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Campfire Foil Packets

Campfire foil packets, also known as hobo packets or campfire packets, are a classic camping meal that's easy to prepare and cook over an open fire or a campfire. They're versatile, allowing you to create a variety of meals using your favorite ingredients. Here's a basic recipe for campfire foil packets:

Ingredients (for one foil packet):

  • 1/2 pound of protein (such as chicken, sausage, shrimp, fish, or ground beef)
  • 1 cup of assorted vegetables (sliced bell peppers, onions, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, etc.)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or melted butter
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, herbs, or spices of your choice)
  • Foil sheets (approximately 18x12 inches)


  1. Prepare Your Campfire: Set up your campfire and allow it to burn down to a bed of hot coals. Alternatively, you can use a campfire grate or a camp stove.
  2. Prepare the Foil Packet: Place the foil sheet on a flat surface. If you're using heavy-duty foil, you may want to spray or lightly oil it to prevent sticking.
  3. Add Protein: Place your choice of protein in the center of the foil sheet. This can be chicken, sausage, shrimp, fish, or ground beef.
  4. Add Vegetables: Arrange your choice of vegetables around the protein. Be creative and use your favorites.
  5. Season and Drizzle: Drizzle the olive oil or melted butter over the protein and vegetables. Sprinkle with your preferred seasonings and herbs. This is where you can get creative with flavor combinations.
  6. Fold and Seal: Fold the sides of the foil sheet over the food, and then fold the top and bottom edges together to seal the packet. Make sure the packet is well-sealed to trap in the steam and flavors.
  7. Cook Over the Campfire: Place the foil packet directly onto the campfire grate or coals. Allow it to cook for about 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the protein and the heat of the campfire. You can flip the packet halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking.
  8. Check for Doneness: Carefully open the foil packet (it will release hot steam) and check the doneness of the protein with a thermometer or by cutting it open to ensure it's cooked through.
  9. Serve: Remove the foil packet from the fire, let it cool for a moment, and then carefully open it. Transfer the contents to a plate and enjoy your campfire foil packet.

Foil packets are highly adaptable, and you can tailor them to your preferences with various proteins, vegetables, and seasonings. They're a great way to enjoy a hot and satisfying meal while camping without the need for lots of cooking utensils. Plus, cleanup is a breeze – just crumple up the used foil and dispose of it properly.


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