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We lean heavily on freeze dried meals when backpacking, but sometimes you want to eat something that wasn’t re-hydrated. We don’t eat a ton of packaged foods in our day to day life, but when we have a backpacking trip coming up, I find myself wandering down unfamiliar aisles at the grocery store waiting to be inspired. On our last trip, inspiration came in the form of burritos.

Burritos are very filling and calorically dense which is great for backpacking. Most of the components are also cheap. Bonus, tortillas pack very well since they don’t break like crackers or get squished like bread. You can buy tortillas (which I did in this instance as we were short on time), or make your own – we even have a pretty good recipe. Prep for this meal was also insanely easy. Just boil some water, tear the top of each food pouch to vent, and wait about 5 minutes. Easy peasy, which is exactly what you need when you’ve been working hard and you just want to enjoy the scenery.

We’d intended to bring packets of salsa with us that we’d saved from a restaurant, but foolishly left them in the car. If you wanted to get fancy, you could also bring cheese along. We’ve used torn up colby jack string cheeses for just this purpose. As a note, this post is not sponsored in anyway. We just used what I found at our local Kroger store. If you favor different brands of similar products, the methods we used here still work. (The rice and beans were both microwaveable pouches. The chicken was already cooked.)

Backpacking Burritos

An easy recipe, using pouches of food.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Audrey


  • 1 pouch Ready Rice We used Uncle Ben's cilantro lime rice.
  • 1 7 oz pouch Chicken Breast
  • 1 pouch beans We used Uncle Ben's zesty Mexican style beans
  • 4 large Tortillas
  • Grated cheese, optional
  • Salsa, optional


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Snip the edge of each pouch to vent. Stand the pouches upright in the pot of boiling water.
  • Cook for 5 minutes. Open the pouch all the way and check to see if everything is heated through. If not, stir and return to the pot for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Spoon a 1/4 of each mixture onto each tortilla. If you brought add-ons, add them. Roll up and enjoy.

Written by Audrey

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