If you own a cookstove or even just a pot and some matches, these freeze dried and dehydrated meals are the way to go. They're lightweight, compact, and super easy to prepare. The meals are packaged in resealable foil pouches. Most weigh between 5 and 7 ounces and offer 2 servings. To prepare a meal, just add a couple cups of hot water right to the pouch. A few minutes later you're ready to chow.

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5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wasn't expecting much when I bought this but I was pleasantly surprised! It was VERY enjoyable & look forward to having this again in the near future. Like said below, it is wonderful on a tortilla shell.

4 5

Great with burritos

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pairs well with one of my favorite camping tricks. Start off by buying/making a burrito, wrapping it in tinfoil, and freezing it the night before you plan to camp. By the time you get to the camp site it is defrosted and ready to throw in the fire. Then set up the Jet Boil (or other way to boil water) for the Mountain Houses and BAM, you have your first nights camping meal!

5 5

Favorite meal.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Really enjoyed this meal. We brought an avocado along to slice up on top of it. Also, let it sit a couple minutes longer like someone else suggested and everything was cooked perfectly.

4 5

Easy Mex in the backcountry

  • Gender: Male

This was pretty decent for dehydrated food. I added a bit more water than the recipe called for so the rice and beans would stick to my tortilla. The portions sized was great. Makes a filling meal for one or two light lunches/side dishes.

3 5

Tasty Meal

Pack in some tortillas and you have yourself back country burritos! Great size for 2 people.

5 5

AlpineAire Santa Fe Black Beans and Rice

This was my favorite from my last trip. Lots of spices, low sodium (I did add more salt). Thought the flavor was perfect, and it filled me up. 2 servings for myself.

3 5

Better As A Side Dish

Good source of carbohydrates & protein. To me, this meal along with all freeze dried meals need to be spiced up a bit. Allow to rehydrate two to three minutes longer unless you like crunchy beans. Eat as a side dish with another friend or two. Large portions.

4 5

Dehydrated Food.

This was tolerable, I really despise dehydrated food, but I could eat this without being too disgusted.

5 5

AlpineAire Sante Fe Meal

The Sante Fe Black Beans and Rice is damn tasty. Alpine Aire makes really tasty backpacker meals. Highly recommend this one.

5 5


This was by far the best meal I had with me on a 3 day trip. I'll bring more than one next time. I recommend adding 1/2 cup more water than the directions call for.