Cajun Hobo Packets (Camping Food!!!)

Hobo packets-best camping food!Summer is THE time to go camping. I mean, it’s the thing right? Summer camp. Summer camp out. Summer nights under the stars. (Now I’m just making stuff up.)

Leave it to me to hear about possible upcoming camping trips and immediately start thinking about what kind of food I could make everyone. What can I say? It’s fun! Camping presents a whole different set of “kitchen” challenges. And there is nothing like the smell of a camp fire. It’s magic. Your hair smelling like camp fire the next morning… well, that’s a different thing. Let’s focus on the positive for a second. 🙂

Cajun hobo packetsTrey and his friend Jake introduced me to the idea of hobo packets. The basic idea is you put a bunch of yummy stuff in a packet made of aluminum foil and heat it up over a camp fire. I think Trey and Jake would actually just put theirs in the fire and dig it out with a stick. You could also do this in your backyard if you have a fire pit or even on the grill (or heck, even the oven if you just aren’t the camping type). Here’s one delicious and fun idea for the fillings:

Cajun shrimp recipeCajun Hobo Packets, makes 4-5 servings.

3 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
2 cups cocktail (cooked) shrimp (or sliced sausage)
2 small bell peppers
1/3 red onion
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons cajun spice
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt + pepper to taste

Cook the rice according to the package directions. Chop the bell peppers and onion in to bite size pieces. Remove the shrimp tails (you don’t have to but I like to as I hate picking them off as I’m eating). Mince the garlic. In two large (gallon size) zip lock bags evenly distribute all the ingredients. Seal the bags and shake generously so all ingredients get coated in oil and spices.

You can put the bags in a cooler until you’re ready to eat or you can go ahead and assemble the packets. Use two large pieces of aluminum foil to make a short X shape. Fill with a serving size amount of the mixture. Fold in the first layer, then the second. Cut a small hole in the top. Place over a camp fire until hot (you may notice steam seeping out of the top cut). Be careful as you remove the foil.

How to make hobo packetsLove the smoky, campfire taste these get. Enjoy with friends. Don’t forget your sun screen, bug spray and hiking boots. 🙂 Happy summer camping! xo. Didier

  • Perfect timing, I’m going camping this weekend and was looking for something other than hot dogs/PB&Js! These look delicious.

  • Oh my goodness. I love making hobo packets when I go camping! These are sooo what I’m making on my next trip!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura

  • My husband and his family introduced me to hobo dinners. So much fun! I love your ingredient combination better than just meat and potatoes!
    //shae

  • Yum, these look awesome! We don’t camp often, but I sometimes make stuff like this on the BBQ or in the oven because it’s quick and easy and can just be left, rather than watched constantly

  • I love camping! And all the different foods you get to make with it. Hobo Pockets are fantastic and so easy! Now I want to go camping!!

  • I live in Missouri. Summer time = camping time! I’m so excited to try this. I think I’ll try it at home first, just to make sure I don’t flop when we’re out in this Midwest wilderness. 🙂

  • Wow, that looks absolutely gorgeous and it’s really making me hungry. I miss camping!

  • This is actually a good idea to keep camping easy and the clean up pretty easy too. I’m wondering if you can make a good dessert out of it too like a apple bake or extreme s’mores pie.

  • So trying different variations of this for when we go camping next week! Thanks!
    Vintage Amore

  • It looks like this recipe is pretty easy! Maybe you could even do stuffed bananas for dessert – wrap them in tinfoil with chocolate, marshmallows, etc?

  • Here in Barcelona we`re making BBQ all year long!
    Definitely I have to try this plate…I am for sure trying this this weekend:)!

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  • My tummy literally rumbled when I saw the photos. It looks so delicious. Will definitely try to recreate this dish 😀

  • Yummm I want to just make this at my house, in my oven 😉

    Kristina does the Internets

  • Sad to say, but I’ve NEVER been camping! Sounds yummy though!
    xo Heather

  • I’m going camping next month and have been searching for a good hobo recipe. This looks amazing!

  • Awesome idea!
    For more camping cooking ideas, check out the post on Free People’s blog today – it has a lot of great tips (and I wrote it!!) 🙂 🙂

    <3 dani

  • Great idea, looks yummy! May I suggest for campe3rs who are pressed for time (or just a little lazy 😉 Tasty Bites Indian food packets are perfect for camping, and surprisingly delicious and healthy! Have fun out there on the trail! -Marie Vlasic

  • Great recipe idea and I LOOOOVE camping. This definitely trumps hot dogs…

    xox
    Bailey

  • I’ll definitely have to try this. I remember my grandma cooking all types of wonderful food in tinfoil on the grill. Definitely I skill I want to master.

  • This looks amazing, I love it! What I like is that you can easily do this with just a grill and a camp stove.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Phil

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