That last day of any wilderness trip can be a bit dodgy when it comes to eating something that goes beyond sustenance. Making sure you’ve got enough shredded cheese and a bit of salsa can make all those little bits of food hanging around your cooler come together in a gooey, toasted package that will get you over those last few hours before you get a shower.

Leftover camping burritos

Leftover camping burritos

Yield: 2

Shredded chicken is a classic filling for these burritos—but sliced-up campfire hot dogs is my family’s favourite.


  • 1 cup leftover chicken, diced (or burger, steak, hot dogs)
  • ½ cup cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • Assorted other bits of food from your cooler (canned corn, leftover beans, diced veggies)
  • Salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Hot sauce (optional)


  1. Have two pieces of foil on hand. Mix together leftover chicken (or whatever you’ve got), cheese, salsa and any leftover bits. Season to taste with salt and pepper (add a bit of hot sauce if you like). Divide the mixture between tortillas and wrap in foil. When you’re rolling the burritos, fold the sides, then roll around the filling.
  2. Build a fire and let it burn down until you have a few flames and a solid bed of coals. Place grill over coals and let the grill heat up for a few minutes.
  3. Place the foil-wrapped burritos on the grill and toast them for about 10 minutes (longer if your fire is low). Eat hot with extra hot sauce.


Leftovers, bits from the cooler and cheese