Long hiking trips and extended stays in the wilderness can be draining and at the end of a long day of rugged terrain, your body needs to recharge with much-needed calories. Hearty meals are few and far between on the trail, but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to prepare. All it takes is a little pre-trip planning and you’ll be enjoying a delicious meal that will make you think you never left the comfort of your kitchen. Below, you’ll find two such recipes that are easy to make and that you can customize depending on your own tastes.


Campfire Pot Pie Pouches

Cooking spray

Aluminum foil

¼ to 1/3 pound ground beef/chicken

1 potato, diced

Vegetables (celery, carrots, green beans, onions, peppers, etc)

Salt and pepper to taste


1.   Store all ingredients in Ziploc bags or sealed containers beforehand.

2.   Build a fire and start a bed of hot coals.

3.   Lay foil flat and spray with cooking spray, then place desired ingredients in the center.

4.   Fold up the foil so it makes a pouch and place it in the coals.

5.   Cook for around 15 minutes, but be sure to check the pouch often, as it can be easy to burn the contents.


Campfire Hash

Dutch oven

2 tbsp cooking oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 potatoes, cubed

1 pound cooked sausage

1 can (4 oz) green chilies, chopped

1 can (15 oz) corn, drained


1.   Heat oil in Dutch oven and sauté onion and garlic until soft.

2.   Add potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3.   Add sausage and cook until potatoes start to turn brown.

4.   Finally, add corn and chilies and cook until done.