You finally get to put your tent to good use! The mountains, waterfalls, trees, and fresh air are calling your name.
The weather is glorious and you have the next two days to finally enjoy the great outdoors. You’ve been packed for the last 3 days but one thing keeps running through your mind… “what the heck am I going to eat?”
It’s time to hit the grocery store but what are you going to buy?
Whether it’s your first time camping or your 1000th, these easy camping meals are sure help crush indecision and make meal time a delicious breeze.
Oh, and they’re all gluten free, too. Whether you’re sensitive/allergic to wheat/gluten or not, these meals are high in protein + low in carbs making them excellent and easy camping meals that’ll keep you going all day.
We both know you’re going to pack your weekend full of adventuring off the beaten path so you’ll need the right fuel to keep your body happy.
Easy Gluten Free Camping Meals for Breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. And when you’re camping, it’s important to eat a protein-filled meal that’ll keep you going all day.
1. BACON & EGGS
Ingredients: bacon, eggs, water, & cheese.
We like to cook the bacon first and then scramble the eggs in the leftover bacon grease for extra flavor. If you don’t mind making a small (and responsible) mess, you can cook your bacon & eggs traditionally using a skillet over the fire.
However, The Spicy Apron has an amazing tutorial for pre cooking your eggs. There’s virtually no mess and you don’t have to worry about eggs breaking in your cooler. Sweeeet!
2. Spicy Breakfast Hash
Ingredients: Butter, shredded potatoes, breakfast sausage, chopped onions, chopped jalepenos, eggs, & shredded cheese.
Preparation: Pre-prep your potatoes, sausage, onions, & peppers in a ziplock bag. Now, they’re ready for storage until you’re ready to start cooking. Crack the eggs into a separate ziplock bag, adding milk, salt, & pepper, or whatever your favorite egg recipe calls for.
Cooking: Melt butter in the bottom of your cast iron skillet. Then, cook your spicy potato combo uncovered until the taters are golden brown. Next, add the eggs and cook them to perfection. Combine your potato combo with your eggs, cover with shredded cheese, and enjoy!
3. Simple Breakfast Burrito
Ingredients: corn or gluten free tortillas, bacon and/or sausage, eggs, shredded cheese, & chopped peppers.
Preparation: Cook the bacon and/or sausage to your liking. Scramble your eggs (and add cheese if you love it as much as I do). Put all of your ingredients inside a tortilla and roll it up into a burrito. From here, you’ll want to individually wrap each one in foil. Seriously… it’s that easy.
Cooking: Set each foil wrap on or near hot coals and wait for them to warm up! Since everything is pre-cooked, you’re simply reheating the burrito. Bada bing, bada boom!
SO simple. These breakfast burritos are one of my go-to gluten free camping meals.
Ingredients: vegetable oil, corn tortilla chips, red onions, garlic, tomato sauce, jalepenos, eggs, & salt.
Before your coffee cools (in about 20 minutes), you’ll have a hearty, protein filled breakfast! If you’re feeling fancy, add some avocado slices or cubed ham for additional flavor. This easy camping meal is incredibly easy to customize depending on your preferences and resources.
Find the full recipe at Fresh Off the Grid.
5. Campfire Breakfast Skillet
Skillet meals are insanely versatile and can be made using virtually anything you’ve packed in your cooler. We love using leftovers from dinner or the day before and adding in some fresh eggs or veggies!
They’re an excellent option for home, too.
The good folks over at All Recipes put together a simple, 5-ingredient camping skillet recipe you can easily adapt to whatever you’ve got. Check it out, here.
Easy Gluten Free Camping Meals for Lunch/Dinner
Whether you’re camping for one night or several, lunch and dinner provide essential nutrients your body needs for pique performance for the rest of the day and the next.
1. Shrimp Scampi Foil Packets
This healthy foil meal takes less than 10 minutes to prepare at home and less than 10 minutes to cook at your campsite. Easy-peasy.
The best part about pre-prepared meals is that you won’t find yourself packing your cooler full of one-time use ingredients taking up your precious space or waiting to get overtaken by water. You can leave your expensive spices and tools at home.
Ingredients: Large peeled & deveined shrimp, lemons, garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, butter, white wine, salt, & pepper.
You’ll find the simple recipe over at Delish.com, except you’ll skip heating the grill and cooking until you’ve settled in and grabbed a fresh brewski at your campsite.
2. Grilled Fish Tacos
Ingredients: Fish fillets, olive oil, lime, corn tortillas, chilli powder, cumin, salt, & salsa.
Fish is often an ingredient overlooked for campfire cooking. Although it’s pretty easy to cook, it can get a little pricey so shop smart and look for good deals at your local market.
We like to go for salmon, cod, or snapper depending on the time of year and what’s on sale.
You can find the simple and delicious easy camping recipe at Fresh Off the Grid.
Simply swap out flour tortillas for corn and you’ve got a tasty and gluten free campfire dinner on your plate! They’ve included a recipe for homemade salsa, however, my boyfriend loves to make his own so we usually opt for that instead.
3. Walking Tacos
Ingredients: Pulled pork, BBQ sauce, individual sized bags of chips, shredded cheese, and additional desired ingredients.
Preparation: Cook the pulled pork at home following the instructions. Wrap it in foil and put it in a ziplock bag (so water from the cooler doesn’t get in it). Chop your veggies or additional ingredients.
Cooking: Set the pork foil wrap near hot coals or at the base of the fire to warm up. Once it’s warm, you’re ready to add it in to a bag of chips along with the other ingredients. Mix it all up and your walking tacos are ready to be devoured!
Seriously, these things are like heaven in a bag. You get the delicious taco flavor without the mess making these the perfect easy camping meal.
4. Campfire Nachos
My boyfriend makes THE best nachos. I find myself craving them at least once a week and begging him to make them.
The thing about nachos is that they’re stupid simple and versatile as all get out. Prefer chicken? Use chicken. Pork’s your absolute fave? Use pork. Ground beef is on sale? Use ground beef.
Heck. Use all three!
Ingredients: meat of your choice, corn tortilla chips, shredded cheese, minced garlic, jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, nearly anything else you want.
Preparation: At home, cook the meat according to the instructions. That’s it.
Cooking: We usually put the chips in the bottom of the pan and cover it with everything else while it heats up. However, you can just add your ingredients and dip your chips in if that’s easier for you. All you’re doing here is warming everything back up and melting the cheese.
Sometimes we like to add banana peppers, chopped peppers, onions, and anything else that happens to sound good. For real, you could have nachos every night for dinner and have totally different flavors every time.
5. Maple Sriracha Chicken Kabobs
Hands down, my mom makes the best grilled kabobs. However, she isn’t sharing her secret recipe. Soooooooo, in honor of my mom’s grill master skills, this list wouldn’t be complete without an interesting take on a classic grilled meal.
The lovely ladies at The Adventure Bite put together this delicious, spicy, flavorful, and easy camping meal. You’ll be blown away by it’s simplicity and powerful flavors! Find the full recipe here.
Ingredients: cubed chicken breast, gluten free soy sauce (check the ingredients), maple syrup, sriracha, cubed pineapple, cubed bell pepper.
6. Campfire Style Chili Bake
Ingredients: Gluten free elbow noodles (we like these), chili (make your fave recipe), corn chips, shredded cheese, salt, chopped onions, sour cream, anything else you love in your chili.
Cooking: Cook the gluten free noodles over the fire following their instructions. Pour out any excess liquid. Add the chili and let it warm up mixing it in with your noodles. Once it’s warm, remove the pan from the fire and add in your favorite ingredients, topped with a handful of corn chips (or doritos if you’re feeling frisky). Dig in, yo!
Are You Hungry Yet!? I Know I Am.
And itchin’ for my next camping trip.
I don’t know about you but campfire cooking is one of my favorite parts about going camping. And whether you’re gluten free or not, these delicious gluten free camping meals are sure to keep you going throughout the day. Plus, the experience of gluten-free cooking with an open flame is unlike anything else.
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