Easy camping food ideas in less than 30 mins

easy camp food ideas
easy camp food ideas

So, you’re off camping for the week (yay) and you’re trying to think of some easy camping food ideas to get you started. I’ve detailed 4 of my favourite recipes when I go camping as they’re quick and easy (all the recipes below can be done in 30 mins or less). My number 1 tip when cooking whilst camping would be to plan your meals before you go so that you don’t forget anything, this is especially important if you’re camping in the middle of nowhere.

If you’ve not seen my other post about camping equipment check out What do I need to go camping? which lists my recommendations for cooking equipment.  But to sum it up, I’d invest in a 2-ring stove. You can buy an all singing all dancing stove that has an infrared grill for doing your toast. But personally, I’d buy 2 single rim cooking stoves so

  1. If you have 2 big pans, they won’t get in each other’s way.
  2. They’re cheaper, you can pick them up for around £10-£15 each and buy a spare set of 6 canisters for around £10.

Spaghetti Bolognese – serves 2

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 500g Mince (or quorn etc)
  • Half a white onion
  • 2 gloves of garlic (peeled & chopped)
  • 400ml carton tomato passata
  • Sprinkle of sugar (optional)
  • Pasta of your choice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp basil
  • Pinch of black pepper

Add the oil to the pan (ideally one with a lid to keep the heat in) and cook the mince. Strain off the fat and fry the onion and garlic until soft. I’d start boiling the water for your pasta at this point. Add the passata and bring to the boil, (you might want to add a sprinkle of sugar if it’s to bitter).

Place the pasta with a little salt into the boiling water cover up with a lid and cook until soft. Add in the basil and black pepper to the passata mix turn down the heat and leave to simmer. Once the pasta is ready drain off the water using the lid to hold back the pasta (no colander required). Plate up the pasta and bolognaise and enjoy.

Tuna and pasta bake – serves 2

  • 500g Pasta
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tin of sweet corn
  • Can of tuna
  • Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp basil

Place the pasta in a pan (with a lid), add a little salt and bring to the boil. Once the pasta is cooked, drain off any excess water using the lid. Add in the tuna, sweetcorn, basil, mayonnaise and mix well. Serve with some grated cheese for the best results.

Cornbeef hash & baked beans – serves 2

  • 300g potatoes
  • Pinch of salt
  • Knob of butter (optional
  • Splash of milk (optional)
  • Tin corned Beef
  • Tin baked beans

Peel the potatoes and chop into slices. Place them into a pan with a sprinkle of salt and bring to the boil. In the meantime, cut the corned beef into smaller pieces (it is so much easier to mash this way) and leave to one side. Once the potatoes have cooked drain off the water (add the optional milk and butter) add in the chunks of corned beef and mash together. Heat a little longer in the pan if the mash is cold. At this point, put the baked beans on to cook. Once everything is hot serve straight away.

Chili con carne – serves 2

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 500g Mince (or similar)
  • Half a white onion
  • 200ml carton tomato passata
  • Sprinkle of sugar (optional)
  • 100g rice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Tin red kidney beans in spicy sauce
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Sour cream (optional)

Add the oil to the pan (ideally one with a lid to keep the heat in) and cook the mince. Strain off the fat and fry the onions until soft. I’d start boiling the water for your rice at this point. Add the passata and spicy kidney beans and bring to the boil, (you might want to add a sprinkle of sugar if it’s to bitter).

Place the rice with a little salt into the boiling water and cook until soft. Add in the cumin and chili powder and turn down the heat and leave to simmer. Once the rice is ready drain off the water using the lid. Plate up the rice and chilli and add your sour cream if you have it.

Conclusion

You’re going camping to enjoy yourself so you don’t want to be spending hours cooking taking all your pots and pans with you, so by using the recipes above you can stick to 2 pans without all the fuss. I hope I’ve given you some easy camping food ideas to play with. Let me know your favourite recipes or suggestions to improve mine in the comments below.

Catch you soon

Alun

9 thoughts on “Easy camping food ideas in less than 30 mins

  1. For pasta I’d even recommend that you prepare the sauce at home and pack it in small bottles. Then you just cook the pasta and warm the sauce and the meal is done even quicker, like 10 minutes!

  2. Hi Alun, I loved this post probably it includes one of my all-time favourite meals: chilli con carne. All these recipes are definitely simple and easy to make, I’m anticipating a part 2 to this post with more recipes. Which is your favourite of the 4 you shared? Also, this makes me curious, do you tend to cook meals for breakfast or you go with cereal or a bar to keep it simple?

    1. ooh I love chili con carne to, but I try not to make it too spicy. For breakfast I quite often take the porridge pots or porridge bags as you just need to add boiling water and it’s something nice and warm first thing in the morning 😀

  3. Thanks for these recipes Alun. I’ll have to give these a try.

    By the way, I’ve been an avid backpacker most of my life, so my suggestion (if you happen to be backpacking, as opposed to staying in a campground) would be, very simply – Ramen Noodles! They weigh almost nothing, require no other ingredients, can be rehydrated in a jiffy, and taste great! Of course, one might argue the after pounding the trail all day, ANYTHING would taste great LOL!

    But if you want a little added “extra” just get a foil package of chicken or tuna and stir it into the finished noodles. Again, very little added weight to carry, and added to a package of Ramen Noodles, makes a great tasting and very filling meal.

    Looking forward to seeing some more camping recipes on this site 🙂

    1. haha same, noddles are just so easy to do. I thought about doing a review for some of the boil in the bag stuff for hiking but there’s so many brands etc i couldn’t work out where to start :$

  4. A few of these yummy recipes that I have made before in my corner of the world.
    Passata – what is this ingredient? I want to say it has something to do with tomatoes…
    Thanks for sharing the camping recipe ideas 🙂

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