Tin Foil Dinners – Over A Wood Burning Fire

Thanks so much to HomeRight for sponsoring this recipe and post!!! This tin foil dinner is a hearty meal with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and a cream of mushroom topping! It is also a dinner perfect for camping.

One of my oldest memories is going camping with my family when I was little. And we ALWAYS had tin foil dinners while we were camping. Seriously, always! They were a fave of mine then and they still are to this very day. 

I make them every time we go camping and always stock Sean up on them when he and the boys go hunting. So when we went camping last weekend, I got them all ready and we used our Homeright ElectroLight to light a fire and cook the most delicious dinner, tin foil dinners!!!

This tin foil dinner is a hearty meal with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and a cream of mushroom topping! It is also a dinner perfect for camping.

The dinner is prepped at home to make the camping trip super easy and relaxed. I cut up red potatoes, carrots, onion and mushrooms and layer those on with some stew meat, a tablespoon of butter, cream of mushroom sauce and salt & pepper!

Tin Foil Dinners –

Makes 4-5 tin foil dinners

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb Stew Meat
  • 3-4 Red Potatoes
  • 4 large carrots
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 8 oz cut mushrooms
  • 4-5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • salt & pepper

I start by chopping all of the vegetables into bite sized pieces. 

Lay out a large section of heavy weight, wide, aluminum foil for each dinner being made. Then layer first the stew meat followed by the vegetables. Top the “mound” with a tablespoon of butter and about 1/4 cup of cream of mushroom soup. Then season with salt & pepper. 

This tin foil dinner is a hearty meal with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and a cream of mushroom topping! It is also a dinner perfect for camping.

To close up the dinners, bring together the two long ends of tin foil to meet in the middle and roll them down together until they are tight against the mound. Turn the dinner upside down on another piece of tin foil and repeat the closing technique. Depending on how firm the dinner is sealed, you may want to do a third layer…sometimes I do!

I store the dinners in a firmly closed zip closed plastic bag to ensure everything stays intact and nothing cuts the tin foil. 

We then keep them in the fridge in the trailer or an ice cold cooler!

To cook:

This tin foil dinner is a hearty meal with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and a cream of mushroom topping! It is also a dinner perfect for camping.

Like I mentioned before, we LOVE to use our ElectroLight to start our fires. We started ours this weekend by plugging the ElectroLight into our generator!! Such a handy thing to have on hand!!!!

This tin foil dinner is a hearty meal with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and a cream of mushroom topping! It is also a dinner perfect for camping.

We built the fire using some great kindling (small twigs, dry leaves and some paper towels work great) on the very bottom then used smaller pieces of wood to build a tower with lots of air in between. Then using the ElectroLight, light the kindling in literally seconds. Continue lighting a bit though because it’ll help light the actual wood beyond the kindling. Once the fire gets bigger, put on larger logs to build the fire. Continue adding more logs for about 30ish minutes so create some really good coals to cook the dinner on.

As the coals are created, break them down to smaller portions and spread them out into a space that will be big enough for all the tin foil dinners.

This tin foil dinner is a hearty meal with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and a cream of mushroom topping! It is also a dinner perfect for camping.

Lay each of the dinners on top of the coals. We use a welding glove to make sure the heat doesn’t hurt. Let them cook for 20-25 minutes on that side. Then turn them over and if needed, readjust the coals. Let them cook another 20-25 minutes (times vary depending on thickness of meat and veggies!)

This tin foil dinner is a hearty meal with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and a cream of mushroom topping! It is also a dinner perfect for camping.

We always take a large and old cookie sheet that helps us move all the food from the fire to the table. Using the glove, we remove one dinner and carefully open it to check to se if the meat it done and the tenderness of the vegetables. If it’s not done we re-wrap and put it back on the fire. If done, we remove all the others and ENJOY!!!!

This tin foil dinner is a hearty meal with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and a cream of mushroom topping! It is also a dinner perfect for camping.

 

This tin foil dinner is a hearty meal with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and a cream of mushroom topping! It is also a dinner perfect for camping.

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Comments

  1. Now I want to cook everything over fire! It’s so primal . . . and wonderful. Haha!

  2. janus2005 says:

    Hello, in the video, I think I see you adding bacon but in the list of ingredients I do not see bacon in the recipe for Tin Foil Dinners. Am I incorrect please? Thank you.

    • I do use bacon in the video. Some people prefer not to have bacon as it makes it more chewy, but I LOOOOVE the flavor of the bacon in the dinner!!!

      • janus2005 says:

        Thank you Ms. Barker. Bacon and I are great friends. I shall be adding bacon to my foil packet. Ever heard about cooking a meal under the hood of a car while driving? The meal is wrapped in foil and placed under the hood in part of the engine the heat fully cooks the meal. I think that might be something I would want to try with these foil packets! 🙂
        Thanks again!

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