There are countless ways to enjoy a meal cooked around the campfire. You can use a stick to make simple foods like hot dogs, brats, marshmallows, shish kebab, or even bannock bread. You can use a frying pan, Dutch oven, or grill grate for the convenience of cooking at home. You can even cook a few foods right on the coals of your campfire. For easy-to-make, easy-to-clean, low maintenance campfire cooking, though, nothing beats aluminum foil. It’s easy to mix up a delicious recipe right inside a tinfoil packet, then sit back a let the campfire do its work. Even if you’re deep in the wilderness and have to pack out your waste with you, the used foil is much lighter to carry away than traditional cookware. Try these mouthwatering campfire favorites on your next outing:
1/4 lb. ground beef
1 potato, diced
1 carrot, chopped
1/4 onion, diced
Ketchup or barbecue sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Start with a 12” square of aluminum foil. Separate the ground beef into bits and place it evenly on the foil. Add the potato, carrot, and onion. Season with salt and pepper and add ketchup or barbecue sauce to taste. Fold the foil into a flat package, making sure to seal it well along the seams. Using fire tongs, place the packet directly on the campfire coals. Cook for 10 minutes, flip, and cook for 10 more minutes. Remove and enjoy.
Canned pie filling (cherry, apple, blueberry, etc.)
Tear off a 12” square of aluminum foil for each person, and place a tortilla on it. Spoon a little pie filling into each one and sprinkle with chocolate chips and/or marshmallows. Be careful not to overdo it or the filling will squirt out the sides while cooking. Roll up the tortilla, folding the bottom edge in.
Wrap foil around the tortilla and place it on the ash near the edge of the fire, but not directly on the coals. Cook the packets for about five minutes, then turn them around and cook the other side. Using fire tongs, remove and enjoy.
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