If you’re looking for easy camping crockpot meals for your next camping trip, look no further! Whether you’ve had a long day of hiking or just want something quick and easy to prepare, these recipes are the perfect solution. All you have to do is combine your ingredients into the slow cooker before leaving on your trip and come back to an amazing meal!
We used to camp a lot both in a tent and in our travel trailer. A Crockpot or Instant pot ALWAYS went with us. A slow cooker just makes a delicious meal very easy. Whether we were at the beach or a National Park, you can make these anywhere you have power!
From slow cooker chicken recipes to soups to chili, there’s something sure to satisfy everyone in your group. For a delicious dinner after a long day outdoors, try one of these simple crockpot meals.
You could even have leftovers you can keep in the cooler for the next day lunch – just reheat in the crockpot!
Helpful tips to make Crockpot camping meals even easier:
If you are only going for a few days a bit of prep work you can make your favorite crockpot meals a whole lot easier.
-Cut your vegetables and meats before leaving and store them in bags. It makes it super easy if you pick crock pot recipes that use the same veggies!
-If you’re using recipes that require pre-cooking, like chicken or ground beef, precook it at home and freeze it. When you are ready to cook your crockpot meal while camping just add the frozen meat to the crockpot. This works great for longer trips. No need to freeze for short ones!
-You can also combine all of your ingredients into a large ziploc bag or container before leaving for your trip. This will make it easier to transport everything and avoid making a mess when combining the ingredients in the slow cooker. Just dump and go!
Tips to cooking with a Crockpot while camping:
– Make sure to pack the slow cooker in a hard case. This will protect it from getting damaged while traveling, and you won’t have to worry about spilling your ingredients.
– It can be helpful to line the crockpot with foil or crockpot liner before adding your ingredients. This will make clean up much easier.
– Be sure that your campsite has power so that you can plug in your crockpot, otherwise you won’t be able to use it.
– Remember to always keep the lid on while cooking, as this traps the heat and will help your meals cook faster.
What kind of Crockpot should you use while camping?
You definitely want a crockpot with a locking lid. This will ensure nothing gets into your food while it’s cooking and will also make carrying the crockpot easier. Or just use an Instant Pot, they automatically lock!
We recommend a 6-quart or larger crockpot since these are usually able to feed large group. Also, look for one with adjustable temperature settings so that you can control how fast your meal cooks.
How to keep your Crockpot from attracting animals?
When camping, you want to make sure that your crockpot isn’t attracting any animals. To limit the amount of critters attracted to your campsite, be sure to keep your crockpot covered at all times. Also, don’t leave food scraps or waste near the cooking area as this can draw in animals.
If you are in a camper make sure the door is shut and cook inside. If you are tent camping, you could leave it on a picnic table or in the communal tent. Never where you sleep. It really depends on where you are the situation.
Finally, store food away from where you are sleeping and make sure it is not within reach of wildlife.
Crockpot Camping Recipes
We have compiled some of our favorite recipes to make while camping. These are easy dump and go recipes that will create the perfect meal!
Easy Crock Pot Pulled Pork
The best pulled pork is not only a true dump and go slow cooker meal- it also creates meat that is the most tender pulled pork and so full of flavor you don’t even need bbq sauce. Make easy pork sandwiches and serve with potato salad!
Pulled pork is one of those true dump and go slow cooker meals that are absolutely perfect for camping!
This kielbasa crockpot recipe is super-easy to prepare, especially since you can slow cook it all day long. If you add the ingredients to your crockpot then get back to camp 7 or 8 hours later it’s ready!
This unique recipe for Mississippi Pot Roast is full of flavor and the most tender roast you will ever try. Filled with butter and tangy peppers for a surprisingly comforting meal. Great over mashed potatoes or steamed rice.
This easy Italian beef au jus recipe is made in the slow cooker with minimal prep. Seasoned to perfection, this slow cooked beef is served with the best au jus, on french rolls with your favorite giardiniera.
This shredded Greek pork is so low fuss, it takes only a few minutes of hands-on effort. Just a few simple ingredients are needed, pork (shoulder, butt, or loin) a jar of pepperoncinis, and some spices!
Set it to cook in the morning and dinner is ready when you are ready to eat. Add a side dish of rice or pasta!
What’s great about this recipe is that you can whip it up in the morning with about 5 minutes of prep work. A little measuring here, a little sprinkling there…easy peasy. When you close to ready to eat, you do the final step of adding in the cream cheese and a delicious meal is ready in 1 hour.
This simple chili recipe is protein packed and hearty with not one but three kinds of beans. It’s a prep and pour kind of recipe and that’s exactly what I like in a slow cooker dinner while camping! Make it with ground beef, ground turkey, or chicken! It is a simple, yet hearty meal perfect for any cold day!
This easy Pinto Beans and Rice Recipe is sure to please the whole family! It requires minimal ingredients, so it’s easy to whip up in no time. Plus, the combination of beans and rice makes for a tasty dish that is both nutritious and delicious.
This Kid Friendly Crockpot Meatballs Recipe is such a great way to make a tasty meal while camping. The sweetness of the grape jelly and BBQ sauce is pure perfection. It’s such a great recipe and one of my favorite ways to cook frozen meatballs. Eat them by themselves or make meatball subs!
Crockpot chicken cordon bleu is a delicious recipe simmered to perfection! Each chicken breast is topped with slices of ham and swiss cheese, smothered in a creamy sauce, and ends with seasoned breadcrumbs. The best part is that it’s an easy meal that is comfort food!
Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole is the easiest one-pot recipe you will find for enchiladas. Made with tender chicken and plenty of cheese. You cook the filling all day and then let everyone make them the way they want them! They are a real winner and a family favorite!
Slow cooker shredded chicken tacos are easy to add to your meal plan for camping. Just add skinless chicken breasts and seasoning and you are set. Add toppings like onions, sour cream and green onions!
It’s a great way to make one simple meal in your slow cooker that can be easy to adapt to multiple meals or picky eaters.
I love the flavours in this slow cooker lemonade chicken dinner. The ingredients cook together slowly to maximize the taste of the dish. Served over rice or with fries or mashed potatoes and green beans, this makes a great meal.
Making this recipe is super easy as you just throw everything in the slow cooker and let the slow cooker do the work!
Place seasoned chicken breasts on the bottom of the slow cooker, then top the chicken with potatoes, green beans, garlic, butter, seasonings and lemon juice. Make sure to keep the green beans on the top so they don’t overcook!
Love traditional chicken pot pie? Then you’re going to love this simpler slow cooker chicken pot pie that’s loaded with tender chicken and veggies in creamy gravy. This super simple comfort food meal is topped with biscuits instead of baked into a crust. Easily made at a campsite!
I love how easy and comforting this soup is. It’s so simple to make, and a great way to use up our leftover holiday ham. I like that I can add a variety of vegetables and prepare it in the morning and have the delicious smells fill my house throughout the day.
The rich paprika broth is comforting and warming which makes it the perfect dinner to make when the temperature gets cold outside. So grab your slow cooker and make this easy recipe for tasty Hungarian goulash and find out why people love it.
One of the best things about recipes like this slow cooker pot roast with red wine is how simple they are to prepare. Also, since it cooks slowly all day long, it’s a nice dish to prep in the morning. Then, when you get back to the campsite later, the incredible aroma in the air will definitely make your mouth water!
Sweet & sour chicken or Sweet and sour chicken is a popular dish from the Chinese cuisine. This recipe consists of stir-fried diced meat, vegetables and pineapple in a sweet chili based sauce. This dish is always served with steamed rice on the side. Make the rice before you leave for your trip to make it super easy!
This Easy BBQ Crockpot Chicken uses bottled barbecue sauce as a base, it doesn’t get simpler than this! Simply place the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it go. Easy sandwiches whenever you want!
Want great ribs while camping? The slow cooker is definitely the answer. You can slow cook them during the day and then toss them on the grate over the fire…if you want. Either way they will NOT disappoint on flavor.