Whether you have an action-packed camping trip planned or you just want to be lazy and relax around the campsite, you don’t want to sacrifice eating awesome camping food on your trips!
These make ahead camping meals are a convenient way to eat yummy camp meals for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and dessert!
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27+ Make Ahead Camping Meals That’ll Make You Say, YUM!
Looking for new and amazing make ahead camping meals when planning simple camping trips?
These Camping For Foodies original recipes are easy, fun and will satisfy the whole family!
This classic one-pot comfort food is easy to make at the campsite but you can also make it at home, refrigerate it for a couple of days and just reheat it at the campsite. The beef, beans, tomatoes and cheese combine with the macaroni to create a meal filled with carbs and protein … perfect for campers who need energy during their trips.
Wraps are really easy to make ahead and can be wrapped in plastic or parchment paper for eating later on camp trips or in a vehicle on long road trips.
When you can make a recipe and it tastes better after it rests for a day or two, it is a great item to make ahead for your camping trips! This potato salad is one that my family goes crazy over so I often make a double batch!
There are a couple of make ahead options for this stew. You can make the entire recipe at home and refrigerate it until you are ready to re-heat it at the campsite. Or, you can prep the meat and veggies at home, then just cook this hearty stew over your campfire. This is one of my easy camping meals for large groups that is easily scaled-up to feed an entire crowd!
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This Thai chicken is one of my favorite make ahead camping meals because it has soooooooo much flavor and it is a really unique recipe. It is another one of my freezer bag meals that you just have to defrost at the campsite and cook in your camp Dutch oven over a campfire.
Try this Thai chicken and you’ll see why it is one of our favorite winter camping recipes that we cook while we gather around a hot campfire!
This easy and sophisticated appetizer can be made several days in advance and holds well in a refrigerator or cooler!
These brownies taste AMAZING and they freeze really well too. Just bake them at home then slice, wrap and freeze individual slices for your future camp trip! This is a really great option when you are making camping meals for two and don’t want huge portions of dessert.
You know how much I love dump and cook freezer meals! This cacciatore is fast, filling and fabulous! I like serving it with a salad and garlic bread for a hearty campfire meal!
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Flavored butters can be made well in advance of your trips and stored in the refrigerator or freezer. They add great flavor to grilled meat and veggies … we really love this basil butter on our campfire corn on the cob!
Chili is one of those meals that always comes to mind when thinking about make ahead camping meals. It actually tastes better when it sits for a day or two. You can make this chili at home and refrigerate it for a few days to reheat it at the campsite.
Alternatively, you can make it at home then freeze it for future camping trips. When I do that, I like to make a double batch so I have one dinner for home and a second dinner for a camping trip but only one cooking/clean up event. Making multiple batches of this chili works well if you are feeding a large crowd.
Dump and reheat meals are particularly great for limited mobility camping. For people with mobility challenges, it is easier to prepare food at home in a kitchen that has been modified for accessibility and then just reheat the food at the campsite.
You really can’t have chili without a nice crusty bread … or better yet … cornbread! This cornbread is something you can easily make at the campsite or make ahead at home and just freeze it until you are ready for your camping trip.
Just make sure you tightly wrap it in plastic wrap so it stays nice and fresh. Once you defrost it, wrap it in some foil and toss it over a campfire to get it warm and toasty before serving.
As far as camping recipes goes, this gumbo is one of my most complicated and time consuming recipes but the flavors are worth the effort! Some of our camp days are “lazy cooking days” where we just hang out at the campsite, read a book, play a few games and tend to a long-cooking meal throughout the day. But, you can easily make this gumbo at home and just reheat it at the campsite too.
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This beef and broccoli is what I call one of my “dump and cook” freezer make ahead camping meals. You just have to put all of the ingredients in a freezer bag at home, lay it flat in your freezer and freeze it.
I like making these because I just take it out of the freezer and load it into my RV refrigerator or cooler to transport it to the campsite. Then, after it is defrosted, just dump the entire contents of the bag into a camp Dutch oven and cook it over a campfire.
Pasta salads that are served cold are awesome make ahead camping meals! This pasta salad has bold flavors with the feta cheese, Kalamata olives and pepperoncini peppers. I like to serve it on the side with a grilled chicken breast. You can also just cube the grilled chicken and add it directly to the salad to make a cold and refreshing main course.
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Big and hearty warm sandwiches are so good for a fast camping dinner meal! This French dip is one of my “dump and cook” freezer meals. Just get your campfire going and simmer this beef in the flavor-filled juice that you’ll use for dipping!
If you are camping in cooler weather, this soup is one of the best make ahead camping meals! I actually love making this at the campsite around a warm fire but I have also made this at home, refrigerated it and then just reheated it at the campsite. It is so hearty and filling that I serve it with a loaf of crusty bread and call it dinner but it can also be served as a starter for an Italian meal.
When I make this hobo stew at the campsite, I set up an ingredient bar and let each camper build their own foil packet. When doing this as one of my make ahead camping meals, I just prep all of the ingredients at home and transport them in individual food storage containers to the campsite. Then I just pop off the lids and set them out to create the ingredient bar.
One pot camping meals are some of my favorite make ahead camping recipes. This white chili is an easy on-site recipe but if you want to make it at home, you can just refrigerate it and then reheat it at the campsite. I love making several batches of this recipe if I need to feed a large crowd.
These easy biscuits can be made at the campsite in about 30 minutes … or made in advance for a quick breakfast or a side for soups, stews and chili meals.
Talk about yummy make ahead camping meals! This Southwest salad can be served as a side salad or a main course by just adding some cubed cooked chicken. You can make it at home and refrigerate up to 2 days.
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This coffee cake is easy to make on-site but also the perfect make ahead recipe for breakfast or a sweet treat for dessert.
These muffin tin eggs are an easy prep-ahead breakfast meal. Just prep the ingredients at home and transport to the campsite in food storage containers. Then you just have to bake them over your campfire!
Quiche is the ultimate make ahead recipe because it is often served cold or at room temperature. It is easy to make at the campsite too!
Doing this recipe as a make ahead camping appetizer is easy. Just assemble all of the ingredients and put them in a food storage container, refrigerate and then transport to the campsite. Before you are ready to eat this dip, just let it get to room temperature, spread it into your camp Dutch oven and bake till bubbly.
These nuts are one of my favorite make ahead camping snacks because they are so easy and so good! The recipe is so simple that making it at the campsite is a breeze but these nuts can also be made at home and just transported in a food storage container. This recipe makes a fairly big batch which is great if you are bringing something to a pot luck!
Fresh fruit salads take a bit of prep work to clean and chop the fruit but they taste so amazing when you put in the effort! The secret to this recipe tasting so fantastic is the easy honey mint syrup.
It takes a regular fruit salad and turns it into a refreshingly yummy dessert! You can do this as a make ahead camping recipe by prepping the fruit and making the syrup at home … then just toss everything together at the campsite!
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I absolutely LOVE cooking at the campsite but there are some no-cook recipes that are yummy! So, I have to put away the charcoal to enjoy some really refreshing camping meal ideas. This salad is easy to make onsite but it is also one of my favorite make ahead camping meals.
When I make this recipe at home, I do all of the chopping and make the dressing in my home kitchen … then I transport the individual ingredients to the campsite in food storage containers that are in my RV refrigerator or camp cooler. Just before we are ready to eat this amazing salad, I just toss all the ingredients together and serve! I promise, you won’t want to put your fork down!
When people are looking for make ahead camping meals, they are usually doing it to make easy meals at camp. These recipes are not all make-ahead meals but they are easy and yummy!
There are so many ways to cook your make-ahead camp meals! If you love using camp stoves, you might want to think about also using refillable 1 lb propane tanks!
More Camp Food Ideas
If you are looking for simple recipes you can make directly at the campsite, I’ve got options for every meal of the day.