Long Distance Pita Sandwich Recipe

For multiple day backpacking trips bring lightweight foods with a long shelf life.  Surf N Turf style Pita sandwiches are a hearty backcountry lunch made to withstand the journey.  They feature pack friendly ingredients that can can last up to 7 days unrefrigerated.  Plus, Surf N Turf Pitas are heavy on nutrition and big flavors.

Long shelf life, no cook meat and seafood pita sandwich

Backcountry no cook sandwich Surf n Turf Pita

This is a fantastic lunch recipe to make several days into a backcountry trip.  The jerky and salmon will last for months in the right packaging, and if you keep the pita away from warm conditions, it will last a week without refrigeration.  Try Surf N Turf Pitas for stove less and long distance trips.

The key to this meal is cream cheese or sauce.  If cream cheese sounds strange, heres another recipe from Richard Orth of BakPocket Hammocks that features cream cheese in the backcountry. Without a cheese or sauce these pita sandwiches are very dry.  Stock up on your favorite condiment packets; sweet chili sauce, sirracha, vinaigrette, the possibilities are limitless.  For an awesome ultralight sauce check out B.Redi Salsas, they are a flavorful substitution for a condiment package, which adds extra weight to your pack.  The peppers are a luxury and can be done without if trekking for more than 5 days, or try dehydrated roasted peppers.

Like most adventures, these Surf n Turf Pitas are best enjoyed with great company and spectacular views!

Sunset in the backcountry

Meat and Seafood Pita "Surf N Turf"
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Surf N Turf Pitas are a built for long trips in the backcountry. This recipe's ingredients can last many days without refrigeration (if stored properly). Don't forget the sweet chili sauce or your favorite condiment!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Stoveless
Servings: 3 people
  • 3 Pitas
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper chopped
  • 3/4 bag Beef Jerky shredded
  • 1 packet/can Tuna
  • 1/3 block Cream Cheese
  • 1 package Sweet Chili Sauce
  1. Gently slice an opening in the pita and separate pita walls to make a pocket. Try not to puncture the pitas walls. Spread Cream Cheese on inside of pita using backcountry knife.

  2. Add Bell Pepper, Jerky, and Tuna. Top with Sweet Chili Sauce or your favorite spread.

  3. Close pita, find a comfy seat, and enjoy.
  4. When you're done eating be sure to pack out all waste, clean up prep and eating area, and always leave no trace.

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