5 Easy Recipes For Backpacking

Meals on the trail should do 2 things: they should be light enough to carry, and they should pack the calories to keep you going.

No rule says they have to be boring or tasteless.

Here’s a roundup of 5 meal ideas that will make your mouth (and back) happy.

Salsa And Corn Dumpling Soup

Salsa And Corn Dumpling Soup

A simple soup made from dehydrated bell peppers and dehydrated salsa (that you can easily dehydrate yourself), the winner here is the delicious cornbread layer that covers the top of the soup, making it extra filling (and delicious).

Beefy Noodles

Beefy noodles.

How do you get a great beef dinner on the trail?

Beef jerky!

This recipe takes standard hiking ingredients and makes them into something a bit more deluxe (the dehydrated vegetables are key).

Freezer Bag Cooking Chili-Mac

Freezer Bag Cooking Chili-Mac.

Freezer bag cooking is an ingenious way to enjoy a hot meal.

Just boil water, add it to your freezer bag of dry ingredients, put the freezer bag in a cozy and let it cook.

Here’s a FBC recipe for chili-mac that’ll taste great and make cleanup easy.

Beans And Rice With Fritos And Cheese

Beans And Rice With Fritos And Cheese

Instant beans and instant rice with a little pizazz thanks to the additions of delicious (and calorie packed) Fritos and taco seasoning.

Homestyle Turkey Dinner

Homestyle Turkey Dinner.

The wonders of the wildlands can make us all feel a little thankful (and hungry).

This Thanksgiving-inspired turkey dinner will fill you up and warm your soul. 

Hike Far, Eat Well

The secret to keeping backpacking cuisine interesting is planning ahead.

Dehydrate your veggies, measure out your spices and add all the ingredients into ziptop bags.

At camp pull out your ready-made (and homemade) meal, cook it up and enjoy!

About the Author

After spending 5 years testing gear, meeting people and exploring his home state of Colorado with his wife, Andrej realized something about the outdoor industry. Mostly, that it was complicated. Andrej set out to create no-nonsense gear that was just as easy to use as it was reliable. He recruited a team of wilderness professionals and educators and hit the drawing board. The result was simple gear that you could trust, with specs you understood. Now he’s inspiring others to get out there and explore, by giving them the confidence to trust both themselves and the gear they use.

  • Chris says:

    Thank you for the interesting and creative recipe ideas for making lightweight cooking outdoors do-able for “first timers”. I’ve done years and years of campfire cooking, but most of my backpacking culinary experiences involved Vietnam and C-rations and P-38 can openers!

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