6 Delicious Camping Stew Recipes for Outdoor Adventures - The Roving Foley's
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6 Delicious Camping Stew Recipes for Outdoor Adventures

Imagine sitting around a warm campfire, surrounded by nature, and enjoying a hearty, comforting camping stew that you’ve cooked over the open flames. Whether you’re a carnivore, vegetarian, or pescatarian, we’ve got you covered with mouthwatering camping stew recipes for every preference.

These wonderful camping stews are great because the ingredients can be easily made ahead and just assembled and cooked it the fire.

So grab your Dutch oven and gather around the fire, because we’re about to dive into the world of delicious campfire stews, cooking techniques, and perfect pairings to make your next outdoor adventure truly unforgettable.

Key Takeaways

  • Enjoy delicious camping stews like Ultimate Campfire Beef Stew, Hearty Mushroom and Bean Stew, Tofu and Vegetable Stew, Fish Stew & One-Pot Chicken Camping stew.
  • Adapt your favorite recipes for different cooking methods including stovetop, slow cooker & oven.
  • Serve with breads or foil wrapped veggies & store/reheat properly to enjoy throughout the trip!
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The Ultimate Campfire Beef Stew

There’s something magical about a tender, juicy Dutch oven beef stew cooked in a cast iron Dutch oven over a crackling campfire. The Ultimate Campfire Beef Stew is the epitome of outdoor comfort food, featuring succulent tender beef, chunky vegetables, and a rich, savory broth that will leave you craving for more.

This is the campfire stew recipe you’ll want to share with friends and family on every camping trip.

Ingredients and Preparation

Kick off your campfire cooking adventure by collecting your stew ingredients. These include:

  • Bite-sized pieces of stew meat
  • Vegetables such as red potatoes, carrots, and onions
  • Tomato sauce
  • Beef broth
  • A mix of herbs and spices. Good spices to go into beef stew are salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, basil, onion powder and celery salt.

Remember to pack olive oil for cooking, salt and pepper to season, and garlic powder for additional flavor.

Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, it’s time for preparation. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Chop your vegetables into bite-sized pieces, ensuring they’re uniform in size for even cooking.
  2. For the stew meat, you can use a chuck roast, cut into cubes and coated in flour for an extra rich flavor.
  3. With everything prepped, you’re ready to tackle the campfire cooking process.

Cooking Process

To begin the cooking process, follow these steps:

  1. Heat your cast iron Dutch oven over the campfire until it’s hot.
  2. Add a little bit of olive oil and brown your flour-coated stew meat in batches, ensuring each piece gets a good sear.
  3. Once all the meat is browned, add your chopped vegetables and cook them for a few minutes to soften.

Next, pour in the beef broth, tomato sauce, and any additional seasonings you desire, such as Worcestershire sauce or hot sauce. Give everything a good stir, then cover the Dutch oven and let the stew simmer over the campfire for about 1 to 2 hours.

Your Ultimate Campfire Beef Stew is ready when the meat is tender and the flavors have melded together. Serve with crusty bread or campfire jalapeño cornbread for an unforgettable outdoor feast.

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Vegetarian Camping Stew Options

Camping doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious, comforting stews if you’re vegetarian. We’ve got two scrumptious vegetarian stew options that will make your camping meals just as hearty and satisfying as any meaty stew.

Say hello to Hearty Mushroom and Bean Stew and Tofu and Vegetable Stew, both packed with flavor and perfect for campfire cooking.

Hearty Mushroom and Bean Stew

Hearty Mushroom and Bean Stew is a delightful vegetarian option featuring a flavorful combination of mushrooms, beans, and vegetables. This stew is perfect for those chilly nights around the campfire when you crave something warm, filling, and meat-free, without the need for beef stock.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • A mix of wild and brown mushrooms
  • Cannellini beans
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Canned tomatoes
  • A bay leaf

You can also add a splash of white wine for an extra layer of richness. This versatile stew is not only delicious but also easy to prepare over an open fire or camping stove.

Tofu and Vegetable Stew

For our second vegetarian camping stew option, the Tofu and Vegetable Stew offers a protein-packed, tasty alternative featuring tofu, an assortment of vegetables, and a savory broth. This stew is perfect for campers who want to enjoy a nutritious and flavorful meal without the need for meat.

To prepare this stew, follow these steps:

  1. Start by browning tofu cubes in oil.
  2. Add your choice of vegetables, such as celery, carrots, mushrooms, and zucchini.
  3. Cook the vegetables until they start to soften.
  4. Pour in tomato puree or broth to create a rich sauce.
  5. Season with herbs and spices of your choice. Good spices for a vegetable stew are salt, pepper, rosemary, Italian seasoning, thyme and sage.
  6. Let the stew simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Enjoy a complete, satisfying vegetarian camping meal with this delightful Tofu and Vegetable Stew.

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One-Pot Chicken Camping Stew

If you’re looking for a simple, yet delicious camping meal, look no further than the One-Pot Chicken Camping Stew. This easy-to-prepare recipe is perfect for outdoor cooking, featuring tender chicken, vegetables, and a mouthwatering broth that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

This recipe is an effective way to satisfy a group without laboring in the kitchen for hours. A great stew will feed the masses.

Ingredients and Preparation

The process of making One-Pot Chicken Camping Stew begins with assembling your ingredients. You’ll need:

  • Chicken thighs or breasts
  • Cooking oil
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Your choice of seasonings. Good spices for this recipe are Italian seasoning, thyme, onion powder, paprika and cumin.

Feel free to get creative with your spices and herbs to make this stew your own unique creation.

When it comes to prepping your ingredients, chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and season your chicken with salt and pepper. You’re now ready to cook up a delicious chicken stew over the campfire or camping stove.

Cooking Process

Begin the cooking process by following these steps:

  1. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Add your cooking oil and brown the chicken pieces until they’re golden on all sides.
  3. Remove the chicken and set it aside.
  4. Add your chopped onions, carrots, and potatoes to the pot.
  5. Cook the vegetables until they’re slightly softened.

Next, return the chicken to the pot and add your seasonings and enough water or chicken broth to cover the ingredients. Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

Enjoy your One-Pot Chicken Camping Stew as a satisfying and flavorful outdoor meal.

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Lamb Stew

For a unique and indulgent camping meal, consider trying a rich and flavorful Lamb Stew. This recipe offers a mouthwatering combination of tender lamb, vegetables, and a savory broth that will elevate your campfire dining experience to new heights.

It’s easy to make and requires minimal ingredients, so you can whip it up in no time at all.

Ingredients and Preparation

Start the preparation of your Lamb Stew by collecting your ingredients – lamb, vegetables, and spices. Choose cuts like shoulder or leg, as they are ideal for stews and casseroles. Trim any excess fat and cut the lamb into stew-sized pieces.

Next, chop your vegetables into bite-sized pieces, including:

  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • onions
  • any other vegetables you’d like to include in your stew

With all your ingredients prepped, you’re ready to cook up a delicious Lamb Stew over an open fire.

Cooking Process

To cook the Lamb Stew, follow these steps:

  1. Start by heating your cast iron Dutch oven over the campfire.
  2. Add some oil and brown the lamb pieces in batches to ensure even searing.
  3. Once all the lamb is browned, add your chopped vegetables to the pot and cook for a few minutes until they begin to soften.

Pour in your choice of broth or stock and any additional seasonings you desire. Give the stew a good stir, then cover the Dutch oven and let it simmer over the campfire for about 1 to 1.5 hours. Your Lamb Stew is ready when the meat is tender and the flavors have developed beautifully.

Serve hot and savor this unique and delicious campfire meal.

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Fish Camping Stew

For a lighter campfire meal option, consider the delightful Fish Stew. This recipe features a tasty combination of fish, vegetables, and spices, simmered in a flavorful broth that’s perfect for enjoying around the campfire.

It’s easy to make and requires minimal ingredients, so it’s perfect for a camping trip

Ingredients and Preparation

Start your Fish Stew preparation by assembling your needed ingredients. You’ll need a flaky style of fish, such as cod, snapper, or rockfish, as well as vegetables and spices of your choice. Feel free to get creative with your veggie and spice selections to make the stew your own. Some good spices for fish stew would include dill, oregano, basil, or cilantro. You can also add a bay leaf.

Next, prepare your fish by cleaning and scaling it, then cutting it into stew-sized pieces. Chop your vegetables into bite-sized pieces and set aside. With your ingredients prepped, you’re ready to tackle the cooking process.

Cooking Process

To cook your Fish Stew, follow these steps:

  1. Start by heating a Dutch oven over a campfire.
  2. Add your vegetables and cook until they start to soften.
  3. Pour in your choice of broth or stock and any additional seasonings you desire.

Add the fish pieces to the Dutch oven, making sure they’re submerged in the liquid. Simmer the stew for about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish fillets. Your Fish Stew is ready when the fish is opaque and flakes apart easily with a fork.

Serve hot and enjoy this light and tasty campfire meal.

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Adapting Stew Recipes for Different Cooking Methods

Although campfire cooking holds an undeniable appeal, exploring other cooking methods for your camping stews could be interesting. In this section, we’ll provide tips for adapting your favorite camping stew recipes for stovetop, slow cooker, and oven cooking, ensuring you can enjoy these delicious meals no matter your cooking setup.

Stovetop cooking is the most straightforward method for making camping stews. You’

Stovetop Cooking

The process of modifying camping stew recipes for stovetop cooking is fairly simple. Here are the steps:

  1. Start by browning your meat in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add your vegetables and cook until they start to soften.
  3. Pour in your broth, stock, or tomato sauce.
  4. Add any additional seasonings you desire.

Adjust the heat to a simmer or low setting and cook the stew until the meat is tender and the vegetables are cooked through. If your stew needs to be thicker, simmer uncovered for a few minutes to allow the liquid to reduce.

With these simple adjustments, your camp stew recipe will be just as delicious on the stovetop.

Slow Cooker Method

Utilizing a crock pot for preparing camping stews presents a convenient option for effortless meal preparation during your camping trip. To adapt a camping stew recipe for a slow cooker, simply place all the ingredients (except for any vegetables that cook quickly) into the slow cooker and cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.

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Crock Pot

  • Mix and match warm, low or high heat settings with adjustable programming times from 30 minutes to 18 hours.
  • This slow cooker has full-grip handles that make it easy to carry.
  • The removable stoneware crock and glass lid are dishwasher safe, and the touchpad easily wipes clean.

For vegetables that cook quickly, like bell peppers, add them towards the end of the cooking time to prevent them from becoming too soft. The result will be a tender and flavorful stew that’s ready to enjoy when you return to your campsite after a day of outdoor adventures.

Oven Cooking

Modifying camping stew recipes for oven cooking is likewise a straightforward process. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat your oven to the recommended temperature, usually between 325 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare your stew ingredients as you would for campfire cooking.
  3. Place them in an oven-safe pot or casserole dish.

Cover the pot or dish and bake the stew for the recommended cook time, usually around 1 to 1.5 hours. Check the stew periodically to ensure it’s not burning or drying out. With these tweaks, you’ll have a delicious and tender camping stew cooked to perfection in your oven.

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Campfire Stew Pairings and Side Dishes

A stellar stew calls for stellar accompaniments to enhance your camping meal experience. This segment explores some delectable side dishes and pairings that perfectly complement your camping stews.

Bread options such as focaccia, ciabatta, and sourdough are all great accompaniments to a hearty stew. Foil-wrapped vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, beans, onions, and mushrooms.

Bread Options

Bread, a timeless accompaniment for stews, is perfect for mopping up the last delicious drops of broth. Some great bread options for serving with your camping stews include crusty bread, cornbread, or even Dutch oven bread. For a spicy twist, try serving your stew with campfire jalapeño cornbread muffins.

If you have a Dutch oven, you can even bake fresh bread at the campsite. Simply follow one of the many Dutch oven recipes, like this Dutch oven crusty bread recipe, and in no time, you’ll have warm, freshly baked bread to accompany your stew. Whichever bread option you choose, it’s sure to be a hit alongside your campfire stew.

Foil-Wrapped Vegetables

Another delicious and simple side dish for your camping stews is foil-wrapped vegetables. To prepare foil-wrapped vegetables, simply:

  1. Clean and chop your desired veggies, such as potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and green beans.
  2. Season with butter, salt, and pepper.
  3. Wrap them up in foil packets.

Place the foil packets on the campfire grill or directly on the coals, cooking for around 30 to 40 minutes, flipping the packets every 10 minutes. When the vegetables are tender, carefully open the foil packets and serve alongside your stew.

Foil-wrapped vegetables are a versatile and convenient side dish for any camping meal.

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Storage and Reheating Tips for Camping Stews

To fully enjoy your camping stews, you must understand the correct way to store and reheat leftovers. This will ensure you can enjoy your delicious creations throughout your trip without wasting any food.

When storing leftover stew, place it in an airtight container or wrap it in airtight packaging to keep it fresh and moist. Store the container in a cooler with ice or ice packs to maintain a safe temperature.

To reheat your stew, simply place it in a pot over your campfire or camping stove, heating it gently until it reaches a safe temperature and is ready to enjoy again.

Expanding Your Camping Menu: Similar Recipes

Should you wish to diversify your camping menu beyond stews, Dutch oven sandwiches, pasta dishes, or chili recipes are worth considering. AND of course, try one of our yummy Dutch oven desserts! These options provide additional variety for your campfire meals and are just as satisfying and delicious as the stews we’ve explored in this blog post.


In conclusion, camping stews are a fantastic option for delicious and comforting meals during your outdoor adventures. With options like the Ultimate Campfire Beef Stew, vegetarian alternatives, and even a light and tasty Fish Stew, there’s a stew recipe perfect for every camper. By exploring different cooking methods, perfect pairings, and storage tips, you can make the most of these delectable dishes on your next camping trip. So, grab your Dutch oven and get ready to create unforgettable memories around the campfire, accompanied by mouthwatering camping stews.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is hobo stew made of?

Nothing beats a hearty bowl of Hobo Stew – made with ground beef, veggies, tomatoes and V-8 juice. Perfect for a cold night! It’s a simple dish to make, and it’s sure to warm you up on a chilly evening. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftovers and stretch your grocery budget.

What is the name of a stew traditionally made outside on a fire made from wood?

Potjiekos is a traditional South African stew prepared outdoors over a wood fire in a three-legged pot. It’s an all-in-one dish served with rice or bread to soak up the rich sauce.

Can I use a different type of meat in the Ultimate Campfire Beef Stew recipe?

Yes, you can use a different type of meat in the Ultimate Campfire Beef Stew recipe. Pork or chicken are good substitutes, but remember that cooking time and flavors may vary.

What type of fish is best for the Fish Stew recipe?

For a delicious Fish Stew, try using cod, snapper, or rockfish. Other types of fish and even seafood like shrimp or scallops also work well.

How can I make my camping stews thicker?

For a thicker stew, mix flour, cornflour, or cornstarch with water to form a paste and stir into the stew.

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Grainne Foley

Grainne Foley grew up in Ireland and spent summers caravanning around Europe with her family. Now, as a wife and mother of 2, she spent 5 years traveling the USA as a full time RVing family. She is passionate about travel, and helping others who are considering the RV lifestyle. She has created dozens of helpful RVing checklists which are available throughout the website, and has curated hundreds of simple, flavorful meals for families on the go.

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