Since we moved to San Diego in September, we have gone camping twice, both times to the Laguna Campground in the Cleveland National Forest. The campground is less than a 2 hour drive from us so it’s the perfect place to escape for the weekend and spend a night in nature. It’s also perfectly set up for car camping and day hikes on the Pacific Coast Trail so our weekend is scheduled around our hikes and camping meals.
On this trip, we did the usual grilled meat + veggies + s’mores for dinner, and got a little more creative with breakfast on Sunday morning. When camping, we try to cook things with few ingredients that don’t require a lot of extra spices or sauces to be flavorful. Chorizo is perfect since it has tons of spice already incorporated, so we decided on on chorizo breakfast tacos which really hit the spot on a cool morning in the woods.
The campsites here are beautiful. We never seem to plan far enough in advance to book a reservation, but there there are plenty of “walk up” campsites that you can find when you arrive.
You would think Elizabeth would love camping, but as it turns out, being without her comfy dog bed and the warmth of our home is not her favorite. She spends most of her time moping on the log at the campsite, waiting for her next hiking adventure.
The fire pit master hard at work
We use this Weber Q grill at home on the patio with a stand, and bring it with us camping too – it’s awesome. It’s traveled a long way and cooked many a meal, starting out on our fire escape in NYC, then living on our tiny balcony in LA, and now hanging out on our patio in San Diego.
Recipe for Camping Breakfast Tacos
- 6 oz Chorizo (we used pork but there are many kinds)
- 4 eggs
- 4 flour or corn tortillas
- Toppings of choice!
- Cheddar cheese
- Shredded lettuce
- Sour Cream
First, heat a cast iron skillet, either over your campfire or over a stove if you have one. Once hot, add the chorizo to the pan and break it up while cooking.
Once the chorizo is cooked through, crack the eggs on top and scramble them in with the chorizo. While eggs are cooking, wrap the tortillas in foil and place them over the heat to warm them up.
Once eggs are cooked, open the tortillas and top them with the egg mixture and your toppings of choice. We used avocado and salsa but wished we had more fixings – just a matter of how much you want to pack with you while camping!
We also always pack ground coffee and our french press when camping, and bring canned iced coffee for Philippe. We use this handy gadget to boil water quickly – it’s light to pack and hot coffee is so worth it. You can also use it to quickly make oatmeal, tea, etc.
Here are some views from our hikes on the PCT:
We have done 4 different hikes from the same campsite, all of which were some combination of different desert, forest, and mountain landscapes.