Backpacker's Pantry Huevos Rancheros

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Enjoy the easy-to-prepare Backpacker's Pantry Huevos Rancheros meal on your next adventure. The meal features dried egg mix, red beans, chilies, onion, bell peppers and cheese.

Ingredients: egg whites, egg yolks, red beans, cheddar cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes, annatto), butter sauce (modified corn starch, salt, whey solids, non-fat dry milk, dehydrated butter, natural butter flavor, sugar, xanthan gum, lactic acid, turmeric and annatto), bell pepper, tomato, onion, salt, apple cider vinegar (maltodextrin, food starch-modified and apple cider vinegar), new mexico chili pepper, green chili pepper, garlic, jalapeno chili pepper. contains: egg, milk, soybean. Allergen information: contains egg, milk, soybean. Produced in a facility that processes peanuts, milk, soy, wheat, gluten, egg and tree nuts.

Made in USA.


  • Made with quality all-natural eggs, red and green peppers, and onions for a savory taste that's also healthy


  • May contain traces of peanuts and tree nuts.**
  • Nutrition facts displayed here and on packaging may differ; information on packaging reflects actual contents
  • Spicy
  • Check tech specs for additional allergens, nutritional data, and ingredients
  • Vegetarian
  • Dry weight of meal is 3oz (85g), and it takes up minimal space in your pack
  • Add 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water, blend, add another 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water, blend until smooth, and cook over low heat in a nonstick pan, stirring frequently
  • To prepare, simply add water, blend well and let stand for 10 min. to rehydrate the beans; blend again then cook over low heat while stirring frequently
  • Discount will be applied when you check out; offer not valid for sale-price items ending in $._3 or $._9
  • Serves Two
Mountain Gear
Spice up your morning with the Backpacker's Pantry vegetarian-friendly Huevos Rancheros. (Spring 2014)
Given how easy the Backpacker's Pantry Huevos Rancheros are to make and eat, you'll find the hard part about this savory, spicy dish is actually taking the time to savor it.

Backpacker's Pantry Huevos Rancheros is a take on the delicious, spicy egg dish mixed with red beans, green chiles, red bell peppers, cheddar cheese, onions.


Ingredients: Whole eggs, nonfat milk, vegetable oil (may contain soybean or corn oil), tomato powder (tomato paste, maltodextrin), onion, salt, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, tomato flakes, potato starch, sugar, garlic, cumin, oregano, cilantro, green chili peppers, red and green bell peppers, freeze-dried cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, calcium chloride, enzymes), textured vegetable protein (soy flour, caramel color, soybean oil, autolyzed yeast, spices, dextrose, onions, garlic, paprika).

Scrambled egg mix, green chilies, red bell peppers, cheddar cheese, onions, taco flavored vegetable protein (meat substitute), and spicy seasoning.

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Calories from fat:90
Calories per serving:210
Carbohydrates:12 grams
Cholesterol:265 milligrams
Country of Origin:USA
Dietary fiber:4 grams
Dry Weight:3.50 oz
Food Features:Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Food Type:No Meat
Gluten free:Yes
Preparation Time:15 Minutes
Protein:17 grams
Saturated fat:3.5 grams
Serving Size:Two 5 oz Servings
Servings:2 Servings
Servings per container:2 serving(s)
Shelf Life:0-3 Years
Sodium:740 milligrams
Sugars:3 grams
Total fat:10 grams
Trans fat:0 grams
Upc, Ean, Isbn:048143020127
Weight:3.5 oz / 99 g
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Backpacker's Pantry Huevos Rancheros Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Awesome Breakfast!

I usually don't post reviews, but I was reading the other reviews about this breakfast, and I think a lot of them are related to user-error. It sounds like people aren't following the cooking instructions. Backpacker's Pantry eggs need to be cooked in a skillet. They're not like Mountain House eggs that you just add boiling water to. And, even though they take a little more work, I think Backpacker's Pantry eggs are really really tasty. Nice job Backpacker's Pantry. It's spicy and has really good flavor, and the beans give added protein for us vegetarians. Other people considering buying this product - if you follow the cooking instructions, you'll be very very pleased!
Mitch17 at REI on 03/03/2013

People need to read directions

I just need to repeat the point that Mitch makes in his review. People really need to read the package and realize what they are buying. These are not freeze dried eggs they are POWDERED eggs. When you add hot water to this it makes beaten raw eggs not cooked eggs like a freeze dried product. As such they cost less that half what the Mountain House eggs cost.
I have found these very helpful in a variety of recipes and once cooked are pretty good on their own with the addition of a little more spice. But that's just my taste most folks will find them fine just as they are.
Cabinguy at REI on 05/05/2013

Great meal if you follow the directions!

I stayed away from this meal because of earlier negative reviews, but received these as part of a Father's Day gift and decided to take it with on a 4 day backpacking trip to Michigan's Porcupine Mountains. My son and I made it for breakfast our first morning and I was very pleasantly surprised by the result. I added some crumbled bacon and served them on tortillas and they were great. Excellent flavor and texture. I very much agree with the last 2 reviewers that you need to follow the instructions. If you do that, this makes a hearty breakfast for 2.
FrankH at REI on 07/07/2013

I liked 'em

We had these on a recent trip to the BWCA, and of the three people on the trip, one liked them and went back for seconds, one thought they were good but not great, and one thought they were ok but said he'd bring them again. Prep was fine, other than our cook not reading the bit about using a non-stick pan; even so, the finished product was quite edible.

The packaging and ingredients list of the ones we had were updated from what's shown here.
Kajsa at REI on 07/07/2010

I've had some killer Rancheros so personally I think of this one more as a mexican scramble or omelet. Not very different from the Denver omelet as far as quality. Its better with hot sauce. Don't forget a pan to cook in. This is not a eat from the bag type of meal.

Michael at on 09/18/2013

Spicy and delicious. I would definitely buy this again. Next time I'm bringing tortillas along so I can whip up some breakfast burritos.

Mitch at on 03/07/2013

Very easy to prepare. Tasted surprisingly like real egg. Good overall flavor.

Jack L at on 05/31/2012

Negative Reviews:

Really bad

Bought this product along with other backpacking breakfast items to try them out. This way I know for myself what I like, etc. I did not realize when I bought it that it has to be cooked in a pan. Not a big deal since I was doing this at home anyways. But I would not be using something that requires a pan.
I followed directions PRECISELY. Stuff smelled ok, but turned out horrible. I ate only one bite. Now it gets funny. I put the plate out for the birds, by end of day it was all there. I put it out for critters, next day....all there. That's bad.
This is one product that I would end up going hungry for the day.
metalhead at REI on 01/01/2014

Runny Eggs

I tried these eggs 2 times. Each time the eggs were very runny and did not care for the texture. Once I drained the excess liquid, the texture was better but felt I lost a lot of flavor. They were very salty too.

The only reason I did not give this a 1 is because they are still better than the old, original military style eggs and they were edible (where some meals are not even edible).
Snow Chief at REI on 03/03/2010

Almost Ruined Huevos Rancheros Forever

I had been leary of trying rehydrated eggs and after eating this nasty egg soup concoction I now know why. The flavor wasn't to bad but the beans took forever to rehydrate and the eggs turned into a gritty soup like mixture that together was one of the most awful things I've ever eaten. They should use this stuff on fear factor!
RollingRocker at REI on 08/08/2012

Not Practical Trail Food

For a distaer readiness kit, this is not badm however; for mountaineering it is unpractical because you need a pan to cook food in, where other freeze dried meals simply need a hot water added into the package. With that kind of convenience, Backpackers Pantry meals are antiquated, unless you want to carry extra pans and clean after your finished cooking.
Bergsteigerulo at REI on 06/06/2011

Forget it.

This stuff was horrible. We had used a different breakfast from "another brand" the day before and that was pretty good. If we had started out eating this one I would never have even tried eating another one. This was not worth buying or eating. I would rather just eat a nice packet of instant oatmeal than this grainy, tasteless stuff.
Cedarbend at REI on 06/06/2011

Wasn't good

I won't buy this again. They used powdered eggs and mixed in some spices. I came out with a very disgusting look. The taste was barely okay. If it was all I had, I would eat it, but I would look around very hard for something else. I would stick with a brand that used freeze-dried eggs instead of powdered eggs.
I need a nickname? at REI on 05/05/2009


It didn't asorb the water and I could see the powder floating around. I tried a bean and it was still crunchy. I let it sit twice as long as directed just to be sure. When I dumped it out it looked like vomit which pretty much sums it up.
D Ness at REI on 09/09/2012

Not Good

Just picked this up on a whim while on my way out of town to camp. What a disappointment! It was runny and gross to eat. The flavor wasn't so bad, but it was like egg soup. Not a good effort on the part of Backpacker's Pantry.
JEmote at REI on 02/02/2013


The amount of water called for is far too much. This came out more like a soup. Despite being soupy it was very gritty and didn't have much flavor.
KrazeeBob at REI on 11/11/2013

Neutral Reviews:

As far as dehydrated eggs are concerned I guess this wasn't bad. Personally I am not a huge fan of anything with dehydrated eggs since once they are reheated they have kind of a grainy texture. Overall this was pretty good but not sure if I would buy it again. Also just a heads up, this does require rehydrating with boiling water, then cooking in a pan, so it is a two step process as opposed to the normal pouring boiling water in a bag and being good to go.

Pat Guinn at on 10/13/2012