Camping Grocery List, 3 Day Meal Plan and Menu Ideas

Camping Grocery ListPreparing your menu before camping is a necessity. The trouble I always run into is that I am usually busy getting ready to leave for several days. Unless you are an avid camper, planning your meals and creating a grocery list can be a challenge.

My goal here is to give you a 3 Day Meal Plan that is reusable. Meaning that if you camp longer than 3 days you can create a custom menu using these meals repeatedly.

The Benefits to using this system:

  • Saving on storage space. If you are packing tomatoes to use for 3 different recipes, for example, you can use one container for ALL of your tomatoes.
  • Saves Money by using leftovers. Another example, If you cook tacos for dinner you can use the leftovers for  breakfast burritos in the morning.

Note: Make sure you have a quality cooler for storage. See our guide to getting the best cooler for the money

 

Adding Variety

If you are seeking to change these recipes for the second round of meals, try changing the spices and condiments. You can also substitute your main dish. Use Chicken instead of Ground Beef for example.

Couple things before we dive in, I am assuming that you have some basic cooking skills. The purpose of this post is really to create a camping meal plan that’s easy and effective. Unless it’s required for the outcome of the recipe, I have not included amounts of each ingredient. This will depend on how many people you are bringing with you on your trip. These recipes are easily adjusted to suit your individual tastes, so experiment and have fun!

I have not included lunches in this guide. In my camping experiences, Mid-day meals seem to be filled with snacking or leftovers. If you are of a different mindset, I would suggest planning to bring some sandwich ingredients. I have added some snack ideas as well

Cooking Utensils

  • Frying Pan
  • Spatula
  • Dutch Oven
  • Chef Knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Wire Whisk
  • Rubber Spatula

 

Day 1 (Arrival Day)

 

Dinner  – Tacos

 

PRO-CAMPING TIPS:

  • Cook Ground Beef with seasoning before leaving and store in a vacuum sealer bag
  • Mix Seasonings at home instead of bringing several different spices
  • Pre-cut tomatoes and lettuce at home
  • Have Leftovers? Add them to breakfast burritos in the morning
  • Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado can be used on Cheeseburgers tomorrow night

 

Ingredients  

  • Ground Beef
  • Shredded Monterey Jack  and Cheddar Cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Avocados
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Taco Shells (Hard Shell or Soft Tortilla)

 

Taco Seasoning Mix

  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper

 

Mix spices together and set aside.

Brown Ground Beef over medium-high heat. Add about 1/4  cup water for each pound of beef. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low.  Stir in seasoning mix and steam off excess water leaving spices evenly distributed over beef.

If you have a dutch oven you can place your hard tacos inside with just meat and cheese and heat them so the cheese in nice and melty.

 

Day 2

 

Breakfast – Breakfast Burritos

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Tortillas
  • Shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

Scramble Eggs in a Bowl with wire whisk. Cook over medium heat in buttered frying pan. Using a rubber spatula slowly and continuously scrape the bottom of the pan, lifting up the cooked eggs on bottom. Continue this until eggs are no longer runny and completely cooked. Shortly before they are done add cheese and stir in any leftover ground beef from last night’s Tacos.

Add eggs and toppings to tortilla and wrap burrito style.

 

PRO-CAMPING TIP

  • Place tortillas in foil and warm them up in camp oven or close to fire or fry them individually in frying pan.
  • Spread sour cream and salsa on tortilla before building your burrito
  • Check out this video on how to fold a burrito

 

Cheeseburgers

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef
  • Cheddar Cheese Slices
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mayo
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

 

Divide your meat and create your burger patties by rolling into a ball and flattening.

Grease your frying pan and warm to a medium-high heat. Season your burgers with salt and pepper and fry each side about 4 minutes on each side.  You can check doneness by thermometer (165 degrees) or by cutting into the middle and looking for any pink meat. To help ensure that your burger is completely done, try putting a cover over the pan to hold in heat.

Reduce heat place cheese slice over burgers  and allow to melt. Add to bun with toppings

 

PRO- CAMPING TIP:

  • Spread Garlic Butter on bins and toast over heat until slightly crisp
  • Add Leftovers patties to tomorrow morning’s eggs

 

Day 3

Classic Eggs, Hashbrowns, and Sausage

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Pre -shredded hashbrowns
  • Breakfast Sausage
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cooking Oil

The directions on the hashbrown package might vary, so consult that first. It shouldn’t be that different though.

Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat. Place hashbrowns in pan and flatten as much as possible let sit for about 6 minutes, more if you really prefer crisp potatoes. Slide potatoes onto plate, re-oil pan and flip potatoes over, back into pan.

Make sausage into patties and fry  each side about 2 minutes or until cooked throughout

Fry Eggs on  buttered frying pan over medium heat until they reach desired consistency

 

PRO-CAMPING TIP:

  • Mix all items together in a greased baking pan, spread cheese over the top and heat until melted. DELICIOUS!
  • Add any Leftovers to tonight’s Chicken Potato Foil Packets

 

Chicken Potato Foil Packets

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast diced into 1” pieces
  • Potatoes diced into ¼” to ½” pieces
  • Rosemary
  • Red Pepper ,diced
  • Butter, approximately 1 TBSP per packet

 

Mix all ingredients except butter together add to foil packets.Before sealing add pats of butter. Cook on indirect heat for about 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout.

PRO-CAMPING TIP

  • If you want to come prepared, you can cook diced chicken in a frying pan at home and freeze it in a sealer bag for the trip. Then follow directions above and adjust the cooking time
  • Letting the chicken sit out for 15 minutes and reach room temperature will reduce cooking time and help to ensure it gets cooked thoroughly

 

Departure Day

 

Pancakes and Fruit!

Keeping this meal simple is the best strategy for getting packed up and on the road. Most of your leftovers will be used up and using a store bought pancake mix is super easy. I prefer Krusteaz for this because the only other ingredient is water. Of course whatever topping you prefer. Syrup and Butter for example.

Then some fresh fruit will add some great variety. Cantaloupe or Strawberries are my usual go to camping fruits.

Snack Ideas

  • Trail Mix
  • Granola Bars
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Peanut butter and Celery and/or Carrots
  • Gummi Snacks
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • String Cheese
  • Veggies and Ranch
  • Turkey and Cheese Slices Rolled together
  • Oranges

Camping Grocery List

Meat

  • Ground Beef (Tacos, Cheeseburgers)
  • Breakfast Sausage
  • Chicken Breast

Dairy

  • Shredded Monterey Jack  and Cheddar Cheese (Tacos, Breakfast Burritos)
  • Sour Cream(Tacos,Breakfast Burritos)
  • Butter (Cheeseburgers Buns, Breakfast Burritos,Chicken Foil Packets, Eggs and Hashbrowns, Pancakes)
  • Eggs (Eggs and  Hashbrowns, Breakfast Burritos)
  • Cheddar Cheese Slices

Produce

  • Tomatoes  (Tacos, Cheeseburgers)
  • Lettuce  (Tacos, Cheeseburgers)
  • Avocados (Tacos)
  • Potatoes
  • Red Pepper
  • Fruit

 

Other

  • Hamburger Buns
  • Mayo
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Pre -shredded hashbrowns
  • Cooking Oil
  • Salsa(Tacos,Breakfast Burritos)
  • Taco Shells
  • Tortillas
  • Pancake Mix

Spices

Taco Seasoning Mix

  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper

Other Spices

  • Salt and Pepper (Cheeseburgers, Eggs)
  • Rosemary

 

Snack Ideas

  • Trail Mix
  • Granola Bars
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Peanut butter and Celery and/or Carrots
  • Gummi Snacks
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • String Cheese
  • Veggies and Ranch
  • Turkey and Cheese Slices Rolled together
  • Oranges