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Summer Camp for Kids: Tinfoil Dinners

Everyone knows that one of the worst things about camping is dealing with the food. What to bring? What dishes do we need? Do we need butter? Did I forget the salt? Well, here is a quick and easy solution! These can easily be prepared ahead of time, frozen. Pack in your cooler, and they will thaw out, safely. Most of these recipes, however, are best over coals—wood/fires are hard to estimate hot/cold spots. Most campsites should have a grill available, or if you want, bring your own miniature charcoal grill. Just don’t forget the charcoal.

Here are a few pockets that we really love. If you are planning a longer camping trip, try making up your own! If all else fails, cook a hotdog (just remember to put them in your cooler too!)

5 Camping Recipes for Tin Foil Dinners

5 Camping Recipes for Tin Foil Dinners

A few tips:

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  • I don’t recommend turning wrapped foil packets because the butter melts in the packets and will drip our and cause a flare-up if turned.
  • These pockets also use a LOT of foil. Try consolidating meals into 1 pocket per person instead of 3.
  • When preparing pockets, place in plastic bags and label so there won’t be any guessing while camping!

Recipes from Paula Deen’s “A weekend Campout” Cookbook, and slightly adjusted from my own experience.

BREAKFAST BURRITOS

1 egg per person
1 tblsp butter per person
Salt and pepper
1 flour tortilla per person
1 tblsp cooked, crumbled bulk sausage per person
1 tblsp grated Monterey Jack cheese per person
Sour cream
Salsa

Directions:

Scramble the eggs in the butter and add salt and pepper. Lay each tortilla on a large square of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spoon a scoop of eggs on each tortilla. Add a tablespoon each of sausage and cheese. Wrap the tortilla around the filling and wrap tightly in the foil, rolling the ends to completely seal package. [at this point, FREEZE or use within a few days] Cook the packages over hot coals for 5 to 6 minutes or until heated through. **The tortilla will burn on the bottom if you leave them on the grill grates too long.**

Serve with sour cream and salsa.

PORK CHOP AND PINEAPPLE PIE

1 boneless pork chop per person
1 slice of red onion per person (optional)
1 slice of green bell pepper per person
2 canned pineapple slices per person
1 tblsp teriyaki sauce per person
1 tblsp butter per person
salt and pepper

Directions:

For each serving, lay a pork chop on a large square of heavy duty aluminum foil. Top each with onion, pepper, and pineapple slices. Drizzle with teriyaki sauce. Top with butter and generously sprinkle salt and pepper. Wrap tightly in foil, rolling ends to completely seal the package. [at this point, FREEZE, or use within a few days] When ready to eat, place packages directly in coals for 15 to 20 minutes. Check to see if pork chop is cooked through; rewrap and cook longer if necessary.

5 Camping Recipes for Tin Foil Dinners

ZUCCHINI POCKET

1 zucchini per person
Seasoned Salt/ Lemon pepper
1 tablespoon butter per pocket

Directions:

Slice up zucchini in thin slices and toss with seasoned salt and lemon pepper. Wrap up tightly in foil, rolling ends to completely seal pocket. Place directly on coals for 7 to 9 minutes. *I like mixing zucchini and squash together*

HAMBURGER PIE

1 lb ground beef
salt and pepper
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 large baking potato, thinly sliced
4 carrots, thinly sliced
Butter

Directions:

Form the meat into 4 ½-inch thick patties. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Lay each patty on a large square of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Top each with a few slices of onion and potato, and 1 of the sliced carrots. Top with a generous amount of butter and add more salt and pepper. Wrap tightly, rolling ends to seal. [at this point, FREEZE, or use within a few days] When ready to eat, place packages directly in coals and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.

TORTILLA DESSERT WRAPS

4 8-inch flour tortillas
1 cup mini marshmallows
½ cup milk chocolate chips
1/3 cup coconut flakes
Cool whip, thawed out (or the canned works great too!)

Directions:

Sprinkle ¼ of the marshmallows, ¼ of chocolate chips, and ¼ of the coconut on half of each tortilla. Roll up the tortilla, wrap each in heavy-duty aluminum foil, and seal tightly. Cook in the coals for about 5 to 8 minutes, until the chocolate is melted. Remove the foil and place on a plate. Garnish with cool whip. **The tortilla will burn on the bottom if you leave them on the grill grates too long**

Don’t forget your traditional S’Mores too!

My name is Carolyn, and I’m an Army wife and a SAHM of 2 beautiful redheads. I have a major in art, but because of all the moving around we do, I find creative ways to express my artsy side. I love cooking especially, and really enjoy trying new things, letting my kids join, and throwing parties. For more of my recipes and ideas, visit and follow along my Cookin’ for my Captain.

13 comments

  1. When you make foil packets ahead for a weekend camping trip, do you freeze them ahead and put them in the cooler or do you put them partially thawed into the cooler? They will definitely take longer to cook the meet if they are frozen all the way.

  2. I haven’t been camping in years and don’t have any plans to do so in the future, but I am intrigued by this. What I was wondering is if I prepared such packets and wanted to bake them in an oven how long and and what temperature would you recommend? Also, should the packets be thawed before baking?

    I liked Allison’s suggestion about preparing the breakfast burritos so as to be cooked in the microwave.

  3. Hi Carolyn!

    We have 4 kids ages 11-4 yrs old. We are about to go on our 3rd “Annual” Memorial Day camping trip!

    I LOVE camping in my dutch oven but it can be a little inconvenient and time consuming at times. I absolutely LOVE these “Make N’ Take” meal ideas for camping! I never mind prepping meals for camping like this because the kids can help and it just makes MY camping experience as the camp cook so much more pleasant and gives the kids something to do, as well! This is getting a repin on my Pinterest board! Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. We make “hobo dinners” every year for our first evening at Camp! (ground beef, spuds, broccoli, mushrooms, butter, beef bouillon, s & p, 2 T. water for a “gravy” w/the bouillon) But, really? You MUST try the Himalayan pink salt from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com . Their salt has such a much better flavor! Highly recommended!!! :-)

  5. Such great ideas! I love that you make them ahead. We camp a lot & I always struggle with ideas.

    Here’s a question as school approaches: Can you make the breakfast burritos and freeze them for busy school mornings? Should I wrap them in something other than foil so the can be microwaved?

    Thanks!

    1. Thats a wonderful question. I would make them, freeze them individually, then store them all in one bag. When ready to eat one, wrap it in a paper towel and cook for about 1-1/2 minutes. I would defiantly experiment first! I would also love to know how it turned out. I might actually try the same thing–thanks again!

      1. Just found this on Pinterest and Love it! I make the breakfast burritoes all the time and freeze and then microwave. If you wrap it in a paper towel and flash freeze on a cookie sheet before you put it in the bag they don’t stick together. Then just pop it in the microwave. It does help if it is a little thawed first, so I sometimes take them out the night before and put in the fridge.

    1. Carolyn – these are such great ideas. I’ve never thought to freeze them ahead of time, genius!! I’m always spending most of my day making the meals that I miss out on more of the camping family time. Thanks for sharing!

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