Here are 50+ of the best backpacking recipes shared by experienced backpackers and camping chefs. These trail meals come from vegans, vegetarians, and omnivors. Take a look at their top-picks.
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Photo above: Granuaile's Chicken with Caramelized Onions & Tomatoes over Rice.
Tanya's Upside Down Shepherd's Pie.
Brittany's Beef & Potatoes and Trail Turkey Dinner.
Tanya's Curry Chicken & Rice.
Spinkle's Chicken Piccata.
Barbara shares several ways to serve it Yellow Mung Dal (shown above) on the trail. Mung beans are fast-cooking, high in fiber, and loaded with protein.
A hearty Red Lentil Indian flavored meal. Zondra dries her Indian Dal into bark and serves it with vegetables and rice. Shared by Zondra Skertich.
Meat & Potatoes Backpacking Recipes
Tanya's Upside Down Shepherd's Pie (shown above), Brittany's Beef & Potatoes, Brittany's Trail Turkey Dinner, and Bill's Barbeque Chicken Stew.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken (shown above) shared by Squidbilly's wife, Granuaile's Chicken with Caramelized Onions & Tomatoes, Tanya's Curry Chicken & Rice, and Tassie's Penang Chicken.
More Best Backpacking Recipes with Rice:
Southwest Beef & Rice, Rice & Sausage Dinner, Pineapple-Ginger Rice, and Cajun Red Beans & Rice.
RollingStone's Chicken Carbonara (shown above), Sprinkle's Chicken Piccata with capers and lemon-butter sauce and Chris' Chicken Cacciatore over noodles.
Uses the "squeeze bag" method to mix and pour the dumpling mix into the boiling water. Easy prep at home and on the trail. Shared by Scottpash.
Chicken, mushrooms, veggies, melted cheese with couscous. Shared by Tom.
A vegetarian option instead of using ground beef or turkey. Shared by Calla's Dad.
Thai Curry with Rice Noodles, Thai Spicy Peanut Noodles with Chicken, Tom Ka Gai Rice & Chicken.
Chef Glenn's Green Lentil Chili
This vegetarian chili backpacking recipe was featured in Chef Glenn's free monthly newsletter. Subscribe to Trail Bytes.
No meat lentil stew. Can be cooked on the stove, but it’s faster in an Instapot pressure cooker. Shared by Eric Payne.
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Pasta with Red Sauce & Meat, Cheesy Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce.
Beef & Italian sausage in an Italian-style Bolognese sauce served over Penne pasta. Shared by Katherine Phillips.
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More Chili Backpacking Recipes
SierraJud's White Bean Chili, Mr. Dog's Chili Corn, Tucson Damselfly's Gluten Free Chili with Quinoa, Cram's 4-Way Chili.
A wild game or lean beef stir fry meal cooked and dehydrated at home with quick prep on trail. Shared by Mephitus.
Dehydrated shredded beef and vegetables with rice noodles. Prepared on the trail in a cook-in bag. Shared by Tuscon Damselfly.
Mushroom Stroganoff (shown above)
A hearty vegetarian version of beef stroganoff. Shared by Robin.Shared by Robin RD, London, Ontario
Brittany's Family Favorite Beef Stroganoff, Moof's Beef Stroganoff, Lucky's Beef Stroganoff, Easy Beef Stroganoff.
Beefy trail tacos with salsa and cheese. Shared by Tracy Stewart.Meatloaf & Rice
Make a meatloaf bark with rice. Shared by Chris Tarricone.
A hearty trail meal of Knockwurst sausage and cabbage. Shared by Chef Russ.
Salmon Cakes, Spicy Salmon & Noodles, Smoked Salmon Chowder.
Shelley's Clam Chowder and Fettuccine Alfredo with Clams shared by Mephistus.
A classic succotash recipe with a little extra heat. Shared by Michael Pinkerton.
Spam, salsa, onions, cheddar cheese in tortillas wrapped in foil. Shared by Shelley Lauzon.
Instant Black Bean Soup, Stuffed Pepper Soup, Quick Backpack Chili, Thai Pumpkin-Carrot Soup, Chicken Soup and more.
Foil Wrapped Veggie Dinner, Stick Bread. There's a form on this page to share campfire recipes and tips.
You don't always need to pull out the pot and stove for a trail lunch, especially on shorter trips where perishable foods like tortillas and cheese will keep for a few days and overall backpacking food weight is not as big of a consideration.
Another backpacking meal strategy for lunches is to prepare the meals in the morning in a thermos food jar. Just add hot or cold water depending on the recipe. At lunchtime, just open and eat - very convenient!
Backpacking lunch ideas from Chef Glenn's newsletter:
Gazpacho - a zesty tomato soup served hot or cold
Couscous Salad with Cucumber Salsa Dressing
Dried Thermos Lunch Recipes for trail or work
And the link below will take you to more backpacking lunch ideas shared by BackpackingChef readers:
More Backpacking Food Ideas for Lunch
Curried Salmon Salad Sandwich, Turkey BBQ Sandwich, Beef & Bean Burritos, Sloppy Joes.
P.S. These recipes are great for dinner, too!
4-Ounce breakfast bars with 400 calories. One batch makes 30 servings. Shared by PasnThru.
A great collection of recipes that use fresh (heavy) ingredients and/or require a frying pan.
Hash Browns, Salmon Scramble, Breakfast Burritos, Flat Bread, Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes, Cinnamon Breakfast Bannock, Chocolate Chip Plopcake, Apple Crumble and Banana Crunch Breakfast.
Toasted Oat & Almond Energy Bars, High-Carb Peanut Butter Energy Bars, Low-Carb Nuts & Seeds Energy Bars, Apple Jerky, Banana-Granola Trail Cookies, and Chef Glenn's Fig Nut Energy Bars.
Using a food dehydrator, you can make light-weight, delicious meals like Chili, Root Bark Stew, Ratatouille, Mexican Beef & Rice, Unstuffed Peppers and dozens more!
Thanks again to everyone who has shared their best backpacking recipes.
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