Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mom's Tin Foil Dinners

Can we all agree that one of the best things about camping is the food?! It's scrumptious. My favorite are these tin foil dinners that my mom always made growing up. 

I used ground beef, potatoes, green peppers, corn and carrots. You could easily switch any of these out for other veggies. I might try mushrooms, bell peppers... broccoli? You get the point. These are best if you make them a day or two in advance and refrigerate until you pack up. They should sit in a cooler overnight and will be ready after 30-45 minutes on the fire. All you need is a fork. Easy to eat and easy to clean up!

Alright, here it goes. First saute the onions and garlic until light brown. 

Add the meat and cook until brown (sorry to you vegetarians out there!) Once the meat has browned, mix with the onions and add whatever seasoning you like. I went with just a shake of salt. 

I added the corn a couple minutes ahead of the condiments and other veggies because mine was frozen. Maybe that's why the corn looks strangely white in these pictures?

Almost forgot the potatoes! Peel, dice and boil for about five minutes. You don't want the potatoes to be soft or to fall off the fork yet-- they'll get more heat once you're around the campfire!

 Return the pan to medium heat, add the potatoes and mix it up over medium heat for a couple more minutes. 

Scoop a cup or two onto each sheet of aluminum foil and wrap like a burrito. Double layers are a good thing :) 

Makes 4-6 foil dinners, depending on how hefty you make them!


  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tb ketchup
  • 1 tb steak sauce
  • 1 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced


  1. Saute the onion and garlic over medium low heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pan to brown. Once brown, combine meat with the onions and garlic. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Add corn and stir until combined. Season with ketchup and steak sauce. Heat for 2 minutes or until corn is soft.
  4. Add chopped carrots and green peppers. Meanwhile, boil the cubed potatoes for 5-7 minutes. Don't overdue it; the potatoes should still be relatively hard. Remember that they'll get more time over the fire!
  5. Combine cooked potatoes and the meat. Mix over medium heat for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Dish onto sheets of aluminum foil. Wrap tightly and refrigerate up to four or five days. 

Enjoy... because they're delicious. Also because all you have to do next is throw them on the campfire for a half hour!

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