Augason Farms Southwest Chili Mix Review

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Augason Farms Southwest Chili Mix

SouthWestPack

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.

As you can see, this particular Augason Farms delight is absolutely loaded with stuff!

As you can see, this particular Augason Farms delight is absolutely loaded with stuff! I also like the shiny metal…

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.

 

Beautiful is all I've got to say. I'm generally happy with Augason Farms products, but this one is a real winner.

Beautiful is all I’ve got to say. I’m generally happy with Augason Farms products, but this one is a real winner.


Tip 1: A thicker chili can be made by subtracting varying amounts of water.
Tip 2: Cook the chili until the beans are to the tooth, as in – smooth to bite into, not hard or crunchy and not mushy.

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