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Reminiscent of a delicious campfire meal, these hobo dinner foil packets are full of flavor. Hearty, delicious, and simple to throw together and place in the crockpot for a delicious meal later on. Great for summer when the campfire isn’t on, or in the winter when all you want to do is sit and enjoy the warm summer nights.
I remember the first time I had a hobo dinner foil packet. I was at a sleep away camp for the Girl Scouts. Well, the brownies, but who’s counting? I remember making up my little packet and throwing it in the campfire with all of my friends.
Those were fun times. My mom was a helper and she went with us to the camp. We had bridge ceremonies for the older girls graduating up into the Girl Scouts. We sang songs, went swimming, learned things, and earned a few badges. And that hobo dinner foil packet?
It was awesome.
I was so proud that I had made it myself (I think I was in second or third grade). And it tasted sooooo good!
I’ve made many a foil packet since then while camping, or just for fun. But nothing beats the memories I made at that sleep away camp or that first foil packet dinner I created all by myself.
Now I make these frequently. I’ve made them over the campfire, I’ve made them in a dutch oven (sans foil), I’ve made them in the oven, and even on the grill. But honestly, my favorite way to make these hobo dinner foil packets is in the slow cooker.
Why? Well, it’s incredibly easy. It’s also a sure way to get all of the veggies nice and tender. But the best reason of all? No matter what the weather, I can make these.
Year round, I can throw these packets in the slow cooker and enjoy a delicious, savory dinner about 6 hours later.
If we go camping in our camper, I can take the slow cooker. Then, I don’t have to be at the camp site slaving over a fire if we have other plans. However, I still love cooking dinner around the campfire, so I don’t always lug the slow cooker with us. But, it’s an option, and a pretty awesome one if you ask me. We can spend our day hiking, fishing, and enjoying the experience instead of having to worry about being back at a decent hour so we can eat supper.
If you’ve not heard of these hobo dinner foil packets or have never had one… you’re missing out. Big time. They’re incredibly simple, but they pack in so much flavor. They’re full of hearty, ground beef (or venison or any other choice of ground meat works great), some potatoes, carrots, a little bit of onion and sea salt and freshly ground pepper to season them. I also love to put a pat of butter on top.
You’re going to want to try these, in the crockpot, over the campfire… anywhere. They’re absolutely delicious.