I have always loved to go camping. We went camping as a family quite often growing up, and I was relieved to find when I married Tyler, that he was the same. We went camping together for the first time and had a blast! As I thought about what we should do for dinner (I’m not a big fan of hot dogs), my mind immediately went to tinfoil dinners.
Tinfoil dinners were the special dinners we always had when we went on big camping trips. What’s extra great about them (besides being delicious) is that it’s easy for everyone to personalize their own with sauces, spices, and veggies.
Lay out a nice, large, cookie-sheet sized piece of tinfoil, and start constructing! Try to keep your ingredients as close to the center as possible. I always put the meat and potatoes down first.
Staple ingredients are:
- Hamburger or chicken
- Potatoes, sliced
- Carrots, sliced
- Diced/julienne onions
- Salt and pepper
- A sauce of some kind: tomato soup, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, BBQ (mix and match as desired)
From there on out, you pick! We enjoy adding corn, peppers, and squash for extra veggies. Some good spices are garlic, season salt, and cayenne pepper for those who like it hot. Ketchup, ranch, cheese, and hot sauce are other things I’ve tried and enjoyed. Wrap securely in tinfoil.
Now it’s time to go camping! You may want to transport your dinners in a cooler if it’s going to be a bit before you eat.
Get your fire built up nice and hot. Once some good logs have burned to be charred through, you can start cooking. Find a toasty spot to place your dinner, surrounded by coals (be careful…we use a long pair of tongs to handle our dinners). And then you wait.
Meals can take up to and hour to cook, depending on their size, but we check ours around 40 minutes. If you precook your meat, potatoes, and carrots, cook time will go much faster, as your food only needs to heat up.
You’ll know they’re done when the meat is cooked thoroughly and the potatoes and carrots are soft.