Thank you to The Hatch Chile Store for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I would love for you to experience this special edition of DIY Green Chile Chicken Stew for backpacking while you’re out on your next wilderness adventure. I created this recipe to be lightweight, packed with calories, and save a lot of money over store-bought, freeze-dried meals.
One of my passions is getting lost in the wilderness. The farther away from civilization the better for me. I got in trouble more than once as a kid when I would disappear from camp for hours just exploring and seeing what there was to see. Not to brag, but I do have an excellent sense of direction, and I never get lost. Curiosity hasn’t killed this cat yet :0)
A steaming bowl of Green Chile Chicken Stew in hand after a long day of day wilderness exploration, equestrian trail riding, or Thru-Hiking will restore pleasant moods all around! The Hatch Chile Store now offers freeze-dried Roasted Hatch Chile in cute little single-serve packages, making it easy to enjoy Hatch Chile anywhere, anytime!
What do you eat while backpacking?
Backpackers have two options: purchase lightweight, ready-made, freeze-dried meals and snacks, or create DIY lightweight recipes and snack mixes. (I usually pack a variety of both.) Backpackers need to eat food high in calories, carbs, healthy fats, nutrients, and protein. Nut butters, pasta, rice, dried fruits, jerky, lunch meat, dried soup mix, tortillas, powdered drink mixes, and healthy veggies are commonly eaten by backpackers. A backpacker’s food should equal around 120-130 calories per ounce, because they often burn 4000 to 6000 calories a day. This number is calculated by dividing the total calorie count of all meals and snacks by the total weight all food in its packaging.
This Green Chile Chicken Stew- Quick and Easy Backpacking Meal Edition- checks all the boxes as a perfect backpacking meal. It’s lightweight, DIY cheap, and stuffed with calories, carbs, protein, flavor and nutrients. The spicy freeze-dried Hatch Chile will warm you from the inside out and tastes just like you packed it fresh! You don’t have to use it just trailside for Green Chile Stew, you can rehydrate it anywhere and use it in eggs for breakfast, or for creating the classic Green Chile Cheeseburger just about anywhere in the world!
How to create Hatch Green Chile Stew on the Trail
Start by adding filtered water and chicken bouillon cubes to your camp stove.
Once it’s boiling, simply rip open a pouch of Freeze-Dried Roasted Hatch Green Chile and pour it in. Cook for a couple of minutes to rehydrate the chile.
Turn off the heat, and stir in dehydrated potato flakes, powdered onion and garlic, dried oregano and packaged chicken from a pouch, not a can. You can find shelf-stable ready to eat chicken in pouches, not cans, next to the canned chicken at just about any grocery store. It’s a product packaged by a very well-known, tuna fish company. The potatoes work to thicken up the stew and add great flavor, along with the spices and seasonings!
Your stew is now finished and very HOT, both temperature wise and spice wise, so be prepared. I strongly recommend that the stew sit for several minutes to cool off before you dig in with your tortilla. It will be hard to wait though, it is delicious to see and smell! I hope you get to enjoy this delicious recipe on your next trek. Happy Trails!
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