Easy Backpacking Meal: Spam & Lentils

Spam and lentils cooking on a Jetboil Flash
Spam & Lentils Yummmm!

Looking for an easy backpacking meal? Spam is a delicious and calorie dense food that is perfect for the trail or camping. Today’s recipe uses Spam and adds fresh veggies and lentils to create the perfect easy backpacking meal on the go.

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Ingredients and Tools Used

To prepare spam and lentils I will be using my Jetboil Flash. The Jetboil Flash is typically used to boil water, but you can cook with it as well. I always bring my Jetboil skillet (which has a little spatula that tucks into the pan handle) and the Jetboil pan support so I can cook a meal easily.

Here are the ingredients you will need to cook spam & lentils:

  • One can of lentils
  • One can of Spam (lite, low sodium, or regular, the choice is yours!)
  • 1 bell pepper, any color
  • 1/4 of a white onion
  • One small tomato
  • Butter
  • Garlic cloves

How to Cook Spam and Lentils

Set up your stove or fire (I am using the Jetboil Flash). Chop up your veggies and Spam ( I use half a can of Spam for this recipe). Next, heat up the butter and the garlic in the skillet. Then, sauté the veggies until they are soft. Remove the veggies and garlic from the skillet (I like to put them on the plate I am going to use to eat). Now, fry up your Spam in the skillet. You can add a little butter if you like, but there is sufficient fat in the Spam to keep the pan lubricated. Once the spam is cooked through remove it from the fire. Cut it into pieces. Then, add the veggies and cut up Spam to the skillet to reheat. Add the can of lentils (the entire can will fit, but add less if you like). Heat through and that is it! Time to eat.

Final Thoughts on This Backpacking Meal

Spam and lentils is a hearty meal for any camping adventures. I’ve linked the video recipe below if you would like to check it out!

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