10 Best Foods Cook While Camping

If you’re going camping this fall, keep in mind these ten best things to cook while camping. You’re probably tired of the standard favorites–hot dogs, soup, and s’mores–but you don’t want gourmet food or anything too involved.

Let these ten camp cooking suggestions give you a few new ideas:

  1. Bacon. Okay, so bacon is a standard. But it’s the perfect campsite food. Like just about any food, bacon tastes great when eaten outdoors. You can fry the bacon in its own fat, so all you need is a frying pan over a campfire or camp stove.
  2. Scrambled eggs. What’s better with bacon than scrambled eggs? And you can use the bacon grease to cook them. You could even scramble the eggs ahead of time, put them in a zippered plastic bag, and toss the entire bag into a pot of boiling water. Again, all you need is frying pan or pot, and a campfire or camp stove.
  3. Camp potatoes. Potatoes go well with bacon and eggs, too. Why not prepare them at home? Slice several potatoes and wrap them in aluminum foil with stick butter, a few bacon slices, chopped onions, green peppers, and some salt and pepper. At the campsite, throw the whole thing on the grill and cook until done. Top with cheese.
  4. Chili and beans. Chili and beans are a classic campfire meal. Make a big pot of chili and beans at home. Freeze portions in plastic containers, and use the frozen containers to keep your cooler cold. When you’re ready to eat, defrost or thaw the chili and warm the food on the campfire.
  5. Tamales and corn. For a delicious “canned” chili, mix a can of chili and beans, a can of tamales, a can of corn, and some sliced olives. Cook through and sprinkle with a “Mexican cheese” blend.
  6. Steak. Steaks are easy and delicious outdoors over an open fire, and they’re way better than hamburgers and hot dogs. Try cooking some steak tips, onions, and carrots for a healthy, tasty campsite meal.
  7. Chicken drumsticks. Marinate chicken drumsticks in garlic and soy sauce about four hours before grilling, for an easy, great-tasting meal. This is a very simple food to cook while camping, but make sure you keep the chicken cold before cooking.
  8. Skewered vegetables. Grilled vegetables on a skewer is also one of the best things to cook while camping. Green peppers, red onions, mushrooms, zucchini or yellow squash, and even pineapples taste wonderful grilled.
  9. Pancakes. Pancakes are a good standby. And they’re perfect with fresh berries picked while camping. Bring store-bought pancake mix or make your own batter at home. The easiest mixes require only water.
  10. Canned meat kabobs. You know that famous canned meat product that everyone likes to joke about? Why not try it on a kabob. Add pineapple chunks and drizzle with pineapple juice and brown sugar. Does it sound awful? Believe it or not, some campers describe this meal as “yummy” and “crunchy.”
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