It can be difficult to prepare meals on the trail, and hikers need to employ a little creativity and ingenuity if they want to make meals that contain the nutrients required to stay energized and alert. Most will prepare their own trail mix, or GORP, and some will even bring along entire cooking sets to break out around the fire. Whether you’re a minimalist, (like myself), or a full-blown campfire chef, here are two recipes that are worth looking into the next time you hit the trails.
1 large tomato, chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup milk
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
4 3/4-inch-thick slices French or Italian bread
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
- Combine chopped tomato and green onion in a small container and cover.
- In a separate container, beat eggs and mix in milk, salt, and pepper, then cover.
- Pack bread in a well-sealed plastic bag and transport all items in a cooler with ice packs.
- Over a campfire, toast bread on a skillet and set aside.
- In the same skillet, melt butter and add egg mixture, cooking over medium heat slowly, mixing in tomato and green onion, until eggs are almost scrambled consistency, then remove from heat.
- Divide the eggs evenly among the toast slices and serve.
*Feel free to add other ingredients to your liking, such as diced ham, mushrooms, etc. The beauty of eggs is that you can add almost anything to them.
Foil Wrapped Campfire Fajitas
1 small chicken breast per person, diced
1 can black beans per 4 people
1 small onion per four people, diced
¼ cup shredded cheese per person
1 package taco mix per four people
1 flour tortilla shell per person
- Mix ingredients together and keep on cool in container/Ziploc bags until ready to cook.
- Place contents of bags onto respective sheets of aluminum foil and then double wrap with another piece of foil.
- Place on campfire coals for 25-30 minutes.
- Once cooked, remove from coals and spoon mixture onto tortillas, then serve.
*Feel free to add or remove ingredients to your liking.
When you’re sitting around the campfire after a long day of hiking, being able to make hearty meals with what you have at your disposal is a nice bonus. The recipes I’ve listed above are delicious meals that are easily prepared when equipped with basic campsite cooking gear. Remember, just because you’re roughing it, it doesn’t mean you have to live on trail mix and beef jerky.