5 One Pot Camping Recipes to Make on Your Camp Stove
Camp cooking should be easy—you’re on holiday after all, right? So with some creative flair and an attitude of ‘throw in everything but the kitchen sink’, you’ll find these one-pot camping recipes will satisfy your taste buds and make for an easy clean up!
1. Campfire chicken and vegetable stew
Making stew might sound like a great winter camping meal, but really it’s perfect anytime of the year. Plus, with a bit of chopping and a little wine, this easy camping recipe will quickly become a favorite on your camping holidays.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 300 g pumpkin (squash), diced
- 1 large fennel bulb, sliced (optional, but definitely worth adding)
- 800 g skinless, boneless chicken thigh or breast fillets, cut into large pieces
- 200 ml (a small wine glass) white wine
- About 12 waxy potatoes, quartered
1. Heat the oil in a large camp stove on a grill rack. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly until they start to turn golden and caramelise – ensure the pot isn’t too hot, or they will burn.
2. Add the carrot, pumpkin and fennel and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring every now and then. Add the chicken, stir well to combine and cook for 2–3 minutes, or until the chicken is starting to brown. Add the wine and bring to the boil for about 1 minute to cook off the alcohol.
3. Add about 400 ml water (just over 1 ½ cups), then add the potato and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and bring to the boil, then sit the camp oven in amongst the coals (rearranging them as needed and topping up as needed) and cook for about 30–40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the potato is very tender. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary, then serve in bowls.
2. One-pot sweet potato pasta
Imagine coming back to your campsite and eating this yummy pasta meal after a fun day enjoying your holiday.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 stick celery, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1 brown onion, finely chopped
- 1 tin (400g) diced tomatoes
- 5L hot water
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes (may switch to pumpkin if preferred)
- 1 1/2 cups small pasta shapes
- parmesan and parsley, to serve
1. Heat the oil in the camp stove over heat (such as coals in a BBQ).
2. Add the garlic, celery, carrot and onion and cook, stirring regularly until the onion is soft and translucent.
3. Add the tomatoes, water and sweet potatoes to the pot, cover and cook until the sweet potatoes are almost tender, about 30 minutes.
4. Add the pasta and cook for another 10 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.
5. Remove from heat, season to taste and serve in big bowls with the parmesan and parsley.
3. Simple Chorizo and Vegetable Stew
Depending on how many people are on your holiday, you could feed a crew or have leftovers for the next day’s lunch or dinner. Always a bonus!
- 1 chorizo sausage, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 brown onion, roughly diced
- 1 celery stick, roughly diced
- 1 large carrot, roughly diced
- 1-2 red or green peppers, roughly diced
- 2 large white or sweet potato, peeled and diced into cubes
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 1/2 cup water + 1 chicken or vegetable stock cube or 1 1/2 cup of liquid stock
- 1 cup tinned diced tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp mixed dried herbs
- 1 medium zucchini, diced
1. Pan fry chorizo slices in a large saucepan in some coconut oil until browned.
2. Remove chorizo to a plate but save all of that aromatic, red oil in the pan.
3. Add onion, celery and carrot and cook in chorizo fat for 4-5 minutes until slightly browned.
4. Add the rest of ingredients, including the pre-cooked chorizo sausage but not the zucchini, stir through and and bring to boil.
5. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes, stir occasionally.
6. Finally add zucchini and cook for a further 10 minutes.
7. Once the potato and vegetables are cooked, the liquid will start to thicken and the chorizo and paprika will give it a nice, red colour.
From Eat Drink Paleo
4. Chicken Noodle Soup
Some comfort food around the campsite is just what you need to enjoy your holiday. Easy to make and pleasing for just about everyone!
- 1 large BBQ chicken, shredded
- 2 x 45g sachet chicken noodle soup
- 2 chopped onions
- 2 cloves crushed garlic (optional)
- 2 x 85g packet 2 minute noodles
- 1kg frozen mixed vegetables (or tinned mixed vegetables)
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley (optional)
1. Pour 4 litres of water into your large pot.
2. Add all ingredients except the parsley.
3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes
4. Stir in parsley.
5. One-Pot Chicken Pilaf
Sometimes with a little prep work at home before you leave, you’ll make it easier to have a quick dinner as soon as you arrive at your camping destination.
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 or 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1 ½ cup basmati rice, cooked
- 3/4 cup chicken stock
- mixed vegetables, chopped (Used 1 cup of frozen corn and 1 cup of frozen edamame, a handful of fresh carrots, one sweet pepper and one bok choy)
- salt and pepper to taste
At home: 1. Prepare the onion, garlic and chicken, frying them on a frying pan. 2. You can stir in the curry and rice and store this mixture in a zip bag in an eski along with some icepacks.
At campsite: 1. Add the contents of your bags to the pot on the same day as the preparation. 2. Pour in the chicken stock, bring to a boil and lower the heat. 3. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5 minutes or until your vegetables are tender.
From The Campsite Blog
Cook some excellent camping food at Broken Head
Come enjoy the Byron Bay area for your next camping holiday—especially this June and July when you can nab the School Holiday Special. Kids stay for free when you book at least three nights at Broken Head Holiday Park. Rates start as low as $39/night. Book soon and get a chance to try out some of these delicious one-pot camping recipes!