Happy first day of spring! We don’t mean to rub it in, but we’ve had fantastic weather here in SoCal and we are excited to see wildflowers and start thinking about summer and birthday trips!
To help feed you on your upcoming trips, we adapted our car camping tortilla soup so you can make a tasty and lightweight backpacking version. It’s only 9 ingredients, fits into a small ziplock bag and uses 2 cups of water. The revelation here is tomato powder. It’s basically dehydrated tomatoes in powder form and it tastes really good. We are planning to try it out in more backpacking recipes.
We were so excited about this recipe that we even demoed it at A16 in West Los Angeles last week where we gave a fun talk about Gourmet Cooking for Hikers and Campers. Yep, you read it right, we fed people backpacking food. And they liked it! That’s a good measure of a backpacking recipe if it tastes good even when you aren’t borderline hangry and tired from hiking all day long with a heavy pack on.
Emily is on a trail right now somewhere in the Sierra Nevada mountains. We hope you are on your way to a fabulous adventure this weekend as well. Cheers!
Backpacking Tortilla Soup
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- 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chile powder
- 1/2 tablespoon tomato powder
- 1 cup bean flakes
- 2 bouillon cubes
- 2 cups water
- tortilla chips, pre-crushed from being in your pack
- lime, cut in wedges
- avocado, cubed (optional)
- Medium pot
Note: some bean flakes come with seasoning and salt. If yours do, either reduce the amount of boullion or use unsalted/low sodium boullion.
- Measure out all dry ingredients and put into a ziplock bag before you leave home.
- Once at camp, pour all ingredients in pot with two cups of water and let sit for 10 minutes so onion flakes can soften. Skip this step if you don’t mind crunchy onion flakes.
- Bring water to boil and simmer until soup is hot.
- Garnish soup with freshly squeezed lime juice, avocado and your tortilla chip crumbs and eat right out of the pot.