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A camping recipe from Cindi Stokes. Our scouts do this recipe the first night of every camping trip.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 pound meat (hamburger, chicken, shrimp or beef tips/stew)
  • mixed fresh vegetables (potatoes, onion, broccoli, carrots, etc.)
  • butter (if meat has no fat)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • heavy duty foil or foil pouches


Prepare the foil pack at home, even the night before, and keep in a cooler. Fire preparation is the first order of business. When the coals are hot, you're ready to cook. Test doneness on one pack before pulling them all off the heat. This recipe gets better with experience. Ingredient combinations can be modified each time to find everyone's favorite. Vegetable-hating kids can even make this with hamburger and cheese, place cheese between two thin patties and wrap tightly.

Layout four foil sheets 12 inches in length, or open 4 foil pouches. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces, or shape hamburger into meat balls. Leave shrimp whole. Add a serving to center of each foil pack. Add chopped vegetables of choice to each. Broccoli cooks easily, so use whole florets. Potatoes and carrots are very hard, so slice into smaller than bite-size pieces. Add butter to chicken or shrimp to ensure the whole thing doesn't stick to the foil. Season and close the bag or fold foil with center seam and ends sealed well. Cook over fire. Can be done directly on coals, but you must turn more frequently. When you can smell them, they're done, about 20 minutes, rotating and turning often with tongs. Remove from heat and allow them to cool on the ground or other safe surface. Open carefully, steam may be hot. Eat from opened foil. All you need is a fork and beverage.

Servings: 4

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 5 out of 5
Alternate:, Member christi479

These packets are great! I do them this way with chicken and rice added in instead of the beef! Pan cook boneless skinless chicken breats on the stove in your favorite spices then I cut them into bite size pieces put in the foil packs with butter the veggies, potatoes and rice. Comes out mouth watering. Great for the first night! After setting up the tents or whatever you are staying in and figuring out what is going on plus by the time the kids get done playing all you want to do is chill so these are great for that first night. They heat up quick and are no mess. If you fish then you can do the fish in rice. Rice is really easy to cook at a camp site plus you can cook a ton of it at the same time to save for another time.

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