Easy to make camping meals
These easy camping meal ideas are true to the spirit of good ol’ campfire cooking, but without all the muss and fuss of a lot of cooking.
Everyone wants to enjoy good camp food, but why should you get stuck doing all the cooking?
These meal ideas allow you to do mostly prep work, and let your fellow campers help by doing most of their own cooking. Brilliant idea!
All-time Favorite Camping Food – Hobo Tin-Foil Meals
Fun, Easy, and Delicious – Tin-Foil Camping Meals
Kids love these because they get to feel like big kids – making their own food. Adults love them because they are easy, and they can be as creative as they want. And camp cooks love them because they are a lot less work than traditional camping meals.
An assortment of foods are wrapped in foil and cooked in campfire coals – or on a grate over the coals – or even over charcoal briquettes in a grill.
The camp cook can get by with just prepping and laying out the camp food for the meals – then each camper creates, wraps, and cooks their own meal.
These meals are delicious – and – they are cooked in an open campfire. Just like all good camping meals should be.
How it’s done:
The original foil meal, was a Boy Scout creation that was just; some hamburger, onion slices, sliced potatoes and carrots, and a little salt & pepper, wrapped into a pack using a double layer of heavy-duty tin-foil.
Note: This campfire recipe and video, (below), are from Phoenix Boy Scout Troop 109, and is designed to be as easy as possible by using frozen veggies.
Then the pack was set in the campfire coals, and cooked for approx. 30 – 40 minutes. When done, the pack was simply sliced open and the meal was eaten right from the foil. Classic camp food.
Once adult campers found out how easy and delicious these meals could be – the sky was the limit for what could be cooked in a foil pack. Once you understand the concept, you can create any type of tin-foil meal you want, (some campers make this their last dinner of the trip – so they can toss in all their leftovers).
Generally these meals don’t use specific recipes; you just decide what you want to include – and toss it all together, with your favorite seasonings
Traditional Hobo Tin-Foil Meals:
The “Classic” Hobo Hamburger Tin-foil Dinner
Hamburger, Potatoes, Carrots, and Onions.Salt & Pepper, and Butter
Start with a layer of onions, then the hamburger, followed by the sliced potatoes, and then the sliced carrots. Add the Worcestershire sauce, and top with salt & pepper, (seasoned to taste), and butter.
Ingredients: – per meal
- 1/3 to 1/2 lb hamburger
- use lean hamburger, at least 85/15, 93/7 is better
- patty or lump works best – but it can also be crumbled
- 2 – 3 thick onion slices – per taste
- 1 cup potato slices – approx. 1/4″ thick, about 1 med. potato
- 1 whole carrot – sliced approx. 1/4″ thick
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce – more or less to taste
- Salt & pepper – generous, but to taste
- 1 tbsp. butter or margarine
Note: Other vegetables can be added, (or substituted), ie. corn, peas, sweet peppers, or green beans. Fresh is best, but frozen works fine. Tip: 1 tsp. of Monterrey Steak seasoning really boosts the meat flavor.
A good pair of campfire gloves is almost a must-have for campfire and tin-foil cooking.
Here is a guide to some good choices for campfire cooking gloves.
“Classic” Diced Chicken and Veggies Hobo Foil Dinner
Diced Boneless Chicken Breast, Red Onions, Sweet Peppers, Red Potatoes
This camping meal is a little more adult-oriented with a wider range of veggies. And, a little more prep work, (it involves a marinade), but it is still the same layered-in-foil concept as above.
Ingredients: – per meal
- 1 boneless/skinless chicken breast – diced chunks
- 2 – 3 thick Red onion slices – per taste *1 lg. Red onion will do about 3 meals
- 1 cup Red potato chunks – approx. 1″ skin-on, (about 2 “normal” med-size Red potatoes)
- 1 whole carrot – 1/2″ slices
- 1 cup assorted sweet peppers, (Red, Green, Yellow), – sliced approx. 1/4″ thick
- 2 tsp. Campbells Cream of Chicken condensed soup – straight from can
- Salt & pepper – generous, but to taste
Cooking marinade Ingredients: *makes enough for 4-6 meals
- 1/2 cup canola or olive oil
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
*Mix all ingredients and set aside.
Start with a layer of Red onions, the add the diced chicken. Top the chicken with the potatoes and carrots, then add the sweet peppers. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the cooking marinade over everything, (make sure marinade is well-stirred), then add 2-tbsp. dollop of the cream of chicken soup – top – center.
Wrap carefully with folded closures, (2-layers of foil), and cook in mature coals for 30 – 45 minutes.
Slice open and enjoy!
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