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7 Camping Recipes that Even the Worst Cooks Can be Proud of

Food preparation is one of those constant challenges while camping. Its even more of a challenge if you aren’t all that skilled in the culinary arts. Don’t feel bad, many of us here at DoItYourselfRV live on a steady diet of sandwiches and granola when our significant other is away. Over time we have found a few camping recipes that are simple and best of all: typically met with great reviews from others. Simple and fun is the name of the game. So the camping recipes we use in our travels need to be simple and fun as well. Below we have listed out or 7 favorite camping recipes that even the worst cook can be proud of.

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7 Camping Recipes that Even the Worst Cooks Can be Proud Of


1. Seasoned Beef Packets

This is one that we came up with while preparing to go camping. Some of the best camping recipes are discovered by accident. Take a roast of your choice and cut it into strips or cubes, whichever you prefer. Gather some vegetables, of your choice as well; I always add onions, and whatever else I feel like at the time. Cut up the vegetables and pile the meat and veggies together. Add seasonings such as salt, pepper and Italian seasoning then mix the ingredients together well. Divide the mixture up into as many packets (we use tin foil) as you like, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or olive oil. Cook over the fire for about 25 to 30 minutes. The cooking time depends on how much you have in your packets and how hot your fire is. Tip: be sure that your beef is cut into small enough pieces so not to overcook your veggies trying to get the meat done.

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2. Seasoned Seafood Packets

One of our favorite camping recipes, this one is similar to the Seasoned Beef Packets. I bought cleaned shrimp, imitation crabmeat and scallops, I mixed them all together with vegetables of my choice. I used onions, garlic, seafood seasoning (I used Old Bay, but that is not available everywhere) the veggies I used were zucchini and yellow squash. I piled the ingredients together and mixed well, dividing them up into several packets and cooked over the fire. Seafood is a delicate meat, so you do not have to cook it as long as other meats. Cooking time is about 10 to 15 minutes or less depending on how hot your fire is.

3. Dutch Oven Beef Stew

You will need 2 to 3 pounds of beef stew, cut into squares, 3 medium onions cut in half, 6 carrots cut in one inch lengths, and 3 cloves of garlic. For seasoning you will need 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of pepper, 2 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil, ¼ cup of red cooking wine and 2 tablespoons of flour to make gravy.  6 cups of water.  Add the oil, wine, and meat. Brown the meat and then add salt, pepper, water, and veggies. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 1 hour. Mix flour with a small amount of water to make a thin paste and add to the stew to make gravy, once the liquid thickens, then its time to enjoy.


4. Meatloaf Balls

Credit: Mummy Thoughts
Credit: Mummy Thoughts

This camping recipe calls for one pound of ground beef and mix your meatloaf as you normally would (meatloaf recipe here). Buy some large onions, cut them in half and take out the center. Fashion your meat into balls that will fit inside the outer shell of the onion then wrap them in foil and cook over the fire until done. Again cooking time varies due the heat of the fire.

5. Ham, Potatoes and Beans

You will need ham slices, 4 medium potatoes, 1 medium onion, and 1 to 2 pounds of green beans. Heat the ham evenly then add 1 cup of water; cover and stir until water is gone, cut potatoes into quarters, dice the onion, and add to ham, cooking for about ½ hour, then add the green beans and some extra water (about 1 to 2 cups) and cook until the beans are tender.

6. Blackened Chicken

This is one of the most ingredient heavy camping recipes on our list. You will need 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon cayenne, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion flakes, 1 teaspoon paprika and 1 teaspoon basil. Mix all the seasonings together. Dip the chicken into melted butter and then coat the chicken with the seasonings. Cook on the campfire for 10 minutes per side. After turning you can baste the chicken in the remaining butter.


7. Grilled Shrimp

You will need cleaned shrimp, tomatoes, butter, mushrooms, peppers, onions, seasoned salt and vegetables of your choice. You can cook this camping recipe in a pan or in foil packets. Chop the vegetables and place everything in a pile, cook by stirring  till vegetables are to your preference.

These are just a few of the quick and easy camping recipes that we have enjoyed over the years. We hope all the “oops, I burned it” do-it-yourself’ers out there give cooking another try with these simple camping recipes.

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