Just because you’re out camping in the great outdoors doesn’t mean you need to give up on delicious and healthy eating! In fact, we’d argue that when you’re busy hiking, swimming, kayaking and exploring, it may even be more important to fuel your body right. Whether you’re working with limited kitchen space inside your RV or solely cooking over an open flame at the campsite, these simple recipe ideas are sure to taste great and provide some valuable nutrition. Let’s take a look at South Thompson RV’s top five favourite camping recipes!
We like to call foil-pack recipes “fill in the blank” because you can truly put just about any mix of ingredients into a foil pack, pop it on a grill or over a fire, and look forward to a delicious meal in no time. A great rule of thumb is to (loosely!) include the following in your foil pack:
Meat (sausage works great as it flavours the other ingredients beautifully)
Starch (we usually go for small potatoes sliced into quarters for the best cooking time)
Veggies (anything you want - what’s seasonal near you?)
Fat (oil or butter… mmmm, butter)
Seasoning (salt and pepper will do, or add a spice blend, garlic cloves or BBQ sauce)
Place all of the ingredients in a thick piece of foil and seal it up, leaving enough room inside for steam to circulate. Place the foil packs on a grill (either your BBQ or a rack over your fire) and cook for 25-30 minutes. Open very carefully and enjoy with a fork right out of the foil pack (once it’s cool enough to handle, of course). This post by Brit+Co has several foil-pack camping recipes that we would love to try!
If there is one piece of camping cookware we recommend you invest in, it’s a Dutch oven. This heavy-bottomed pot is versatile and can withstand hours of high heat, meaning you can safely slow cook stews, soups, casseroles and pulled meats on an open flame. We love the idea of pre-rubbing a pork shoulder before leaving for your camping trip and putting it in a bag with onion and garlic. This way, you can simply dump it into your Dutch oven when you arrive at your site, add your liquids, and start the cooking process. Check out this step-by-step recipe by One Mighty Family on how to make decadent Dutch oven campsite pulled pork. Put it on sandwiches, eggs, baked potatoes - the sky is the limit!
Does anything say “camping” more than gooey mac and cheese? Not to mention that you can count on it being a hit with the kids. This campsite mac and cheese recipe from The Simple Bite uses just a few ingredients that are easy to keep in your RV pantry, and gets finished off over the campfire for seriously melty goodness. Bonus: toss in leftover hot dogs, bacon or pulled meat to really bulk up this meal!
Making burritos at the campsite makes loads of sense. If you throw away your idea of traditional burrito ingredients, you can essentially fill a tortilla wrap with anything, wrap it tightly in foil, and place it right at the base of a fire or on a BBQ grill to cook. Whether you use leftovers, seasonal foods you grab from a roadside market, or pre-planned ingredients, you can’t go wrong with campfire burritos! We also love that you can simply tear open the foil and dive into your meal, making it a dish-free dinner option. We love the simplicity of this traditionally-flavoured campfire burrito recipe from Southern Kitchen, but don’t be afraid to experiment!
You didn’t think we’d forget about dessert, did you? Take your s’mores to the next level by adding fruit, peanut butter, pretzels and other fun ingredients, or even try stuffing your ingredients into an ice cream cone instead of sandwiching it between graham cookies. For 10 unique s’more ideas, check out this blog post by Camping for Foodies!
Need more help planning your next big RV camping trip? Give us a call or come visit us at South Thompson RV! We love to talk about all things camping and RV related, and share our wealth of experience with our customers. Hoping to get into the great outdoors this camping season? Browse our inventory of new and used RVs, book a service appointment, or simply reach out and let us know how we can help.