Backcountry Quesadillas – A New Recipe

So you’re looking for another recipe that you can eat on a backcountry trip?  Here is one that we tried out on our Algonquin canoe trip this summer and it was a big hit!




dehydrated black beans

dehydrated chicken or turkey (optional)

cheddar cheese

oil or powdered shortening


avocado or dehydrated guacamole


Rehydrate the dehydrated ingredients.  Assemble by layering black beans, cheese and meat between two tortillas. Heat up pan over fire or stove. Put oil or shortening in pan and fry both sides of your quesadilla until crunchy and cheese is melted. Serve with salsa and guacamole.


OLD LIGHT cheddar keeps for a super long time and doesn’t ooze oiliness the way regular full fat cheddar does.

Buy a commercial soft taco KIT. The tortillas have unnaturally long expiry dates and are still soft after months of storage and the kit includes a packet of salsa so you don’t have to worry about glass jars or refrigeration.

A half-ripened avocado will ripen in your barrel and can be eaten days into your trip or buy a commercially prepared dehydrated guacamole instead. That will mean you can eat this meal on any day of your trip.

Short on time we had to settle for black bean humus instead of just plain black beans, and it tasted great!

Kids LOVE this meal 🙂

17 responses to this post.

  1. You can get some seriously good dehydrated food where you are! 🙂


    • I’m a lucky girl! Bulk Barn has black beans. I’ve just started dehydrating my own food, I bet black beans would be an easy one. I’ll try guacamole and let you know how it goes 😉


      • Oh I’d love a dehrydrating machine but we can only get them from America. It’d be perfect for camping … and my addiction to dried fruit! Gaucamole could be interesting, I know the spices and seasoning can be done separately but it always seem to require fresh avocados. Unless you get that slightly strange tasting stuff in a jar. Enjoy! 😉

  2. Posted by confessionsofanactress on September 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    That sounds yummy. I had better try that in my kitchen soon, just so I’ll have it all rehearsed for when I go camping. 😉 Actually, I have a friend who’s the mom of a couple of little ones who was looking for easy, kid-friendly recipes for their first family camping trip. This would be great for them and I’ll pass along your link. Do you have a favorite camping cookbook, or do you just try things and pick up new ideas as you go?


    • I make this at home with fresh ingredients for the kids all the time! I don’t have a camping cookbook that I use because they almost always list ingredients that don’t keep! Weird. I just try to adapt our regular meals.


      • Posted by confessionsofanactress on September 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        That is weird. Hmmm… with all of your experience in the field and great tips, maybe Backcountry with the Kids should put out your own cookbook… 🙂

  3. Posted by Ken on September 4, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Thank you Jenny!!! I can’t wait to make it and more importantly eat it!! I live in Ottawa and was wondering where you shop for these ingredients? Any grocery store? The black bean hummus ?


  4. Posted by juliet on September 4, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Black beans are easy to dehydrate but hard to rehydrate. A couple of tips: don’t over dehydrate, and rehydrate them by putting them in boiling water over a hot stove for 5-10 minutes. Pouring water over them into a cup doesn’t work too well. Now rehydrating a bean paste that was dehydrated at home… that would be a cinch!


    • That’s what I was thinking! I’d dehydrate refried black beans, not the beans themselves because they are so dense. I’ll definitely be giving it a try.


  5. That looks great, I saved it and will give it a try on our next trip 🙂


  6. Posted by justmessinaround on September 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    You had me at Avocado! I’m in! 😀


  7. Hello,

    Thanks for sharing, it looks delicious !


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