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One Pot Meal Recipes for camping on a motorcycle

Camping Recipes, One pot meals, Part 5

Motorcycling articles by Leonard R.

Leonard - Motorcycle Touring contributor

Hobo Meal - Chicken Corn Chowder - Grub Worm Dish - Happy Camper Meal

When ever Judy and I travel through Montana, we always meet wonderful people. Our special Montana friend Nicki K. was persuaded to give us her secret recipe called "Hobo Meal". She is an avid back packer through the woods and mountains and would fix this wonderful supper for her friends at their first evenings camp out. Using her one burner stove and single pot, she made this fare with ease. Thank you Nicki, for this great recipe.

Hobo meal - one pot camping recipes

Hobo meal:

(This recipe serves two people, easily adapted for more.)
Ingredients: 1/2 lb. of hamburger or sirloin strips cut into small pieces, 2 potatoes diced. Small diced fresh onion, 1/2 green, 1/2 red and 1/2 yellow pepper diced. Salt and pepper to taste. Add other seasonings of your choice, such as: (Garlic salt, Chilli pepper, red pepper flakes, a jalapeno pepper sliced, a dab of cajun sauce, habanera hot sauce etc.)

Prepare by cooking the hamburger or sirloin pieces first with all the spices. Set the cooked hamburger or sirloin pieces aside. Add the onions and peppers, to the potatoes and cook until the potatoes are done. Then mix the meat back in (with any other sauce you choose) and heat to serving temperature. Serve on plates or in bowls.

Nickis Hobo Meal one pot camping recipe hobo meal one pot camping food enjoyed by backpackers

Our dear friend Madeline V. from British Columbia, gave us this nice recipe. It seems that Madeleine's friends or family often stop to visit her unexpectedly so, she whips up this dish. It's quick and easy. Madeleine suspects the people drop in, just for this dish.

one pot camping recipes - chicken corn chowder dinner

Madeleine's Chicken Corn Chowder Dinner

(For two people.)

Fresh white potatoes. (1 or 2 per person.)
1 can of chunky chicken corn chowder. (Campbells make this)


Peel, boil and mash potatoes in a pot or pan.
Set aside but cover to keep hot.
Heat the can of chunky chicken corn chowder.
Serve by placing the potatoes on the plate and pouring the corn chowder over top.

Our friend Laurel K. from Montana wrote me saying she had a recipe for one pot cooking. Her Grandmother used to make it for her Dad and his brothers and sisters. Her Dad in turn made it for her. Living in Minnesota at the time, where earth grubs are plentiful, it only makes sence that Grandma should call this wonderful mixture, "Grub Worm Dish." (She didn't actually use grub worms.) Can't you hear Grandma now, yelling from her back porch? "Who wants some grub worms for supper?"

Grub Worm Dish one pot meal for camping

Grub Worm Dish.

(Feeds two people.)

1/2 lb Ground meat. (Ground beef or ground turkey, wee tips.)
8oz. or 3/4 cup. uncooked macaroni.
1 small onion, diced.
1/2 bell pepper, copped.
1 cloves garlic, minced (Or about 1 teaspoon or less of garlic salt.)
1, 8oz can tomato sauce.
3/4 to 1 cup of water.
1/2 TBS Worcestershire Sauce. (to taste)


1. Add small amount of oil to pan to keep meat from sticking (amount will depend on type of meat) Lightly brown meat over medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside.

2. Cook onion, pepper and garlic in fat from meat (if using lean meat you will need to add some oil) for 5 minutes, I also add some red pepper flakes with the veggies to give it a little kick. Add uncooked macaroni and cook until onions and peppers reach desired softness. For crispy veggies, cook macaroni alone, until nearly done. Then add the veggies and finish cooking.

3. Return meat to pan. Add tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire Sauce, salt and pepper. Liquid should almost cover noodles, meat and veggies, if not add a little more water. If using plain tomato sauce you can also add some dried spices like oregano, basil, thyme, etc. for a little more flavor.

4. Cover and let simmer until macaroni is cooked, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

Leonard's Tips:

Libby's (brand) has ground beef in 6 oz. (170 grams) cans as well as potted meat, which could be substituted. For this recipe it would take about 2-3 cans of the 6 oz. ground beef. There are other brands of canned turkey. You might have to do some chopping to get the turkey down to size. Macaroni and dry spices can be measured and placed in small containers before leaving on your trip. Hint: Do you save those small prescription pill and Tums bottles? Most major stores have packages of small plastic bottles in the cosmetic department, which are suitable for carrying small amounts of liquid. Be sure to wash out and label the bottle, to prevent a ruined meal.

Our good friend Jena R. from Montana said this recipe was handed down from her grandmother to Jena's Father. Back in Grandmother's times, the family worked on sheep ranches. Moving the sheep from one pasture to another on foot and camping with the sheep for protection, did not afford much in the way of refrigeration or cupboard space. A back pack was almost always the truck of the day. So, Jena's grandmother came up with the following recipe. Often Trout, Grouse and even porcupine if required, was substituted for ground beef. But, we shall stick to ground beef in view of gastronomical harmony.

Happy Camper no-pot camping meal

Happy Camper Meal

(Feeds 2)

Materials and Ingredients:
1-sheet of tin foil about 15 inches long for each burger and vegetable stack
1/2 lb. of Hamburger seasoned to taste.
Salt, pepper, garlic, or other spices of your choosing.
Optional: a small amount of Ranch dressing mixed into the hamburger as you make the patties.


Flatten the hamburger into a patty and place in the bottom of the tin foil sheet. Slice onions, carrots, and potatoes thinly and place on top of your burger. Pile as high as you want. Fold short ends of tin foil together and roll. Then do the same to the longer ends. Make sure you have a good seal and the entire burger stack is enclosed. Place in the camp fire for about 45 minutes. Or on a camp fire grill if one is provided. Rotate frequently, if you are cooking on the edge of the open camp fire.

Editors Note: a no-pot-required recipe, brilliant! Thanks Jena, and thanks Leonard for sharing the story

Hobo Meal - Chicken Corn Chowder - Grub Worm Dish - Happy Camper Meal

One Pot and no pot camping food recipes

More of Leonard's Recipes

One Pot Meals Part 1
One Pot Meals Part 2
One Pot Meals Part 3
One Pot Meals Part 4

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