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10 Classic Camping Meals You Remember from Your Childhood

August 20, 2020

10 Classic Camping Meals You Remember from Your Childhood

Dinner’s ready! 

Food tastes better around a campfire, am I right? It's no wonder you have fond memories of meals your dad made when you were camping as a kid. Now you can recreate your childhood favorites for your family. 

These are no-fuss, classic camping meals. You betcha, they're darn tasty.

So, brew up your percolator coffee. We're starting off this list with camping meals for breakfast.


1. Breakfast Burritos

Cook up scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, and cheese in your cast iron pan. Wrap and serve in a warmed flour tortilla. 

You can mix it up with any filling you like. 

2. Cast Iron Pancakes

Pancakes in a cast iron pan get that little crispy edge that tastes so satisfying. You can use a "just add water" mix (and lots of butter in the pan). Add blueberries or bananas for an extra treat.

3. Single Serve Cereals

Cap'n Crunch and Fruity Pebbles tasted even better from a tiny cardboard box.  You can still find childhood favorite cereals sold in brightly colored tiny boxes. And now they're available in cups. You pour the milk right in - no extra bowl necessary.

 Vintage mini cereal boxes

4. Hobo Meals 

A camping tradition, these meals are self contained and cook up in tin foil packets. You can make up tons of variety of these meals. Add any combination of meat, potatoes, and veggies, season and wrap in tin foil. Set on the grill and cook till ready (usually 30-40 minutes). 

5. Chili Dogs

Roast a hot dog over the fire, put in a bun and pour warm chili on top. Sprinkle on shredded cheddar cheese and diced onions. We prefer to serve this with a side of Old Dutch potato chips and a tub of Top the Tater. But if you're not in the midwest any potato chips and dip will work. 

Cooking chili dogs over campfire

6. Steak and Ranch Potatoes

Grill up a steak, fry up diced potatoes in the cast iron pan sprinkled with a ranch dressing packet. This is a simple dinner. After a long day of hiking this is a hearty meal that satisfies. 


7. Pie Iron Meals

There are lots of meals, snacks, and desserts you can make in this midwestern camp cooking staple. Some of your childhood favorites were pizza, sandwiches, pie. 

8. Chili/Stew

Enjoy a hearty soup on a chilly night. You can even pre-make your chili or stew at home and reheat in a dutch oven. 

9. Walking Tacos

You need the single serve bags of chips for this meal, because you're going to make the "tacos" right in the bag. Fritos is the traditional chip but we also recommend mixing it up with Doritos. 

Brown up ground beef with taco seasoning. Crush chips in bag and top with beef, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and cheese (or your favorite taco toppings). For a midwest twist drizzle with Ranch dressing. Eat right from the bag. 

10. Womp 'Ems

AKA - Campfire Biscuits. To make Womp 'Ems you need a thick dowel or stick, biscuit dough and fillings. Wrap the biscuit dough around the end of the stick and cook over the fire. Once it's fully cooked slide the biscuit off the stick and fill with toppings of your choice.

You can use sweet or savory fillings. Some sweet favorites are pudding, jam, strawberries and whipped cream. For a savory meal try sausage and gravy, or eggs and bacon. 



Bonus Camping Desserts


The campfire classic. For a new twist try gourmet or flavored chocolate bars and Pamela's Honey Grahams (they're gluten-free and super buttery).



Berries and Whipped Cream

For a refreshing dessert top fresh blueberries, strawberries or raspberries with a spray of Redi-Whip (our favorite). If you're a Cool Whip family go ahead and use that. But know that Redi-Whip is waaaay better ;)

Campsite Ice Cream

Ice cream, camping? Yep, you can make your own freshly churned ice cream with just a few ingredients. You need half and half, sugar, vanilla, large and small Ziplock baggies, rock salt, and ice.

In small baggie mix:

1 cup half and half

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp sugar

get all the air out and seal tightly

In large baggie mix:

1/4 rock salt

Fill half way with ice

Add small baggie to large baggie, making sure each bag is sealed tightly. Shake until ice cream hardens (about 10 minutes). Eat right from the baggie.