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Campsite Cooking Cracked: A List of Camping Dinner Ideas to Help your Holiday Meals!

What’s on, my Ansom?


One of the main pulls of camping is experiencing the feeling of wilderness and being in the great outdoors - leaving behind the trappings of home and getting out into nature!


But by leaving behind the comforts of home, you’re…well, leaving behind the comforts of home! And while camping is fantastic, and spending time out in nature has so many benefits and is easy to adapt to in most ways, there is one convenience that stands out like a sore thumb when it’s missing - a fully stocked kitchen!


You need to eat, of course. But obviously, for the most part, replicating a fully functioning kitchen from your camping pitch is nigh impossible. But that doesn’t mean that your camping food needs to be basic or boring! With a little smart prep work, you can make magic happen.


In today’s post, we’re going to share some great camping dinner ideas that you can use to make sure you’re always well fed and ready to enjoy your trip. Let’s get it!


Useful camping dinner ideas to have in your back pocket


1. Campfire Fajitas:


Get ready for a sizzling dinner with campfire fajitas! Prepare marinated strips of chicken, beef, or even some roasted veggies. Wrap them up in tortillas with your favourite toppings, like sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, and guacamole. It's a tasty and interactive meal that's sure to be a hit with everyone around the campfire.


Fajitas are great for camping for several reasons - you can cook the main mix in one pan, and put it off to the side when you do your tortillas.


The spices and marinades can either be prepped ahead of time and frozen or can come straight out of a paper sachet which takes up little storage space and keeps for a long time!


And they will still taste great even if you don’t have the ability to store raw meat - keeping some pre-cooked chicken in a cool box will still produce awesome results!


food cooking over an open flame

2. Foil Packet Specials:


Foil packet meals are a camping dream come true. Wrap up seasoned fish, chicken, or a medley of veggies in foil, and let them cook to perfection over the coals of your barbecue. The best part? Minimal mess and maximum flavour! Add a sprinkle of herbs and a splash of lemon for an extra burst of deliciousness.


3. Hearty Campsite Stew:


Warm your soul with a hearty campsite stew that will keep you cosy on cooler nights. Prepare a rich broth with your choice of protein (beef, chicken, or beans) and toss in some fresh vegetables. Let it simmer to perfection on your camping stove, and you've got a comforting meal that's perfect for sharing. Another one pot wonder that’s no fuss to accomplish on a single stove!


4. BBQ Goodness:


No camping trip is complete without a BBQ extravaganza! Pack some juicy burgers, succulent sausages, and marinated chicken wings. Fire up the grill and savour the smoky goodness that only a BBQ can deliver. Don't forget to add some grilled veggies to balance out the feast.


5. Veggie Stir-Fry:


For our vegetarian friends, a veggie stir-fry is a delightful and wholesome option. Prep your favourite vegetables and stir-fry them in a savoury sauce. Throw in some noodles and you’ve got another one pot meal that can easily be put together on a camping stove and doesn’t require a fridge to prepare!


Man cooking soup outside

6. Campfire Paella:


Transport yourself to the sunny shores of Spain with a scrumptious campfire paella. Combine rice, fresh seafood, chicken, and a medley of vegetables with a flavourful saffron-infused broth. Let it simmer gently, absorbing all the rich flavours for a truly memorable camping dinner.


7. Tasty Campfire Pizza:


Who says you can't have pizza while camping? Prepare some mini pizza crusts or use pita bread as a base. Top them with your favourite pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings. Toast them over the campfire or on a portable grill, and you'll have a delectable dinner that will please kids and adults alike.


8. Campsite Curry:


Warm up your taste buds with a delightful campsite curry. Whether it's a classic chicken tikka masala, a fragrant vegetable curry, or a spicy lentil dhal, a curry dinner will add a touch of exotic flavour to your camping experience. Another fantastic option to be cooked comfortably in one pot, the nice low and slow cook time will give you plenty of time to relax around the fire and knock a few back while your dinner bubbles away.


Let’s get cooking!


So there you have it, folks! Just a few camping dinner ideas for you to keep in mind when you’re planning for your holidays. All of these meals can easily be thrown together in either one pot or on your barbecues when you’re out on a campsite.


Remember, you can make your life a lot easier with some simple meal prep before you set out on holiday, too! Pre-cut your ingredients, marinate your meats, and organise your spices before you hit the road. Then come dinner time, all you need to do is set it and forget it!


If you’ve got any other banging camping dinner ideas, then we’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment and let us know.


Later on!

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