Motor Burrito: Our Favorite Off Road Cooking Hack!

The Motor Burrito-Off Road Cooking Hack

Call it the ultimate street food, this overland cooking hack is the perfect solution for long days on the trail.  

Sometimes the last thing you want to do after a day of difficult offroading is set up the camp kitchen. Or maybe inclement weather or fire restrictions have put a damper on your plans for a campfire meal. If you’re looking for an overland dinner shortcut, the answer is already waiting on the long trail.


We always prepare these foil-wrapped burritos before leaving home, and have them ready in case the trail stretches longer than expected or the weather turns foul. Simply slip them under the hood about an hour before reaching your destination, and a hot meal awaits you!


It’s a hack that only offroading can provide, which makes the results even more delicious.

The Sidetrek Motor Burrito


Make these foil-wrapped babies at home, and pull them out whenever trail conditions require.


  • Start with large (burrito size) flour or spinach tortillas.
  • Fill with your favorite ingredients: rice, beans, pre-cooked meat, salsa, lettuce, sour cream, avocado, etc. 
  • Double wrap securely in heavy-duty foil.
  • Refrigerate or keep in the cooler until 1 to 2 hours before you want to eat dinner.
  • Pop the hood and arrange the burritos on a secure, dry part of your engine, away from any moving parts (we stack ours along the firewall).
  • When you get to your destination, simply unwrap and enjoy a warm dinner and simple clean-up!


Of course, you can always warm the burritos over the fire or camp stove…but where’s the fun in that?

Here are a few images from our latest motor meal. All the ingredients were pre-cooked (I sauteed the peppers and onions before assembling), so the engine simply had to warm things up.  We left the burritos under the hood for an hour and a half, and they were warmed through and super delicious!  

This idea can also apply to foil dinners or pre-cooked baked potatoes with toppings already tucked inside.  To break camp quickly in the morning, make breakfast burritos ahead of time to enjoy along your departure route.


If you have more off road cooking hacks, please share below!

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