We just recently camped for an entire week. I’d love to share with you what Gluten-Free Camping Food we prepared and ate and show you how easy eating gluten-free while camping can be. I’ve also included some other gluten-free camping food ideas and links recipes below.
I get emails weekly during the summer months asking me what types of gluten-free foods I make while camping. Truth be told, I sometimes make meals that I would normally make at home, like tacos, gluten-free pasta dishes, and burgers. But most of the time I try to make something simple to keep clean up to a minimum.
When camping we use a propane stove, or the campfire to cook all our meals.
Sample Breakfast Menu-
- Sunday: Scrambled eggs, bacon, sliced watermelon, coffee, and hot cocoa.
- Monday: Scrambled eggs, sausage, grapes and strawberries, coffee and hot cocoa.
- Tuesday: Breakfast scramble with left over chopped veggies and potatoes (from dinner), coffee, cocoa.
- Wednesday: French toast with Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White Bread, blueberries, and strawberries.
- Thursday: Cereal and left over blueberries and strawberries, coffee, and cocoa.
- Friday: Enjoy Life Foods Pancakes (perfect for camping as you only need to add water and oil) with sliced watermelon.
The number one tip I have for you when making scrambled eggs while camping is to bring a stellar non-stick pan. We’ve used “camping” pans before and the eggs stick like mad, even if you grease the pan. A secondary tip is to chop your fruit the morning that you leave to get you through a few days before you have to chop fruit again.
Sample Lunch Menu-
- Eat leftovers so they don’t go bad.
- Make sandwiches on Canyon Bakehouse Bread (it stays fresh and soft the longest) and serve with fruit, pickles, and chips.
- Eat a European style lunch of fruit, meats, and cheeses (or dairy-free cheese)
- Hot dogs, served on Canyon Bakehouse Hot Dog Buns, watermelon, chips and fizzy drinks.
Sample Dinner Menu-
- Saturday: Baked Potatoes (bake before you leave and wrap in foil to reheat, or bake in foil over the campfire) – add ham, cheese, chopped veggies, and sour cream … or your favorite loaded baked potato toppings.
- Sunday: Hot dogs, served on Canyon Bakehouse Hot Dog Buns, watermelon, chips and fizzy drinks.
- Monday: HoBo packets. A HoBo packet is essentially a foil packet dinner. Chop up loads of veggies (onion, zucchini, peppers, potatoes) and placed them in a foil packet with chicken sausage and shrimp. Add a pad of Smart Balance Buttery Spread and seasonings. Wrap them up and cooked them straight over the campfire, using tongs to turn every once in a while for even cooking.
- Tuesday: Steak, cucumber salad, and boiled corn on the cob (or roast it over the fire).
- Wednesday: Tacos! Cook up some ground beef with homemade gluten-free taco seasoning and top with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and salsa. We served ours in corn tortilla shells, but you can use soft gluten-free flour shells too.
- Thursday: Leftover hash using chopped steak, potatoes, and other leftover veggies. Reheat in a pan with some seasonings and serve with sour cream and salsa.
- Friday: Campfire pizza. Top Canyon Bakehouse Everything Bagels with your favorite toppings and wrapped them in a foil packet and heated them over the campfire.
My biggest tip for cooking bigger meals is to make sure to bring containers and/or zip lock bags with you so you can store leftovers in your cooler for the next day. My second tip is to bring extra foil for foil dinners.
- Gluten-Free Pretzels and Crackers
- Granola Bars
- Dried Fruit
- Seeds and Nuts
- Fresh Fruit
- String Cheese/Dairy-Free Cheese
Ground Chicken, Beef, or Turkey Tacos – or use scrambled eggs for delicious breakfast tacos.
We cooked up some ground beef using my homemade gluten-free taco seasoning and topped with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and salsa. We served ours in corn tortilla shells. You can chop toppings in advance and bring them, or chop them at the campsite. Tacos are a simple and delicious meal that often gets overlooked when camping.
Do you have a dutch over or cast iron skillet? Fries are super easy. You can enjoy them as a side, or top them with your favorite meat, cheese, and veggies for a complete meal.
Buy a bag of your favorite brand of french fries and keep them in your cooler until you are ready to cook em’ up. Place them in a dutch oven, or cast iron skillet, with a little bit of oil and cover. Place them on the grill over the campfire. Check them every 5 to 10 minutes, and stir when needed. When they start to get crispy, top with your favorite toppings and recover to heat through. Cook times vary depending on how hot your coals are. I recommend not placing the pan directly in the fire, but just off to the side – so your fried don’t burn.
Burgers will never go out of style. I know most people tend to cook hot dogs, but burgers are just as easy to cook. Beef, Chicken, Turkey, and Veggie Burgers are all great options when cooking in the great outdoors.
We love cooking burgers when we camp (especially Turkey Burgers, pictured above). We’ve made them in a pan over an open fire and on a propane stove. We’ve also wrapped burger patties in foil and cooked them over an open flame. No need to settle for ketchup and mustard (unless you want to), you can top your burgers with bacon, grilled onions, avocado, or anything else your little camping-heart desires. They are incredibly easy to cook up and you can feed one, or feed a crowd.
Chili is a simple and filling gluten-free camping food. Not only does it feed a crowd, it’s high in protein, keeping your campers full all night long.
You can use your favorite chili, or my favorite Gluten-Free Chili recipe. Just remember to use an oven mitt when lifting your dutch oven or cast iron pot from the stove or campfire. Let the chili cool for ten minutes before serving.
Loaded Baked Potatoes
Chop your toppings in advance, or prep them before serving – then load them on top of your baked potato and enjoy your gluten-free camping meal!
If I know we’re going to arrive at a campground late, I’ll bake up potatoes and prepare toppings before we leave the house. Then, I’ll reheat the potatoes in foil after camp is set up. Loaded baked potatoes are a healthy and filling meal. You can prep everything ahead of time, or you can make them easily while you are camping.