3 Easy Camping Recipes for Beginners

hot dogs over campfire

3 Easy Camping Recipes for Beginners


When you go out camping, you already have to pack many essential things, so you can’t actually bring with you lots of food and spices to cook intricate recipes. But there are plenty of camping recipes for beginners that do not require a lot of utensils or ingredients. Let’s get into some simple meals which you can make by yourself at your campfire.



  • Two cans of stewed tomatoes
  • Two cans of beans
  • One onion
  • Ground meat (beef, turkey, or venison)
  • Chili spice mix

A big pot of chili is not only ideal for campfire cooking, but it is also very easy to make. Most of your ingredients are canned, and there are many ways you can bring variations to this recipe. You will want to make the chili on the first night of your stay, as coolers cannot keep the meat cold as good as refrigerators for too long.

Put the meat and chopped onion in a big pot over the campfire or stove, stir the mix until it browns slightly, and put the two cans of tomatoes and beans. Then, add your chili spice mix or chili powder, and for extra spiciness, put in a few jalapenos. Put one or two cups of clean water and let it simmer until the mixture reaches a soft and homogeneous consistency.

You can easily upgrade this recipe to a chili pie by lining a bowl with corn chips or tortilla chips. Put the warm chili over the chips and top it off with diced onions and shredded cheddar cheese.

Baked Potatoes


  • Potatoes
  • Stick of butter


  • Strips of cooked bacon
  • Cooked ham
  • Cheddar cheese

One of the easiest camping recipes for beginners has to be baked potatoes. You don’t even need pots or pans, as you can cook them in tin foil. Poke the potato’s skin with a fork, and you can cut some segments of the potato, but not all the way through, and put a little bit of butter in it. Then, wrap the potato in tin foil tightly and put it on a hotbed of coals or bury it under the still-hot ashes of your fire.

Wait for 20 to 30 minutes for it to be fully cooked, but first, check by poking it once more with a fork. For a savory meal, you can use a lot of leftovers to take things to the next level. Fill the baked potatoes with small pieces of bacon, ham, and cheese before putting them in the foil again.

Hot Dogs


  • Sausages
  • Onion
  • Tablespoons of barbecue sauce
  • Hotdog buns

Grilling hot dogs over the grill is one of the easiest camping recipes for beginners. And if you do not own a grill, you can just roast the sausage on a stick over the campfire. Hot dogs are inexpensive and require minimum refrigeration, as they are processed. When the sausages have been cooked, you just put them in their buns and put some mustard or ketchup if you want.

A spin on this recipe is to put the chopped onions, barbeque sauce, and sausages in a bowl and mix them. Put the mixture into each bun, and then wrap them in tin foil. Grill these over a flame for about 20 minutes or put them deep in coals for 15 minutes.

This has been our list of camping recipes for beginners that are easy and simple to make even by inexperienced cooks.

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