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Dinner Camping Recipes

Restaurant-quality dining on the trail. Choose from Mushroom and Tomato Orzo with Pesto or Chicken Posole Wraps for your next campfire dinner.

by: Backpacker Contributors

Chicken Posole Wraps
Limed corn is the secret to this classic New Mexican comfort food. Flour tortillas and lime wedges are traditional accompaniments.

1 can posole (limed corn) or hominy (15 oz.)
1 foil pouch chicken breast (7 oz.)
1 can chopped green chilies (4 oz.)
1 cube chicken bouillon
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup water
1 package (dozen) 8-inch tortillas

At home: Place onion and garlic in a zip-top bag. Drain posole and chilies; combine in a separate bag.

In camp: Sauté onion, garlic, oregano, and cumin in oil until onion softens. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve bouillon. Simmer 5 minutes or until posole is heated through. Use tortillas to dip. Serves 2.

Salmon-studded Spaghetti
Pink salmon is the star of this pasta dish from the Pacific Northwest

1 can artichoke hearts (14 oz.), drained andquartered
1 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz. pink or smoked salmon in foil pouches
2 tablespoons olive oil
10 ounces spaghetti
1/4 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

At home: Place the first 3 ingredients in a zip-top bag.

In camp: Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a separate skillet, sauté artichoke mixture and salmon in oil until heated through. Toss with pasta and bread crumbs, and top with cheese. Serves 2.

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May 22, 2014

I think I'd have a hard time bringing this kind of food with me. Don't get me wrong! I'd love to have salmon and pasta or some chicken corn chowder, but I just don't know how I'd keep it all fresh (safe to eat). Maybe I'll replace the salmon and chicken with catch of the day. :)

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Jul 27, 2011

I was actually thinking that this food sounds surprisingly delicious and gourmet. You can stick to your boring gorp and cliff bars, I'm gonna write some of these recipes down.

Aug 06, 2009

Orzo is just pasta, can't see how that is nasty

Jul 12, 2009

hmmm, where is that frozen burger patties?

May 28, 2009

Ewww. This is the weirdest and most non-appetizing backpacking food I've ever seen. I can't imagine returning to camp from a summit push and actually enjoying a bowl of corn chowder or mushroom orzo. Nasty!

Sep 16, 2008

If you get foiled packs, they're shelf stable... You usually find it with the tuna

happy camper
Sep 14, 2008

How do you keep the chicken and salmon from spoiling?


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