May 2011 Recipe of the Month


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Dec 22, 2002
Southeastern PA
May 2011 Recipe of the Month

Title: Campfire Foil Packs

Source: - By: Natural Chef Michelle

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Ready In: 40 minutes
Serving Size: 4 servings

These are easy to make for camping! We prepare them at home and then leave them in the cooler until we are ready to cook. You can use any combination of meat and vegetables that you like. Do not try to use less olive oil or foil or your dinner will burn. Be careful when opening foil as steam will have formed inside and can burn you.

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast meat - cubed
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 (8 ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 small potatoes, cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced

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[*]In a large bowl, or a large zip-top bag, combine the chicken, onion, mushrooms, yellow pepper, red pepper, garlic, and potatoes. Pour in the olive oil and lemon juice, then mix well.

[*]Evenly divide the mixture between 4 large sheets of aluminum foil. Top each with another sheet of foil, and roll up the edges tightly. Wrap each packet again, securely in another sheet of foil to double wrap.

[*]Cook in the hot coals of a campfire until the chicken is opaque and the potatoes are tender, around 40 minutes.

Comments and Thoughts Welcome!


Nov 3, 2010
Sounds like food to warm the belly!!!

We make something similar.

Lay the foil out
Put cabbage pieces down as a layer or two
Hamburger patty on top of that
Cover with all your favorite veggies---potato slices, green beans, carrots, onions is what I normally use
Pour a couple spoonfuls of tomato soup straight from the can onto the top of all this
Salt and pepper
Wrap the foil up
Double foil normally
Cook in the coals or on grate just above for 40-60 minutes until potatos are soft
I know some people don't like the cabbage but it is what keeps everything else from burning. So you want the cabbage to kind of cover the entire bottom. I personally like the cabbage though.
After eating find beer and a cozy chair by campfire. Shortly after that you will be ready for bed.


Active Member
Aug 7, 2008
We make these a lot also. We call them Poor Boys. The Chicken ones sound good too!


Jul 12, 2011
foil packs - our youngest scouts learn about foil packs during day camp; it's "no utensil" cookery. Bitsize chunks of potato and carrot take longer to cook than diced taters and carrots. Mushrooms have a lot of moisture in them, and help to keep the foil packs steamy on the inside which also speeds up the cooking. Conversely, if you don't want steamy or watery, avoid veggies containing water.

BTW, this is the kind of thing you can prepare before you head out, and then cook on your intake manifold. Do everything the same, but be sure it's wrapped really really well. Just lay it on your intake manifold out of the way of any moving parts - and eat it when you arrive. there's prolly a website somewhere about intake manifold cooking...


Jul 12, 2011
Correcting myself - heat up your foil dinners on or near the exhaust manifold (not on the intake). And there are books out there based upon this concept. Most of the meals I've heard about are merely reheated versions, however, I did see an article about a pot roast cooked over low engine heat for six hours.


Sep 28, 2010
Funny! I used to work with an old guy in a warehouse that used to put his lunch on the engine of his towmotor. He'd heat up chicken, burgers, whatever...wrapped up in foil and ready to eat at lunch.

R.I.P. Johnny Jones


New Member
Feb 4, 2012
Peach Cobbler

Here is a dutch oven treat that I learned from a fellow YMCA camper once.

1 Yellow cake mix
1 can of Sprite or 7-Up
1 can of peach pie filling

Prepare enough coals to cover the top and bottom of the dutch oven (about ten each).
Line the bottom of the dutch oven with a piece of aluminum foil to keep the peaches from sticking. You don't have to do this, but it makes clean-up much easier.
Pour dry cake mix into dutch oven.
Pour the soda over/around the cake mix. There is no need to stir, but you may want to break-up any large clumps.
Spread the peach pie filling over the top.
Cover with the lid, place on the coals, and spread coals on the lid. Cook for about 30 minutes. The cooking time may vary depending on the weather conditions.

Remember to remove the coals and ashes from the lid before opening it.

Enjoy it. This is an easy peach cobbler for camping. Other pie fillings can be used as well if you do not like peaches.


Mar 25, 2012
My sister taught me something similar to this, but with an easier method.

uncle Ben's ready rice
Purdue shortcuts precooked chicken
canned veggies of your choice (corn, sliced potatoes, peas, green beans, beans, etc...)
cherry tomatoes
Mrs. dash
lots of butter

put in heavy duty foil, throw in fire, drool!


Active Member
Mar 20, 2012
The foil meals are awesome! I have made them at home and when camping for many years. Easy, can be individualized for each person. Takes no time at all to put together, just throw in what you have/want, wrap it up and cook to desired level. They are a family favorite!


Apr 30, 2010
We do the foil packs at home also when we are especially busy. At camp we like to cook in a tin can with heavy duty foil on top in the fire pit. We used to use coffee cans before plastic or cardboard. Cans are becoming extinct! [:D]


Apr 29, 2008
We have done these too. We use stew meat, carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, etc., and some garlic and seasoning salt. In Boy Scouts we called them hobo dinners. We used plastic forks and threw the whole mess in the trash with no cleanup. It was a scout troop favorite.

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