6 Simple Meals You Can Prepare at Your Campsite


Between the fresh air, quality time with loved ones and spending time in the great outdoors, there’s so much to love about camping… except for the same old camp dinners of hot dogs and chilli. Why not try mixing it up a bit with these easy, healthy camp recipes that may even rival the food you cook at home? We’ve put together a list of great recipes that will make your campfire kitchen the envy of the campground.

Charcoal Grilled Rosemary Tilapia

If you have access to a charcoal grill while camping, you’re going to want to give this simple Charcoal Grilled Rosemary Tilapia recipe from Outdoorhub a try. The rosemary and olive oil really bring out the natural flavor of the Tilapia and the charcoal gives it a nice, smoky edge. Plus, there’s an extra bonus to this recipe; since it has only 5 ingredients, you’ll have plenty of room left in your cooler!

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Chicken Kabobs Camping Food Recipe

This Grilled Chicken Kabob recipe from KOA is a super easy way to get your protein and veggie fix. Simply marinate the chicken overnight in a bottle of Italian dressing, slide the chicken on the skewers with your favorite vegetables and cook for a few minutes on the grill or on a grate over your campfire. As an extra bonus, your kabob sticks will make for great kindling, ensuring your fire stays strong as the night goes on.


If you’re crazy for ceviche, why not prepare some before you head off on your camping adventure? This light, citrusy Tilapia Ceviche recipe from the Food Network would make for a refreshing dinner that will hit the spot after a long day in the sun. The citrus juice will help keep the fish fresh, but for maximum flavor and freshness, be sure to eat this meal on your first night in the campground.

Quick Roasted Vegetable Fajitas

Fajita Recipe Campfire Simple Meals

This Mexican-inspired Roasted Vegetable Fajita recipe from Health will turn any camping trip into a fiesta! To adapt this recipe for the campground, just cook the veggies and heat the beans on a pot over your camp stove or fire rather than in your oven. The soup mix marinade is a great way to add zesty flavor to a meal with minimal cleanup and the protein-rich refried beans will keep you full until breakfast.

Campfire Vegetables and Quinoa

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to forgo a healthy meal! Most of the preparation in this Campfire Vegetables and Quinoa recipe from Beloved Green, such as making the quinoa and slicing the veggies, is done at home. Once it’s dinner time at the campsite, all you have to do is take the veggie packets out of the cooler, throw them on the fire for 15 minutes, remove and enjoy your meal!

Easy Foil Packet Fish

Easy Foil Packet Fish

Take advantage of the hot coals and embers of your campfire with this easy Foil Packet Fish recipe from 50 Campfires that involves cooking your fish directly in the fire pit. Simply put some vegetables, Tilapia, seasoning and butter into a tinfoil packet and place it in the coals for 15 minutes. Not only is this cooking method fun, but it results in perfectly flaky fish with a light lemon flavor.

Next time you’re packing up to hit the campground for the weekend, make sure you pack a few of these handy camp recipes! They’ll keep your family and friends healthy, happy and full and you may just make some new friends when the campsite next to you smells your delicious dinner cooking over the fire.

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