4 Insanely Easy Camping Meals for Solo Adventurers

4 Insanely Easy Camping Meals for Solo Adventurers

If you’re headed to the backwoods for a solo adventure, the last thing you want to worry about is dinner. But after a long day hiking, mountain biking, or fishing, you’re gonna work up an appetite — and trail mix and hot dogs won’t cut it.


You’re likely not in the mood to spend a lot of time prepping and cooking for just one, but you still need a satisfying meal to replenish those calories and give you something to savor while you kick back by the fire.


Below we’ve rounded up the 4 easiest (and tastiest) solo camping meals to keep you energized for tomorrow’s adventure.


1. Lemon Fish Foil Pack


If you’re taking your fishing equipment out for a spin, reeling in a catch means you can make this solo camping meal in a flash over the fire.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes


What You’ll Need:

  • 2 thinly sliced lemons
  • 1 large (and fresh!) fish fillet
  • 6 tbsp butter in cubes
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Fresh parsley to garnish


How to Make It: 

  1. Catch (or buy) your fish fillet. 
  2. Season fillet with garlic, honey, and oregano.
  3. Wrap the fish in a foil packet and add lemon slices on top.
  4. Scatter cubes of butter around the fish and seal up the packet tightly. 
  5. Cook that baby on the campfire for 10-15 minutes, until it’s tender.

    2. Camp Fire Stew


    Nothing tastes better than piping hot stew in the great outdoors — especially on a chilly spring evening. This easy solo camping meal has everything you need to warm up before hitting the hay.

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 1 hour


    What You’ll Need: 

    • 6 ounces blade roast, trimmed into cubes
    • 1 potato
    • 2 carrots
    • 1 onion
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 1 tbsp water


    How to Make It: 

    1. Cut potato, carrots, and onion into cubes and mince garlic clove.
    2. In a large sheet of foil, layer beef, veggies, and garlic. 
    3. Season with salt and pepper and top with butter and 1 tablespoon of water. 
    4. Roll the edges of the foil tightly to seal. 
    5. Put foil pack under campfire coals and let it cook for 1 hour.

      This is a great campfire meal to get started and let simmer while you take care of any campsite chores — or sip a cold one and enjoy the solitude.


      3. Campfire Mac N’ Cheese


      This adult upgrade to classic Mac N’ Cheese will crush your hunger faster than you can break camp. Bring a few things to spice it up, like hatch green chiles or bacon bits.

      Prep Time: 5 minutes

      Cook Time: 15 minutes


      What You’ll Need: 

      • 12 ounces of Macaroni (or your favorite pasta)
      • 60 ounces water
      • 1 tsp salt
      • 10 ounces milk
      • 7 ounces American cheese
      • 4 ounces Asiago cheese
      • 3 ounces Blue cheese
      • Olive oil
      • Other toppings (can of green chiles, etc).


      How to Make It: 

      1. Heat up your large pot of water to a boil. While that’s going, cut cheese into cubes (or measure out shredded cheese).
      2. Add pasta to boiling water, stir frequently, and cook for about 9 minutes. 
      3. Drain your pasta and drizzle with olive oil. Set aside and cover.
      4. In the pot, add milk and cheese over medium heat, simmer, and whisk until the combination thickens.
      5. Add pasta and any extra toppings back into the pot and stir well. 

        4. Walking Taco


        We never say no to a taco, especially one that’s easy to make at your campsite. Try this spin on an old favorite on your next solo camp trip.

        Prep Time: 5 minutes

        Cook Time: 10 minutes


        What You’ll Need:

        • Your favorite taco meat (like ground beef or turkey)
        • 2-3 small bags of Fritos or Doritos 
        • 1 packet taco seasoning
        • Olive oil
        • Taco toppings of your choice: 
          • Black beans
          • Onions
          • Tomatoes
          • Shredded lettuce
          • Guacamole 
          • Cheese
          • Sour Cream


        How to Make It: 

        1. Add olive oil to a medium-sized cast-iron skillet, simmer onions for a few minutes over a fire or on a camp stove.
        2. Add meat cook until golden brown, then add packet of seasoning.
        3. Crunch up bag of chips (while closed). 
        4. Get your taco fixings together.
        5. Open up your bag and load it up with meat and your favorite toppings. 

          These are easier to eat with a fork, so make sure you bring your camping silverware.


          Elevate Your Solo Camping Experience This Spring

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