30+ Quick & Easy Camping Meal Ideas

This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer and with that comes a whole lot of camping for folks. Is there anything better than sitting around an open campfire, unplugged and hanging out with those you love over a good meal. However, I enjoy the resting and eating more than the cooking so I asked my social media community (join here) to help me round up some of the best quick and easy camping meal ideas for kids and families.

Pssst….my biggest tip when it comes to meals for camping is to plan them. Grab this 52 week meal planner to help you plan out your meals and make a grocery list so you are prepared and ready to enjoy your time away.

30+ Quick & Easy Camping Meal Ideas

Tin Foil Packets

Let’s start with the classic camping meal – foil packets. I remember making these at girl scout camp when I was little and we make them every summer at least a few times. There are a lot of variations of foil packets (or hobo packets as they are also called).

Check out this article with 21 ground beef foil packet ideas and 32 more easy tin foil packet recipes here.

Walking Tacos

Hands down, when I asked my social media community their favorite camping meal, it was walking tacos or tacos in a bag. I can’t blame them, it’s by far the most requested meal in our house (even when we aren’t camping). It’s great for a crowd and to make it even easier, cook up the meat ahead of time and rewarm it in a slow cooker.

For more details on walking tacos, read this article.

Slow Cooker Meals

Speaking of slow cookers, this was another recommendation from so many people. Prep your meal in the slow cooker and go enjoy the day and come back with a cooked meal. Here are some of our favorite slow cooker meals that would be delicious for camping.

Slow Cooked Hot Beef Sandwiches Recipe (sub in a pork loin for pulled pork.

Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Insanely Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Stuffing Bake

easy grilled chicken and vegetable kabobs

Grilled Meals

The grill is my best friend in the summer and we invested in a portable grill for tailgating and camping and use it all the time. (This one is an updated version of ours)

Not only does a meal come together pretty fast on the grill, you don’t have to miss out on the fun and outdoors. Here are some of our favorite things to grill.

  • Hot Dogs
  • Brats
  • Hamburgers
  • Marinated Pork Tenderloin
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Steak
  • Vegetable & Meat Kabobs

Check out this article with 6 different ways to grill chicken for your next camping meal plan.

simple cheesy hash brown casserole with cream cheese

Make Ahead Meals

So many people said the more you can make ahead the better. So, what are good meals to make ahead you ask?

Apple Chicken Salad Recipe

12 Meal Ideas for Shredded Chicken

Simple Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

You could even cook up some meat ahead like pulled pork, beef or chicken and just rewarm over the fire. Shredded meat works great in tacos, burrito bowls, or as sandwiches.

slow cooker shredded pot roast sandwich

Sandwich Bar

Now, sometimes it’s just nice to pull out something quick and easy and everyone can make it how they like it. Grab some of your favorite sliced meat and cheese, lettuce and bread. Lay it out and let everyone make their own. You might even pre-cook some bacon for breakfast and meals and you could try this easy BLT wrap.


Don’t forget about breakfast, we have a cast iron skillet like this that we place over the fire. We cook bacon and pancakes (we get the mix where you just have to add water). You can also make omelets in a bag (check out a recipe here).

Just Remember…

No matter what you make, it will taste better under the open sky gathered around friends so it doesn’t have to be fancy to feed your family I say. The most important thing when it comes to these easy camping meal ideas is to be prepared. Who wants to waste precious time running to the store on vacation? Not me!

And we all know the real MVP of any camping trip is the s’more, am I right? Happy camping!

Grab this 52 week meal planner to help you plan out your easy camping meal ideas and make a grocery list so you are prepared and ready to enjoy your time away.

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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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