There are certain items in my backpacking kit that I try to keep paired down. Items that are light and mainly functional.
But we all have certain items we like to take because it adds a little bit of comfort or enjoyment to our treks.
Such an item for me? Hatch Green Chile.
Fire roasted in, and shipped from, New Mexico…a source of many great things.
And I sadly used up my last can of Hatch Green Chile this evening; a few days after I went to Costco. I am realizing how important this product is to my outdoor excursions.
A 4oz can is just the right amount to add the right panache to any backcountry cuisine. Not too big or bulky. Does not weight that much for an overnight trip or even a first meal on a longer excursion.
Throw the chiles in your mac and cheese with chicken. The classic comfort food dish has some spice to it.
Add it to instant beans and rice, mix with some cheese and throw it in a wrap and you have some backcountry TexMex goodness.
Easily open up with that wonderful invention of the P38 or P51 can opener.
Going car camping? Add it to your egg scramble, stews or soups.
Conveniently sold in a twelve-pack package at Costco.
And used often in my daily cooking, too.
I always have a can under my cupboard.
Except I just used my last can.
On a Thursday before a trip.
I’ll be OK.
I’ll make do.
But a spicy backcountry dish on a cold Colorado autumn night?
I’ll just have to buy two cases next time I go to Costco.
This can’t happen again.