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Backpacker Nachos

Postby Lumbergh21 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:28 pm

This is something that I came across somewhat accidentally while hiking a section of the PCT and in need of a boost after a tough day but too tired to think straight. I started off with the idea to have the last of my refried beans with cheddar. Then decided to use it as some dip for the last few ounces of my luxury item, corn chips. Then decided it would be much easier if I just added the corn chips directly into the bean and cheese mixture than dipping them individually.

In your handy camp cup bring 1/2 cup water and 1 Tbsp of oil to a boil. To the water add about 1/3 of a pack of Fantastic World Foods dehydrated refried beans (theirs are the best I have found), 2 to 3 oz. cheddar cheese cut into smaller chunks, and hot sauce to taste. Stir, cover the cup, and remove from the heat. Give about 3 minutes for the beans to rehydrate and the cheese to melt then take the cover off the cup and stir. Finally, mix in 2 to 3 ounces of corn chips. Everyone on trail and off who has tried this loves it. Not exactly a diet food at 900 to 1,160 calories (depending on how much cheese and corn chips you use), but a great calorie to weight ratio for hiking. If you want to bump up the calories even more, it works as a filling in a tortilla for a burrito too. I usually have this the first couple of days into a hike, as I don't like carrying cheddar in the back country for more than 3 days.



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Re: Backpacker Nachos

Postby gary c. » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:03 am

Sounds really good, I'll have to try it. I almost always carry dehydrated refries and dehydrated cheese so I just Need to add the chips. I'm thinking some dehydrated hamburger or pulled pork would also add a little something extra.
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Re: Backpacker Nachos

Postby Jimr » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:50 am

I love chicken burritos on the first night. There's a bit of a weight penalty on day one, but well worth it for me. I take a foil pouch of chicken, shredded cheddar cheese, toritillas and refried beans. I may add corn chip dregs to this mix. Sounds like a good addition.
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Re: Backpacker Nachos

Postby Lumbergh21 » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:36 pm

Jimr: I'll have to try that this summer. I think I will stick with my "nachos" but add the chicken as well. The chips add some corn flavor and crunch that really elevate the refried beans and cheese for me. Also, the reason I melt in chunks of cheddar is that I'll also carry some salami/pepperoni and slice some cheddar off the block for that as well for another meal. The hot water has always been sufficient to melt the small chunks of cheese that I cut into the bean mixture. For me, a piece of cheese works better, and I think would keep better as well. Then again, I've never tried shredded cheese on trail.
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