Ten Easy Recipes for VanLife Rental Meals

Grilled Cheese

Camping in a camper van rental is a fantastic way to explore the great outdoors while still enjoying some of the comforts of home. Cooking meals in a van hire can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging if you don’t have access to a full kitchen. Here are ten easy recipes that you can make when camping in a vanlife rental:

1. Campfire Grilled Cheese: This classic comfort food is easy to make and requires minimal prep. All you need is bread, butter, cheese, and a campfire or portable grill.

2. One-Pot Pasta: Cook your favorite pasta in a single pot with some water and your choice of sauce, such as marinara or pesto.

3. Quesadillas: Heat up a tortilla with cheese and your choice of filling, such as black beans, chicken, or vegetables, for a quick and delicious meal.

4. Skewers: Thread your favorite meat or vegetables onto skewers and grill them over a campfire or portable grill.

5. Foil Packet Meals: Wrap your choice of meat, vegetables, and seasoning in foil and cook over a campfire or portable grill.

Burritos - Ten Easy Recipes for VanLife Meals

6. Breakfast Burritos: Scramble eggs and add your favorite toppings, such as cheese, sausage, and vegetables, for a hearty and satisfying breakfast.

7. Campfire Chili: Cook up a pot of chili on a campfire or portable stove and enjoy a warm and comforting meal on a cool evening.


    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 can diced tomatoes
    • 1 can tomato sauce
    • 1 tbsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 tsp paprika
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions


    1. Start by heating up a large cast iron pot over the campfire or on a camping stove. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
    2. Once the meat is browned, add the chopped onion and garlic to the pot and cook until the onion is translucent.
    3. Add the kidney beans, black beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce to the pot, along with the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together well.
    4. Bring the chili to a simmer and let it cook for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer you let it cook, the more the flavors will develop.
    5. Once the chili is fully cooked, serve it hot with your choice of toppings, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, or chopped green onions.

8. Hobo Stew: Combine your favorite meats, vegetables, and seasoning in a pot and cook over a campfire or portable stove for a delicious and easy meal.

Chili - Ten Easy Recipes for VanLife Meals

9. Grilled Fish: Season your favorite fish and grill it over a campfire or portable grill for a healthy and delicious meal.

10. S’mores: No camping trip is complete without s’mores! Toast marshmallows over a campfire and sandwich them between graham crackers and chocolate for a sweet treat.

In conclusion, camping in a camper van rental  doesn’t have to mean sacrificing delicious meals. With a little creativity and some simple ingredients, you can enjoy easy and satisfying meals while exploring the great outdoors.