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Camping Recipes Made Easy: One Pot Camping Meals You’ll Love

Camping Recipes Made Easy: One Pot Camping Meals You’ll Love

One element of a successful camping trip is good food. But preparing delicious meals in the wilderness can be a daunting task depending on what you’re working with for power, a camp kitchen, and time. So, today, we’re sharing several one-pot camping meals that’ll make your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners easy whether you have a full kitchen setup or not.

Whether you cook in your rig on an RV stove, outside on a low-pressure RV grill, on a small camp stove on a picnic table, or over a campfire, these one-pot dishes for camping will make your camp cooking easy with minimal clean-up. Let’s dig into some recipes for one-pot meals for camping.

Easy One Pot Camping Meals for Breakfast

Let’s start with a couple of easy camping meals that work well for breakfast. We’ll even toss in a bonus (our personal favorite)!

Hearty Skillet Breakfast Hash

A hearty breakfast is important to fuel your day of hiking, fishing, kayaking, or even just relaxing in the great outdoors. This one-pot camping breakfast hash is easy to prepare, and it’s packed with energy to kickstart your day. Of course, you can adjust the ingredients as necessary to the number of people you’ll be feeding.

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 eggs
  • 1 pound of potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 pound of breakfast sausage or bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil

Instructions:

  1. Heat a cast-iron skillet or your favorite camping pot over your campfire or camp stove, and add a bit of cooking oil.
  2. Add the diced potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to brown and become tender.
  3. Move the potatoes over to one side of your pot or skillet and add the chopped sausage or bacon to the other side. Cook until the meat is thoroughly cooked and crispy.
  4. Add the diced onion and bell pepper to the skillet and cook until they become tender.
  5. Create wells/indents in the mixture of meat & veggies and crack an egg into each one. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil and cook until the eggs are set to your preference. Enjoy your hearty breakfast!
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Campfire Oatmeal with Fresh Berries

A nice warm bowl of oatmeal is a great way to begin a day of outdoor activities. This recipe is healthy and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries work well)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. In a pot set over your campfire or camp stove, boil the 2 cups of water. Stir in the rolled oats and add a pinch of salt.
  2. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for around 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until the oats are tender and the mixture thickens.
  3. Stir in the fresh berries, maple syrup or honey, and cinnamon. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and serve your campfire oatmeal in bowls.

BONUS VIDEO: The RVgeeks’ Favorite Hot & Hearty Breakfast

Easy One-Pot Camping Meals for Lunch

Now, let’s get some lunch cooking with a couple of one-pot meals for mid-day dining.

We’ll start with a recipe that’s especially nice for rainy or chilly camping days. Once made, this recipe can be moved to a wide-mouth thermos and carried on a hike, or reheated for a quick dinner later.

Campfire Chili

Campfire chili is a fantastic way to recharge in the middle of your camping day. This recipe is simple and sure to satisfy your outdoor appetite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef, turkey, or chicken breast
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Set your pot, cast iron skillet, or Dutch oven over your campfire or camp stove, and brown the ground meat, breaking it into small pieces as it cooks.
  2. Add the chopped onions and garlic, and cook until they’re soft.
  3. Add the beans, diced tomatoes, and chili powder to the pot. Salt and pepper to taste. Combine well.
  4. Let the chili simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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One-Pot Campfire Pasta Primavera

Here’s a satisfying, veggie-packed lunch that’s a great way to refuel mid-day.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces pasta (penne or fusilli work well but your favorite pasta should be fine)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Set your pot over your campfire or camp stove, and cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, heat the olive oil and add the minced garlic. Sauté for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the cherry tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, and broccoli to the pot. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the tomatoes are slightly blistered.
  4. Return the cooked pasta to the pot and stir to combine the pasta and vegetables. Once combined, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Toss well and serve.
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Easy One-Pot Camping Meals for Dinner

Finally, let’s take a look at a couple of easy dinner recipes that can be made in one pot.

One-Pot Campfire Jambalaya

Here’s a flavorful way to end your day of camping activities. This one-pot campfire jambalaya combines several nutritious ingredients into a delicious, hearty, well-seasoned dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup long-grain rice (As a shortcut, you can use pre-cooked rice)
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 pound chicken, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Set your pot, Dutch oven, or cast iron skillet over your campfire or camp stove. Brown the chicken and sausage until they’re thoroughly cooked.
  2. Add the chopped onions, bell pepper, and garlic, and cook until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Stir in the rice, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Season the mixture with Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cover the pot and simmer for around 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.

Campfire Veggie and Sausage Foil Packets

End your day with an easy, flavorful campfire dinner by making these delicious foil packets filled with veggies and sausage.

Ingredients:

  • 4 sausages (your choice of type/flavor)
  • 4 cups mixed chopped vegetables (bell peppers, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, etc. – you can use fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare four large sheets of aluminum foil. Place a sausage in the center of each foil sheet. Divide the chopped vegetables evenly among the foil packets, setting them alongside the sausages.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the sausages and vegetables, then sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  3. Fold the foil packets tightly, sealing them well to prevent leakage.
  4. Cook the packets over your campfire or camp stove for about 20-30 minutes or until the sausages are thoroughly cooked and the vegetables are tender.
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Enjoy Your One-Pot Camping Meals In the Fresh Air!

We hope you can enjoy some of these one-pot meals during your camping adventures. Not only do these recipes simplify the cooking process, but they also deliver delicious, hearty meals.

All you need to do is pack one trusty camping pot and the necessary ingredients for your choice of meals, and you’ll be ready to cook nutritious, flavorful breakfasts, lunches, and dinners throughout your camping trip.

And here’s the most essential instruction: Enjoy your meals under the open sky surrounded by the beauty of nature!

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John S.

Friday 3rd of November 2023

The RVgeeks’ Favorite Hot & Hearty Breakfast looks good enough to try.

TheRVgeeks

Tuesday 7th of November 2023

LOL! With temps dropping, we've already been enjoying our favorite hot breakfast! 🥣

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