16 delicious camping dinners

After a day of fun in the outdoors, treat yourself to a super-tasty meal that's shockingly easy to make

Tofu and Eggplant Hobo Bundles

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Tofu and Eggplant Hobo Bundles

These vegetarian packets with fresh herbs and Asian flavors beat out your basic meat-and-veg hobo bundles.

Recipe:  Tofu and Eggplant Hobo Bundles 

Rib-Eye Steaks with Pistachio Butter and Asparagus

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Rib-Eye Steaks with Pistachio Butter and Asparagus

Make the butter for these steaks at home before you head out to camp.

Recipe: Rib-Eye Steaks with Pistachio Butter and Asparagus

Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowls

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Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowls

These nacho bowls include chicken in a spicy sauce, tortilla chips, lettuce, and a squeeze of lime.

Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowls 

Bill's Trout

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Bill's Trout

A simple cornmeal crust and some fresh vegetables turn fresh-caught trout into an outdoor feast.

Recipe:  Bill’s Trout

The Cowboy Hot Dog

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The Cowboy Hot Dog

Hot dogs, onion, cheese, and bacon: What's not to love?

Recipe: The Cowboy Hot Dog

Turkey Black Bean Chili

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Turkey Black Bean Chili

Kevin Nelson, executive chef at Terra Bistro at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, knows what makes for a healthy and satisfying post-workout meal. His turkey chili is the perfect campsite dinner after a day on the trail.

Recipe: Turkey Black Bean Chili

Camp Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Sausage, and Fontina

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Camp Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Sausage, and Fontina

Yes, you can make pizza at your campsite. For efficient prep, bring the ingredients in sealed containers, grouped by use.

Recipe: Camp Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Sausage, and Fontina

The Classic Burger

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The Classic Burger

These patties get extra flavor from a meaty mix of onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and egg. Make the patties ahead of time and pack them in a cooler with your favorite accompaniments.

Recipe: The Classic Burger

Sausage and Bean Dutch-Oven Stew

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Sausage and Bean Dutch-Oven Stew

This one-pot dish adds color and spice to your outdoor adventure.

Recipe:  Sausage and Bean Dutch-Oven Stew 

Pressed Italian Sandwiches

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Pressed Italian Sandwiches

Make these sandwiches in the morning to enjoy when back at camp. Using prepared tapenade and roasted bell peppers make these a cinch to whip up.

Recipe:  Pressed Italian Sandwiches

Grilled Grass-fed Rib-eyes with Herb Lemon Butter

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Grilled Grass-fed Rib-eyes with Herb Lemon Butter

Stick some steaks in your cooler along with this savory butter to take to the campsite. It’s a good dinner after a long day of hiking, when you’re craving something hearty and quick to make.

Recipe:  Grilled Grass-fed Rib-eyes with Herb Lemon Butter

Devilish Chorizo Chili with Hominy

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Devilish Chorizo Chili with Hominy

Spicy and hearty, this chili only gets better when it’s made ahead. Tote it along in your cooler, frozen, to the campsite, heat it up in a Dutch oven on the fire, and serve it with hunks of warm cornbread.

Recipe:  Devilish Chorizo Chili with Hominy

Lime and Pepper Grilled Chicken Breasts

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Lime and Pepper Grilled Chicken Breasts

Pound the chicken breasts before you get to camp and put the marinade ingredients in a re-sealable plastic bag. Toss everything together 30 minutes before you plan to grill to give the chicken time to marinate.

Recipe:  Lime and Pepper Grilled Chicken Breasts

Barbecued Salmon

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Barbecued Salmon

A simple glaze of brown sugar, mustard, and thyme highlights salmon’s delicate sweetness. This dish is great for serving a crowd at camp.

Recipe:  Barbecued Salmon

Honey-Rosemary Lamb Sandwich

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Honey-Rosemary Lamb Sandwich

Think sloppy joes, just jazzed up. Make the lamb mixture ahead of time and pack in a cooler along with goat cheese and spinach; then heat and assemble at camp.

Recipe:  Honey-Rosemary Lamb Sandwich

Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

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Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Like most chilis, this one is even better when made ahead. You can even freeze it up to a month or so beforehand and take it along in a cooler. We love the smoky bacon in this chili.

Recipe:  Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili recipe


 

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