These 25 Healthy Camping Dinner Ideas can all be made low calorie and easily on a campfire or camp stove.
Camping is a perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with nature. However, cooking while camping can be a challenge, especially when it comes to dinner.
You want meals that are easy to make, healthy, and filling to fuel your outdoor adventures.
Luckily, I’ve compiled the 25 best camping dinner ideas to help you plan your next camping trip. These meals are quick, require minimal ingredients and equipment, and are packed with nutrients to keep you fueled and satisfied.
1. Grilled Chicken with Veggies
Grilled chicken is a classic camping dinner that is easy to make and packed with protein. Add some veggies like peppers, onions, and zucchini to the grill for a healthy and flavorful meal.
Try this Low Calorie Grilled Chicken Recipe, it’s perfect for healthy camping dinners!
2. Campfire Chili
Nothing beats a warm and hearty bowl of chili on a chilly night. Make your chili ahead of time and heat it up over the campfire for a comforting and delicious dinner.
With 10 Low Calorie Chili Recipes to choose from, I know you’ll find a perfect campfire chili recipe! I like make the chili before I go camping, then I freeze in a gallon or 2 gallon bag and pop in the cooler.
All I have to do is add it to a large pot and place on the campfire or camp stove. As a bonus, it’s frozen solid keeping the rest of the food chilled!
3. Foil Packet Fajitas
Foil packet fajitas are a fun and easy camping dinner that can be customized to your taste. Fill a foil packet with chicken or steak, peppers, onions, and your favorite fajita seasoning for a flavorful meal.
You can easily make any fajita recipe into foil packets. Simply add all of the ingredients and fold into the foil packet. Then add to the camp fire and let it do all the work.
I have 4 Low Calorie Fajita Recipes here that all make great healthy campfire dinners!
4. BBQ Pulled Pork
Slow-cooked BBQ pulled pork is a delicious and satisfying camping dinner that can be made in a crockpot or Dutch oven. Serve on buns with coleslaw for a classic BBQ sandwich.
Alternatively you can cook the pulled pork ahead of time and add to a gallon freezer bag. Then freeze solid and pop in the cooler. This will keep everything else cold and just needs to be reheated in a pot over the fire or camp stove.
5. Campfire Pizza
Who says you can’t have pizza while camping? Make your own pizza dough ahead of time and top it with your favorite toppings like cheese, veggies, and pepperoni. Cook it on a portable pizza oven or over the campfire for a fun and delicious dinner.
I recommend making this Low Calorie Pizza Dough ahead of time, and make the sauce and freeze it in a quart freezer bag for longer camping trips.
6. One-Pot Pasta
One-pot pasta is a simple and filling camping dinner that requires minimal clean-up.
Combine pasta, veggies, and protein in a pot with some broth and seasoning for a flavorful meal.
7. Grilled Fish Tacos
Grilled fish tacos are a healthy and flavorful camping dinner that is perfect for seafood lovers. Season your fish with some spices, grill it up, and serve it in tortillas with some slaw and avocado.
You can even make both, they use the same ingredients. Make the low carb for the adults and tacos for the kiddos.
Stir-fry is a quick and healthy camping dinner that can be customized to your liking. Cook up some veggies and protein in a pan with some soy sauce and seasoning for a delicious meal.
9. Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers are a hearty and nutritious camping dinner that is easy to make. Fill your peppers with ground beef, rice, and veggies and cook them over the campfire or in a Dutch oven.
I like to addable these Low Calorie Stuffed Peppers ahead of time, then all I need to do is add them to the dutch oven and let the camp fire or stove do the rest of the work!
Quesadillas are a simple and tasty camping dinner that can be made in minutes. Fill a tortilla with cheese, veggies, and protein and cook it on a portable stove or over the campfire for a satisfying meal.
11. Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Grilled shrimp skewers are a delicious and healthy camping dinner that is easy to make. Season your shrimp with some spices, grill them up, and serve them with a side salad.
So easy and quick to cook, shrimp skewers make wonderful healthy camping dinners! Try out this Low Calorie Grilled Shrimp Skewers Recipe, it comes with 5 different marinades!
12. Breakfast for Dinner
Breakfast for dinner is always a hit while camping. Cook up some bacon, eggs, and toast for a simple and satisfying meal that will keep you fueled for your outdoor adventures.
Check out this Healthy Camping Breakfast article for 20 more low calorie breakfast for dinner camping dinners!
13. Black Bean Burgers
Black bean burgers are a vegetarian and vegan-friendly camping dinner that is packed with protein and fiber. Serve them on buns with your favorite toppings for a flavorful and filling meal.
Any burgers will actually make a great low calorie camping dinner if you make them right!
14. Veggie Stir-Fry
Veggie stir-fry is a healthy and easy camping dinner that is perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Cook up some veggies like broccoli, peppers, and mushrooms in a pan with some soy sauce and seasoning for a tasty meal.
15. Grilled Bratwurst
Grilled bratwurst is a classic camping dinner that is easy to make and packed with flavor. Grill up your bratwurst and serve them on buns with sauerkraut and mustard for a delicious meal.
16. Campfire Nachos
Campfire nachos are a fun and tasty camping dinner that can be customized to your taste. Layer tortilla chips with cheese, beans, veggies, and protein and heat them up over the campfire for a satisfying meal.
If you have a grill top, bring a cookie sheet with you and make these Low Calorie Sheet-Pan Nachos, they are amazing and quite the crowd pleaser!
17. Grilled Veggie Skewers
Grilled veggie skewers are a healthy and flavorful camping dinner that is perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Skewer up your favorite veggies like zucchini, mushrooms, and onions and grill them up for a delicious meal.
18. Tacos in a Bag
Tacos in a bag are a fun and easy camping dinner that kids and adults alike will love. Fill individual bags of chips with ground beef or turkey, cheese, lettuce, and salsa for a quick and satisfying meal.
19. Campfire Mac and Cheese
Campfire mac and cheese is a comforting and indulgent camping dinner that is perfect for cool nights. Combine pasta, cheese, and milk in a Dutch oven and cook it over the campfire for a creamy and delicious meal.
If you prefer to make your Mac and cheese ahead of time, this Muffin Cup Mac and Cheese is perfect for camping dinners of side dishes.
20. Grilled Steak with Baked Potatoes
Grilled steak with baked potatoes is a classic camping dinner that is easy to make and packed with protein. Grill up your steak and serve it with baked potatoes and a side salad for a nutritious and delicious meal.
This Low Calorie Grilled Steak is a reader favorite and can easily be made on the campfire or camp stove.
I recommend making an extra 1-2 steaks, then let them cool and add to the cooler. Then slice them thin and make Low Calorie Steak Sandwiches for camping dinners or lunches the next day.
21. Chicken and Veggie Skewers
Chicken and veggie skewers are a healthy and flavorful camping dinner that is easy to make. Skewer up chicken and your favorite veggies like peppers, onions, and zucchini and grill them up for a satisfying meal.
These Low Calorie Chicken Kabobs are quick and easy, and packed with protein and good for you ingredients. Making them perfect for healthy camping dinners!
22. Lentil Soup
Lentil soup is a nutritious and warming camping dinner that is perfect for cool nights. Combine lentils, veggies, and broth in a pot and cook it over the campfire for a hearty and delicious meal.
If you prefer to make the soup ahead of time (I always do) try this recipe for Healthy Curried Lentil Soup.
I make it ahead of time and freeze it in a gallon freezer bag. Then all I need to do is reheat it over the campfire of camp stove for a quick and mess free camping dinner!
23. Stovetop Tuna Casserole
Stovetop tuna casserole is a quick and easy camping dinner that requires minimal clean-up. Combine pasta, tuna, and veggies in a pot with some cheese and seasoning for a satisfying meal.
24. Grilled Veggie Burgers
Grilled veggie burgers are a healthy and vegetarian-friendly camping dinner that is packed with flavor. Grill up your burgers and serve them on buns with your favorite toppings for a delicious meal.
These Low Calorie Veggie Burgers make amazing camping dinners!
I like to form the patties at home. I place parchment paper in-between then and freeze them. Then all I need to do is add the patties to the grill and put out the toppings.
25. Campfire Hot Dogs
Campfire hot dogs are a classic and easy camping dinner that is perfect for kids and adults alike. Grill up your hot dogs and serve them on buns with your favorite toppings for a quick and satisfying meal.
I do recommend choosing a healthier hot dog like turkey dogs, and also make sure to serve the hot dogs with some healthy side dishes. Here are some great Healthy BBQ Sides that are perfect for camping.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Yes, many of these meals can be prepped ahead of time and reheated over the campfire or on a camp stove.
While many of these meals are vegetarian-friendly, not all of them are suitable for all dietary restrictions. It is important to check the ingredients and make substitutions as needed to accommodate any dietary needs.
It is important to keep your food in airtight containers and to keep perishable items like meat and dairy products in a cooler with plenty of ice. Make sure to also wash your hands and cooking surfaces frequently to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Low Calorie Camping Dinners
25 Low Calorie Camping Dinners
- Low Calorie Grilled Chicken Recipe
- 10 Low Calorie Chili Recipes
- 4 Low Calorie Fajita Recipes
- Low Calorie Pulled Pork
- Low Calorie Pizza
- Low Calorie Fish Tacos
- Low Calorie + Low Carb Fish Taco Bowls
- Low Calorie Chicken Stir Fry
- Low Calorie Stuffed Peppers
- Healthy Chicken Quesadillas
- Plant-Based Avocado Quesadillas
- Low Calorie Grilled Shrimp Skewers
- Healthy Camping Breakfasts for Dinner
- Healthy Turkey Burgers
- Low Calorie Buffalo Burgers
- Low Calorie Beef Burgers
- Tofu Stir Fry
- Low Calorie Veggie Stir Fry
- Low Calorie Campfire Nachos
- Plant Based Veggie Skewers
- Low Calorie Steak and Veggie Skewers
- Muffin Cup Mac and Cheese
- Low Calorie Grilled Steak
- Low Calorie Steak Sandwiches
- Low Calorie Chicken Kabobs
- Healthy Curried Lentil Soup
- Low Calorie Veggie Burgers
- Healthy BBQ Dinner Sides
- Choose the camping dinners you want to make.
- Click on the link to get the free recipe card.
- See above for my camping dinner tips for each recipe.
- Prep and pack your camping dinner recipes and enjoy your trip!
Final Thoughts on Healthy Camping Dinners
When it comes to low calorie camping dinners, there are plenty of options that are healthy, satisfying, and easy to make.
Whether you prefer grilled meats, vegetarian options, or comforting soups and casseroles, there is something for everyone on this list of the 25 best camping dinner ideas.
So pack up your gear, hit the trails, and enjoy a delicious meal under the stars.