Easy Camping Meals Using The Instant Pot: Delicious Recipes For Your Next Outdoor RV Adventure

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Going on a camping trip doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good food. With the help of an instant pot, you can easily cook delicious meals outdoors. In this blog post, we will share some easy camping recipes that are perfect for your next outdoor adventure!

If you’re looking for easy camping meals that are both delicious and easy to make, look no further than your trusty Instant Pot. With the help of this handy appliance, you can whip up a variety of tasty dishes while you’re out in the great outdoors.

Here Are Some of Our Favorite Instant Pot Camping Recipes

easy camping meals: Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you’ll want to start your day off right with a nutritious and filling breakfast.

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

This recipe is a warm and yummy way to start any full day of adventure in the great outdoors. It’s easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand.


  • 1/2 Cup quick oats

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • maple syrup to taste

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  • Add all of the ingredients into your Instant Pot.
  • Cook on high pressure for one minute.
  • Let pressure release naturally for five minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Serve with maple syrup and brown sugar, if desired.

Instant Pot French Toast Casserole:

French Toast Casserole

Nothing will make your mouth water more than the smell of French toast wafting through the campsite in the morning. This easy Instant Pot recipe is a camping classic that’s sure to please everyone.


  • – ½ loaf of day-old bread, cut into cubes

  • 1 + 1/4 cup whole milk

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 6 large eggs


  • Cut bread (crust included) into 1-inch cubes and add to a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until blended. ** you can use granulated sugar instead if you choose.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the cubed bread and mix to ensure the bread is evenly coated. Pour into a dish that fits into the inner pot of the instant pot.
  • Cover your baking dish with foil (to prevent condensation while cooking) and place the dish on top of a handled trivet.
  • Pour 1 cup of water into the inner pot of the pressure cooker and lower your baking dish into the pot on the trivet. 
  • Lock the lid and set to 28 minutes high pressure. Ensure sure valve is in the sealed position.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps, quick release the pressure by moving the valve to the venting position. Remove dish by lifting by the handled trivet using dish towels or gloves (it gets hot) and set aside and let cool. Remove the foil.
  • Serve your French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup, fresh fruit, whipped topping, nuts, or any topping of your choice!!!

Instant Pot Low-carb Ham and Pepper Frittata:

ham Frittata

This easy and healthy recipe is perfect for those mornings when you want something savory. It’s packed with protein and veggies, so it will give you the energy you need to tackle whatever the day has in store.


  • 8 oz ham, cubed

  • 1/4 cup onion, diced

  • 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup half and half

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  • Grease a pan that will fit inside the inner pot of your instant pot.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, add in salt and pepper.
  • Add in bell pepper, onions, cubed ham, cheese, spinach, and half and half. Cover with foil.
  • Place your pan on top of trivet. Add 1/2 cup of water to inner pot of instant pot. Place pan and trivet on top of water.
  • Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes with steamer valve set to sealed.
  • Once the time has run out, let the pot naturally release for 10 minutes then release the pressure on the pot by flipping the valve. Be careful to not burn yourself.
  • Let your pan cool for approximately ten minutes before removing the foil.
  • Flip the pan onto a separate plate and serve!!

easy camping meals: Lunch

When it comes to easy camping meals, you can’t go wrong with a hearty sandwich or stew. These recipes will keep you warm and satisfied all afternoon long.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches:

BBQ Pulled Pork

This easy and tasty sandwich is perfect for a casual lunch on the go. The pork is cooked in the Instant Pot, so it’s tender and flavorful.


  • 1 1/2 lb pork loin

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 3/4 cup beef broth

  • 1 cup of your favorite bbq sauce

  • sandwich buns


  • In a bowl mix together the brown sugar, Worcestershire, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, and paprika.
  • Cut your pork and season it thoroughly with the mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, half of the bbq sauce, and 1/2 cup of your broth.
  • Turn your instant pot on using saute mode. Place olive oil inside.
  • Once hot, add in pork and brown on all sides, evenly.
  • Once all pork is browned, remove from pot and turn off saute mode. Use remaining broth to deglaze pot.
  • Add all pork to pot along with bbq sauce mixture. Cook on manual high heat for 40 minutes. Make sure pot is set to sealed.
  • Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. Then release the remaining pressure. Be careful not to burn yourself.
  • Remove meat from the pot and shred using two forks. Let cool and serve on buns!!

Best Ever Instant Pot Mac N Cheese:

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is classic comfort food that’s perfect for a chilly day. This easy recipe is made in the Instant Pot, so it’s quick and easy to prepare.


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 2.5 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1/2 cup milk


  •  Add the elbow macaroni, water, and salt into the Instant Pot.
  • Cook on manual high for 4 minutes. Make sure that valve is set to sealed.
  • Quick release when time is up. Make sure not to burn yourself.
  • Stir in the butter (it is best if you but into smaller pieces first). Make sure that it is completely melted prior to moving on to the next step.
  • Add Cheese to instant pot.
  • Add your milk to the cheese and noodle mixture. Use only 2 to 3 tablespoons at a time as needed to get the consistency that you are looking for.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Cool and serve!!

Burrito Bowl:

Burrito Bowl

This easy and filling recipe is perfect for a quick lunch. It’s packed with protein and veggies, so it will keep you satisfied all afternoon long.


  • 1/2 cup rice

  • 1/2 cup black beans

  • 1/2 cup corn

  • 1/4 cup salsa

  • 1/4 cup sour crean

  • shredded lettuce, for topping

  • Diced tomatoes, for topping

  • Chopped green onions, for topping


  • Add the rice, black beans, corn, salsa, and sour cream into your Instant Pot. Stir until everything is well combined.
  • Lock the lid on your instant pot into place and cook on high pressure for two minutes.
  • Make sure that vale is set to sealed.
  • Use quick release to release the pressure and remove the lid. Be careful when releasing pressure not to burn yourself as the steam is incredibly hot!!
  • Add your shredded lettuce, tomatoes, chopped green onions or other toppings that you desire. Serve hot!!

easy camping meals: Dinner

After a long day of hiking or exploring, you’ll want a filling and satisfying meal. These easy Instant Pot recipes will hit the spot and leave you feeling satisfied.

BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs:

Baby Back Pork Ribs

These tender and juicy ribs are cooked in the Instant Pot, so they’re easy and quick to prepare. The BBQ sauce adds a delicious flavor that will please everyone at the dinner table.


  • 1 rack baby back pork ribs

  • 2 tbsp salt

  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tbsp paprika

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 cup of your favorite bbq sauce


  • Mix together your salt, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and black pepper in a small bowl.
  • Cut ribs into 4 sections that will fit nicely into your instant pot. Rub all sides of each piece with spice rub.
  • Cover all sides of each piece with spices.
  • Pour broth into instant pot and add meat, spreading out evenly. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer’s instructions; set timer for 30 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  • Select high pressure and set timer for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Use the quick-release method when time is up. Be careful not to burn yourself as steam is extremely hot. Unlock and remove the lid.
  • Move ribs to the baking sheet using tongs. Brush ribs on all sides with barbeque sauce.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Turn ribs and continue baking until meat pulls away easily from the bone, about 7 to 10 minutes more.
  • Cool and Serve!!

Beef and Bean Spicy Chili:


This hearty chili is perfect for a cold night. It’s packed with beef, beans, and veggies, and it has a little kick of heat from the jalapeños.


  • – ½ pound ground beef

  • – ¼ cup diced onion

  • – ¼ cup diced green bell pepper

  • – ¼ cup diced red bell pepper

  • – ¼ cup diced jalapeño pepper

  • – 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes

  • – 15 ounces can of black beans, drained and rinsed

  • – 15 ounce can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • – ¼ cup tomato paste

  • – ½ tablespoon chili powder

  • – ½ teaspoon cumin

  • – ½ teaspoon salt

  • – ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  • Add the ground beef, onion, bell peppers, and jalapeño pepper into your Instant Pot.
  • Cook on high pressure for five minutes.
  • Use the quick release to release the pressure and remove the lid.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper.
  • Cook on high pressure for an additional five minutes.
  • Use the quick release to release the pressure and remove the lid. Serve hot!

Easy Chicken Instant Pot Fajitas:

Chicken Fajitas

These Instant Pot fajitas are easy to make and perfect for a quick weeknight meal. The chicken is cooked in the Instant Pot, so it’s juicy and tender.


  • – ½ onion, sliced

  • – ¼ cup chicken broth

  • – ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • – Pinch of salt

  • – Skinless, boneless chicken breasts

  • – ¼ teaspoon cumin

  • – ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • – ½ tablespoon olive oil

  • – Flour tortillas, for serving

  • – Shredded lettuce, for topping

  • – Sliced avocado, for topping


  • Add the onion, chicken broth, chili powder, and salt into your Instant Pot.
  • Stir until everything is well combined. Lock the lid into place and cook on high pressure for three minutes.
  • Use the quick release to release the pressure and remove the lid.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips. Add them to the Instant Pot, along with the cumin and garlic powder.
  • Stir until everything is well coated in sauce.
  • Lock the lid into place and cook on high pressure for three minutes.
  • Use the quick release to release the pressure and remove the lid.
  • Serve the chicken fajitas in tortillas, topped with shredded lettuce and avocado. Enjoy!


Just because you’re camping, doesn’t mean you have to skimp on dessert! These easy Instant Pot recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Berry Cobbler:

Berry Cobbler

This easy cobbler is made with fresh berries and delicious is super easy to make!!!


  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 cup water

  • 8 oz of white cake mix

  • 1 package of fresh berries (we used mixed berries)


  • Grease a pan (one that will fit inside your instant pot). You can use cooking spray or butter.
  • Place your berries on the bottom of you greased pan.
  • In a bowl, cut the butter into you cake mix. You can use a fork or a pastry blender. Mix until the mixture is crumbly.
  • Evenly distribute cake mixture over the top of your berries.
  • Cover your pan with foil.
  • Place your pan over the trivet that came with your instant pot.
  • Add your water to the inner pot of your instant pot.
  • Place the trivet and pan on top of the water inside your instant pot and place the lid and close the top. Make sure the valve is set to sealed.
  • Cook using high pressure for 10 minutes. Let naturally pressure release for 10 minutes then quick release. Be careful not to burn yourself as the steam is extremely hot.
  • Carefully remove your pan from the instant pot and let cool.
  • Serve cobbler warm with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream!!

Easy Instant Pot Chocolate Brownies:


These brownies are easy to make and so delicious. The chocolate chips make them extra fudgy and rich.


  • 1 package brownie mix

  • 1/2 package of chocolate chips

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped * optional


  • In a large bowl, mix your brownie mix, water, oil, egg, chocolate chips, and nuts (if using).
  • Grease your instant pot (or separate pan that fits inside of your instant pot if using**) with cooking spray or butter.
  • Add your brownie mixture to prepared instant pot or pan.
  • ** if you are using a separate pan, add a cup of water to your instant pot and place trivet inside prior to placing your pan inside.
  • Place pan inside of instant pot and lock lid in place. Place vent to sealing position.
  • Cook using manual pressure on high for 45 minutes.
  • Let pressure naturally release.
  • Let cool and remove pan from instant pot. Serve and enjoy!!

Instant Pot Camping Rice Pudding:

Rice Pudding

This easy camping meal is perfect for those chilly evenings around the campfire. Simply add your rice, milk, sugar, and spices to the Instant Pot and let it do its thing. In no time at all, you’ll have a warm and delicious pudding to enjoy.


  • – ½ cup white rice

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)


  • Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  • Cook on high pressure for three minutes. Set valve to sealed position.
  • Let pressure naturally release for five minutes. Then use quick release method to release any remaining pressure.
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or cinnamon sugar, if desired.

Why Use Instant Pot For Camping?

group of people near bonfire near trees during nighttime

The Instant Pot is a great tool to have while camping because it can do so many different things. It’s perfect for making rice, quinoa, or oatmeal in a hurry, and it’s also fantastic for cooking meats and vegetables. With the Instant Pot, you don’t have to worry about packing multiple dishes or appliances with you on your camping trip – it can do it all!

So, the next time you’re planning a camping trip, be sure to add some easy Instant Pot meals to your menu. You’ll be glad you did!

How Do I Use The Instant Pot to make easy camping meals?

If you’ve never used an Instant Pot before, don’t worry – it’s easy! Just add your ingredients to the pot and set it to the desired cooking time. The Instant Pot will do the rest.

What Are the Different Functions?

The Instant Pot has a variety of functions, including pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, and sautéing. It also has a delayed start timer so you can have your meal ready when you’re ready to eat.

Is the Instant Pot Worth the Money?

Instant Pots can vary in price, but they are generally affordable. And, since the Instant Pot can be used for so many different things, it’s definitely worth the money.

Tips and Tricks: Instant Pot Cooking and easy camping meals

Use liquids other than water:

When cooking rice or quinoa in the Instant Pot, it’s best to use a liquid other than water. This will help make your dish more flavorful.

Add 10-15 minutes to your meal planning:

Keep in mind that the Instant Pot needs time to come to pressure before it starts cooking, so be sure to add an extra ten minutes or so to your meal planning.

Release the pressure slowly:

When releasing the pressure from the Instant Pot, do so slowly at first. This will help prevent any hot liquid from spraying out of the pot.

Change Your Sealing Rings:

The sealing rings tend to trap the odors of the foods that you cook within your instant pot. It is always best practice to change out your rings on a regular basis. They are affordable and generally come in packs of two when purchased. They can be found at many stores and at Amazon.

Handles double as an Instant Pot lid holder:

The handles on the Instant Pot also work as a lid holder. This is especially helpful when you are using the pot to sauté or brown your food.

The saute function can be used to preheat your inner pot.

Conclusion To easy camping meals

Ready to hit the open road for your next camping trip? These easy camping meals using the instant pot will make your life a lot easier. From breakfast to dinner, we’ve got you covered with delicious recipes that will make your taste buds happy. So fire up your Instant Pot and get ready for some serious outdoor cooking fun!

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