If you own a cookstove or even just a pot and some matches, these freeze dried and dehydrated meals are the way to go. They're lightweight, compact, and super easy to prepare. The meals are packaged in resealable foil pouches. Most weigh between 5 and 7 ounces and offer 2 servings. To prepare a meal, just add a couple cups of hot water right to the pouch. A few minutes later you're ready to chow.

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3 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I found this Chili to be very filling, but I wasn't really thrilled on the taste. The beans had an overall soggy texture and the fake meat was a little chewy. By no means a bad choice for non meat-eating backpackers but I would avoid using the full amount of suggested water and would bring along some hot sauce packets to throw in mix.

5 5

Excellent Vegetarian Chili!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is truthfully VERY enjoyable! Really filling & convenient. Worth every penny!

5 5

Good stuff!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I really enjoyed this one. Lots of flavor, nice and filling. I added some spices of my own based on the earlier reviews (a dash of cayenne and chili powder) and they gave it a nice kick.

5 5


My friend and I shared this as our main course on our final night in the Smoky Mountains and it was a warm, satisfying treat well deserved on that cold, rainy night. Delicious!

is this the gluten free version?

is this the gluten free version?

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No, this is not gluten free. For something similar from AlpineAire that's gluten free, I think the Black Bart Chili is about as close as you're going to get.

Here's their whole list of GF foods-


4 5

Meat Not Necessary

All the freeze dried food producers make a chili meal but to me, this is the tastiest of the vegetarian entries. Great as a base for adding other ingredients like additional spices & meat if you're so inclined.

4 5

If you like vegatarian chili this is for you.

If you like your chili to be the con carne variety, however, you might want to try something else, like the Alpine Air Tamale Pie with Beef, as the omission of meat is notable to the palate.

That said, this meal has a nice level of spice and heat (though some might want to add more heat) and is rather tasty, if you don't mind the absence of beef.

3 5


This does not have enough spice or meat. It was mostly red beans, which is okay, but I wouldn't call it chili.