Camping is a great way to bond with friends and family while enjoying the fresh air and amazing views of the great outdoors. When planning for a camping trip, one of the biggest question marks usually surrounds what kinds of meals you will be having. Cooking in the camp site can be a tedious (and messy) task. In fact, some people might avoid camping all-together because they dread the cooking part. Here you’ll find a list of “make ahead” camping meals we’ve created. Now you can save time and energy and focus instead on having a great time -- exactly what camping is all about! Prepare these simple yet delicious meals in your kitchen before you head out, place them in the cooler, and heat it up right on the campfire.
Smoky Campfire Beans with Bacon
Beans are a camping staple but this smoky campfire bean recipe offers a more appetizing alternative to your typical flavorless canned beans. On top of that, who can say ‘No’ to bacon? Easy to prepare and store, this hearty meal is also perfect to pair with grilled hotdogs and hamburgers.
Campfire Huevos Rancheros
You don’t have to stick to traditional camp food. Make your camping adventure more memorable by preparing this tasty Mexican breakfast dish. This scrambled eggs, beans, and tortillas combo will become an instant favorite on your next camping trip in no time! Speaking of ‘no time’, this meal can be prepared in as little as 15 minutes.
You may be wondering if a mac-and-cheese recipe requires baking in an oven. Well, that’s the beauty of this recipe in our make ahead camping meals list; Pot Mac-and-Cheese doesn’t require an oven to prepare. With this meal, you can skip the heat of the oven and cook it directly in the pot.
This amazing summer recipe is so versatile you can throw in any vegetable you’d like – or you can opt to have no veggies at all! Prepare the marinated meat and the kabobs at home ahead of time so you can toss them right on the campfire grill.
Last on our list of “make ahead” camping meals, isn’t really a meal, but will surely bring a smile to any children campers. This innovative twist on a classic camping dessert will have kids enjoy stuffing their favorite fillings inside the cone. To prepare, stash fillings in a resealable plastic bags and store them inside the cooler.Click here for the recipe.