Hooray! Camping season is here! If you’re like us, you’re always seeking out fun, new and creative ways to prepare food for a camp trip. Whether you’re sleeping in a tent or RV, we are sharing some fresh finds of gluten-free foods, perfect for your getaway in nature.
Our qualifications for these camping meals are that the recipes are crowd-pleasers for campers of all ages and simple to make. As always, depending on your level of gluten sensitivity, you’ll want to carefully select, pack, store and share all your ingredients for optimal safety.
Let’s dive into gluten-free camping meals.
10 Gluten-Free Camping Meal Ideas
1. Easy Shrimp Foil Packets
Recipes from a Pantry
Not only is it simple to make – hello foil meals! – it’s incredibly flavorful and healthy too! We love this gluten-free camping meal idea, Easy Shrimp Foil Packets from Recipes from a Pantry. These healthy packets are packed full of quick cook veggies, everyday spices and juicy shrimp for a boost of protein. Best of all they’re Keto-friendly, Paleo-friendly, low-carb AND gluten-free. YUM!
According to the creator of this dish at Buy This Cook That, you MUST have a cast iron skillet to make it work, but everything else about this dish is easy-peasy. Use whatever veggies are most readily available – peppers, corn, onion, zucchini – and chopped Kielbasa sausage. Sprinkle with seasonings such as salt, pepper and cayenne. Use beer to keep it from sticking, and you have a hot mess skillet! Best of all, it can be cooked over the fire or stovetop.
3. Family-Friendly Taco Chili with Gluten-Free Cheddar Snackers
Chili is always a crowd-pleaser, and it can be easy camping food, too! You could even prepare this one in advance, and simply heat it up at the campground. Our version has a “taco slant” with Mexican seasonings to go along with ground beef, kidney and red beans, tomatoes, onions and spices. Top off with Cheddar Snackers for a real flavorful fire-side delight.
Starting with a base of bread, instead of lettuce, this hearty salad can easily be a meal of its own. Make this Panzanella Salad camping-friendly by pre-toasting the bread, then tossing together the other ingredients – tomatoes, arugula, and mozzarella, topped with balsamic viniagrette – at the campsite.
Got leftover dinner meat, veggies and cheese? GREAT! Put it all together in gluten-free Hoagie Roll a foil wrapper, let is sit near the fire for 15-minutes and you’ll have yourself some yummy, cheesy pull-a-part bread. This can work as an appetizer or main meal (if you’re feeling indulgent after a day of playing outdoors) and can be customized however you want!
So simple, yet so flavorful. Even though camp food tends to lean more meat and potatoes, we like the idea of a lighter side dish, that’s why this Lemon Dill Campfire Asparagus And Green Beans by This Lil Piglet really stood out as a fresh alternative. Simply add asparagus, green beans, butter and spice in a foil pan, place over the fire and cook for 10 minutes. Finish off with a squeeze of lemon for a burst of flavor.
When the tuna salad is prepared ahead of time, this is a fast, easy camp lunch. Serve up with salad, chips, fruit … whatever you have at your campsite! Keep in mind many gluten-free breads have a shelf-life of 4-5 days when not frozen, refrigeration can extend that by a couple of days.
They may not be prepared exactly how you remember when you were a kid, but they will certainly not disappoint! These Easy Gluten Free S’mores Bars can be made without a campfire, ahead of time. The crust is super simple to make with our award-winning Honey Graham Snackers. Grind them up and add some butter, sugar, a little bit of gluten free flour, vanilla and an egg and you have the perfect semi-homemade cookie crust. After a bit of baking, top with your favorite chocolate and marshmallows, pack it up and bring it along! No gooey marshmallowy mess. Camping may never be the same.
Do a couple of your campmates have a sweet tooth? Delight them by pre-making this gorgeous chocolatey treat, Cookies And Cream Candy Bark. This recipe is SUPER simple, too! Just get melting chocolates, spread on a baking sheet, layer with other goodies such as Chocolate Chocolate Chip Snackers, pop in the freezer for 15 minutes and voila! You’re certain to impress with this one.