Simple Recipes For Easy Family Camping Meals
Camping with your kids allows you to create lifelong family memories. Mealtimes, however, can be somewhat of a challenge. Luckily, there are plenty of easy kid friendly camping recipes that can involve the entire family.
Just like packing all of your necessary campsite equipment, planning your campfire meals ahead of time is a necessity. It ensures you are prepared for every meal and that you campsite stays complaint-free.
These delicious easy campfire meals for the family require a bit of prep work but are worth the extra planning. Every member of your family will appreciate these nutritionally beneficial meals after a long day of outdoor activities.
From breakfast to late night snacks and everything in between, all you need is a well-built campfire to cook satisfying food that everyone will enjoy. These 10 kid friendly camping recipes are not only fast and fun, they will please even the pickiest eaters.
While the fresh smell of coffee brewing over an open flame is enough to make adults rise and shine, kids need a campsite breakfast that provides a hearty foundation for the rest of the day. While there are plenty of Camping Breakfast Ideas out there, the following are easy and family friendly.
Southwestern Breakfast Burritos
With a little prep-work, these Southwestern Breakfast Burritos will provide a hearty start to your family’s busy day.
- Shredded Cheese
- Diced Ham
- Flour Tortillas
- 1 tbs Taco Seasoning
1. Cook eggs and combine with diced ham, shredded cheese, and taco seasoning.
2. Place desired amount of filling into each tortilla and wrap tightly in aluminum foil, keeping them in your cooler until you are ready to eat.
3. Place wrapped burritos next to your campfire’s hot coals for 10-15 minutes, turning once to ensure even heating.
Egg in a Hole
An easy and eye-opening breakfast for kids of all ages.
- Thick Bread, Sliced
1. Melt a pad of butter in a skillet over the campfire. Meanwhile, cut a hole in the middle of a slice of thick bread.
2. Place bread in skillet and crack an egg into the hole.
3. Place over the campfire until egg is fully cooked and bread is toasted.
Don’t rely on processed foods when your kids are hungry between meal times. Healthy snacks are easy to make when camping with kids. Whether you are looking for a mid-day pick me up or a midnight treat, these snacks are sure to keep your little campers satisfied.
The retro way to make popcorn is ready to make a comeback on your next camping trip.
- 2 tbs Popcorn Kernels
- 2 tbs Canola Oil
1. Combine popcorn kernels and canola oil and place in the center of the aluminum square.
2. Seal the foil edges, leaving room for the kernels to expand.
3. Tie a corner of the pouch to a sturdy stick and shake over the fire until fully popped.
Fire Roasted Corn on the Cob
Kids can’t say no to this tasty and healthy treat.
- Ears of Corn, shucked
- Salt and Pepper
1. Place corn cobs on pieces of aluminum foil, adding 4 thinly sliced pats of
butter, salt, and pepper as needed.
2. Wrap each tightly in tin foil and cook over hot campfire coals for 10 minutes, turning to ensure even cooking.
When main meal times roll around, don’t panic! A little prep work will make campfire cooking for your kids a breeze.
Campfire Mac and Cheese
While these take some planning ahead, these individual bowls of mac and cheese are sure to recharge your little camper after a long day of activities.
- Elbow Macaroni, Cooked
- Alfredo Sauce
- Shredded Cheese
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
1. At home, combine cooked elbow macaroni, alfredo sauce, and the shredded
cheese of your choice.
2. Portion the mixture into small foil pie pans, sprinkle with extra shredded cheese, and cover tightly with a piece of tin foil sprayed with cooking oil.
3. Heat the pans over a campfire for approximately 30 minutes for a hearty mac and cheese meal right at your campsite.
Dogs in a Blanket
These hot dogs are a twist on a campout classic – literally!
- Hot Dogs
- Crescent Roll Dough
1. Place the hot dog on a long roasting stick.
2. Let your little ones wrap their dog in crescent roll dough to create a fun, swirly pattern.
3. Cook over an open flame until the dough is sufficiently cooked and eat immediately.
For camping with older kids, these Campfire Pizzas are an easy and fun to make campfire meal.
- Pre-made Pizza Crusts
- Marinara Sauce
- Shredded Cheese
- Desired Toppings
1. Place the pre-made pizza crusts on top of a sheet of tin foil.
2. Add sauce, shredded cheese, and then let your kids go wild adding the toppings of
their choice. We suggest pepperoni, green peppers, black olives, or diced
3. Wrap the completed pizzas tightly in tin foil and place them over a low to medium sized campfire until thoroughly heated and cheese has melted.
There’s always room for dessert. Skip the packaged, processed treats and cook up these gooey, delicious treats right at your campsite.
Upgrade your favorite s’mores recipe with this fun take on a campfire favorite.
- Ice Cream Waffle Cones
- Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Chips
- Other favorite treats
1. Spread peanut butter on the inside of the waffle cone
2. Fill it with marshmallows, chocolate chips, sliced bananas, or any of your favorite treats (as desired).
3. Wrap the cones individually in aluminum foil and place atop a grill over hot coals for 8 – 10 minutes.
Cinnamon and sugar combine perfectly in this pull apart dessert that is as fun to eat as it is to make.
- Biscuit Dough
- Brown Sugar
1. Combine equal parts cinnamon and sugar in a large Ziplock bag.
2. Tear biscuit dough into small pieces, place in the cinnamon and sugar mixture, and let your child shake the sealed bag until the biscuit dough is evenly coated.
3. Place the pieces of dough into a pie pan coated with cooking spray and top with brown sugar and pads of butter. Seal the top with tin foil.
4. Place the pan over your campfire for 20 minutes until biscuits are fully cooked.
5. Tear apart the pieces and eat it with your hands for a shareable dessert that kids love.
Using a dutch oven – an essential component of your camp kitchen – create this delicious dessert by combining unexpected ingredients.
- Blueberry Pie Filling
- Vanilla Cake Mix
- Lemon Lime Soda
1. Melt a 1/4 cup of butter in a pre-heated dutch oven.
2. Add entire contents of 1 can of blueberry pie filling. Sprinkle a packet of vanilla cake mix over the blueberry mixture until it is evenly covered.
3. Add a can of lemon-lime soda and carefully stir it into the cake mix only.
4. Cover the dutch oven with a lid and cook over a medium flame for 30 minutes.
Get Cooking – Try Out Your New Kid Friendly Camping Recipes
Creating an organized meal plan for your family’s next camping trip is easy. With just a little preparation, everyone will enjoy making and eating these delicious kid friendly campfire meals.
Cooking at your campsite allows you to create long-lasting family memories.
Looking for even more ideas?
Check out our additional list of 23 Easy Make Ahead Camping Meals to Try.
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