Tortillas are one of the best backpacking foods: They are ultra calorie-dense, don’t need any prep, can’t last weeks without refrigeration, and can be found even in small-town stores. But isn’t it boring to eat tortillas every day? Not when you get creative. Here are 27 tortilla recipe ideas for backpacking. I’ve divided them into sweet and savory recipes.
Sweet Backpacking Tortilla Recipes
1. Nutella tortilla
Move over peanut butter! A Nutella tortilla is a great reward for reaching the half-way mark of your day’s hike. For bonus points, add dried fruit or chopped nuts.
2. GORP Roll-Ups
Peanut butter, raisins, and peanuts rolled up in a tortilla. The raisins and nuts give it a nice texture.
3. Breakfast of champions
Peanut butter, raisins, Grape Nuts cereal, and honey wrapped in a tortilla. Idea and image courtesy of OakleyOriginals.
4. Apple Pie Tortilla
Cold-soak dehydrated apples to soften. Roll them up in a tortilla. To make it even more delicious, sprinkle your apples with spice mix before dehydrating.
5. Gone Bananas
Peanut butter and dried banana chips. To make it even better, add cinnamon.
6. Dark, Creamy and Crunchy Treat
Peanut butter, dark chocolate broken into bits, and DIY dehydrated banana. Note dehydrated bananas are a completely different thing than dry banana chips.
A tortilla with peanut butter + roasted marshmallows. This would be even better with nutella. But then again, so would everything.
8. Berry Season Tortilla
Gather foraged berries into a cup. When you’ve got enough, roll them up into a tortilla and enjoy some fresh food. If you are a hardcore gourmet backpacker, then mix up a bit of powdered milk or yogurt with the berries first!
9. Ultimate Snickers Calorie Bomb-illa
Tortilla wrapped around a Snickers bar with nut butter.
Savory Backpacking Tortilla Recipes
10. Campfire cheese and salami tortillas
Warmed tortillas always taste better. Fill the tortilla with string cheese and salami. Be patient so the cheese has time to melt a bit.
11. Enchilada Stew
This recipe is best for dinner since it requires cooking.
- Add enchilada sauce seasoning, tomato paste from a tube and some water to your pot.
- Add some dehydrated beans, salami, jerky, TVP, or another protein. Simmer until the protein softens.
- Tear tortillas into pieces and add to the sauce. Turn off the stove. Let the tortillas sit in the enchilada mixture to soften a bit.
- Add some cheese on top (optional) and then eat with a fork.
12. Easier Enchiladas
An easier way to make enchiladas while backpacking is this: Fill a tortilla with cheese slices, refried beans (from a packet or rehydrated dry mix), some tomato paste from a tube, and a generous sprinkling of enchilada seasoning mix. Roll up like a burrito and eat.
13. Middle Eastern Trail Lunch
Hummus is full of protein, iron, and other nutrients. Plus, it dehydrates down to around 180 calories per ounce! On the trail, just add a bit of dry hummus to a cup. Let it soak (with hot or cold water) for a bit. Then spread it all over a tortilla. Add some pumpkin seeds for crunch or sundried tomatoes.
14. Quesadilla Upgrade
Hard cheeses can last for days on the trail. To go simple, just put some slices of cheese in a tortilla and enjoy. To take things up a notch and add some nutrition, add sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, and crumbled kale chips (they’ll likely be crumbled from riding in your pack already).
15. Backpacker’s Pizza
Tortilla + pepperoni or salami slices + cheese + ketchup packet. If you really want to go crazy, heat it up over your backpacking stove.
16. Cauliflower-Walnut “Meat” Tacos
This is another level-up backpacking lunch. It’s made by dehydrating a mixture of cauliflower, peppers, tomato, walnuts, and lots of spices. Then you wrap it up in a tortilla. You can get the recipe here. I also have more recipes like this in my eBook.
17. Refried Beans and Fritos
It may sound gross, but the Fritos give a great texture to this lunch.
18. Tuna Salad Tortilla
Chicken and turkey can also be found in pouches. Add a glob of mayo to make backpacker’s tuna salad. If you really want to get fancy, you can add things like sundried tomatoes.
19. Fantastic Tacos
The brand Fantastic makes an instant taco filling mix. Add hot or cold water to hydrate. For a seriously good backpacking lunch, also add some refried beans and BBQ sauce from a packet.
20. Party Time Guac Tortillas
Did you know that there’s a thing called freeze-dried guacamole powder? Just add water to turn the powder into guac and spread it all over tortillas.
21. Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon
You can get individual serving size packets of cream cheese to take backpacking. Smoked salmon comes in pouches. Add this combo to a tortilla and you’ll feel like you just ordered from a gourmet deli.
22. Tortilla soup
Hot soup + tortillas = tortilla soup. Just cook the soup first and then add pieces or strips of tortilla. It adds a really nice texture and it’s hell-a-better than eating dry tortillas.
23. Stinging Greens
One wild edible I can almost always count on seeing while backpacking is stinging nettles. They are actually really tasty. Just put something over your hands (like your sleeping bag stuff sack) when picking nettles so you don’t get stung. Put the nettles in your cook pot and cover with water. Simmer until they are soft and wilted. Once cooked, nettles don’t sting anymore and are safe to eat. You can then drain the water and put the cooked nettles in a tortilla (along with some cheese, hummus, etc.) to eat. It’s nice to eat fresh veggies after weeks of dehydrated stuff!
24. Ranch Tortillas
Before your trip, mix some ranch dressing seasoning with freeze-dried cheese powder. You can also mix it with yogurt or milk powder. On the trail, add a bit of water to get a creamy consistency. Then spread this delicious concoction on a tortilla. Add salami, TVP, or other fillings to make a proper meal.
25. Falafel Tortillas and Gold Fish Crackers
Cold soak some falafel mix to soften. Spread it on a tortilla and then add some Gold Fish crackers. They give it a really good texture!
26. Eggplant Jerky Wrap
Eggplant jerky is friggin’ delicious and great when you are sick of all the standard jerkies. It’s easy to make in a dehydrator. Just cut eggplant into strips, marinate it in oil, soy sauce, and lots of seasonings. Then dehydrate into jerky. You can eat eggplant jerky on its own or put it in a tortilla with hummus or cream cheese.
27. Thai Peanut Wrap
This one I found on Reddit. Peanut butter + teriyaki jerky. Doubtful? Try it and you’ll see how good this unlikely combination is!
What other backpacking tortilla recipes can you add? Let us know in the comments section!
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