Campfire hobo tin foil meals have been around since aluminum foil was created in 1910, so well over a century ago. There is something about eating out of a foil plate that makes the meal feel so adventurous. They are true to the spirit of campfire cooking, without the mess that traditional cooking creates. Another great thing is that kids can also participate in the process by making their own meal. The possibilities of what you can make in a tin foil over fire are pretty much endless, and creativity is deliciously rewarded.
Tin foil meals are a fairly easy concept to master. It is simply an assortment of foods that are prepared and laid out, and then each person creates their own plate by placing the food into an aluminum foil wrapping and putting it on top of the fire. One of the best things about tin foil meals is that the flavor and juices remain in the package, instead of evaporating like they do on the grill. Here is one of our favorite recipes that can be easily customized to use your own favorite ingredients. This recipe yields four tin foil packs.
Beef & Potato Dinner
1-1/2 lbs ground beef, chicken, or whatever you prefer.
You can add whatever your favorite vegetables are, simply chop them up small for better cooking time.
4 large carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 large potatoes, diced
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
Seasoning salt and pepper, to taste
Tin foil wrapping
Divide the meat into four pieces, and put each portion into flat sheets of foil (around 12 inches square).
Add the remaining ingredients into your own individual meal, make it exactly what you want!
Generously add salt.
Wrap the foil dinner in on itself, then flip it upside down, and add another packing to it.
Place your foil either directly onto the fire, or very close to it. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, and make sure to flip it halfway through.
Make sure everything is cooked all the way through.