Camping Menu Ideas

Camping Menu Ideas

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Summer is a favorite time for our family to go camping in the mountains. Here are a few of our favorite Camping Menu Ideas when cooking in the wild.

Camping Menu Ideas

When our girls were young, we would pack up our large canvas tent, sleeping bags, propane cook stove–and other items galore and head for the Rockies.

Now that our family is grown and starting families of their own, our camping days are few. However, we are all dreaming of the day when we will pack up all of our families and caravan to the mountains for a week of camping together. If we ever manage to accomplish that, I will be sure to post about it on this blog!


A Little Camping Story

Outside view of our camp - Camping Menu Ideas

We usually eat a large breakfast when camping and then munch on snacks for lunch when we do our hiking. One year when we were camping at the Snowy Range Pass in Wyoming, we made friends with our camp host. It had been a very wet summer, and she was camping in a small popup tent. Cold. Wet. Miserable. But Smiling. We invited her to breakfast a few mornings, for which she was very appreciative.


Camping Menu Ideas: A Hearty Breakfast

While camping, breakfast and supper are our main meals, with snacks in-between, so I always make a large breakfast for everyone. Of course, there is often a rainy-day morning in the mountains when I’m not able to cook outside. On such days, we may just pour boiling water over a pouch of instant oatmeal and eat that with some hot cocoa. Here are a few of our favorite breakfast dishes.


Breakfast Burritos with salsa, juice or milk.

Breakfast Burritos
Here's a recipe we enjoy making at any time of year.
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Country Pancakes with eggs, bacon, and juice. Sometimes I’ll even add in a side of grits.

Country Pancakes
Here's a recipe my husband especially enjoys. He loves them!
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Biscuits and Gravy with juice or milk and maybe a side of hash browns to go with this.

Country Sausage Gravy
Here's a recipe I make every year on the Fourth of July. Serve with Country Biscuits or Sourdough Biscuits. Enjoy!
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or French Toast with sausage links, scrambled eggs, and juice.

French Toast
Here's a fast and easy breakfast dish to make for your family.
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Recipe for French Toast


Packing our Lunch

For lunch, we’ll pack a few items in our backpacks like applesauce, carrots, jerky, crackers and cheese, and granola bars. And of course, water. Months before our trip, I’ll start drying jerky and fruits. And a week before the trip I’ll make a couple batches of our granola bars in different flavors.



Venison Jerky  – This recipe easily compares to what you might buy at specialty shops. It’s very well seasoned and not hard to make.

Venison Jerky
This is a recipe that easily compares to what you buy at specialty shops. Very good and not hard to make.
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Venison Jerky



Chewy Granola Bars –  When our daughters were younger, we vacationed nearly every summer in the mountains. One year, I wanted to make most of the food myself. I dried fruits. Made jerky. And worked tirelessly on this granola bar recipe, wanting something that was flavorful, firm, yet chewy, and that would hold together when snacking on it.

Chewy Granola Bars
Here's a recipe I worked months on to get just right. We love it. I hope you will too.
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Supper in the Campground

After a long day of hiking or sight-seeing, I like to return to camp for an easy, one-pot meal–usually soup served with leftover biscuits, cornbread, or crackers. Unlike Kansas, it’s nice and cool in the mountains, so soup tastes pretty good. Here are a few ideas:


Sausage Bean Soup and Skillet Cornbread – Sausage Bean Soup is perfect for a cool night. Just right for a mountain supper.

Sausage Bean Soup
Here's an easy soup recipe my cousin Brenda shared with me. Great to serve on cool nights. Serve with skillet cornbread.
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This Country Potato Soup is a perfect choice when you want something warm and creamy. It’s easy to prepare, and so satisfying when you just want a nice bit of comfort food.

Country Potato Soup
Here's a delicious recipe when you want something warm and creamy. Great for cool, autumn or spring evenings. Enjoy!
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Chunky Venison Stew with Savory Southwest Biscuits – We’ve nicknamed it “Mountain Stew” because we always make Chunky Venison Stew when we go camping in the mountains. And we’re hoping to one day take a big family vacation, where we’ll make this stew together. It also works well for Cowboy gatherings. Or any family gathering, for that matter.

Chunky Venison Stew
My husband and daughters like to hunt deer and elk in the fall. This is a great venison recipe full of hearty meat and chunks of potato, carrots, and peas.
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Don’t Forget Dessert

For dessert, we’ll get out the Coleman Oven. And just so you don’t think I’m an over-achiever as a camp cook, here is a little secret: I use canned apple pie filling and also prepare the cookie dough at home and refrigerate it in a large butter container. Then when it’s time for a little snack after supper, we’ll slice off a handful of cookies and place them in the propane oven. Easy-peasy and oh so good!



Homemade Apple Pie – This recipe has been in our family for at least four generations and has won two grand champion ribbons at our county fair.

Homemade Apple Pie
Here is a favorite recipe for homemade apple pie:
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Joan’s Chocolate Chip Cookies – Joan’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are simply delicious. I like to make the dough for this ahead of time, forming it into two rolls and refrigerating until we’re ready to pack. Then when it’s time to bake, just slice off enough pieces to fit on a small baking pan. There is just something wonderful about freshly baked warm homemade cookies in the mountains. So yummy!

Joan's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here's a recipe from a sweet lady who always brought yummy snacks to church on Sunday. I think you might like it! (It makes a large batch)
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Joan's Chocolate Chip Cookies



Happy Camping! 


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5 thoughts on “Camping Menu Ideas”

  • I just finished cooking for a group of about 30 people in the mountains and was actively looking for quick/easy ways to have a finished meal without the big process. I've not tried freezing the home made biscuits but for camping, I would have all these ingredients mixed up ahead: all but eggs and milk, the finished mixed dry ingredients with shortening added and measured so I know how much batter to measure out per milk/eggs. A large cast iron skillet with a lid over low to medium heat cooks them nicely when no oven is available. You may have to turn them to brown on both sides which is easily done.

    • Great tips, Pamela! I do the same for my baking dishes–biscuits, pancakes, pie dough, etc. Saves a bunch of ingredients to pack. I used to cook with dutch ovens, until one year that was my main source and there was a fire ban and they wouldn't allow open coals. Not good.

    • We are experienced with fire bans too so now we come prepared with our camp stove that we can put inside the tent, away from the great out doors and away from a breeze that could carry any flame or sparks. The burners are easier to adjust than a fire for biscuits too. I'm looking forward to using some of your yummy-looking recipes!

  • As you go in habitation it should appear simple to simply pack a couple of sandwiches and assume that’s enough. however it appears that once you sit back {the heat|the nice and cozy} fire within the evening you begin desire some warm savory meal.

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