35 Easy Camping Menu Ideas for Your Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cooking outdoors is a real thrill, and it is also an opportunity for you to try doing something a bit different. 

There are a wide range of camping menu ideas for you to explore, from simple one-pot stews to inventive baking on the fire.

Having limited ingredients available encourages you to get creative and enjoy the challenge of campfire cooking with less!

What Are The Best Types of Food For Camping Recipes? 

So what is an ideal selection of staple foods to take with you on a camping trip? 

Firstly, you want the majority of your food to be non-perishable. Unless you are camping with a fully equipped RV, you won’t have access to a fridge. Focus on bringing a basic selection of foods that don’t need to be kept cold for any length of time. If you want to enjoy cooking meat, fish and other fresh foods, plan to do this during your first night or two of camping.

Top 10 basic foods should be in your camping foods list

Here are our suggestions for the top 10 basic foods to pack for your camping trip: 

  • Pasta & noodles
  • Couscous & quinoa
  • Sachets or tins of fish
  • Wraps & tortillas
  • Oats & cereals
  • Sachets of or jars of pasta sauce
  • Chorizo or preserved sausage
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Dried fruits
  • Eggs

If you want to know everything you need to pack for your camping, check this ultimate camping checklist.

Additional Tips For Food Ideas When Camping With A Car

Heading to a campsite with your car means you can take a wide range of food without worrying about weight restrictions.

  • Pack a cooler or two

A cooler will allow you to take meat and fish to enjoy on the first night or two of your trip. Store fresh fruit and vegetables in a second cooler to avoid cross contamination. 

  • Get organized and well storage

Having all your food carefully packed and organized will make a big difference to the ease and enjoyment of your mealtime. Store all your dried goods in a large plastic box, and keep your oils and other liquids separately in another box. Prepare bags of chopped fruit and vegetables in advance. Have a rough outline of your meal plan for every day that you are away – if you are not camping close to shops, take time to ensure that you have sufficient food. 

  • Bring your favorite spices

No matter how simple you might choose to keep your campsite cooking, don’t forget the salt and pepper! It is also a good idea to bring a selection of your favorite herbs and spices. These will allow you to enjoy the taste of even the most basic campsite dishes.

Extra Hints For Food Cooking Whilst Wild Camping

Your main priority when wild camping is going to be keeping your backpack light, but this needs to be balanced with getting sufficient nutritional value and energy from your meals. 

  • Plan for plenty of one-pot meals!

You will probably be doing all of your cooking with a single pan on a single stove. You’ll certainly enjoy having only the most minimal dish washing to do! Prepare yourself with food suitable for making lots of satisfying one-pot recipes like the ones we are going to share with you below.

  • Choose high-calorie foods

The food that you choose needs to provide you with plenty of fuel for the exercise that you are doing – hiking and wild camping can burn a lot of calories. Nuts and seeds are a great, nutrient-dense choice for snacking and adding to porridge or cereals in the morning. Pack extra cereal bars and nut butter for quick a quick energy boost whilst on the go.

  • Select the low volume, lightweight foods

Pick foods that are not bulky, and avoid heavy containers such as glass jars. Dehydrated and freeze-dried foods designed especially for campers and hikers are a good option for keeping your pack weight down.

  • Repackage your ingredients

Repackage all of your food into lightweight resealable plastic bags. Cutting down on wrappers and excess packaging can make a big difference to the total weight of the food you need to carry. 

Quick And Easy Camping Meals!

And now we move onto our best selection of quick and easy camping recipes! We’ve provided you with plenty of ideas and tips for simple but tasty one-pot cooking, as well as some more in-depth and detailed recipes for you to explore. We’ve included a simple health rating, with 5 stars being super healthy and 1 star being a naughty treat….

We’ve chosen recipes that are easy to prepare, fast to cook and involve a small number of ingredients. Many can be added to and made more elaborate as you become more comfortable with camp cooking!

Tasty and Easy Camping Recipes for Breakfast

#1 Breakfast Burritos

Health rating: 5 stars! 

Roasted Vegetable Burritos for camping breakfast
source from Food republic

Suitable for: wild camping, campfire, RV camping, families with kids, large groups.

Equipment needed: grill, open fire or camping stove, saucepan or skillet, chopping board, knife, spatula or wooden spoon. Cutlery and bowls or plates for serving.

Ingredients – serves 2 people

  • 2 wraps 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • A generous pinch of paprika or dried chilli flakes
  • Grated cheese 
  • Butter or cooking oil

Cooking Instructions

  1. Fry the vegetables in butter or oil over medium-high heat until they are softening.
  2. Add the spices. 
  3. Crack the eggs directly into the vegetable mix and stir fry all the ingredients together until the eggs are cooked. 
  4. Divide the mixture in half and place inside your wraps. 
  5. Add a generous handful of grated cheese (or use cream cheese if you  prefer).
  6. If you want your burritos extra hot, wrap them in foil and place them in the embers of your fire to enjoy really melted cheese!

#2 Quinoa, Cinnamon And Apple Porridge

Health rating: 5 stars! 

Quinoa, Cinnamon And Apple Porridge for camping breakfast

Suitable for: wild camping, campfire, RV camping, family with kids, large groups.

Equipment needed: open fire or camping stove, saucepan, chopping board, knife, spatula or wooden spoon. Cutlery and bowls or plates for serving.

Ingredients – serves 2 people

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2  cups of water
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp walnuts
  • 1 finely chopped or grated apple 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 

Cooking Instructions

  1. Place quinoa and water in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins or until the quinoa is tender
  2. Add the apple, raisins and cinnamon towards the end of the cooking time. 
  3. Serve sprinkled with walnuts.

#3 Easy-peasy Campfire French Toast

Health rating: 2 stars

Easy-peasy Campfire French Toast
Source from Mnn

Suitable for: wild camping, campfire, RV camping, families with kids, large groups.

Equipment needed: grill, open fire or camping stove, skillet or frying pan, chopping board, knife, spatula or wooden spoon. Cutlery and bowls or plates for serving.

Ingredients – serves 2 people

  • 4 thick slices of toast
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/tsp of vanilla extract (if you have it) 
  • A little butter or cooking oil

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large shallow dish, beat the eggs until uniform. 
  2. Add the milk, sugar and vanilla essence if you have it, then mix well. 
  3. Dip a slice of bread in the egg mixture and let it soak for around 10 seconds (or longer if the bread is not fresh).
  4. Let the excess liquid run off, and sprinkle with a little more sugar if you like. 
  5. Add cooking oil or a little butter to your skillet or frying pan.
  6. Add a slice of bread and cook for around 3 minutes on each side, until crispy and golden. 
  7. Repeat until you are out of bread!

#4 Halloumi Sandwich

Health rating: 4 stars

halloumi sandwich for camping breakfast
Source from iHeat vegetables

Suitable for: wild camping, campfire, RV camping, families with kids, large groups.

Equipment needed: grill, open fire or camping stove, saucepan, chopping board, knife, spatula or wooden spoon. Plates for serving.

Ingredients – serves 2 people

  • 1 sliced tomato
  • 1/2 small sliced onion
  • 4 thick slices of halloumi
  • 4 slices of crusty bread

Cooking Instructions

  1. Fry or grill the slices of halloumi until crispy, around 3 minutes for each side. 
  2. Butter your slices of bread or drizzle olive oil onto them as you prefer. 
  3. Arrange the halloumi, sliced onion and sliced tomato into the slices of crusty bread.
  4. Eat!

#5 Chorizo Omelette

Health rating: 4 stars

Chorizo Omelette for camping breakfast
Source from Healthy recipes blogs

Suitable for: wild camping, campfire, RV camping, families with kids, large groups.

Equipment needed: grill, open fire or camping stove, saucepan, chopping board, knife, spatula or wooden spoon. Cutlery and bowls or plates for serving.

Ingredients – serves 2 people

  • 4 eggs
  • A handful of chopped chorizo
  • A handful of grated cheese
  • A little butter
  • Dried paprika

Cooking Instructions

  1. Beat together the eggs with the paprika in a bowl.
  2. Heat some butter in a skillet or frying pan.
  3. Add the egg mix and scatter the chorizo over the top, and salt to taste. 
  4. Cook until the egg is set and the top of the omelette is starting to dry. 
  5. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the omelette and fold it in half. 
  6. Remove from the heat and place the omelette onto a plate to allow the cheese to finish melting before you serve it.