Top with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole before serving.

Campfire Potatoes

Campfire Potatoes bring the earthy flavors of the outdoors right to your plate. With their crispy edges and soft centers, seasoned to perfection, they're the quintessential side for any campsite feast.


  • Potatoes, sliced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Onions, sliced
  • Butter or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: herbs like rosemary or thyme

How to Make:

Lay out a large piece of aluminum foil. Place the sliced potatoes, garlic, and onions in the center. Drizzle with butter or olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and optional herbs. Fold the foil into a packet, sealing the edges tightly. Place the packet on a grill or directly on campfire coals for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Open carefully and serve hot.

Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

Chicken and Veggie Kabobs are the perfect blend of juicy grilled chicken and colorful, crunchy vegetables. Skewered and seasoned, they offer a tasty mix of flavors and textures, making them a must-have for any campfire cookout.


  • Chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • Bell peppers, cut into chunks
  • Onions, cut into chunks
  • Zucchini, sliced
  • Marinade: olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper

How to Make:

In a bowl, mix the marinade ingredients and add the chicken chunks. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes. Thread the marinated chicken and veggies onto skewers. Grill over a campfire turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve hot with a side of rice or salad.

man in white hat and plaid shirt making food on camping grill
Mix the eggs and the vegetables in a delicious, warm meal for a fine start to your day. Products shown: Styk™, Rustik Born™ Trucker.

Camping Dinner

After a long day of outdoor activities, there's nothing like sitting down to a hearty dinner by the campfire. These easy camping dinner ideas are perfect for satisfying your hunger and recharging for the next day's adventures:

Hot Dogs

A camping staple, the hot dog is one of those classic picnic ideas that's loved by both kids and adults, alike!


  • Hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.)

How to Make: 

Skewer the hot dogs and grill them over the campfire until they're cooked to your liking. Place them in the buns and add your favorite condiments.

Chicken Skewers

Grilled chicken skewers are a delicious and easy camping food that can be customized with various marinades and seasonings, perfect for those looking for camping recipes easy to follow.


  • Chicken pieces
  • Skewers (wooden or metal)
  • Marinade or seasoning of choice

How to Make:

Marinate the chicken pieces for a few hours or overnight. Skewer the chicken and grill over the campfire until fully cooked.

Fish Filets

If you've been fishing during your camping trip, grilling fresh fish filets is an easy food for camping that's both tasty and rewarding. 


  • Fresh fish filets
  • Lemon slices
  • Herbs (like dill or parsley)
  • Salt and pepper

How to Make:

Season the fish filets with salt, pepper, and herbs. Grill them over the campfire, adding lemon slices for extra flavor. Serve over a bed of rice or alone and enjoy!

Veggie Packs

For a vegetarian option, these veggie packs are a flavorful and easy camping dinner.


  • Mixed veggies (bell peppers, onions, zucchini, etc.)
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings (garlic powder, Italian seasoning, etc.)
  • Aluminum foil

How to Make: 

Toss the veggies in olive oil and seasonings. Wrap them in aluminum foil and place them on the campfire grill. Cook until the veggies are tender.

Dutch Oven Pizza

Pizza in the woods? Absolutely! This easy campfire recipe brings the joy of pizza to your campsite.


  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Cheese
  • Toppings of choice

How to Make: 

Spread out the pizza dough in a Dutch oven. Add sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Cover and cook over the campfire until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted.

burned potato on tin foil
After a long day in nature, who wouldn't like a hot, mouthwatering baked potato right out of the campfire? Photo by Martin Cathrae.

Bean and Rice Burritos

A filling and easy camp dinners, these burritos are both nutritious and delicious.


  • Tortillas
  • Cooked rice
  • Canned black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salsa
  • Shredded cheese
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, guacamole, jalapeños

How to Make: 

Lay out a tortilla wrap. In the center, add a scoop of rice, beans, salsa, and cheese. Fold the sides in and roll up the burrito. Grill on a campfire grate until the outside is crispy and the inside is warm.


Tacos are a versatile and easy campfire meal that can be customized to everyone's liking.


  • Taco shells or tortillas
  • Cooked ground beef or chicken
  • Taco seasoning
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, salsa or diced tomatoes, jalapeños

How to Make: 

Cook the meat with taco seasoning. Fill taco shells or tortillas with meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. Add any additional toppings as desired.


A warm and comforting dish, this is a perfect meal for cooler nights.


  • Canned chickpeas or chicken pieces
  • Curry paste or powder
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Vegetables (bell peppers, onions, tomatoes)
  • Rice for serving

How to Make: 

In a pot, sauté the vegetables until soft. Add the chickpeas or chicken and curry paste or powder. Pour in the coconut milk and simmer until everything is cooked through. Serve over rice.

Spaghetti with Marinara

A classic dish that's loved by all, spaghetti is one of those easy meals for camping that's both filling and delicious.


  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Marinara sauce (canned or homemade)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: cooked ground beef or meatballs

How to Make:

Cook the spaghetti noodles in boiling water until al dente. Heat the marinara sauce in a separate pot. If using, add cooked ground beef or meatballs to the sauce. Serve the sauce over the noodles and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

One-Pot Soup

This might be one of the easiest camping meals as you just throw everything in a pot of broth and let it cook. It’s perfect for warming up on a chilly evening.


  • Mixed vegetables (carrots, celery, onions, garlic, broccoli.)
  • Broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
  • Protein choice (chicken pieces, beef chunks, or beans)
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, herbs)
  • Optional: noodles or rice

How to Make: 

Pour in the broth, veggies, protein, and bring to a boil. If using, add noodles or rice and cook until done. Adjust seasonings to taste. Check for when the veggies are tender but it should take around 15 minutes to cook.

two climbers grilling kebabs in outdoors
The pre-made kebabs are warm, delicious and ready in no time! Product shown: Renegade™ Rock Pant, KÜHL Engineered™ Krew.

Camping Desserts

After a long day of adventures, there's nothing like sitting around the campfire with a sweet treat in hand. These desserts are easy campfire recipes that anyone can create with minimal effort.

Fruit Salad

A refreshing and healthy dessert option, fruit salad is a great way to enjoy a mix of your favorite fruits while camping.


  • Mixed fruits (strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, watermelon, etc.)
  • Honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • Lemon or lime juice (optional)

How to Make: 

Chop all the fruits into bite-sized pieces and mix them in a large bowl. If desired, drizzle with honey or maple syrup for added sweetness. You can also sprinkle some fresh mint leaves and a splash of lemon or lime juice for a zesty flavor.


The quintessential camping dessert, s'mores are a gooey and delicious treat that's loved by all.


  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate bars

How to Make: 

Place a piece of chocolate on one half of a graham cracker. Roast a marshmallow over the campfire until it's golden brown and gooey. Place the roasted marshmallow on top of the chocolate and sandwich with the other half of the graham cracker. Press gently and enjoy!

Cinnamon Rolls

A sweet and sticky treat, these cinnamon rolls can be easily made over a campfire.


  • Pre-made cinnamon roll dough (can be store-bought)
  • Butter or cooking spray
  • Aluminum foil

How to Make: 

Unroll the cinnamon roll dough and spread a little butter or cooking spray on each piece. Roll them back up and wrap each roll in aluminum foil. Place the wrapped rolls on a campfire grate and cook for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until they're golden brown and cooked through.

Banana Boats

A fun and customizable dessert, banana boats are both delicious and easy to make.


  • Bananas
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Additional fillings (peanut butter, caramel sauce, crushed graham crackers, etc.)

How to Make: 

Make a slit in the banana, ensuring not to cut all the way through. Stuff the banana with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and any other desired fillings. Wrap the stuffed banana in aluminum foil and place it on the campfire grate. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate and marshmallows have melted.

Peach Cobbler

This classic dessert is a delightful way to end a day of camping.


  • Canned peach slices (drained)
  • Boxed yellow cake mix
  • Butter (sliced)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Aluminum foil or Dutch oven

How to Make: 

In a Dutch oven or a foil-lined pan, layer the peach slices at the bottom. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the peaches. Place slices of butter on top of the cake mix and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Cover with a lid or another piece of foil. Place the container on the campfire grate and cook for about 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the peaches are bubbly.

Final Thoughts

Camping is not just about reconnecting with nature, but also about enjoying the simple pleasures of life. One of those pleasures is the joy of cooking and eating outdoors. With the right recipes and a bit of preparation, you can turn your campsite into a gourmet kitchen. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a newbie, these easy and delicious meals will ensure that you eat well under the stars. Remember, the best camping meals are not just about sustenance, but also about the memories you create while sharing them with loved ones.


What are easy foods to take camping?

Easy foods to take camping include pre-made sandwiches, canned soups, trail mix, fruits and granola bars. These require minimal preparation and are perfect for on-the-go. For more easy camping meal ideas check out this list of nutritious hiking food.

What camping food won't spoil?

Camping food that won’t spoil includes non-perishable items like canned goods, dried fruits, nuts and packaged snacks. Additionally, instant noodles, jerky and vacuum-sealed pouches of tuna or chicken have a long shelf life.

What food can you cook over a fire?

Over a fire, you can cook a variety of foods such as skewered meats, fish, vegetables, corn on the cob and even bread. Foil packet meals, where ingredients are wrapped in aluminum foil, are also popular for campfire cooking.

Can you grill in a tent?

No, you should never grill in a tent. Grilling inside a tent poses serious fire and carbon monoxide risks. Always grill in an open area away from flammable materials.

How do I make a camping meal plan?

To make a camping meal plan, start with a camping checklist. Then consider the number of days you'll be camping and the meals you'll need. Consider easy-to-cook recipes, the availability of ingredients and storage. Plan for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and always pack some extra food for emergencies.

What is a backpack meal?

A backpack meal is a pre-packaged, lightweight and easy-to-cook meal designed for hikers and backpackers. These meals are often freeze-dried or dehydrated and just require adding hot water to prepare.

Emily Leikam
Emily Leikam

Emily is an avid traveler and has been all around the world from Alaska and Iceland to Peru and Bali. Her home base is Nashville, TN and when not traveling you can find her hiking, practicing yoga or cooking/baking!


Get all the news right in your mail