Dinner By Campfire

I know a lot of kiddos have started school already, but where I live, the last weekend of summer has always been marked by Labor Day. School starts the Wednesday after, and so ends the long, lazy days. And with it, goes the BBQ-ing, grilling, and cooking over an open fire. We have two more weekends to have any last minute summer fun.

A few weeks ago for our family dinner, my brother suggested we make something we used to make every time we went camping. I have many fond memories making this particular meal on Blake Island. We haven’t gone camping for over 12 years, so we decided to make it in a fire pit at home.

Well, it turned out so great, we decided to have it for dinner again! Its really easy, and extremely kid-friendly, so whats not to love?

The basics you will need:

Aluminum Foil

Use two sheets per meal so it doesn’t bust open in the fire.

A protein

We usually use ground beef, but you can use whatever you like. Just be sure to cut it in small pieces so it will cook thoroughly.


We like to use carrots, corn, celery, onion, and yams…and any other leftover veggies in the fridge.

Seasonings and sauces

Season the crap out of your creation with your favorite seasonings! I like to use garlic salt and chipotle chili powder. But sometimes I add a little bit of everything. Once you’re done, season it some more! And add your favorite sauces.

Cut the veggies in small, uniform pieces so everything will cook evenly. 
Now for the fun part. Throw it in the foil. I love this meal for kids because it’s build-your-own.

 It’s fun to put together and since they did it themselves, they’re sure to eat it, right?

Once everything is in the foil, pinch and roll the creases really tight. Also, be sure to mark everyone’s meal with a sharpie. They get mixed up very easily! 
Carefully put it into the fire. Let it cook for about 18-20 minutes. Check to make sure it’s done (very carefully!! Remember, there will be a lot of steam!) Unwrap, put it on a plate, and enjoy.  And you’ll maybe want to season it a bit more in case you didn’t believe me earlier to season it a second time.

If you really want to try this meal inside, you can certainly cook it in the oven, 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Just be sure to put them on a cookie sheet with a lip in case any juices escape, it won’t mess up your oven.

I hope you like it!

What is your favorite meal when you go camping?

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August 28, 2015
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  • Reply Deanna

    What a great idea! We camp often, I will try this next time we go! ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 28, 2015 at 7:07 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      I’m looking forward to trying this with the kiddos on an actual camping trip! I hope you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 28, 2015 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Twitchetts.com

    We used to make these all the time! I believe we called them hobo stewโ€ฆ I love any meal where the kiddos get to be involved. They tend to eat their dinner if they had a helping hand in making it! I’ve never made these with my kiddos yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

    August 28, 2015 at 9:44 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Hobo stew is a great name!!

      August 28, 2015 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Natasha

    Love tin foil dinners when camping! How fun. We only got camping once this year, so maybe we’ll have to pretend on the grill one more time before the snow flies!

    August 28, 2015 at 11:39 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Oh, yes! It’s great on the grill! ?

      August 28, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Alyssa from The Sparkly Life

    oooh! love how easy that looks!! thanks for the idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Sure! I hope you like it!

      September 1, 2015 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    What a cool idea.. we are going to a campground area for labor day so maybe we will try something like this!

    August 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Fun! I’m so jealous! I miss camping-have fun!

      September 1, 2015 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    This looks fun AND yummy!! We don’t start school until after Labor Day either so I really should try to plan something fun for these last 2 “summer” weekends!! I kinda dropped the ball there…

    August 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      It is! That’s cool. Its been crazy seeing everyone start school already-its really throwing me off. Ha!

      August 29, 2015 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Chanity

    This is so cool! We love having fires in the fall, so we will have to try this!

    August 28, 2015 at 6:52 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Ooooooh, fires in the fall sound so nice!

      August 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Alana

    This sounds sooooooooooo tasty. I’ve been asking people why it some places go back to school in August. I always thought the entire world went back after Labour Day until recently… Anyways, I’ve never tried anything over the fire except s’mores and I really want to try this!

    August 28, 2015 at 7:25 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      You should try it! Its really fun! And depending on how you season it, its really tasty! ๐Ÿ˜€

      August 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Mmm…this seems really good and a lot healthier than hot dogs. I like foil meals because the clean up is so easy.

    August 28, 2015 at 9:35 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Yes! I forgot to mention the clean up! One of the best parts!!

      August 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    School starts after Labor Day for us here too…loving the idea of a dinner over an open fire! Followed by smores of course! Lol

    August 29, 2015 at 8:08 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Oh, definitely followed by s’mores!!

      August 29, 2015 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Shelah

    That is such a fun idea! I bet that it tastes so much better when it is made together as a family.

    August 30, 2015 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      It really does! It’s so much fun involving the kids with the cooking!

      August 30, 2015 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    The best part of camping is always the food! And the fact that Chad does all the cooking. ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 30, 2015 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Agreed!! The s’mores are my favorite though. Nice! I would love it if my husband did the cooking while camping!

      August 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    I’m not really a camper, but when I do camp the food is always the best part! This sounds pretty tasty!

    August 31, 2015 at 7:36 am
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