Food Reviews

Next Mile Meals Beef Tacos

The best dinner for thru-hiking of 2021.




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This meal was created by thru-hikers, rather than chefs, so we’re not surprised that it’s nutritionally dense and low on bulk. What is surprising? How good it tastes. “Eating it transported me from the California desert to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants along Highway 99,” one PCT thru-hiker says. The 3.6-ounce package is intended as a single serving, but she claimed she had leftovers every time.


Made from a blend of beef, cheese, veggies, and spices, this dish delivers 580 calories as well as 42 grams of protein. You only need 6 ounces of boiling water to make it, and it rehydrates in less than 10 minutes. Tip: Bring tortillas to complete the meal.