9 Best Backpacking Recipes

Take your outdoor cooking to crazy-delicious heights with these easy backpacking meals from the experts at Dirty Gourmet. (And keep the recipes in mind for lightweight car camping, too.)

Elaine Johnson
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French Toast with Pineapple Berry Syrup

High-quality powdered eggs and milk make a big difference when it comes to good French toast in the backcountry, but syrup made from freeze-dried fruit and maple sugar seals the deal.

Recipe: French Toast with Pineapple Berry Syrup

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Overnight Oats with Blueberries

Here’s proof that you can create a backpacking meal out of ingredients you can find at a regular grocery store—in this case, steel-cut oats, chia seeds, dried blueberries, and almond butter.

Recipe: Overnight Oats with Blueberries

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Moon-Brewed Café au Lait

Just because you’re backpacking doesn’t mean you have to give up a great cup of coffee.

Recipe: Moon-Brewed Café au Lait

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Lemony Kale Avocado Sandwiches

“You might think you can’t bring fresh thing backpacking,” says Aimee Trudeau of Dirty Gourmet. “But kale, lemon, and avocado keep a long time.” When we’re in town, we like to keep their kale salad sandwiches in mind for brown-bag lunches, too.

Recipe: Lemony Kale Avocado Sandwiches

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Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Cakes

Imagine a cheesy grain bowl—in portable cake form—and you’ll get the idea behind these addictive and nutritious snacks.

Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Cakes

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Panang Curry

Want to watch dehydrated ingredients make a magical, crowd-pleasing transformation? Whip this up in camp, and see the faces around your stove light up.

Recipe: Panang Curry

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Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Because the dry mix for this filling, gently spiced soup is divided into two bags, you can easily cook just half of it at a time if you want a lighter meal or are serving only two people.

Recipe: Black Bean Tortilla Soup

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Churro Chocodillas

Melted chocolate meets tortillas and cinnamon sugar? Enough said.

Recipe: Churro Chocodillas

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Rocky Road Chocolate Chia Pudding

For an ingenious (and easy) treat, soak chia seeds with rehydrated coconut milk to create a no-cook pudding; then sweeten it and top with marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate.

Recipe: Rocky Road Chocolate Chia Pudding