Enjoy Easy Camping Recipes Outdoors with the Kids

Good food is a big part of any successful camping trip. Be queen of the cookout with these tasty camping recipes to try in the great outdoors with the kids.

It’s a camping fact that being in the outdoors increases appetite. All that fresh air and activity builds big hunger in little bodies. When you are camping with kids, you will want to make tasty snacks and meals for them to enjoy, that they can even help make. There are so many ways to enjoy camping recipes outdoors with kids out there, from breakfast to dinner to dessert. We put together a list with the ones that are both delicious and easy to prepare. So, let’s dig in!

Enjoy Easy Camping Recipes Outdoors with Kids

Brown Bears

Brown Bears are pieces of cooked dough that go on a stick and are sprinkled with cinnamon. This is a simple, fun treat to make with the kids. First, you wrap the dough around a stick and cook it over your camp fire. Next, you will brush it with a little butter. This is so the cinnamon will stick to it. Then, you roll it in cinnamon, and maybe even a little sugar. It’s a simple and fast treat.

Pie Iron Pizza

Good food is a big part of any successful camping trip. Be queen of the cookout with these tasty camping recipes to try in the great outdoors with the kids.

This recipe is another simple one. Take some slices of Italian bread or English muffins, butter the sides and put them on a pie iron. Add some pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, then put it over the fire to cook until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.

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Chocolate Skillet Cake with Ice Cream

When the chocolate craving hits, you will be so glad that you have this recipe! First, you add flour, baking soda, salt and sugar in a bowl. Then take a 10-inch cast iron skillet and add the cocoa powder, oil, butter and water to it and let it boil. Then mix all of the ingredients together. You will mix in the vanilla, egg and buttermilk and bake it over the fire until a toothpick can come out clean.

You can also make the frosting in a pan where you add milk, butter and cocoa to a boil and then add in icing sugar, vanilla and nuts. Stir the ingredients well and spread over the cake. Then add your favorite ice cream.

The ingredients and how much you need are listed below. (Note: You can pre-measure and bag dry ingredients ahead of time at home.)

For the cake you will need the following:

  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup of flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • ¼ cup of buttermilk
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • For the frosting, you will need:
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • ¼ cup of butter

If you like, you can add ½ cup of chopped pecans and some whipped cream to add more texture. This can get messy, especially if you are enjoying this dessert while in your sleeping bag. This is why with kids, it is great to have a sleeping bag liner so you can take it out and clean off any food or messes inside.

Grilled Waffles

For breakfast, or even dessert, you can grab a sheet of tin foil and 2 waffles. You can then add whatever you want in the middle. The recipe below is just one way to make grilled waffles and serve 4 people.

  • 8 waffles
  • 1 cup of marshmallows
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

Put the chocolate chips and marshmallows between the two waffles and cook it inside of the tin foil over the camp fire. It is a quick treat that can also be made as a breakfast with other fillings.

Breakfast Burritos

Good food is a big part of any successful camping trip. Be queen of the cookout with these tasty camping recipes to try in the great outdoors with the kids.

This breakfast treat will be packed with nutrients (after all your kids need to grow). Take some soft taco shells or tortilla shells and set them aside. You will want to cook your meats like bacon and sausage and dice them up for the shells. Dice up your vegetables and cook those with the meat and then add the mixture to the shells for a great breakfast.

Pigs in a Blanket

For this dish you will need a tube of crescent rolls and a package of hot dogs. Open the tube and take out the dough and cut it to size. Next, take the hot dogs and cut them into thirds and roll each one inside of the dough. You can also roll whole hot dogs into the dough and cook them that way for bigger portions.

Put your crescent rolls into some foil, or on a stick and cook over the fire for a few minutes, turning it so all the sides can be cooked evenly. Once done, you can add dipping sauces like ketchup and mustard for flavor.

Dutch Oven Lasagna

Good food is a big part of any successful camping trip. Be queen of the cookout with these tasty camping recipes to try in the great outdoors with the kids.

Who doesn’t want lasagna while camping? You can have a vegetarian campfire lasagna that tastes great and is simple to make. You will need the following to make 4 servings:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 5 cups of pasta sauce
  • 12 oz of lasagna noodles (pre-cooked is easiest)
  • 3 cups of baby spinach
  • 5 cups of mozzarella cheese

You will use the olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add in a layer of lasagna noodles, then layer a half cup of sauces, 1/3 cup of cheese and 1 cup of spinach. Layer it 3 times total and sprinkle some oregano over the top if you wish. This will need to bake over hot coals for a half hour or until the noodles are tender enough.

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Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

This delicious dinner will fill you up for sure. You will need tin foil for this as you will have to cook it near the fire in order for it to be done. You will need the following items:

  • 1 big loaf of French bread
  • ¼ cup of garlic butter
  • 2 cups of cooked onions and peppers
  • 600 grams of roast beef, sliced
  • 500 grams of your choice of cheese (usually mozzarella or provolone)

Add your ingredients to the bread, and cut the bread into slices. Put the bread inside of the tin foil, in 2 layers, and cook for about a half hour. It will be done when the cheese is melted and the bread is a little crispy.

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Good food is a big part of any successful camping trip. Be queen or king of the cookout with these tasty camping recipes to try in the great outdoors with the kids.

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Guest Author Bio: Rebecca Crawford lives in USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favourite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy the mountains and the company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passions is the ocean. Any and all short or long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for HikingMastery.com.

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  • Jane M says:

    Dang, these recipes look so amazing – not just to try with kids but for everyone. I’d love to try that chocolate skillet cake!


  • Karla says:

    OMG these are really yummy recipes I think even adults will enjoy— or at least me, a child at heart. I will try some for our next camping adventure.

    • Claudia says:

      Adults will love these recipes, trust me! Nothing builds the appetite like camping in the outdoors. Especially for gooey treats and yummy eats.

  • Danik says:

    Pie iron pizza! Never even heard of this. As an 34 year old, I must try this on my next camping trip 😀

  • sherianne says:

    I think i could pull these off, and my co-campers would think I have my &*)$ together (which I don’t, at all). I sorta want to go camping now…

  • I’d forgotten that Pigs in a Blanket even existed. Now I want to go and make some immediately. This is funny because my husband and I were just talking about going camping, something we have never done together. (There may be a good reason for that.) At least now we know what to eat!

    • Claudia says:

      Haha! Well I want to hear about your experience when you DO go camping Carol! I’m sure it will be an adventure. 🙂

  • Yum! I’ve never been camping before — or at least not the “real” kind where you sleep in a tent instead of a building. But seeing these yummy treats might make me want to take the family!

  • Melody Pittman says:

    I wish I would have had these recipes back when my family used to camp! They all sound delicious, although I am partial to the Brown Bears and Grilled Waffles. I love the breakfast burrito idea; so simple yet something I never would have thought to make while camping. Great read!

  • Paige W says:

    These are great recipes! they’re great for kids and picky husbands alike 😉 Thanks for sharing some yummy tips! I’m gonna try those breakfast burritos on my next camping trip!

  • carla says:

    I can pull this off and the recipes look yum! Though I would replace the meat ingredients with mushrooms and tofu. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

  • JodyR says:

    How have I never heard of brown bears? I want to try all of these!

  • Robin says:

    Love the idea of pre-measuring the dry chocolate cake ingredients in advance. So smart!

  • Vicky and Buddy says:

    Wow, I had no idea that you could make so many recipes while camping. I’ve never gone camping so I figured people just ate stuff out of cans lol! The lasagna idea looks especially tasty!

  • victoria says:

    this is an interesting idea to engage the kids! we camp every year but stick with traditional fire roasted potato-meat-salad menu (and roasted marshmallows of course). we can handle grilled waffles i think:)

  • Trisha Velarmino says:

    I never thought food when camping can be sooo good! Everything looks delicious and it’s not only the kids that will enjoy the food but everyone. I love your creative but simple recipes!!!

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