Cheap Dinner Recipes – One pot and under $10

One of the biggest challenges when camping in a small space is figuring out easy meals to cook that don’t take a long time and won’t break the bank. There are a number of cookbooks with camping recipes, but most seem to assume that you have a huge commercial kitchen, a food dehydrator, and a week to pre-cook and plan every meal prior to a camping trip.

While it is possible to prep a fair few meals from home when departing on a short camping trip, that isn’t possible for long duration camping.

Surprisingly Good Dinner
Surprisingly Good Dinner

Here are some of mine and Andrew’s favourite recipes that tend to be under $10, prepared in one pot, and take less than 30 minutes.

Cabbage and Bacon Stir Fry Recipe

Delicious stir fry that cooks up quickly, contains plenty of vegetables, and is inexpensive. Serves 2-4 depending on how hungry people are.


1/2 cabbage

1 lb of bacon, beef jerky, sausage, or ground beef

1 head of garlic

1 onion

Optional: Other in season vegetables including leek, capsicum/bell pepper, etc.


Fry the meat in a large pot or pan. Ensure that there is plenty of leftover space for adding the vegetables.

While the meat is cooking, shred the cabbage, mince the garlic, and dice the onion.

Once the meat is nearly cooked, toss the vegetables into the same pan and fry another 5 minutes until the onion and cabbage are just softened.

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Containing no meat and no items requiring refrigeration, this meal is yummy and filling. Feeds 4.


1 can baked beans

1 can lentils

1 can chickpeas

1 can diced tomatoes

1 head cauliflower

1 tbsp chili powder

Optional: Fresh onion, garlic, and/or tomato

1 bag of Nacho chips for dipping

Sour cream as garnish if desired.


Dice the cauliflower into small chunks.

Open all of the cans and empty them into a large pot. Add the cauliflower and other ingredients, reserving the chips until the chili is done. Boil all ingredients on medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the cauliflower is softened.

This can also be pre-prepared and frozen into a container to keep the cooler cold on the trip, cooking it once thawed.

Serve and enjoy!

Chicken with Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Quick and easy recipe that can be easily modified to accommodate larger families. Cooks in 20-30 minutes depending upon the size of the chicken pieces.


1/2 lb. chicken breast or thigh, bone and skin removed (Approximately 1 breast or 2 thighs per person)

1 can of soup: golden mushroom, cream of mushroom, or cream of potato work best

1 cup of rice


Combine all of the ingredients into a large pot and cook until the chicken is done.


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