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Delicious and Easy Camping Recipes for your RV Adventure

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As the weather warms up and summer approaches, many of us are feeling the call of the open road and the great outdoors. If you’re like me, there’s nothing quite like packing up the RV and heading out on an adventurous camping trip. But one of the biggest challenges of RV camping can be figuring out what to eat – you want tasty, satisfying meals, but you’re often dealing with limited kitchen space and equipment.

Never fear! In this blog post, I’m going to share some of my favorite easy and delicious camping recipes that are perfect for RV trips. Whether you’re looking for hearty one-pot meals, quick and simple lunches, or even some tasty campfire treats, I’ve got you covered. Let’s get started!

Campfire Classics

Let’s start with some classic camping fare that’s easy to prepare over an open fire or camp stove. These recipes are perfect for those nights when you just want to kick back, relax, and enjoy a comforting, satisfying meal after a day of adventuring.

Campfire Chili

Nothing says “camping” quite like a big ol’ pot of chili simmering over the fire, filling the air with its warm, savory aroma. This easy campfire chili recipe is a total crowd-pleaser:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans kidney or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, cook the ground meat over medium-high heat until browned and crumbled. Drain excess fat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Sauté for 5-7 minutes until softened.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, beans, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bring the chili to a simmer and let it cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  5. Serve hot, topping with desired toppings.

This chili is hearty, flavorful, and so comforting after a long day of RV adventuring. Pair it with some crusty bread or tortilla chips for dipping, and you’ve got a perfect camping meal.

Foil Packet Chicken and Veggies

Foil packet meals are the ultimate in easy, low-cleanup camping cooking. This chicken and veggie foil packet is endlessly customizable and cooked right over the campfire or grill.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups assorted chopped veggies (potatoes, carrots, broccoli, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: sliced onions, garlic cloves, lemon wedges

Instructions:

  1. Tear off 4 large sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  2. Divide the chicken, veggies, olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper evenly between the 4 foil sheets.
  3. Fold the foil over the contents and crimp the edges to seal into tight packets.
  4. Place the foil packets directly on the hot coals of your campfire, or on the grill grates, and cook for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through, until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Carefully open the packets (watch out for hot steam!) and serve immediately.

The best part about this recipe is that you can customize the veggies based on your preferences or what’s in season. Potatoes, carrots, zucchini, bell peppers – the possibilities are endless! It’s a complete, balanced meal cooked all in one convenient foil packet.

Campfire S’mores

No camping trip is complete without some classic campfire s’mores, am I right? This luscious, gooey treat is a must-make for any RV adventure.

Ingredients:

  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate bars (milk chocolate or dark chocolate)
  • Marshmallows

Instructions:

  1. Skewer a marshmallow on the end of a long stick or roasting fork.
  2. Hold the marshmallow over the hot coals of your campfire, rotating it slowly, until it’s golden brown and melty.
  3. Quickly sandwich the hot marshmallow between two graham cracker squares and a piece of chocolate.
  4. Enjoy your warm, gooey s’more!

Pro tip: For extra decadence, try using specialty chocolate bars with add-ins like caramel, peanut butter, or even Oreo crumbs. You can also jazz up your s’mores with fun toppings like crushed cookies, toasted coconut, or a drizzle of caramel sauce. Get creative and indulge your sweet tooth!

One-Pot Wonders

When space and cleanup are at a premium while RV camping, one-pot meals are truly lifesavers. These hearty, flavorful recipes come together quickly and easily in a single pot or dutch oven.

Cheesy Taco Pasta

This cheesy taco-inspired pasta dish is a surefire hit with the whole family. It’s packed with ground beef, peppers, onions, and plenty of melty cheese – what’s not to love?

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings like sour cream, avocado, green onions (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until browned and crumbled. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté for 5-7 minutes until softened.
  3. Stir in the taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and uncooked elbow macaroni.
  4. Pour in just enough water to cover the pasta. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve hot, topping with desired toppings.

This creamy, cheesy taco pasta is a quick one-pot meal that’s sure to satisfy even the heartiest of camping appetites. Pair it with a simple salad for a complete and balanced dinner.

Campfire Stew

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a hearty stew simmering over the campfire. This rustic campfire stew is brimming with tender chunks of beef, potatoes, and veggies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, brown the beef over medium-high heat until deeply seared on all sides.
  2. Add the potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the diced tomatoes, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Season with salt

One-Pot Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli

This cheesy one-pot chicken and broccoli dish is the perfect hearty and comforting camping meal. It all comes together in a single pot for easy cooking and cleanup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10.5oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, combine the cubed chicken, broccoli florets, uncooked macaroni, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, milk, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender and the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted and well incorporated.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

This cheesy chicken and broccoli dish is a complete one-pot meal that’s perfect for feeding a crowd on your RV adventure. The creamy, cheesy sauce coats every bite, and the broccoli and chicken provide plenty of hearty substance. Pair it with a simple salad for a well-rounded camping dinner.

Portable Picnic Lunches

When you’re out exploring all day, you’ll need some tasty and portable lunch options to keep you fueled. These easy camping recipes are perfect for packing up and enjoying on the go.

Caprese Skewers

These fresh and flavorful caprese skewers are a delightful portable lunch or snack. They’re easy to assemble ahead of time and pack up for your day’s adventures.

Ingredients:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Wooden skewers

Instructions:

  1. Thread the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cubes, and basil leaves onto the wooden skewers, alternating the ingredients.
  2. Drizzle the assembled skewers with balsamic glaze.
  3. Pack the caprese skewers in a cooler or insulated bag until ready to enjoy.

These bright, colorful skewers make for a refreshing and satisfying lunch. The juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil are a classic flavor combination. Plus, the balsamic glaze adds a tangy, sweet note that ties it all together. Serve these caprese skewers with some crunchy crackers or a small side salad for a complete meal.

Hummus and Veggie Wrap

For a hearty, protein-packed portable lunch, these hummus and veggie wraps are a fantastic option. They’re easy to customize and hold up well during your day’s adventures.

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat tortillas or wraps
  • Hummus (store-bought or homemade)
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Shredded carrots
  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Baby spinach or arugula
  • Optional: feta cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes

Instructions:

  1. Spread a generous amount of hummus onto the center of each tortilla or wrap.
  2. Layer the vegetables (cucumber, carrots, bell peppers, spinach/arugula) on top of the hummus.
  3. If desired, add any additional toppings like feta, olives, or sun-dried tomatoes.
  4. Tightly roll up the wrap, then slice in half diagonally to serve.
  5. Pack the wraps in a cooler or insulated bag until ready to eat.

These veggie-packed wraps are not only delicious, but they also provide a nutritious and filling lunch option. The hummus offers protein and creaminess, while the fresh veggies add crunch, color, and vitamins. Feel free to swap in your favorite seasonal produce or any other toppings you enjoy. These wraps hold up well and are easy to eat on-the-go.

Trail Mix Jars

When you’re out on the trails or exploring all day, you’ll need some energizing snacks to keep you fueled. These customizable trail mix jars are the perfect portable option.

Ingredients:

  • Assorted nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts, etc.)
  • Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia, etc.)
  • Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, etc.)
  • Chocolate chips or M&Ms
  • Granola or cereal pieces
  • Mason jars with lids

Instructions:

  1. In each mason jar, layer the different trail mix ingredients, alternating between nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate, and granola.
  2. Secure the lids on the jars until ready to enjoy.
  3. Pack the trail mix jars in your day bag or cooler for easy, mess-free snacking.

The beauty of these trail mix jars is that you can customize the ingredients to suit your personal tastes. Feel free to use your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. You can even make a few different varieties to have some variety throughout your trip. The jars keep the trail mix fresh and portable, making them the perfect healthy snack to fuel your RV adventures.

Tasty Campfire Treats

No camping trip is complete without some delicious and indulgent campfire treats! These easy recipes are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Campfire Cones

These gooey, melty campfire cones are a fun twist on traditional s’mores. They’re easy to make and endlessly customizable.

Ingredients:

  • Ice cream cones (flat bottomed work best)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bars
  • Optional toppings: crushed graham crackers, peanut butter chips, caramel sauce, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Fill each ice cream cone about 3/4 full with a mixture of marshmallows and chocolate chips (or other desired toppings).
  2. Carefully wrap the filled cones in aluminum foil, sealing the tops.
  3. Place the foil-wrapped cones directly on the hot coals of your campfire or grill grates. Cook for 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally, until the marshmallows are melted and gooey.
  4. Carefully remove the cones from the heat and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before unwrapping.
  5. Enjoy your warm, melty campfire cones!

These campfire cones are a fun, easy dessert that the whole family will love. Get creative with your fillings – you can use all sorts of chocolates, candies, and other tasty mix-ins to customize them to your preferences.

Stuffed Banana Boats

For a naturally sweet and portable campfire treat, you can’t beat these stuffed banana boats. They’re a delicious and healthy way to satisfy your dessert cravings.

Ingredients:

  • Ripe bananas, halved lengthwise
  • Chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, or other desired toppings
  • Aluminum foil

Instructions:

  1. Using a spoon, gently scoop out a shallow trench down the center of each banana half, being careful not to cut through the peel.
  2. Fill the banana “boats” with your desired toppings, such as chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, crushed graham crackers, peanut butter, etc.
  3. Wrap each stuffed banana half loosely in aluminum foil, sealing the ends.
  4. Place the foil-wrapped banana boats directly on the hot coals of your campfire or grill grates. Cook for 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally, until the bananas are softened and the toppings are melted.
  5. Carefully remove the banana boats from the heat and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before unwrapping and enjoying.

These stuffed banana boats make for a naturally sweet and gooey campfire treat. The warm, soft banana pairs beautifully with the melted chocolate, marshmallows, or other tasty toppings. They’re healthy, portable, and sure to satisfy your dessert cravings.

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