This weekend we took a pretty impromptu trip to my favorite Florida campground, Fisheating Creek Outpost.
There was no particular occasion for this trip. No birthdays or holidays—just plain hanging out with friends. Since I already posted about Fisheating Creek and all the amenities and activities it has to offer for my last birthday celebration, I figured I can focus this post on camping cuisine.
If you’ve never been camping before, the food prep can be overwhelming. But between fishing, kayaking, and relaxing on a hammock, there is still plenty of downtime for cooking and eating.
Typically, you would need a grill and a stove for camping. There’s tons of portable grills that you can buy online like this one, and some come with a grill and stove combination like this one. These are propane powered, but you can opt for a cheaper charcoal grill to get the job done too. If you like charcoal cooking, most campsites have a fire pit where you can cook as well if you have a grill to place over it.
For our meals, we had plenty of burgers and hot dogs. But my favorite camping meal is spaghetti with chili, which I like to say is my own invention, but it’s probably not.
For the chili spaghetti, I just cook a buncha spaghetti on the stove in a pot, drain it, and then mix in a few cans of chili. It’s perfect for adding protein to your pasta meal, and you don’t even need to buy spaghetti sauce. It’s a super easy to cook meal while out in the middle of nowhere. Toss in some cheddar cheese for a cheesy, chili covered spaghetti meal.
I love using chili on everything while camping: chili dogs, spaghetti, loaded chili baked potatoes, you name it! It’s a very versatile cooking ingredient for camping!
Looking for an easy camping meals shopping list? Here’s mine:
Burgers and buns
Hot dogs and buns
Ketchup, mayo, mustard
Spaghetti (or any pasta type)
Potatoes (for baked potatoes over the fire)
Ham or turkey deli slices
Bagels and cream cheese
Chocolate chip or blueberry muffins
Grill and stove
Propane fuel or charcoal
Spatula and tongs