These tinfoil packet cheesy fries make the perfect side dish when camping. Easy, peasy meals are my favorite whenever we are in the wilderness. Are you with me?! I like to take as much of the mess and prep work out of meals as I possibly can. It doesn’t get much easier that these Tinfoil Packet Cheesy Fries, truly!
With just three ingredients, you have the perfect, hearty side dish to pair with hamburgers or hot dogs! Buying frozen fries and a bag of shredded cheddar cheese takes most of the preparation out of this recipe.
I picked and packed some fresh chives from the garden for garnish but you can totally omit them to make this meal even more straight forward. Green onions, bacon bits or diced tomatoes would be yummy toppings for this camping recipe as well.
Camp cooking essentials:
- Menu planning for camping is something that I always do to stay organized. Grab this free Meal Planner Printable to get started on your next trip.
- A Pie Iron Camp Cooker makes cooking over the open fire super easy. Check out these 20+ Pie Iron Recipe Ideas for tons of camp cooker inspiration!
- Foil Pie Plates make tinfoil packet meals even easier with the sturdy base that they provide.
- These Grilling Bags that I recently found are amazing! Simply add all of your ingredients to the bag at home then throw it on the campfire or grill when camping in the great outdoors. Avoid the grill bags with plastic windows, they melt (yikes!).
For this simple camping recipe you will need…
- 1 package McCain frozen french fries
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 Tbsp diced chives or green onions
How to make these tinfoil packet cheesy fries:
- Double layer two large pieces of tinfoil appox. 12″x14″.
- Layer fries and cheese, alternately create two layers.
- Wrap in tinfoil, rolling ends tightly together creating a packet.
- Place in the fire near the hot coals but not directly in the fire.
- Allow to heat through and cook in the fire for about 15 minutes.
- Top with green onions or chives.
- Serve with ketchup for dipping.
Tips for camping meal preparation:
- Prepare meals in advance at home whenever possible. Leave most of the mess at home where running water is more accessible and clean up is easier. Trust me on this one!
- Create “one pot” family style meals for quick dinners that don’t require a lot of thought.
- Use tinfoil packets, foil pie pans or camp cookers (aff link). These tools help to make clean up a breeze!
- Pack ingredients in 1 gallon size ziploc bags for flexible storage in small fridges and coolers.
- Plan meals that use similar ingredients to help make packing and planning easy. These Cheesy Vegetable Campfire Dip, Loaded Campfire Potatoes and Tinfoil Packet Nacho Dip recipes are some of my favorites.