F is for Food!

F is for Food!

Ingredient list is below

Now, I don’t know about you but for me one of the best things about horse camping is the food. Trail dust makes everything taste better and when you start with a fab meal, dinner under the stars can become transcendent! This is one of my favorite trail meals. I call it Texican Cheesy Rice and Beans with Chicken.

I’ve been putting together my own camping meals for a while. Prepacked meals are nice and convenient but they’re spendy and who really needs polysorbate 60, disodium inosinate, and the other “ingredients” that I can’t pronounce that are in the prepackaged meals.  Instead I prefer to be my own Backcountry Gourmet.

Let’s get our ingredients together.

Instant Rice 1/2 cup – 50 grams – 2 ounces

Dehydrated Beans 1 1/2 cups – 130 grams – 4.5 ounces

Taco Seasoning 3 tsp – 8 grams

Garlic Powder – 1 tsp – 3 grams

Red Pepper Flakes – 1/2 tsp

Pouch chicken


Stick Cheese


Once you’ve got all of your dry stuff together dump them into a bag. I like to seal them in a vacuum bag.  And label.

The dry mix as well as the fritos and the cheese sticks live in my bear boxes until it’s time to eat.


In camp Preparation: In your cooking vessel pour in 1 1/4 cups of water and add all ingredients except for cheese, Fritos. Bring the mix to a boil, being careful not to scorch it. Keep this from happening by stirring often.

Once your mixture begins to boil, turn down the heat and simmer for a bit so that it thickens slightly. Then add the cheese. Remove from the heat. Cover the pot and let stand for 5 or 10 minutes. It should be quite a bit thickener.

Now add your Fritos, give it a stir and prepare for the goodness.