By Jason Wagner
It’s meatless, so that was the very first sign that this would be a good product.
Taste – 8.7/10: The flavor is some salt, some spiciness and a small speck of sweetness, coupled with plenty of beans. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this. This is one of those survival foods that you may, just maybe, look forward to regularly rotating in your daily meals routine.
Texture – 7.5/10: The taste was very solid and so is the texture. You see, I recommend that this product be cooked longer than recommended, or you’ll also have to suffer the unpleasantness that is partially cooked beans. Not quite as glaring of a problem, but a problem regardless, is that I feel as though they could of done with adding a little more starch to thicken the sauce a bit.
Convenience – 7.8/10: The instructions claim to only require a 15 – 18 minute cook time, but I’m afraid a 25 – 30 minute simmer is a much better timeframe. That’s not all; a whisk is basically mandatory for this, unless you like eating clumpy chili.
Nutrition – 9.2/10: Copious amount of fiber to fill you up, a general amount of protein, and various nutrients all wrapped up in a nice little package. This is definitely one of the health conscious survivalist’s best choices. This is one of those things that wouldn’t even have to taste good to be a good choice of nutritional survival food, but it does.
Filling Factor – 10/10: Not only do you have all the bulk-you-up fiber, even from the everyday-sized can, you’ve got a about 2/3 of a gallon of chili! What makes all of this better is that, as I pointed out in the nutrition review, you’re being filled with life-sustaining goodness.
Bulk/Weight – 8.5/10: This is totally run-of-the-mill for dehydrated canned survival food. Basically, it’s easy to stack and is lightweight (thanks to the deficit of moisture). Due to its bulkiness, it makes for a poor candidate to throw into a backpack. Best to keep this back at the home base for bugging in.
Shelf Life – 9.5/10: 15 years of life when kept in optimal conditions. I’m just going to point out the obvious and that’s definitely pretty good.
Final Review – 9.4/10: As is the case with beef jerky, there are some things that just make better survival foods than others – Augason Farms Southwest Chili Mix is one of them. You know why? Actually, you should probably just re-read the review and you’ll know.