Posts Tagged ‘snacks’

Fun Food Fridays: Frito Burritos

Sonic® used to have the best snack: the chili cheese wrap. But, sadly, our local Sonic® took it off the menu. This recipe combines all the same flavors but it cheaper! (But probably not really better for you, just based on the ingredients!)


  • Large flour tortillas
  • Can of Hormel® chili (no beans)
  • Fritos® original corn chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Chopped onions (optional)

Heat the chili in a small sauce pan. While it’s heating, shred the cheese. Warm a tortilla.

On the warmed tortilla, put down a layer of Fritos® making sure that you use a large-ish handful. Top the chips with chili, shredded cheese and onions. Roll up like a burrito and enjoy!

I found that one can of chili made two large burritos or three medium sized.

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Fun Food Fridays: Walking Tacos

Here’s another recipe Jacque shared with me. It’s a favorite in her family when they go camping.


  • 1 personal-sized bag of Fritos
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cups canned chili (with or without beans)
  • Shredded cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped onions
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

Heat chili, and pour into open bag of Fritos. Then complete with your choice of toppings! Grab a spork and go!

This can also be made my cooking ground hamburger with your choice of taco seasonings or salsa and substituting for the canned chili.

Jacque Gilbert

Chino Valley, Arizona

Fun Food Fridays: Sombrero Spread

I’m always on the lookout for easy, yummy recipes to share with you. I look for things that are simple to make away from a full kitchen, but not boring or bland. I found this take on a Mexican bean dip and just had to share it with you! It’s described as a dip (so a snack) but feel free to make up extra and serve as a main meal.


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup ‘Ketchup With A Kick’
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 8-oz can (1 cup) red kidney beans with liquid
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped olives (green or black)

Brown the meat and 1/4 cup onion in a skillet. Stir in ‘Ketchup With A Kick’, chili powder, and salt. Mash in beans. Heat through.

Spread on tortilla chips, corn chips or a tortilla. Garnish with the cheese, olives, and 1/4 cup onion. Serve hot.

What is ‘Ketchup With A Kick’? It’s a phrase (and ingredient) that ESP Boss created. Its ketchup mixed with Tabasco sauce. So, take the 1/4 cup ketchup and stir in the Tabasco, to taste.

Not sure how to camp cook with 1 1/2 tsp chili powder? Check out the tip How To Camp Cook With Unusual Ingredients.

This recipe is also available in the eGuide ‘Camp Cooking From the Newsletter’  Get the guide!

Easy Barbequed Jalapeño Poppers

I’ve got a huge garden this year, and I planted about 15 jalapeno plants. The first year I planted jalapenos, I planted 6 and then couldn’t figure out why I had planted so many!  Jalapenos are usually eaten pickled so I wasn’t sure what to do with them…

Now, I know exactly why MORE is BETTER:

Jalapeno poppers!


  • 3-4 raw jalapenos per person
  • Brick cream cheese
  • Bacon strips
  • Toothpicks or skewers

If you’re using toothpicks or wooden skewers, put them in water to soak so they won’t burn when you grill the popper.

Wash the jalapeno s and remove the seeds and stems. (But, keep the jalapeno in one piece!) When you are removing the seeds and stems, be sure not to run any water. The chili oils get into the air when you cut into the jalapeno; running water makes the oils settle so you breathe them. NOT fun to be coughing all the time in the kitchen!

Be sure to pat them completely dry.

I use a potato peeler to scoop out the seeds. Another tip is to also remove the ribs of the chili: the parts where the seeds attach to the chili wall. That area also carries a lot of “heat”.

Fill the jalapeno with cream cheese.I smash as much as I possibly can into the body of the pepper. You can use the back of a spoon or your fingers to fill the pepper. Just be sure you don’t rub your face at all when you’re handling these bad boys!

Wrap a slice of bacon all the way around the jalapeno (once) and secure with the tooth pick. You might want to cut the bacon strip in half so it’s not as long. This will reduce the cooking time.

Grill the popper on a tabletop barbeque until the bacon is done and the cheese is melted. Because the peppers have a lot of moisture in them, you won’t be able to get the bacon crispy. Be careful handling and eating the poppers, that cheese will be really hot.


You can substitute any type of cheese you like for the brick of cream cheese. I don’t recommend the spreadable cream cheese (the one that comes in the little plastic tub), because it’s too soft and will melt and run out of the jalapeno before the bacon is done.

Fun Food Fridays: 3 Trail Mixes

Trail mix is a camping favorite, either for a fun snack or to take with you on a hike. The goals of trail mix are to:

  1. Be yummy
  2. Provide a quick energy boost
  3. Travel well

Some people use trail mix to replace a meal, especially while hiking. I’ve never been able to do that but I do eat trail mix as an easy, non-messy, portable snack! (And I ALWAYS bring lunch too!)

Fantastic Trail Mix


  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit pieces
  • Goldfish® crackers
  • M&Ms® (optional)

For nuts, you want something that is not too oily and that holds up well in a plastic bag at the bottom of your backpack. I prefer almonds or pecans. Even though pecans are a soft nut and will crumble, they’re easy to eat. I don’t use peanuts or cashews, but I don’t like them anyway!

Dried fruit is the quick, healthy way to get a bit of sugar into your blood stream. Good choices are raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, chopped dried apricots, chopped prunes, banana or apple chips.

Goldfish® or other small crackers will add salt (as will nuts) to the trail mix. Nothing tastes better to me than when my raisins get salty! Goldfish are a good choice because they don’t break easily. Also good would be Wheat Thins® or Triscuits® . I don’t recommend Ritz or Saltines since they will both crumble easily.

M&Ms® are a good candy bet since they don’t melt easily. I don’t like candy in my trail mix- there’s enough sugar from the fruit.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a big spoon. Then, spoon into snack size baggies. Store your trail mix in a cool dry place.

Cheesy Trail Mix

This is a quick trail mix that can be thrown together in camp or mixed up at home. Its low in sugar since there’s no candy.


  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 1 cup cheese snack crackers (either Goldfish® or Cheez-it®)
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup raisins

You can also substitute dried cranberries for the raisins. Place all ingredients into a plastic baggie, seal, and then shake.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the amounts of the ingredients – it’s your mix, fix it the way you want!

The Outdoor Princess’ Favorite Trail Mix

A quick trail mix that I take just about everywhere


  • 1 handful of Ocean Spray® Craisins® Sweetened Dried Cranberries
  • 1.5 or 2 handfuls of pecans

I eat about three Craisins® with each nut to balance out the flavors.

Fun Food Fridays: Chili-Olive Snack Wraps

This is one of my favorite make-it-and-go recipes. Perfect for when you know you’ll be spending the day out exploring.


  • Large flour tortillas
  • Plain, spreadable cream cheese
  • Black olives
  • 1 can green chopped chili
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Chop olives into fine pieces. Mix the olives, chili, and shredded cheese into the cream cheese. Spread onto a tortilla (it is better if you make the spread really thick!)

Roll the tortilla so the spread is on the inside. Cut into slices and serve.

Do you have a favorite make-it-and-go recipe? Tell me about it by leaving a comment below!

Fun Food Fridays: Southwest Rice Mix-Up

Canned corn is a popular fishing bait in my family. Since we put about half the can into a sandwich bag to take with us that leaves half a can of corn at home or in the RV fridge. So, we came up with a quick, after-fishing snack that uses up the leftover corn. This is also a perfect, quick dinner when you roll back into camp late, after fishing all day, and the kids are hungry and all you have is leftovers!


  • Canned corn (NOT the corn that you fished with, the non-contaminated leftovers!)
  • Breakfast sausage, patty or link
  • Rice-a-Roni®
  • Small can green chili

Prepare the Rice-A-Roni® according to the package directions. (If you’re like my family, you might have some leftover from another meal; for us, Rice-A-Roni® and trout go together perfectly!) While that’s cooking, prepare the breakfast sausage. Once the sausage and rice are cooked, crumble the sausage into the rice. Add in the corn and the chili (to taste) and heat until everything is warm.

This is also great without the chili.

Fun Food Fridays: Apple Smiles

It’s easy to forget to eat healthy food while camping. This recipe has just enough “health” food and “junk” food to satisfy any camper. This is a perfect on-the-go snack for those young campers who can’t stop playing long enough to eat.

Clean apple ready to smile!

– Large apple (red apples are better since they are firm and sweet)
– Peanut butter
– Small marshmallows

Wash and dry apple. Cut into 6-8 slices, removing the core from each slice.

You'll be eating two apple slices at a time so thinner is better!

Spread peanut butter on one side of each slice.

Spread it on as thick as you'd like.

With peanut butter facing up, place three to four small marshmallows on the apple. Cap with a second apple slice, peanut butter side down.

Apple Smiles

Serve Apple Smiles as a tasty snack or dessert.

Apple Smiles were always a “treat” for me since they had the baby marshmallows. And the peanut butter is perfect for a bit of protein! The novelty of a snack that smiles back was always enough to get me to gobble them down.

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