Easy camping recipes from Walmart

Getting ready to go camping and looking for easy camping food ideas? These outdoor-friendly recipes, all under 30 minutes, will take you from breakfast to lunch to dinner, effortlessly—for more family time on the dock (and less time in your camping kitchen!). For even easier (and ultra-delish!) camping meals, just follow a few of our recommended pre-prep steps as you pack.

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Breakfast

Easy camping meal ideas from Walmart

Ready in: 20 minutes

Why we love it: Every component of this hearty sammy—from its thick tomato rounds and bell pepper strips, to its melted-cheese-topped slices of toast—can be tossed onto the grill side by side, then quickly slapped together to satisfy those ravenous morning munchies.

Camping prep tip: Want your pre-cut slices of tomato to stay as fresh as possible? Try binding them tightly in plastic wrap, and keeping them refrigerated in your cooler. Be sure to use them within the first day of your trip.

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Easy camping meal ideas from Walmart

Ready in: 15 minutes

Why we love it: Dessert for breakfast reaches a new level of indulgence with this melt-in-your-mouth medley of fruit, chocolate, nuts and whatever else your sweet tooth desires. Although our recipe features three banana boat variations, the beauty of this treat is that the possibilities are endless.

Camping prep tip: As soon as the bananas reach your preferred ripeness, you can halt further ripening by cloaking the stems in plastic wrap. Protect the fruit from bruising by wrapping the bunch in a towel before packing.

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Easy Camping food ideas from Walmart

Ready in: 18 minutes

Why we love it: Nothing hits the spot in those early hours of the day quite like a good old-fashioned breakfast sandwich, complete with crisp bacon, sharp cheddar, and the silky yolk of a perfectly fried egg. You can easily adapt stovetop recipes, like this one, to open-flame cooking by equipping your camping kitchen with flat-top griddle or — if you need a budget-friendly option — a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet.

Camping prep tip: Before packing your eggs into the cooler, ditch the molded pulp or cardboard carton and transfer them to a reusable plastic case to prevent moisture-induced contamination.

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Safety Tip
Health Canada advises against serving undercooked eggs to children aged 5 and under.1  Make sure to cook your little ones’ eggs to an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F), or until the both the yolk and the whites are fully cooked through.

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Lunch

Easy camping recipes from Walmart

Ready in: 40 minutes

Why we love it: This family-friendly favourite is simple, yet rustic—and the sizzling marriage of thick, blistered crust and bubbling mozzarella give a Sicilian flair to this smoky, crispy-bottomed pie, made all the more delicious by a aromas of a campfire. The best part? You need only five ingredients, all of which require little to no effort to prep.

Camping prep tip: What makes this an especially easy camping recipe is that you ca simply throw your ingredients into the cooler and go. Whether it’s your store-bought dough, bottled marinara sauce, sliced pepperoni or pre-shredded cheese, save your precious time and energy by buying it all prepared.

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Easy Camping Recipes

Ready in: 20 minutes

Why we love it: No family camping trip is complete without a hot-dog lunch. This recipe swaps out your run-of-the-mill condiments with the zing of fresh, summery pineapple salsa. Plus, it allows you to easily sneak fruits and veggies into your meal to help maintain your family’s nutrition—even out in the wild.

Camping prep tip: Cutting down on as much of the prep as you can manage is key when you need to reserve your energy for a weekend of camping fun. Instead of chopping up fresh pineapple, pick up a can or two of diced pineapple in water, and save space in the cooler while you’re at it!

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Easy Camping recipes

Ready in: 45 minutes

Why we love it: When it comes to feeding a family, boosting the consumption of nutrients without sacrificing flavour is the name of the game. This sweet and zesty quinoa salad is a longstanding winner, and it can be stored in a refrigerated space for multiple days.

Camping prep tip: Whether you plan on serving it as a main or a side, the ingredients in this dish can be prepared entirely in advance and tossed together.  Alternatively, you can also pack them into your cooler in separate Ziploc bags, and assemble on-site (which also opens up the option to allocate any remaining ingredients to other recipes).

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Easy Camping recipes

Ready in: 25 minutes

Why we love it: Salads with substance—like the fluffy couscous, crumbled feta, and slivered almonds in this kale salad—are chock-full of the fibre, fat, and fuel your family needs for hiking, kayaking, and other rigorous outdoor activities. And we can’t resist the tart pops of flavour from the dried cranberries!

Camping prep tip: Tenderizing your kale is a must when using it in salads. Before combining your salad ingredients, put the chopped kale in a bowl and drizzle a teaspoon or two of olive oil on top. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and use your hand to massage the greens. You’ll know it’s ready when the leaves have intensified in colour and are coated in a soft sheen from the oil.

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
Not only does massaging the kale soften both the texture and  bitter taste of kale, but also helps break down the fibres in the greens for easier digestion.

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Dinner

easy camping recipes from Walmart

Ready in: 40 minutes

Why we love it: Foil-packet dinners are a camping staple, and these lively chicken enchiladas are no exception. Perfect for individual servings, these packets can be grilled side by side on indirect heat, and dinner for the whole crew will be ready in 20 short minutes flat.

Camping prep tip: Prepare just the filling in advance, or the whole enchilada! We recommend saving as much time as possible on the campground by assembling the packets at home, storing them in the cooler, then simply tossing them onto the grill when dinnertime approaches.

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easy camping recipes from walmart

Ready in: 25 minutes

Why we love it: Handheld eats hold an extra-special place in our outdoor-enthusiast hearts because we’ll jump at any chance to forgo the dirty cutlery. And kids will love the interactive element that always plays a fundamental role in taco night!

Camping prep tip: Chefs and other steak experts swear by salting well before cooking — at least an hour or even overnight, if possible, depending on the cut. Although you might forgo this waiting period on a busy weeknight, camping food prep presents the perfect opportunity to let that salt absorb deep into the meat and tenderize the muscle structure.

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Quick Tip
Meat can be marinated in advance and stored in your cooler—great for soaking up all the tasty flavour while you spend the day swimming!
Easy camping recipes from Walmart

Ready in: 15 minutes (after at least 3 hours of marinating)

Why we love it: This succulent marinated steak is not only bursting with umami, but it brings an elevated dining experience to the outdoors—especially when paired with roasted potatoes, grilled corn, or one of your prepared salads.

Camping prep tip: If your budget allows, we recommend picking up a thick, fatty cut like bone-in ribeye. The heavy marbling will hold up against the heat of an open flame, and the bone allows for slightly easier handling than a boneless cut.

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BUDGET WATCH
If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a more affordable cut, the chuck eye is nearly identical in texture and flavour to the coveted ribeye.

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Easy Camping recipes

Ready in: 15 minutes (after at least 8 hours of marinating)

Why we love it: The swift kick of flavour upon the first bite of these short ribs is unlike any other. Sweet, salty, peppery and acidic, these juicy slabs of marinated meat deliver on both deliciousness and convenience.

Camping prep tip: If, before your getaway, you can’t get your hands on flanken — the specific cut of beef commonly used for Korean short ribs — you can substitute boneless chuck roast, which yields a comparable flavour and texture.

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Snacks

Easy camping meal ideas

Ready in: 35 minutes

Why we love it: Salty, crunchy, and utterly addictive, these generously seasoned frites are bound to be well-loved by the entire family—whether on their own  with some vinegar and ketchup, or as a sidekick to campfire burgers or steak.

Camping prep tip: After slicing your russets at home, immerse them in containers or freezer bags filled with water to prevent them from browning. You can keep them in your cooler for up to one day before frying, but the sooner the better!

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TIME-SAVING TIP
Skip potato prep altogether and add a bag of frozen French fries to your shopping cart. With this recipe, you won’t tell the difference.

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Easy Camping recipes

Ready in: 15 minutes

Why we love it: Did you even go camping if you didn’t make s’mores? This warm and gooey twist on the quintessential impaled-marshmallow sandwich is perfect for gathering ‘round and sharing while breathing in the cool, quiet nighttime air.

Camping prep tip: Put this snack together ahead of time by whipping up the creamy chocolate spread, layering it onto the bottom of a foil pie plate, and covering for later. Then, when everyone’s ready for a late-night dessert, all you have to do is remove the cover, top with marshmallows, and throw onto the grill. If you’re taking a multi-day trip, be sure to prep more than one plate—the kids will thank you!

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