Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

From my Girl Scout camping days. Our girls, especially when younger, loved to make this dinner because they could each make their own little foil packet and "customize it" to their own taste. At first, we had to encourage them to put in the onion, even if they didn't eat it, so it would flavor the rest. They usually agreed. Along with some Hawaiian rolls and butter, this was a satisfying meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using a double layer square of heavy duty foil, form a bowl around your fist.
  2. Form 1 inch balls with the ground beef and place in bowl.
  3. Add the desired amount of sliced vegetables.
  4. Add A-1, ketsup, and garlic salt to taste.
  5. Pour water over the lot.
  6. Seal foil packet by tightly twisting top to look somewhat like a Hersheys Kiss. Be sure water cannot leak out in the cooking. (Alternately, a sandwich wrap can be used, but kids are not usually very good at getting these leak-free).
  7. Place packets between hot coals. (For a group, we would assign each girl a number and place the packets in a grid, so each girl got the packet she had made).
  8. Cook 1/2 to 1 hour depending on how hot your fire is. You may need to carefully open one to check for doneness.
  9. When done, carefully open the "bowl" and eat when cool enough to not burn you.


Most Helpful

Thanks for posting. When we were growing up, Mom called these "hobo stew". Pretty versitile recipe. Thanks

Chef Tweaker June 24, 2009

We just got power back on after Hurrucane Ike(we're 5 blocks from Galveston Bay), and we cooked in a campfire in our backyard with our 3 little boys during that time. They thought of it all as a big adventure, and this recipe really added to the fun. They made us promise that we could do it again soon. We'll skip the hurricane part, but this recipe will be a joy to repeat!

MissyNono September 29, 2008

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