I love simple meals, and this one was a snap to whip together. With just 3 ingredients, it doesn’t get much easier! Try this simple 3 ingredient foil pack dinner next time you need something delicious, without all the cleanup!
Simple 3 Ingredient Foil Pack Dinner
Makes 8 Small Individual Servings
Note: Easily scale this recipe up or down by assuming 2 oz ground meat, 1/2 Tbsp onion soup mix, and 1/2 a sweet potato per packet/serving that you will need. Alternatively, if you want larger serving sizes, feel free to double or triple what goes into each foil pack and adjust your ingredient quantities accordingly.
You Will Need:
1 pound lean ground turkey or beef
1 packet dry Onion soup mix, or 4 Tbsp homemade onion soup mix
4 sweet potatoes, peeled
Aluminum Foil, either 8 of the pre-cut individual sheets or cut into 8 pieces approximately 8-12 inches wide
Note: If using an ultra-lean meat, you will need to add a little bit of oil or butter to each packet to help with flavor and to help soften the sweet potatoes. I use a higher fat content so that as the fat is rendered, it acts as the cooking oil.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Begin by chopping your peeled sweet potatoes into bite sized pieces. Place about 1/2 of a sweet potato’s worth of chunks into the middle of each foil piece.
- Next, divide your meat between the foil pieces, about 2 oz per packet. Break it up and place it on top of your sweet potato pieces.
- Finally, cover each foil pack’s contents with 1/2 Tbsp of dry Onion soup mix as the seasoning. If you are using a VERY lean meat, this is when you would drizzle or top with a small amount of oil or butter. Otherwise, that is totally optional.
- Once your ingredients are in their foil, fold the corners up so that the food is secure in the foil pack. You will want to make sure there are no holes or gaps for the food or fat from the meat to drip out of! Place on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
You can always play around with this “hobo” dinner recipe! Double or triple the meat and/or veggies if you want. Try it with chicken breasts or sliced sausage. Change up the vegetables to use up delicious garden bounty or take advantage of grocery store specials. Try using dry Italian dressing mix, dry Ranch dressing mix, or taco seasonings instead. It’s all up to you!
I served our foil pack dinners with some yummy cornbread, spruced up with Nature Nate’s honey. It cooks at the same temperature, so it was a no brainer to cook during the foil packs’ last 20 minutes of baking. It was a good pairing, and the whole family gobbled it up.