In the words of author Brendan Leonard, “Anything can be a taco if you have a tortilla and you believe in yourself.” Truer, more beautiful words have never been spoken.
We’re always searching for new and creative ways to prepare our food in the backcountry (or new weird food ideas), which has led us to talk about tacos a lot.
“Why tacos?” you may ask.
- Tortillas are durable
- Tortillas have a longer shelf life than bread
- Tacos are delicious, and…
- Why am I explaining tacos to you?!
A regular PB&J isn’t very feasible on a backpacking trip, so it’s time to put a Mexican spin on this American classic. This recipe is incredibly simple (made entirely of staple backpacking foods), is easy to prepare and makes for an awesome summit snack.
Peanut butter, jelly — meet taco.
Prep Time: 2-3 minutes
- 1 tortilla
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (if you don’t want to carry a jar of peanut butter you can use peanut butter from a pouch or powdered peanut butter)
- 1 tbsp jelly
- 1 banana (optional — really only viable for day hikes)
- drizzle of honey (optional)
1. Place your tortilla on a flat surface. This step is optional if you feel like making a mess.
2. Slather your tortilla with a hearty helping of peanut butter. Hoorah, protein.
3. Please, for the love of God, wipe your camping knife off. Nobody likes a PB&J double dipper. Do not get peanut butter in the jelly jar or your friends will hate you.
4. Repeat step 2 with a clean knife and your jelly. Hoorah, sugar.
5. If you brought a banana, peel it and lay it directly on the edge of your tortilla. No need for chopping. Just slap it on there.
6. Get artisanal and drizzle some bee vomit (honey, whatever) down the length of the banana.
7. Carefully roll your honey banana up in the tortilla. Don’t rip the tortilla or you’re going to have a bad time. If you didn’t bring a banana, just fold the tortilla in half.
8. nom, Nom, NOM.
If you have peanut allergies, this recipe will work with just about any type of similar butter product…except actual butter. That’s weird.
You get bonus points if you slather a packet of Justin’s hazelnut butter on it too. Oh baby.