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Mmmm…Chili Mac with Beef.

After a long day of hiking, wolf down some tasty Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef and satisfy your grumbling stomach. Mountain House’s compact vacuum pouch easily fits into your backpack and won’t expand or implode in your pack at high elevations.

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Hearty and delicious! Definitely a meal I'd have again. We packed 2 bags for 3 people and had more than enough food with our side of mashed potatoes!

4 5

Best when not sharing a tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'll generally avoid packing this when my better half joins. Does have a few after effects. But tastes great and is fufilling after a full hike.
As with all Mountain House, the flavors and texture are great for a freeze dried product. Welcome warmth after a long day.

3 5

Not bad

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

Since it is Chili Mac, one can assume that it might make him/her fart, and it does. If it could be your concern, maybe this isn't an ideal choice around your friends!

5 5

propack?
propack?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

less food for more money. I go with the regular chili mac and suck the air out of it before I leave on my trip. But they are both pretty tasty.

5 5

Perfect lunch size

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Oh man I was hurting. Tired. Weak. I parked myself in front of the Yellowstone Cliffs of Mt. Rainier National Park and boiled some water. This Chili Mac w/ Beef was perfect. Perfectly filling even in the pro pack 1 serving size. I prefer the larger "2 serving" packs for dinners but this pro pack is perfect for a quick lunch when you need more than just a bar or peanut butter tortilla.

4 5

Mash it up before adding water!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a backcountry guide in Yosemite, and I do a lot of personal backpacking and climbing trips. Sadly, I eat a lot of these meals. I'm incredibly familiar with almost all of them.

Since this is a ProPak be sure to break up the hockey puck of food inside. If you just pull out the silica packet and add water and wait you will have a wet ball of food with a dry center. Not delicious. Breaking it up makes it a little like baby food, but its still delicious after a long day.

I usually plan my meals out for low mileage, easy days... and then long climbs. This is my meal of choice for a really long day when I'm getting to camp on fumes and I know I want a lot of food.

PS. Its a little complex and heavy for high altitude. Above 11,000 or 12,000 feet this meal can sit in your gut for a while.

5 5

Can't go wrong

Tasty, slightly spicy meal! "Pro Pack" is the way to go because it'll take up less room in your pack. Make sure to leave the boiling water in long enough because sometimes the noodles can still be a little hard. I found this to be true with all meals that have the round mac n cheese style noodles.

5 5

TASTY!

This is by far the best freeze dried meal I've ever had. It is so good. I would compare it to Hamburger Helper. The vacuum sealed pro pack is great for space saving, too.

5 5

Always a great choice

Simple and delicious especially at the end of a long day. Add a little cayenne pepper for some added kick!

5 5

You'll eat this at home its so tasty

I love the Chili Mac with Beef, and I'm not much of a beef eater. But it's delicious! Placing another order today for my Grand Canyon hike. Yummm!

5 5

Possibly best trail food out there

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's plenty of good trail food out there, but this just might be the best. Add boiling water to the bag, let it sit for a few minutes, and you have a perfectly portioned delicious meal. I'll carry a stove & fuel on a day hike just so I can eat this Chili Mac for lunch. For maximum value, bring hot sauce.

5 5

My favorite one!

This is my favorite Mountain House meal. I'm a huge fan of Chili Mac and I love beef! I've tried some other flavors but this one is the best I think :)

3 5

It is what it is, and it's good.

This meal was one of the better freeze dried options that I've tried. I would suggest letting it sit a little longer than the suggested time so soften the noodles and make the meat less chewy. All in all pretty good.

5 5

Second only to the lasagna

Lets face it, dirt bag gourmet food isn't going to come from a freeze dried packet. That being said, Mountain House does a pretty good job where they can. Good taste and texture for what it is. My second favorite MH behind the lasagna.

5 5

All Mountain House All the Time

They're all good.

They taste good, they mix pretty easily and they're easy to prepare. Can't go wrong.
Great variety, good mix of salt, carbs, calories, etc.

5 5

It's Good

Like other reviews say, your standards for food quality in the backcountry aren't very high. That being said, the Mountain House meals exceed my expectations every time. For space, weight, taste and overall convenience they're perfect...and way better than rationing out noodles from a bag.

4 5

Does the Job

We're talking about freeze dried food here so I'm not going to be using adjectives like "fantastic" or "awesome" but I can say with confidence that this is the best freeze dried food I've ever had and the Chili Mac is one of Mountain House best. I agree with the reviewer below that talks about using a couple ounces less than the instructions call for. I do most of my backpacking solo and I've tried everything from tuna to oatmeal to top ramen and freeze dried. What I've settled on is a mix of all the above with 60% to 70% of my calories coming from freeze dried food as you can't beat the light weight.

5 5

Nom nom nom

Bought one of these and tested it out last night. Absolutely fantastic!! I have a few more that I am taking camping with me next weekend. Hopefully the girlfriend will like them as much as I do!

5 5

Ohhh yeah

Delicious for a freeze-dried entree! I'm a foodie, which makes this a very guilty pleasure for me, but I absolutely love the chili mac. Lightweight, quick to prepare, and easy to dispose of when you're leavin' no trace!

Buy, eat, and savor in the beautiful setting of your choice! No sharing with bears though!

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