Man y'all went nuts for the list of camping breakfast recipes that I posted a few weeks ago. So I decided to follow it up with a list of some of my favorite tin foil camping recipes – especially handy for when you simply don't have a dutch over or camping stove with you for whatever reason. 🙂
Ham & Cheese Ham Pull Apart Loaf
This is a huge favorite with my entire family. Preparation is pretty easy, but it takes about 25 minutes to cook. Simply take your favorite kind of mustard, ham and cheese and put them between a loaf of bread that you've made slices in. You're essentially making “six sandwiches” into one loaf. But be sure to spray the tin foil with non stick spray because I guarantee you it will stick to the foil otherwise, LOL. Full recipe and instructions here.
Green Chile Cheese Fries
A big hit with the kids – and a recipe they can easily make themselves. Some frozen french fries, diced green chiles, cheddar cheese and cooking spray are all you need with this one. 10-15 minutes on the grill later, you'll have some awesome cheese fries. Full recipe and instructions here.
Pineapple, Ham and Sweet Potato Packet
This one is a nice change of pace as I don't have a ton of tin foil packet ham recipes in my arsenal. It's a bit more complicated to prepare than most of the recipes on this list (as far as needed ingredients) but the end result is so worth it. Remember, non stick cooking spray is your friend. 🙂 Full recipe and instructions here.
Pesto Catfish Packets
At a lot of the places I've been camping, Catfish is a common catch. This Catfish tin foil recipe is a great way to cook those bad boys up. The recipe calls for cherry tomatoes, but we switch those out for red peppers. There's nothing like a fresh caught meal when you're out in the woods. Full recipe and instructions here.
Grilled Cinnamon and Sugar Peaches
If you've been searching for campfire recipes for any length of time, then you've come across a lot of apple dessert recipes. However, one of my favorites is grilled peaches. Cinnamon, brown sugar and peaches = taste bud heaven. I decided not to add the mint leaves (and it was still amazing anyway). The full recipe can be found here (scroll down as there are two recipes in the post).
Foil Packet Hot Dogs
My favorite thing about this one? It's super simple. Spray the foil with non stick cooking spray, cut up some of your favorite veggies (and some potatoes if you'd like) and top it with a few hot dogs. I like this recipe because the kids can make it on their own and because the only meat ingredient is hot dogs, I don't have to worry about them potentially under-cooking anything. Full recipe and instructions here.
Lemon Herb Steak Packet
If you're the type that occasionally likes to “gourmet things up” when you're cooking at camp, this recipe is one you should bookmark. The flavor is amazing. This might not be a cost effective option if you're camping with a large group, but for family camping trips, it works out nicely. Especially since the kids are more than happy to do the hot dog recipe above in lieu of the steak, haha. Full recipe and instructions here.
Sweet Potato Foil Packet Tacos (Paleo)
If you're Paleo or camping with someone who is, you'll want to take special note of this recipe. It's healthy and easy and the end result tastes great. The official recipe calls for this to be baked, but you can easily cook it over a grill instead. Full recipe and instructions can be found here.
BBQ Chicken Foil Packets
Drooling yet? I never would have thought to do this one myself, but it was a definite “why didn't I think of that?!” when I saw this post. This recipe is so good. Potato, chicken, butter, salt, pepper and BBQ sauce combine into mouthwatering goodness over the grill. This is one you need to “pre make” at home, but it's oh so worth it. Full recipe and instructions for the recipe can be found here.
Spicy Taco Patties & Cheesy Potatoes
This is a another hit with the kids. It's basically a taco burger on top of some cheesy hash browns topped with salsa. Yum. 🙂 We also add some diced jalapenos to the burgers to give them some kick. And you can cook this one on hot coals or a grill grate in less than 20 minutes. Full recipe and instructions here.
Santa Fe Chicken Packets
We live in Texas, so Mexican fare goes over well with our family and friends. This seven ingredient recipe (non stick cooking spray, black beans, corn, tomatoes, chicken breasts, and a Mexican blend of cheese) is super easy to make. I also usually dice up some jalapenos (and habaneros for those who like it super spicy) that folks can choose to add to their own packets if they'd like. Full recipe and instructions can be found here.
Banana Boats in a Packet
This is more for dessert, though sometimes we'll let the kids cook it for breakfast. You combine bananas, chocolate chips and marshmallows to create this quick treat (we also add in peanut butter from time to time). It won't look pretty when it's cooked, but it will taste awesome. You can find the full recipe and instructions for this here.
Pot Roast Packet Dinner
This tastes almost like a pot roast stew (and uses pretty much the same ingredients), but without the liquid. The recipe calls for beef cubes, but you can really use any kind of beef you'd like (we sometimes make this with beef stir fry strips). You'll need to pre make these (they need to marinate) but it definitely makes for an awesome camp dinner. The full recipe and instructions are here.
Grilled Parmesan Ranch Chicken Packs
The above is the “official name” for the recipe, but I'll be honest. We're not fans of Parmesan cheese, so we omit it – and we use the full fat standard version of ranch versus the low fat version in the recipe. That said, this is an awesome recipe your campers won't be able to get enough of. Full recipe and instructions are on the Betty Crocker website here.
(Insert Any Fish Here) Poached in Foil
The original recipe uses Sheefish, but also notes you can use “any fish” with the same recipe. We haven't tested that theory on every fish, but we have tested it on Bass and it tasted fantastic. Grab some butter, lemon, bacon, salt and pepper (and someone who can clean a fish if you can't) and you're good to go. You can find extremely detailed instructions on making this recipe here.
Cheesy Tin Foil Potatoes
If you haven't noticed yet, we like cheese. 🙂 This recipe is super simple and has a pretty interesting recipe makeup (not in a million years would I have thought to add cream of chicken soup to a cheesy potatoes recipe). These can take up to an hour to cook, but they're worth the wait. The full recipe with instructions is here (you'll need to scroll down as it's the second recipe in the post).
Sweet and Sour Chicken Packets
I was a little wary of this recipe when I first found it, but it's a great way to diversify your camping recipe book, LOL. We forgo the chow mein noodles, but otherwise I make the recipe as is. In my opinion, the make or break ingredient in this recipe is the sweet and sour sauce. Like BBQ sauce, they can often taste different by brand. So, I'd taste test in advance if you don't already have a sweet and sour “go to” sauce. Full recipe is here.
Campfire Quesadillas in a Packet
Last but certainly not least, a tin foil camping recipe list simply wouldn't be complete without an awesome quesadilla recipe. The recipe above calls for mushrooms and corn, but like any “made at home” quesadillas, it's a “make your own version” kind of dish. Which works out great if you have campers with a wide variety of likes. You can find the full recipe and instructions here.
How to fold tin foil packets
If you're not super experienced with folding tin foil packets, you may like this video tutorial on the topic below.
Tin foil recipes are pretty fail safe, but over the years I've gotten into the habit of “testing” out “new to me” tin foil recipes at home using the grill. 🙂
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