Camping Recipes: 2-Step Camp Cooking

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For camp cooking, sometimes, even 3 steps is one too many. After a day of hiking, fishing or even just relaxing by the creek, you want a quick meal, not play Julia Child. The 2-step meal suggestions in the video may be the ticket.

The secret to shortcut camp cooking is careful preparation at home.

Camping Recipes Shortcuts & Tips

The cooler is your best friend.

  • Pre-freeze or pre-cook food supplies at home as much as you can and transport them in a cooler.
  • Freeze any meat you plan to take along. It will last longer and help keep other cooler items cold.
  • Prepare soups, stews or chili ahead of time and freeze them at home. Reheat at camp for a quick and easy dinner.

Pack cooking ingredients by meal

  • Prepare your meals or ingredients before you leave as much as you can. Example, chop, marinate, pre-measure so you reduce your meal preparation to one step or two at camp.
  • Pack ingredients together. Example for the chili in the video, pack the 3 cans and the Fritos corn chips bag together. The corn chips may get crushed, but if you watch the video, that’s exactly what you want.

Bring your condiments.

  • My staple condiments are: chili powder, parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic powder and salt and pepper.
  • Forget the Hollandaise sauce. A sprinkle of parmesan cheese on your tortellini is all you need to go with the beautiful sunset view.
  • Think out of the box. Never tried parmesan cheese on grilled corn? Well, it’s about time.

There are so many simple AND delicious camping recipes, you can leave Martha Stewart and Julia Child at home.

For more recipes, camping cooking tips and shortcuts, request a copy of our 28-page Campfire Recipes and Tips book by emailing to

Tools of the Trade

Rome’s Cast Iron Pie Iron

A pie-iron is so uniquely for camping that every time I see one, I get hungry for outdoor campfire food.  I like this double-sized model because I just can’t seem to make them fast enough at camp for those ravenous kids.

Lodge Original Finish 7-Quart Dutch Oven with Iron Cover

I normally would not buy cooking pots online but this cast-iron pot got such great ratings and Amazon shipped it for free.  And maybe my grandmother is right, that all that iron adds to the nutritional content of my chilli and stew.

Stove Grill Combo – 10,000 BTU, Automatic Ignition

With this 10,000 BTU stove/grill combo, I can cook a pot of chilli, and grill at the same time. I especially like that it folds flat in its built-in carry case.  Matchless lighting-that’s a must for me.

Other Resource Links

 Camping World: Celebrating 40 Years and Growing!

 Amazon Camping/Hiking


  1. Really like the recipes, we had a cool learning animation program for our customers which included some basic cooking skills. Your 2 step cooking technique is great!


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