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More Car Camping Food Recipes

A little while ago I posted about our favorite car camping recipe, Hobo’s.  Well, as promised here’s a couple more of our favorites! 

1.)  Tacos in a bag.  This one comes from Veronicas family, and has quickly become one of Jake’s favorites as well.  It’s SUPER easy with very little prep and almost no cleanup, key features for good camping food in our mind.  The end product is basically taco salad in a bag. 

Start with a lunch size bag of Dorritos (whatever flavor you like, and you can experiment with other kinds of chips as well) and add to that some taco meat, cheese, chopped up tomatoes, a little lettuce, onion, sour cream, salsa, ect… Dump it all into the bag on top of the chips, stir, and eat with a fork.

2.)  Churro on a Stick.  Perfect for a creative campfire dessert.  Similar to roasting a hotdog on a stick, for this one you bake a churro on a stick.  Ok, ok, by definition if it’s baked instead of fried it’s not a churro, but these are pretty darn good and easy to make anyways.  Jake learned about these on his first backpacking trip as a teenager.  As most things do, these certainly taste better after a long hard day of hiking.

Take some Bisquick biscuit mix (the stuff that you “just add water”) and mix in a bit of water till it’s a thick doughy consistency (add just a little water at a time because you don’t want it too runny).  Take a golf ball sized chunk of dough from the mix and roll it out and wrap it around the end of a stick, hotdog style.  You want the dough to end up pretty thin, but not so thin you burn right through it.  Next, hold it near some coals, out of the flames and out of the smoke as you want the heat of the fire to bake the bread.  Rotate as needed till the entire circumference of the dough is a golden brown.  With the proper heat, this should take more than a couple minutes, but less than 10 minutes.  Add some butter, cinnamon and sugar, or honey, and enjoy! 

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My Favorite Family Camping Food #1

Post by:  Jake

Over the next few weeks I’ll share a few of my favorite recipes for car camping.  #1 on my list is a childhood favorite.  Something my family has always referred to as “Hobo’s”.  Hobo’s consist of a meat patty (ground turkey, beef, pork sausage, ect.) topped with assorted veggies of your choice. Wrap it all up in a double thick layer of tin foil and plop the oversized Hershey’s kiss onto a bed of coals on the edge of a fire.  Wait about 10-15 minutes, unwrap and eat.  The best part is there’s VERY little clean up and everyone gets to customize their own Hobo to suit their taste buds.

Here’s how I prepare it for my family… Start by cutting a bunch of tin foil pieces about 14-inches long, take 2 for each Hobo and lay them perpendicular to eachother (so they form a plus sign “+”).  Pre-shape several meat patty’s about the size of a hamburger, and place one on the center of the pair of tin foil pieces.  Chop up whatever mixed veggies you can find: zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, onions, celery, cilantro, parsley, bell peppers, ect… into coin size pieces, except the potatoes, I usually slice those into potato chip size flakes.  I usually have a bowl for each different veggie so that when people are ready for dinner they can take a little of each type of veggie they want.  Have people take their foil and hamburger patty and start loading veggies on top of the hamburger patty.  Once completed, top off your pile with whatever spices you want.  I like a dash of ”season all” salt, or just salt and pepper and garlic powder.  When your pile is complete, take the sides of the foil and wrap the whole thing up like an oversized Hershey’s Kiss, and set it directly onto a bed of coals.  The steam from the meat and veggies will cook everything pretty fast.  The tighter you wrap your foil the better the steam will cook everything.  Your end product will be steamed veggies, and a unique burger that is fairly caramelized on the bottom from all the veggie moisture and direct heat.

That’s it.  My favorite camping recipe.  It’s so simple anyone can be successful and I’ve never met anyone that didn’t like the outcome since they created it themselves.

What are your favorite camping meals?