The Versatile Tortilla

Tortillas are a camping staple. They hold up well. You can get away without refrigerating them. You can't really smash them, so they often replace bread in the backcountry.

With just a bit of imagination though, you can use tortillas to their full potential. Here are three alternative options to take the tortilla beyond the basics on your next camping trip.

Deconstructed Breakfast Burritos
The convenience of the tortilla is tough to beat. You can wrap anything and have a meal on the go. But if you want to maximize your flavor and add a bit of crunch to your breakfast try a deconstructed burrito (similar to Tex-Mex migas). Corn tortillas work especially well, although flour tortillas also could be used.

Prep Time: 10 minutes        Cook Time: 15 minutes        Servings: 4

1 pound ground sausage or chorizo
1 can black beans drained
6-8 eggs
1 package corn or small flour tortillas cut into confetti strips
1 packaged shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
1 can diced tomatoes drained
1 can diced green chiles (optional)
1 small tub of sour cream (optional)

1. Brown meat thoroughly. Drain off excessive grease.
2. Add drained black beans. Heat thoroughly.
3. Lightly beat eggs in small bowl. Add to meat and bean mixture. Cook until eggs are set. Remove from pan.
4. Using the meat pan, fry tortilla strips until just crisp.
5. Construct the deconstructed breakfast burritos on plates. Start with a few tortilla strips. Add a few scoops of the meat, bean and egg mixture. Top with cheese, diced tomatoes, chiles, and sour cream to taste.

Open-Faced Tortilla Pizzas
Personal pizzas are a crowd favorite around the campfire. The best part is each pizza can be handcrafted with every individual's favorite toppings.

Prep Time: 5 minutes        Cook Time: 10 minutes         Servings: 4

1 package tortillas
1 small jar pizza sauce
1 package grated mozzarella cheese
Possible Toppings:
Black olives
Endless other options

1. Use a saucepan to heat the pizza sauce
2. Heating the tortillas is optional. You can toast them up over the campfire (be careful, they burn easily), or a more reliable method is to warm them in a skillet.
3. Apply a small amount of sauce to a tortilla
4. Add cheese and toppings as you see fit. Note it is best to eat multiple tortilla pizzas rather than to overload each individual crust.
5. If you are feeling especially inspired, try making a tortilla calzone with all of the pizza toppings sandwiched between two tortillas.


Dessert S'mores Wraps
These treats are great if you want the classic s'mores flavor but are camping in an area with campfire restrictions. You can either make them up ahead of time or take the ingredients with you. Either way, they are sure to satisfy any camper's sweet tooth.

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes        Cook Time: None        Servings: One per tortilla wrap

Chocolate hazelnut spread
Graham cracker crumbs
Mini marshmallows or marshmallow spread

1. Spread the chocolate hazelnut spread on a tortilla
2. Sprinkle crumbled up graham cracker crumbs onto chocolate layer
3. Add mini marshmallows or marshmallow spread (or toasted marshmallows if a campfire is available
4. Wrap it up and enjoy