Dirtbag dining: Mango salsa wraps

For a long time adventure lunch was a sad combination of tinned tuna and cheap muesli bars.  If you have a little bit of time to plan ahead, lunch can be filling and delicious.  These mango salsa wraps will give you the fuel you need to keep doing whatever it is that you do outdoors.

IngredientsGoop food

  • 1 large capsicum
    • You might call this a pepper or paprika depending on where you adventures are happening.
  • half a packet of corn chips
    • Eat the other half while you’re doing the prep work.
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
    • Use guacamole or avocado dip if you can’t find any fresh avo.
  • 2 zip lock bags
  • 1 long red chilli
  • 1 mango
    • If mangos are out of season, use tomato instead and dream of the tropics.
  • 1 packet of tortillas (or any kind of flat bread)
  • leafy greens of some kind (optional)
  • spring onions or red onion (optional)

How to make it

Take the time to prepare this one at home or at your campsite – your belly will thank you when you’re out in the wild.


1. Finely slice the chilli and leafy greens.
2. Roughly dice the capsicum, cucumber, mango, avocado and onion.
3. Tip all your freshly chopped ingredients into a zip lock bag. Try to squeeze all the air out of the bag when you seal it.
4. Tip half a packet of corn chips into another zip lock bag. You might have to crush them a bit to make them fit. If you put the chips in the other bag, everything will turn into a sad soggy mess.
5. Squeeze the tortillas and both zip lock bags into your pack.
6. Reward yourself for being so damn organised, by devouring the remaining corn chips.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of chopping up mango and avocado before, check out these tips.


1. Dig the tortilla out of your pack and lay one across your knees like a plate.
2. Tip some of the tasty mango salsa onto your tortilla.
3. Top your creation with the corn chips (which will have been crushed into super small pieces during the course of your adventure).
4. Wrap it all up. Eat and repeat.
5. Carefully pack any leftovers back into your pack

Gear to make it happen

No cooking required for this one.

If you prepare this at home, you don’t really need any gear (except the zip lock bags and the packaging that you buy the tortillas in).

Tested on location

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, New Zealand

Dirtbagjens and I tested these wraps out for the first time on Mitre Peak.  We had been battling our way through the bush for hours and finally stumbled upon a clearing with a view of the peak.  With the summit in site, we huddled in the shade and ate about 3 wraps each.  Click here for more info on the hike.

Lazy summer nights, Newcastle, Australia

For a really quick summer dinner, ditch the wraps and the corn chips.  Replace them with a nice fresh fish or chicken breast, cooked in a pan with some lemon juice and olive oil.

If you need some more carby-goodness, add rice or quinoa to your plate.

One Comment Add yours

  1. srbottch says:

    I should start hiking more so I would a need for this recipe. However, your photos are great. You are an adventurer! Kudos.


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