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Frugal and Easy Camping Meals

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Make your next camping trip a snap with these Frugal and Easy Camping Meals.

camping recipe collage of breakfast, lunch and dinner

We are members of several online camping groups with members who camp all over the world. As camping gains popularity, more and more people are joining these groups and forums to seek answers and connect with other campers.

We see the same questions asked over and over from people who are new to camping. One of those questions is ‘What are some easy camping meals for our first trip?’

Here are our suggestions for simple but frugal weekend camping meals.

How to Cook Camping Meals

There are several ways to prepare food when you are out camping. You can use a campfire.

Campfire cooking is done by using a stick, using a pie iron, wrapping something in foil and placing in the fire pit, or grilling something on a grate placed over the fire.

collage of ways to cook food while camping

Other methods of preparing food while camping include the use of a gas or charcoal grill or a Dutch oven with charcoal.

You can also use a pan or skillet over a burner on a camping stove or in an RV.

We use all of these methods to prepare our food when we are out at the campground.

Great Camping Dinners

Dinner is the meal that most people struggle with, whether at home or while camping.

It is our favorite meal because it is the largest meal of the day and it has the most variety to it.

Our go-to quick meal is stew and rolls.

This easy dinner only requires two products: DINTY MOORE® Beef Stew and refrigerated crescent rolls or biscuits.

Dinty Moore Beef Stew camping meal

DINTY MOORE® Beef Stew comes in multiple sizes. The large can is perfect for feeding a family of four and the smaller can is good for a couple. We just open up the can and place the stew in a pot to heat up over the campfire. DINTY MOORE® Beef Stew is an easy camping dinner solution that is hearty. It contains real meat, potatoes, and vegetables. You can pick up DINTY MOORE® products at your favorite local grocery store.

Dinty Moore Beef Stew heated up over a campfire

Campfire Rolls

We cook rolls over the campfire. This is done by covering the end of a stick with foil.

Open up a can of refrigerated crescent rolls or biscuits and wrap two rolls around the end of the stick.  We have found that it is best to work the dough with your hands, molding it around the stick for about 30 seconds. This is to ensure that it stays on the stick while roasting.

roll dough wrapped around a stick roasting over a campfire

Cook the rolls over the fire just as you would toast a marshmallow. It is important to roll the stick around so that you do not burn the dough.

These turn out to be cone-shaped which you can fill with the stew or just pull apart and eat. These rolls are so much fun to eat.

stew and rolls being cooked over a campfire

More Camping Dinner Ideas

Tired of regular old hot dogs? We like to make Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs over the campfire.

You can find that recipe here. You should also check out our Whole Chicken roasted in the campfire.

bacon wrapped hot dog with cheese and condiments

Camping Lunches

Grilled Mini Pizza Buns are easy to make over the campfire. Use a pie iron to make grilled sandwiches.

Put out bread and fixings and let each person create their own sandwiches.

We had fun making these Reuben Sandwiches.

individual pepperoni pizzas

Camping Breakfast Food

Everyone loves bacon and eggs for breakfast.

Have you ever tried to make bacon and eggs in a paper bag? You can cook an egg in a pie iron to add to a breakfast sandwich.

eggs and bacon cooked in a bag

If you happen to have a Dutch oven, you should make Mountain Man breakfast.

What are your favorite easy camping meals to make when you camp?

collage of easy camping meals

More Easy Camping Meals and Desserts

Chicken & Vegetables
Bacon-Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks
Frozen Pizza over the Campfire
Chocolate Frosting S’mores
Grilled S’more Nachos
Campfire Cookies

DIY Fishing Pole Cover
Campfire Grilled Nachos

Myrah Duque

Thursday 31st of May 2018

You had me at Frugal and easy! Camp food is so delicious! We take with us lots of can food, haven't tried Dinty Moore yet though.


Thursday 31st of May 2018

It's GOOD!


Wednesday 30th of May 2018

You make it look so simple! Everything looks really good - can't wait to camp this summer!


Thursday 31st of May 2018

I know!

Jamie H

Wednesday 30th of May 2018

Thanks so much for linking up at The Pretty Pintastic Party! We love camping, so we'll be featuring your post at the party this weekend! I hope you'll stop by, grab a featured badge, and link up some more great posts!


Thursday 31st of May 2018

Thanks, Jamie!


Thursday 17th of May 2018

I love camp food. Canned foods are super easy and of course won't go bad so they are great to use. I suggest banana boats for dessert.


Thursday 17th of May 2018

Banana boats are the best!

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

These are great ideas! I am going to buy some rolls to cook over the campfire this summer. I completely forgot we used to do that when I was a kid.


Thursday 17th of May 2018