Campfire meals in foil are fun and easy, but are they tasty?
This Campfire Hobo Stew Recipe In Foil Packets is a step above the traditional hobo stew but it is still super easy and fast … I promise.
With the simple addition of a fresh rosemary sprig, you’ll be amazed at how flavorful this traditional camp meal becomes.
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- 1 Hobo Stew Recipe For A Campfire That Cooks In Foil Packets
- 2 The Hobo Stew Ingredient Bar
- 3 Our Favorite Ingredients For This Campfire Hobo Stew Recipe
- 4 Campfire Tin Foil Cooking: Fold The Perfect Foil Packet
- 5 Cook Your Foil Packet Hobo Stew Meal Over The Campfire Or BBQ Grill
- 6 Flip Your Foil Packets During Cooking
- 7 Print This Campfire Hobo Stew Recipe In Foil Packets Camping Recipe
- 8 Ingredients
- 9 Instructions
- 10 Notes
- 11 Recommended Products
Hobo Stew Recipe For A Campfire That Cooks In Foil Packets
Foil packets are popular in the summer but they make great winter camping recipes too that can be cooked right over a campfire!
Grilling In Foil Packets = Fun + Easy Clean-Up
There are benefits beyond the fun factor when you are making one pot camping meals and grilling in foil packets.
The foil doubles as your cooking pan as well as your dinner plate making clean up a breeze.
Not only is my campfire hobo stew recipe a favorite on our list of easy foil packet meals that are perfect for camping trips with kids; it’s also great for backyard grilling too.
The Hobo Stew Ingredient Bar
Got picky eaters?
Have a hobo stew ingredient bar set up so each camper can build their own stew with all of the ingredients they like and none that they don’t.
And, because the packets are prepared for each individual, you can easily scale this recipe up for groups or down to make camping meals for two!
You can really do any combination of veggies and proteins, just make sure your ingredients all get done cooking at the same time.
That means cut/chop the ingredients according to required cooking time.
Flexible Camping Cutting MatsCamp Cooking Tip: If you are using potatoes in your campfire stew in foil, make sure you cut them small enough to ensure they are fully cooked at the same time the rest of the ingredients in the foil packet are done (especially the meat … nobody likes overcooked dried-out meat.)
I like using my Flexible Camping Cutting Mats that are easy to clean and can be hung from hooks when not in use.
Our Favorite Ingredients For This Campfire Hobo Stew Recipe
- Beef chuck
- Baby carrots
- Cherry tomatoes
- Baby potatoes
- Fresh rosemary
- Fresh parsley
Campfire Tin Foil Cooking: Fold The Perfect Foil Packet
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
Use ONE sheet of Heavy Duty Foil or TWO sheets of the regular stuff to make sure your foil packet is sturdy enough for the hot campfire cooking environment.
Add the ingredients you like but be sure not to over-stuff the foil packet.
You need to fold the foil into a packet that closes fully but still leaves room inside for the steam to build and cook the ingredients.
Watch my short Hobo Stew Recipe For A Campfire video to see how to fold a foil packet to cook your Campfire Hobo Stew.
Don’t forget … If everyone has different ingredients in their foil packets, you will want to find a way to mark them so they land on the proper camper’s plate for eating.
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Cook Your Foil Packet Hobo Stew Meal Over The Campfire Or BBQ Grill
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Camping Cooking Tip: Make sure your campfire has a bed of hot coals before you begin cooking.
I like cooking these foil packets on the campfire grate over hot coals but you can also set them on the hot rocks that surround the campfire; as long as there is enough heat to cook the ingredients in the foil packets, you are good to go.
When it is time to flip the foil packets during cooking, you should use Extra-Long Tongs for protection from the heat of the campfire and the hot foil packets.
We consider a good set of tongs to be essential campfire cooking equipment no matter what recipe you are making.
Flip Your Foil Packets During Cooking
Turn the packets about halfway through cooking.
Total cooking time will be approximately 20-30 minutes and will depend on the ingredients inside the foil packs as well as the temperature of the campfire.
Remove From Campfire, Garnish and Serve
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When your hobo stew is done, carefully remove the foil packets from the campfire to serve.
Be careful not to burn yourself on the hot steam when you open the packet.
Garnish with a little chopped fresh parsley and enjoy.
Even though we eat our hobo stew directly out of the foil packet, I like to use a camp plate to add sturdiness.
Because we don’t actually put the food on the plate, there is no cleanup after the meal; we just toss the foil in the trash and we’re ready for dessert.
Coleman Portable Propane Gas Grill
These foil packet meals also cook beautifully on a charcoal or Camping Propane Gas Grill.
Because we live and camp mostly in Arizona, we have to deal with fire restrictions when we are camping which means we have to cook with propane rather than campfires.
That is another reason I like this Campfire Hobo Stew Recipe … but, when I need to switch my cooking method, I’ve decided NOT to change the name because Propane Gas Hobo Stew just doesn’t have the same ring to it! LOL
If you like the idea of veggies cooked in foil but want to do them separate from meat, try these campfire veggie packets as well as these totally easy camping potatoes in foil!
Print This Campfire Hobo Stew Recipe In Foil Packets Camping Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
- 2 pounds beef chuck, trimmed, cubed
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup onions, diced
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 1/4 cup frozen peas, defrosted
- 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 16 cloves garlic, whole but peeled (yes, we really do LOVE garlic that much! We put 4 cloves in each packet but they are whole cloves that really flavor the meat and veggies during cooking; you don’t have to eat the cloves but the garlic lovers in your camping crowd will want to indulge in these little babies.)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup baby potatoes, cubed (these will probably need to be quartered in order to have the potatoes sufficiently cooked at the same time as the rest of the food in the foil packets.)
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary (these flavor your food during cooking but should be thrown out before eating)
- 1 bunch of fresh parsley, chopped for garnish (optional)
- Cube meat and toss in Worcestershire sauce, marinate a few hours before cooking.
- Cut 4 pieces of heavy-duty foil, approximately 24 inches long (if you are using regular foil, you need two sheets per packet instead of one).
- Set out ingredient bar and let each camper build their own Campfire Hobo Stew packet starting with the meat and seasoning it with salt and pepper before adding the rest of the ingredients.
- Add ingredients you like and skip the ones you don’t but be careful not to over-stuff the packets.
- Fold the packet for cooking. If you need help folding the perfect foil packet for campfire cooking, watch my video for tips.
- Cook the packets for about 10 minutes over medium heat (campfire coals or grill).
- Turn packets and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Total cooking time will be approximately 20-30 minutes and will depend on the ingredients inside the foil packs as well as the temperature of the campfire. Carefully open packets to check for doneness.
- Remove the foil packets from the campfire to serve. Be careful not to burn yourself on the hot steam when you open the packet.
- Discard rosemary sprigs before serving.
- Top with fresh parsley for garnish (optional).
Camp Cooking Tip: If everyone has different ingredients in their foil packets, you will want to find a way to mark them so each camper gets their packet with their custom designed Campfire Hobo Stew.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 665Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 251mgSodium: 391mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 7gSugar: 8gProtein: 87g
If you are thinking you might want to make a one-pot version of campfire stew, try this one that is cooked in a camp Dutch oven over a campfire.
It is just one of our favorite easy campfire recipes you should try on your next trip!
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