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Camper’s Special Recipe for Kids

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This camper’s special recipe was created by 11-year-old Eli’s grandmother. It’s a quick and easy meal that is perfect for cooking over a fire when camping out. Follow up this delicious meal with s’mores and you have the perfect summertime meal.

Camper's Special is a quick and easy one-skillet meal that will be a hit with the kids!

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Camper's Special is a quick and easy one-skillet meal that will be a hit with the kids!

Camper’s Special Recipe for Kids

  • Author: Eli, age 11
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can O-shaped spaghetti
  • 1 can baked beans
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet. While it’s browning, add a few shakes of garlic powder and onion powder for flavor. (If you like onions, cut up a small onion and add instead of the onion powder.)
  2. Drain off the grease. Add a can of O-shaped spaghetti, baked beans, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and yellow mustard.
  3. Stir gently to mix and heat on medium until just bubbling.
  4. Serve with some parmesan cheese, garlic bread and a salad.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins

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