These easy Mexican Tin Foil Dinners, with potatoes, peppers, onions, chicken, and a little bit of spicy cheese, will be a welcomed dinner at the end of a hot summer day. During the summer months, we’re always looking for the easiest way to cook a meal. Tin foil dinners, or hobo dinners as they are sometimes called, where the food is cooked on the grill in a foil packet, is such a great alternative during the summer heat.
We used to make tin foil dinners quite a bit when we were camping. It’s so handy to put everything in one packet, not even getting a frying pan dirty, to make supper. Fewer dishes is always a good thing when you’re camping, right? Actually, it’s always a good thing when you’re at home too!
We’ve been enjoying some beautiful Manitoba weather lately, and that means that easy, quick meals are essential. No one wants to spend any more time than necessary in the kitchen when it’s beautiful outside. These easy Mexican Tin Foil Dinners go together in minutes, and clean up is a breeze. Filled with chicken, Creamer potatoes, peppers and onions, they are also very filling.
Easy Mexican Tin Foil Dinners
The recipe is for one serving, you can make as many or as few as you need. A 1.5 lb (680 g) bag of Little Potato Company Creamer potatoes will make about 6 servings.
- 6 strips of green or red pepper
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) gluten free taco seasoning
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) salsa
- 4-5 Little Potato Company Blushing Belle Creamer potatoes, cut in half
- 1 small wedge of onion
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) gluten free taco seasoned cheese
- Preheat your grill to about 400 degrees F (205 degrees C), or medium-high.
- Lay a large piece of heavy aluminum foil, shiny side up, on the counter.
- In the center of the foil, lay the strip of green or red pepper.
- Rub the chicken breast on both sides with the taco seasoning. Place on top of the pepper strips.
- Top the chicken with the salsa, halved Creamer potatoes, and onion slices. Sprinkle the top with the taco seasoned cheese (omit for dairy free).
- Bring the two long sides of the foil together at the top. Begin making small folds in the foil, essentially rolling it up, leaving a little bit of room for steam above the food.
- Roll up the ends of the foil towards the food, creating a tight seal on the sides.
- Place the tin foil packet on the preheated grill, and cook for about 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).
- Be careful when you open the foil packet, as there is steam built up inside. Garnish with onion greens, avocado, or more salsa before serving. Enjoy!
Disclosure: This recipe was developed as part of my ongoing partnership with the Little Potato Company. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
First off, Thank you. My daughter needs to be gluten free and your site is a God-send to us!! We don’t have a BBQ and I was wondering if I could adapt this to work in a slow cooker? Oven would be easy enough but with the heat in the summer (badlands of Alberta) I was thinking maybe????? If I try this would you like feedback?
Thank you so much, Karen! I appreciate your comments. Hmm… I never thought of the slow cooker! I think as long as you’d cook it long enough for the chicken to be done, it should work. Not sure how long that would take though, sorry!
We used to make “foil stew” every time we went camping. Sadly we can’t go camping any more. But maybe we should try this on our gas grill! Your recipe sounds really good!
Yep, we don’t camp anymore either, but there’s something about camping food that just tastes good, even if at home. 😉
Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate says
Ooh! This would be a great camping recipe and we are going camping in a couple of weeks. Thank you!
Perfect for camping! Enjoy!!
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says
Yum! This sounds like a delicious dinner for summertime when it’s too hot to be inside cooking.
Yes! Unfortunately, you still gotta eat, even when it’s too hot too cook!
erica d. says
So smart! I don’t have a grill, but I kinda just want to put them in the oven because the idea of not cleaning anything is really attractive too! 🙂 Those potatoes though, look amazing!
No grill?!? I’m sorry! 😉 Yes, they can definitely be made in the oven, no problem!
I love tin foil dinners and Mexican food. What a combination!