Take your time exploring this page. You'll find a large collection of trail-tested backpacking recipes to help you eat well wherever your adventures take you.
These dinner backpacking recipes are my favorite trail meals from the Appalachian Trail. The dried ingredients are healthy, and they taste great. Because the backpacking meals are dehydrated, they weigh a fraction of what fresh backpacking foods weigh, plus they won’t spoil on long hikes. They rehydrate on the trail as easily as store-bought freeze-dried backpacking meals, for a lot less money.
Food Dehydrating Options for Backpacking Dinners:
Based on letters from readers, these are the three most favorite backpacking dinners enjoyed on the trail:
Cook a big batch, dehydrate, and divide into meal size portions.
Ground beef, beans, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and rice in a zesty cheddar cheese sauce with taco seasoning.
Ground beef, bell peppers, and rice in tomato sauce.
Macaroni and Cheese with added meats and vegetables. Ham and Cheese, Kickin' Veggie Mac & Cheese, Taco Mac 'n Cheese, Tuna Mac & Cheese, and more. Plus instructions for dehydrating macaroni.
Curry Chicken & Rice, Curry Shrimp & Rice, Easy Cheesy
Rice & Beans, Hawaiian Shrimp & Rice, Ham with Rice &
Vegetables, and more. Learn how to dehydrate rice for flavorful meals.
Seafood Raminara, Cheese-O-Rama, Ramen Noodles & Kraut, Vegetarian Ramen Noodles, and more.
Add dried veggies and meat to popular boxed products from Zatarain's, Near East, and Annie's Organic. These enhanced backpacking meals include Spanish Rice with Beef & Tomatoes, Red Beans & Rice with Vegetables, Pine Nut Couscous with Meat & Vegetables, and several Cheesy Pasta backpacking recipes.
This French summer vegetable stew combines eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onions, and tomatoes with garlic and herbs.
Heat and eat for dinner or munch out of the bag while hiking. This backpacking recipe features yams, parsnips, turnips, and rutabaga with Moroccan spices.
Learn how to dehydrate tofu with seasonings. Recipes include Tofu Noodles with Vegetables & Rice, Tofu Vegetable Soup, Spicy Tofu Tortillas, and Curry Tofu & Vegetables.
Blend and dehydrate starchy vegetables and seasonings into bark, and use it to make flavorful, saucy backpacking meals such as Mashed Potatoes with Meat & Vegetables, BBQ Beef Stew, Sweet Potato Porridge, BBQ Bean Bark Stew, Black Bean & Salsa Bark Stew, Corn Bark Stew, Crab Chowder, and more.
Italian-style backpacking meals like Pasta & Cheesy Tomato Sauce, Seafood Raminara, and Unstuffed Peppers.
Learn how to make tomato sauce leather and tomato powder using sauce from a jar or with Chef Glenn's homemade tomato sauce recipe.
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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