Dining out tonight?
Follow Chef Glenn's backpacking recipes to create healthy, hearty, homemade meals for the trail. These dehydrated meals pack up light and tight and are easy to cook at your campsite using minimal fuel.
How to Make Backpacking Meals:
All of the backpacking recipes linked below are for a single serving.
Increase the ingredients proportionally by 1.5 or 2 times if you have a large appetite or you are cooking for two in the same pot. Bon Appétit!
Cook a big batch, dehydrate, and divide into meal size portions.
Heat and eat for supper or munch out of the bag while hiking. This meal features yams, parsnips, turnips, and rutabaga with Moroccan spices and packs carbohydrates for energy.
This French summer vegetable stew combines eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onions, and tomatoes with garlic and herbs.
Dehydrate meats and vegetables separately and combine with rice, noodles, or potatoes.
Back to Nature® or Annie’s® Macaroni and Cheese with added meats and vegetables. Ham and Cheese, Kickin' Veggie and Taco Mac 'n Cheese.
Tuna with macaroni, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and peppers in a white cheddar cheese sauce.
Vegetarian Ramen Noodles, Ramen Noodles & Kraut, Cheese-O-Rama, Seafood Raminara, Spinach & Bean Raminara
Crab meat, a creamed sweet corn base, and celery, onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
Shrimp, grits, bell peppers, and onions.
Beef, beans, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and rice in a zesty cheddar cheese sauce with taco seasoning. Muy delisioso!
Dried pineapple and coconut add a touch of tropical sweetness to this backpacking meal.
Curry and chili powders combined with powdered milk give this backpacking recipe a Thai flavor.
Divide the box contents into smaller portions and combine with dehydrated vegetables and meat.
Annie’s® Beef Stroganoff with added ground beef and vegetables
Annie’s® Cheesy Lasagna with added ground beef and vegetables
Annie’s® Cheddar Herb Chicken – Cheesy sauce with added chicken and French cut green beans
Zatarain’s® Spanish Rice with added ground beef and tomatoes
Zatarain’s® Red Beans and Rice with added vegetables
Near East® Toasted Pine Nut Couscous with added meat and vegetables
Many packaged noodle, rice, and potato products commonly found in grocery stores achieve their flavor and consistency with partially hydrogenated oils, MSG, and excessive salt. Chef Glenn recommends that you read the labels and choose healthier products such as those pictured above for your backpacking recipes.
Give your backpacking meals an Italian flair with tomato sauce.
Learn how to make Tomato Sauce Leather.
Recipes: Unstuffed Peppers and Seafood Raminara.
Blend and dehydrate starchy vegetables into bark and use it to make flavorful, saucy backpacking meals such as Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Vegetables, Sweet Potatoes, Bean Bark Stew, Corn Bark Stew, and Pasta Bark Marinara.
Explore over 50 recipes shared by readers of BackpackingChef.com.
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Jamaican Jerk Chicken shared by Squidbilly's Wife shown at right.
Find all of Chef Glenn's backpacking recipes, including several not included on the website, nicely formatted in Recipes for Adventure.
The recipes include an additional serving size which is 50% larger for big appetites. The calories are listed for each recipe.
Most of the recipes have interchangeable ingredients so you can easily add tremendous variety to your backpacking menu by substituting chicken for beef, broccoli for mixed vegetables, etc.
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From the Mailbag:
"My husband and I hiked the John Muir Trail during the month of September and before our trip I had purchased your cookbook so that I could prepare most of our dinners. I trusted your basic ingredients and straight-forward approach and prepared many of your dehydrated recipes. I had friends ask if I was going to taste test the meals first and I said no. My logic was that we would be so hungry that anything would be edible. Well, we were very hungry and it`s true that anything is edible but we looked so forward to having our "homemade" meals in the evening... they were so filling, healthy, and extremely tasty! Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge and recipes." - Patty
First supper recipe: Beef & Bean Chili
Learn: How to Dehydrate Food
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