If you are looking to add some spice to your dinner while stealth camping in a city or boondocking out in the woods, you might be searching for great dry camping cooking recipes you can use. Here are some great recipes that can be cooked while boondocking, even if you are stealth camping in a van or parked at a truck stop in a tractor trailer semi cab.

Hobo Style Mulligan Stew from Canned Foods

Watch this video from our YouTube channel for the directions on how to make this stew.

While this video showcases one kind of recipes for making a mulligan stew, there are many other varieties of this dish that can be prepared.

Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese With Milk Substitute

Milk is difficult to store as a boondocker, even if you have an ice chest. This is because milk has to be kept at x temperature or it will spoil, and ice chests tend to lose temperature over time gradually — enough that milk will spoil.

To get around this we use a can of Cream of Chicken as a milk substitute. This is because this soup already has dairy in it.

How to Cook the Best Tasting Instant Ramen Noodles

Many people don’t cook their ramen noodles in a pot, instead just adding water. While this will cook the ramen it doesn’t maintain the temperature, resulting in noodles that tend to not be fully rehydrated.

Ramen noodles are a very versatile footstock and can be mixed with other ingredients to make a wide variety of delicious dinners.

How to Cook Trucker’s Spaghetti Pasta

This recipe uses items you can find at just about any truck stop in the United States to make a delicious spaghetti dinner.

While not everyone will be a fan of the ingredients used here, you can always change out items for other kinds of foods you would prefer to eat. The spaghetti will still be delicious.

Other Tips for Dry Camping Cooking

For recipes that require milk, sometimes a can of cream of chicken, mushroom or other kind of soup can be substituted. You can also use evaporated milk; to make a cup of milk from evaporated milk, mix half a cup of evaporated milk with half a cup of water.

If the recipe only requires a small amount of milk, you might also try cups of half and half meant for stirring into coffee. These can be found for free at many fast food restaurants if you are stealth camping.


Carey has been living full time as an RVer for several years, traveling extensively around the United States and some parts of Canada. As a digital nomad he lives like a vagabond while managing his companies remotely with a laptop and internet hotspot.