Make-Ahead Meals for RV Vacations

Make-Ahead Meals for RV Vacations

RV travelers are gearing up for their spring trips, and many have been asking for make-ahead meals for RV vacations. We love cooking over the campfire and on the grill, but it’s also a great idea to bring along some ready-made meals.

Listeners were giving some great meal suggestions over on our RVFTA Facebook group, and it inspired me to share three of my easy-peasy favorites.

Make-Ahead Meals for RV Vacations #1: Tortilla Pie

  • One pound ground beef
  • Package taco seasoning (or homemade seasoning)
  • 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • Large can of beans, black or pinto
  • 12 large flour tortillas
  • 12 ounces grated cheddar cheese
  1. Prepare the ground beef according to the seasoning packet instructions. Add in the can of diced tomatoes and the can of beans. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Using non-stick cooking spray, coat the bottom of a casserole dish large enough to fit the tortillas.
  3. Place a tortilla in the bottom of the casserole dish. Cover the tortilla with some of the meat mixture. Top with a thin layer of cheddar cheese. Place another tortilla on top of the cheddar, and repeat the process until you have layered all the tortillas with meat and cheese.
  4. Sprinkle cheese on the top of the tortilla pie and cover in foil. Store in the refrigerator.
  5. At the campground, cook the tortilla pie at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly and hot. Serve with rice and a fruit salad.

Make-Ahead Meals for RV Vacations #2: Pasta Salad


  • 1 pound bowtie pasta
  • 1 6-ounce jar of prepared pesto
  • A medley of your favorite roasted vegetables (I roast asparagus, grape tomatoes, and yellow bell peppers on a sheet pan at 425° for 25 minutes)
  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Mix pasta with pesto sauce.
  3. Add roasted vegetables. Store in the refrigerator tightly covered with plastic wrap.
  4. This is the perfect dinner to serve on Friday night when arriving at the campground. A loaf of crusty bread makes a complete and hearty meal!

Make-Ahead Meals for RV Vacations #3: Barbecue Meatloaf Sandwiches


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Onion, diced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together except for the BBQ sauce.
  2. Form into a loaf and place in a shallow pan.
  3. Pour BBQ sauce evenly over the top of the meatloaf.
  4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
  5. Cool and store tightly wrapped in the refrigerator.  Serve at the campground on slices of sourdough bread with prepared coleslaw and potato salad.

Here are a few other recipes recommended over on our RVFTA Facebook Group:

  1. Cheryl loves the Korean Beef Rice Bowls from and says she buys the “Frozen cooked brown rice from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods to make it easy.”
  2. Sara recommends the 7-Can Soup recipe from the Pioneer Woman and says, “for our first night camping we always make” it.
  3. Laura seems to be a big crock pot fan like me, and shared a Crock Pot Lasagna soup from

Thanks for chiming in with some new options that I am going to put on my camp food list!

You can also check out our 3 easy RV Tailgating recipes, which I’ve used even when NOT tailgating (shhh!).

Keeping meal preparation simple will ensure that those RV getaways are relaxing and refreshing.  That way you can return to real life, rested and ready to plan your next great RV trip.

See you at the campground!

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  1. Jenn Barry

    Have you tried the bean dip in a can? It’s our family favorite! So much that we just put it on our blog…it’s a favorite with our kids and RV guests! Happy eats to you all.

  2. Dean May

    BBQ meatloaf sandwiches and a cold Sam Adams! Umm!!!

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