Here are some great easy camping recipes.

For more recipes, visit my Easy Camping Recipes page.  Enjoy!

Italian Chicken


1 small coffee can
1 sheet of foil
1 chicken breast
1 bottle of Italian Dressing
1 green pepper
1 potato, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
any seasonings you like


At home, put everything together in the coffee can and cover with foil. Put this in your backpack and let it marinate all day while you hike. This lets the juices go into the chicken and veggies. I like to add a little salt and pepper.

At camp, cook on hot coals for 45 minutes, or until done.

Servings: 1

Variations:  Put everything in the can in the morning to cook by dinner.

Spiders (Hot Dogs)


Hot Dogs (the kind that come 8 or 10 in a pack)

You'll need a knife and some roasting forks or sticks. Cut the ends of each hot dog into quarters leaving about 1-1/2 to 2 inches in the middle uncut. You want to leave enough uncut to stick the fork in. Roast the dogs over the fire or hot coals in a grill. The "legs" will curl out as the hot dogs cook. You can also do them in the kitchen at home over a hot stove burner.

Servings: as needed

Breakfast Sandwiches


1 egg, scrambled or over hard
2 pieces of sandwich bread
browned sausage, ham or bacon
1 slice of your favorite cheese
salsa, salt or pepper, optional
square camp iron

Fry eggs and meat or prepare them before leaving on your camping trip. Butter each slice of bread on one side. Place one piece of bread buttered side down in the pie iron. Then layer with the egg, meat and cheese, topped with the second piece of bread, buttered side up. Close the pie iron and place over a hot fire for approximately one minute on each side. Check often so you do not burn them.

Servings: 1

Easy Grilled Chicken

1/2 cup Italian dressing
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
2 cloves minced garlic
4 -6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves


In a bowl, add the Italian dressing, teriyaki sauce and minced garlic; stir to combine.

Add the chicken breast halves; cover and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

Grill over hot coals for approximately 10 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.

Serves 4 to 6

Bacon Wrapped Mushroom Kabobs

Serves 8

1 lb whole mushroom (button)
1/2 lb bacon
8 ounces barbecue sauce (or homemade, but we like Famous Dave's Sweet & Zesty for this)


Soak bamboo skewers 30 minutes.

Cut bacon strips in half--they'll be just long enough to wrap around the mushroom one time.

Wrap each mushroom with a bacon strip and thread on skewer.

Grill on medium heat till bacon is done, basting with barbecue sauce.

This usually takes around 10-15 minutes.

Serve immediately.

Monkey Brains Burger
2 slices bread (any kind)
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 banana, slightly bruised


Apply peanut butter to one slice of bread.

Slice banana lengthwise or diagonal if you're trying to impress someone with your culinary skills; width-wise if you're just trying to feed a hungry child; spread banana slices over peanut butter.

Plop the other slice of bread on top.

Squish lightly to compress the ingredients.

ALTERNATIVES: Honey or jam may be applied before adding the banana slices, although this would slightly alter the DNA perhaps resulting in a hybrid monkey, maybe even upgrading completely to a gorilla! Use with caution!

Kiddos Favorite Trail Mix

1 cup Cheerios toasted oat cereal (honey nut, plain and apple cinnamon work equally as well)
1 cup goldfish crackers or 1 cup other cheese crackers
1 cup cherry-flavored dried cranberries (or other favorite dried fruit)
1 cup cashews or 1 cup other favorite nuts (although be aware of children's potential allergy to peanuts)
1 cup miniature M&M's chocolate candies (or other chocolate candy)
1 cup peanut butter chips or 1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup miniature pretzel twists or 1 cup pretzel stick


Throw everything together in a sealed container.

Store in cool, dry area (to prevent melting of chocolate candies/chips and other soft ingredients).

Trash Breakfast

1 bag shredded hash browns
6 eggs
1 lb sausage or ham, cooked
1 chopped medium onion
2 cups shredded sharp cheese
seasoning salt and pepper
peppers (optional)

Take an aluminum foil cooking bag and spray with Pam. Sprinkle with seasoning salt and put some butter in the foil bag. Open the hash browns. Beat the eggs and chop the onions and peppers. Pour all ingredients into the bag of hash browns. Mix by squeezing the bag. Then pour the mixture into the foil cooking bag and spread out. Add more seasoning salt and pepper and a bit more butter on top of the hash brown mixture. Place the aluminum cooking bag on a preheated grill (medium heat) and turn the bag every five minutes. The bag will start to puff and you can open it to check for doneness.

Servings: 6
Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking Eggs

Cut an orange in half. Remove the pulp. Try not to tear the peal. Crack an egg open and put into orange peel. Set peel filled with egg onto a bed of coals. The moisture from the orange peel will cook the egg. Add salt & pepper.

Fabulous Pork Tenderloin

1 pork tenderloin roast (boneless chicken breasts can be substituted)
5 small red potatoes
3 carrots
1 medium onion (sweet if possible)
2 zucchini
1 tomato
1/4 lb. of fresh green beans
4 half-ears of corn (cobbettes)
garlic salt
olive oil
ground pepper

Spread 2 layers of heavy duty foil side by side, with middle overlapping. Drizzle olive oil onto foil. Place tenderloin in the center (lengthwise) of the foil. Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch slices and place on and around the meat. Cut other vegetables into large pieces and place on and around the meat. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Cover food with another piece of foil and fold the top & bottom foil together to seal the packet. Place on hot coals for 60 to 90 minutes.

As a variation, leave out the olive oil, garlic salt & pepper, and cover the meat & veggies with Italian salad dressing instead.


1 cup corn meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Add boiling water to make mush. Fry as “cakes” in skillet.

I hope you like these easy camping recipes.  Let me know if you try any of them!  And feel free to add your recipes in the comments.  I'd love to see them!


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