This meal is my favorite. It goes on every single backpacking trip. I never get tired of it. Clients love this recipe. Need more convincing to try it?
- Recommended meal weight: 5.7 oz
- Total calories: 668
- Calories per ounce: 117
Few individuals have struggled to consume the entire meal, but if you have a small appetite you may, in which case I would recommend holding out on some of the beans or rice. If you want to increase calorie count or caloric density, add more Fritos.
For groups, I do the following:
- Each group member is given one 2.5-oz snack bag of beans and rice mixture
- Fritos and cheese are kept together, and divided proportionally in the field
- Meals are individually seasoned with the taco seasoning and group spice kit
When solo, I do one of two things. If I plan to have this meal several times on the same trip (or the same leg of a thru-hike), I have a pre-spiced snack bag of beans and rice for each meal, and my supply of Fritos and cheese is kept together but preferably somehow delineated so that I don’t steal tomorrow’s calories for tonight’s dinner, e.g. divide the block of cheese equally but keep it all together. If I plan to have this meal just once, I will use up to three bags (beans/rice, cheese, Fritos) but I’ve also combined everything into one bag before. It works out okay since the ingredients are fairly easy to separate in the field.
For many reasons, I make all of my meals soupy. This simplifies some the cooking:
- Add at least 12 oz of water to my stove pot.
- Pour in beans, rice, taco seasoning, and any other spices at anytime.
- Cook, ideally to a simmer for about 60 seconds, stirring to avoid boil-over.
- Cut cheese into dice-sized pieces and add to meal.
- Add Fritos just before consumption. If added too early, they will soften.
For perfect at-home consistency, use 10 oz (300 ml) of water. To prevent burning, do not add beans, rice, and taco seasoning until water is boiling.
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