Sausage, Peppers, Onions, & Potatoes Foil Packets

foil packet with sausage peppers onions and potatoes ready to eat

The first time we made foil packets I wanted to make sure we weren’t disappointed by cutting into raw meat which meant my best option was precooked sausage. The second time we made foil packets we chose to make these again because they are just that good. The third time, well that is a story for another day.

The key to a great foil packet meal is to choose ingredients that all take about the same time to cook. An easy way to make that happen is to cut up ingredients that take longer into smaller pieces. And, if they are in bite sized pieces, they are that much easier to eat sitting around a campfire without needing a knife. In fact, if you open your packet carefully enough, you won’t need to dirty any dishes at all. Just a fork or a spoon which sure makes cleanup a lot faster.

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Who doesn’t love food cooked over a campfire? Actually we know a lot of people who don’t and we just have to feel sorry for them. Because we love to cook over a campfire, especially in foil packets. These are easy to use, easy to customize, and easy to cleanup. Since there are hundreds of recipes out there for things to cook inside a foil pack, you are sure to find something that will be extremely delicious when cooked over the campfire.

What we love about Sausage in a Foil Packet:

  • They are prepped ahead of time
  • You can season them any way you like
  • They can be cooked over wood, charcoal, or gas
  • This recipe doesn’t require lots of fancy ingredients
  • You are eating a one dish meal

The Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil (the basis of so many tasty meals)
  • Salt & Pepper (as you wish)
  • Onion and Garlic Seasonings (for a little extra oomph)
  • Kielbasa Sausage (our preferred but any precooked sausage is fine)
  • Bell Peppers (go for colorful)
  • Onions (white, yellow, red-your preference)
  • Red Potatoes (we like small potatoes, cut down even smaller, for this recipe)
sausage peppers onions potatoes cut up in a bowl
sausage peppers onions potatoes on parchment and foil
parchment paper on aluminum foil
Foil Packets wrapped ready to use

The Process Part One:

  1. Dice your peppers, slice your onions, chunk your potatoes, and chop your sausage. Place all of this into a nice large bowl.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and add your seasonings. Toss thoroughly to coat.
  3. Cut four large pieces of foil (about 18 inches) and four slightly smaller pieces of parchment paper (about 16 inches). Place one piece of parchment paper on top of each piece of foil.
  4. Add 1/4 of your ingredients to each packet and fold the long sides together and form a seam. Then roll the short sides up to form additional seams.
  5. Refrigerate up to three days or freeze until time to go camping.
charcoal in chimney in firepit with grate
foil packets on the grill being cooked
foil packet with sausage peppers onions and potatoes ready to eat

The Process Part Two:

  1. Start your campfire or heat up your grill so that your heat source is ready. If using wood or charcoal, let the flames die out prior to cooking your food.
  2. Place your foil packets over heat for 25 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  3. Carefully pull the packets off and let them cool for a minute or two.
  4. Either open up the seams and crush the foil into a bowl shape or empty the food into another bowl or plate for eating.

Equipment needed:

  • Aluminum Foil: We use heavy duty aluminum foil for all of our foil packet recipes. It only takes one time for your foil to fall apart during the process of cooking to realize the importance of quality foil.
  • Parchment Paper: Some people don’t like to cook over high heat with aluminum. Parchment paper is the way to go here. Line the inside of the foil with the paper and everything cooks the same, just without touching the foil. Bonus-the foil stays clean and can be recycled. 
  • Heat resistant gloves: If you are going to be working around a fire, at some point you will probably get burned. These gloves can help prevent that.

More Recipes to Enjoy:

Foil Packet Food: Sausage with POP (peppers, onions, and potatoes)

Enjoy dinner made over the fire, smoky and delicious…
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: camping, foil packets, pork
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 med assorted bell peppers diced
  • 1 med onion sliced
  • 8 med red potatoes chunked
  • 12 oz kielbasa sausage chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • onion and garlic powder to taste

Instructions

At Home

  • Dice your peppers, slice your onions, chunk your potatoes, and chop your sausage. Place all of this into a nice large bowl.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and add your seasonings. Toss thoroughly to coat.
  • Cut four large pieces of foil (about 18 inches) and four slightly smaller pieces of parchment paper (about 16 inches). Place one piece of parchment paper on top of each piece of foil.
  • Add1/4 of your ingredients to each packet and fold the long sides together and form a seam. Then roll the short sides up to form additional seams.
  • Refrigerate up to three days or freeze until time to go camping.

At the Campsite

  • Start your campfire or heat up your grill so that your heat source is ready. If using wood or charcoal, let the flames die out prior to cooking your food.
  • Place your foil packets over heat for 25 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  • Carefully pull the packets off and let them cool for a minute or two.
  • Either open up the seams and crush the foil into a bowl shape or empty the food into another bowl or plate for eating.

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