15 Easy Foil Packet Meals Perfect for Campfire Cooking
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15 Easy Foil Packet Meals Perfect for Campfire Cooking

Remember when camping food meant a hot dog on a stick and some beans heated up in their can? That was pretty yum back then, but we’ve matured and so have our taste buds. Here at the grown-up table, we’re turning campfire food up a notch, proving beyond all doubt that you can eat just as deliciously on a camping vacay as you do at home. Plus, you don’t have to pack the whole pantry to do it! Scroll on for 15 meals that can be prepped ahead, stored in their foil packets in the cooler and then cooked up to perfection over an open fire. Foil packets FTW!

1. Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in Foil: Tender, flavorful chicken with zucchini, bell peppers and asparagus is slathered in your favorite barbecue sauce, then wrapped tight in foil packs and steamed to perfection right on the grill. Not a fan of asparagus? Green beans will work just as well. Serve with charred corn on the cob and dig in! (via Diethood)

2. Shrimp Boil Foil Packets: The conventional shrimp boil is very easily adapted to foil-packet cooking over an open fire. In this one, shrimp, andouille sausage, corn on the cob and baby red potatoes steam up nicely in individual foil packets. Cajun seasoning can be adjusted per packet to individual taste so everyone gets just the right amount of firepower to suit their palate. (via Damn Delicious)

3. Baked Salmon and Asparagus in Foil: This salmon could not be any easier or more delicious. The foil pouch just naturally seals in moisture and keeps the delicious juices from running out. It’s also a versatile recipe, so if you don’t like asparagus, swap in the veggies of your choice. Zucchini, spinach, tomatoes and bell pepper all work. Add Parmesan cheese for a tasty treat. (via Cooking Classy)

4. Southwest Chicken in Foil: This might be the ultimate cooking method for Southwest Chicken. Meat, beans, corn and lime juice get stewed in salsa and taco seasonings while wrapped up tightly in individual foil packets. Cheddar cheese topping melts to perfection under this method of cooking. It would pair great with warm tortillas or over rice or a baked potato. (via Everyday Dishes)

5. Mexican Street Corn: Corn on the cob is the ultimate camping food. No utensils are necessary to cook or eat it, and the cobs are biodegradable. Oh, and did we mention delicious? Cooked Mexican street-style, this corn gets slathered in mayo and lime, then rolled in a mixture of powdery, salty cheese, chopped cilantro and chili powder. Bring two per person, because everyone is going to want seconds. (via Saving Money Camping)

6. Healthy Grilled Chicken-and-Rice Foil Packs: Eating outdoors is known to whet appetites, so this is one healthy and filling rice dish you want in your camp shorts pocket. The secret to cooking rice over a campfire is to use converted rice, because the grains have tiny pinholes that allow it to cook up faster than conventional rice. Bonus: The pie tins can be used to “pan for gold” later. (via Food Network)

7. Lemon Chicken and Potatoes in Foil: This dish is reminiscent of Greek lemon chicken, but oh-so much easier to make over an open fire. Each chicken breast is cooked on a bed of baby red potatoes and seasoned with a flavor-packed mix of Dijon mustard, lemon and herbs. This meal pairs well with garlic bread. A spot or two of ouzo post-meal would strike just the right chord. Opa! (via Damn Delicious)

8. Camping Mac ‘n’ Cheese: So, we don’t often think of macaroni and cheese as a camping meal, but why the heck not? It’s a real crowd-pleaser that can be made ahead and sealed in foil tins in your cooler until dinner time. Tip: Layer on extra shredded cheese right before sealing with foil. This cheesy layer will melt over a hot fire and give it that fresh-off-the-stove texture we’ve all come to love. (via Lauren’s Latest)

9. BBQ Chicken Foil Packs: These chicken foil packs are healthy, packed with flavor and so easy to cook over a campfire. The recipe calls for onion, bell pepper and pineapple, but you can substitute any veggies that travel well. Baked potatoes would be a hearty side dish for this light meal. (via Life in the Lofthouse)

10. Foil Packet Sweet Potato Tacos: These packets are chock-full of all the flavors we crave in a taco: ground meat, sweet potatoes, spinach and beans with southwest spices and peppers. The little foil envelopes capture all the steam and allow flavors to blend and cook together. This dish is also naturally gluten-free but can be served with warm tortillas if you like. (via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)

11. Coconut-Lime White Fish Packets for the Grill: This scrumptious meal is like a fancy fish en papillote, but so much easier to cook. White fish is steamed in a coconut-lime sauce and the zucchini, onion and corn complement the mild-flavored fish just right. (via The Scrumptious Pumpkin)

12. Grilled Shrimp: If you like shrimp, you are going to absolutely love this recipe. It’s super simple and calls for just five ingredients: Shrimp, butter, garlic, lemon and chives. Unlike backyard BBQing, there’s no worry here about shrimp falling through a grill, because the whole dish is cooked *inside* a foil pouch. SO easy. (via Today’s Creative Life)

13. 20-Minute Tomato-Basil Grilled Fish Foil Packets: Flaky grilled fish, tomatoes and basil are paired with flavorful white wine, garlic and rich olive oil. The subtle summer flavors meddle together beautifully. It’s like a fish *and* salad all in one. That means less dishes to wash! (via The Scrumptious Pumpkin)

14. Campfire S’mores Granola: Um… S’mores granola? Can we get a hell YES? This delicious breakfast can also be made totally allergen-friendly, using gluten-free rolled oats, vegan marshmallows and dairy-free chocolate chips or carob chips. (via The Big Man’s World)

15. Campfire French Toast: I’ll bet you don’t often think of French toast when you think of camping, but this maple-icious recipe really works. Take a conventional loaf of bread and double wrap it — first in parchment paper, then in foil. Pro Tip: Cut off the bottom crusts layer first to crisp it up in the most fantastic way. (via This Li’l Piglet)

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