5 Cheap, Easy And Delicious Camping Recipes

Me in New Zealand looking like a hobo, as per

Having one hob and no larder makes cooking up something tasty a bit of a challenge when traveling in a tent or motorhome. Here are 5 of my favourite cheap, easy and tasty camping recipes for when you’re on the road.

Disclaimer: I’m assuming you know how to cook rice and pasta, and by “basic” ingredients I mean available in the vast majority of supermarkets that sell western produce. All of my recipes really are basic versions of these dishes and can be cooked quick and easy, but can also be simply jazzed up with the addition of some fresh herbs and spices, which I entirely recommend! Oh – and all of these recipes are for two people with a healthy appetite!

1 – SUPER EASY CHILLI CON CARNE

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x large onion (red or white)
  • 2 x teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 x can chopped tomatoes
  • 500g minced beef
  • 150g rice or pasta (75g per person)
  • 1 x teaspoon of mixed herbs
  • Beef stock cube (veg or chicken can be used too if thats all you have)
  • Salt + pepper (plus oregano, cumin and some red wine if poss!)
  • Any extra veg such as peppers, courgette or eggplant can be thrown in too

Recipe:

  1. Cook the rice (or pasta) first and set aside (ideally with the lid on to keep warm)
  2. Fry one onion with two teaspoons of minced garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper until softened
  3. Lightly salt and pepper the minced beef while still in the packet then throw it into the pan with the broken up stock cube. Add a teaspoon of chilli powder (depending on how spicy you like it) here too
  4. Optional: add any leftover veg you need to use – peppers, courgette, mushrooms, even eggplant – and if you have a bottle of red wine, throw in a splash here too. If you have any oregano or cumin, add a half-teaspoonful each too for a bit of extra flavour
  5. When the beef is cooked, add the tinned tomatoes and kidney beans. Simmer for 20 mins (or longer – longer = tastier) and serve with the rice.

2 – THE SIMPLEST THAI GREEN CURRY

Make it even prettier by sticking some fresh basil and chilli on top to finish

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x onion
  • 3 x teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 x teaspoons green Thai curry paste
  • 200ml coconut milk or cream
  • 2 large chicken breasts or thighs (boneless)
  • 150g rice (75g per person)
  • Any extra veg you have such as peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, courgette or eggplant can be thrown in too!

Recipe:

  1. Cook the rice and set aside (ideally with a lid on to keep warm)
  2. Chop and fry the onion and garlic with a pinch each of salt and pepper until softened (if you have any additional dense veg here such as carrots, chop them up small and throw them in, and if you have any ginger, add a teaspoon here too)
  3. Add the chicken and a pinch more salt and pepper (at the same time add any other softer veg you have such as peppers, courgettes, etc)
  4. Once the chicken is no longer pink, add the curry paste, mix everything so it’s all nice and coated in the paste, and cook for a couple of mins
  5. Throw in the coconut milk, simmer for 5 mins, and serve with rice.

3 – YUMMY PESTO PASTA

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x large onion
  • 2 x teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 x can (150g+) tuna (ideally in oil) or 2 x boneless chicken breasts
  • 150g pasta (75g per person) – any type of pasta is fine, even spaghetti
  • Half a jar of green pesto
  • 1 x teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 x teaspoon of mixed herbs
  • Any kind of grate-able cheese would be a tasty addition but not essential
  • Any extra soft veg goes great in this – courgette, eggplant, celery, and even peas

Recipe:

  1. Cook the pasta until 75% done, drain and rinse in water and set aside
  2. Chop and fry the onion with the garlic, lemon juice, mixed herbs and a bit of salt and pepper until softened – you can add a splash of white wine if you have it here too
  3. Add the tuna or chicken and the additional veg if you have it and cook for a few minutes until the chicken is no longer pink
  4. Add the pesto and pasta, make sure everything is nicely coated and put on a low heat for 10 mins
  5. If you have any cheese, grate on top and serve.

4 – SAUSAGE CASSEROLE

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x onion
  • 3 x teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 x can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 x sausages (preferably pork but whatever you can get your hands on!)
  • 50g bacon bits or chorizo
  • 150g pasta (can be eaten with rice or bread too)
  • 1 x teaspoon of mixed herbs
  • Veg, chicken or beef stock cube
  • Any additional veg such as celery, peppers, carrots, broccoli, eggplant, courgette, can be thrown in too for extra flavour (and bulk)
  • Optional: can of broad beans (could also use garbanzo/chickpea, aduki or kidney beans)
  • Some cheese to grate over the top at the end is a tasty addition but not essential

Recipe:

  1. Cook the pasta or rice and set aside (skip this if you’re eating with bread!)
  2. Fry the onion and garlic with the mixed herbs, broken up stock cube and salt and pepper until softened (with any additional dense veg you have such as carrots – chop thinly – and add a splash of red wine here if you have it too)
  3. Chop the sausages into small chunks and throw them in with the bacon bits/chorizo. Fry for around 10 mins until the sausages are cooked through
  4. Add any additional less dense veg now and cook for a few mins, then add the chopped tomatoes, beans and mix up.
  5. Simmer for 15 mins (but the longer the better) then add the pasta to the mix, grate some cheese on top if you have any, and serve

5 – SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 x large onion
  • 3 x teaspoons minced garlic
  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 x tea spoon Mixed herbs
  • 50g bacon bits
  • 1 x can chopped tomatoes
  • Mixed herbs (and some extra oregano if you have it)
  • Beef stock cube (veg or chicken cube will work too if that’s all you have)
  • Grate-able cheese is a tasty addition (but not essential)

Recipe:

  1. Cook some spaghetti (or other pasta if that’s all you have) and set aside with a lid to keep warm.
  2. Chop and fry the onion with the minced garlic, mixed herbs, bacon bits and a pinch or two of pepper until softened.
  3. Add a fair bit of salt and pepper to the beef before throwing it in with a broken up stock cube.
  4. When the beef is cooked through, add the chopped tomatoes.
  5. Simmer for 10 mins, then serve with the pasta

There you have it, five incredibly simple meals, all with five or less steps and basic ingredients you can find in any supermarket that has western produce.

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