Bonfire Night Hobo Packs

Hobo pack

Hobo pack cooking on the fire.

I’m working with Aldi in the run-up to Bonfire Night to give you a few simple food ideas that could make the night a lot more fun and delicious.

Most of us like to cook on the barbecue but today I’d like to show you how to make hobo packs that can be cooked directly on the coals of your bonfire. My wife informed me that many people here in the UK won’t understand the word hobo so let me explain.

Hobos are travellers who live on the train lines across the US and jump in box cars to get where they want to go. They don’t have many belongings like heavy pans so wrapping their food in foil and cooking it on their campfire is one of the unique ways they cook.

In the US, these hobo packs are now made regularly by people while camping as they are easy to make and handle. They foil does get hot but you can usually pick it right up and place it where you want to serve your creation without burning your hands.

Making these this Bonfire Night will allow you to have fun without having to do a lot of cooking. Everyone makes their own meal.

You could cook anything in a hobo pack. From chilli to filling for burritos to stew. Over the weekend my wife made one (pictured below) that started out as a meat and vegetable stew but turned into a nice plate of nachos at the end. She liked the look of the burrito versions my kids and I we were making.

If using hard vegetables like potatoes and carrots, I recommend par-cooking them first so that they aren’t still hard when they come out of the fire. This can of course be done a few days in advance for convenience.

Here’s my daughter’s burrito version but please feel free to experiment with the ingredients of your choice. Chunks of meat, celery, shallots, wine, beer… anything goes!

Here is a link to my salsa recipe if you want to try making your own.

Hobo pack

Put whatever you want in yours. This was a nice combo though.

hobo pack

Wrap it up nice and tight in the foil and place it on the hot coals.

Making hobo packs

Check for doneness. This one took about five minutes to cook.

Hobo pack

We place the contents of our hobo pack in tortillas but you could east directly from the foil dish.

Hobo pack

The perfect way to cook and east outside around the bonfire.

Making hobo packs

Here’s one my wife made with fried onions, red peppers, garlic, potatoes and red wine.

In the end, she caved in and added salsa and corn crisps.

In the end, she caved in and added salsa and corn crisps.


All of the Ingredients in this recipe can be

purchased at your neighbourhood Aldi.

Bonfire Night Hobo Packs
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • 150g minced beef
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons salsa
  • ½ finely sliced onion
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • A handful of Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh coriander to garnish
  1. Lightly oil your foil. I usually fold the foil over to make it stronger.
  2. Place all of the ingredients on top of the foil and wrap it up tightly.
  3. Place your hobo pack directly on the hot coals.
  4. You can check it for doneness as it cooks. It usually takes five to ten minutes.
  5. Serve on it's own directly from the foil or wrap it up in a tortilla or pile it inside of a hamburger bap.

 Aldi is a sponsor of my blog and I received payment to develop this recipe. As always, all of the ingredients were spot on.