My husband and I recently discovered Mountain House freeze dried meals, and I have been sampling a variety of them so I know which ones taste the best to store away for our needs in the case of an emergency.
So far my favorite, hands down, is the Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef. I love chili con carne, and this tastes much like it, only with added pasta. The entree serves two people, and comes in a 4.80 ounce sized bag. The details states that this is a “Spicy chili sauce with beef, macaroni and beans”.
The bag is very thick and durable, and is lined with a silver colored material. To prepare Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef, you tear off the top of the package using the tear notches on each of the sides. Before you can add your water you need to be sure to find the oxygen absorber packet and discard it. This generally is sitting right on the top of the contents.
Boil two cups of water, pour the boiling water into the pouch, and stir the contents. When you do the stirring, you need to use a longer handled spoon, like a soup spoon, tablespoon, wooden spoon, or even a spatula. We found out the hard way that disposable plastic spoons don’t work very well, they simply are not long enough to get to the bottom of the bag.
For the best results, stir thoroughly, scraping the sides and bottom of the bag, making sure all of the dry contents are well moistened. Once that is done, zip up the top of the bag, which can be a little tricky since it is now full of a boiling liquid, so take your time. After the bag is closed tight, let it cook or steep for eight to nine minutes, then you are ready to enjoy a hot and tasty meal!
My husband loves Hamburger Helper meals, and this Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef is almost as good. Of course when you are eating it outside on a camping or hunting trip, it tastes even better for some reason. The beef consists of small chunks that taste like a mixture of ground beef and soy. The macaroni noodles were just a tad under cooked, but not too bad. The beans in this entree are red kidney beans, and they were exceptionally tender and flavorful, I would never have guessed they had been freeze dried beans!
One 4.80 ounce bag of Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef serves two people, and the servings are quite large, filling my soup bowl to the brim. If you were planning on eating this while outdoors, you could eat it directly from the package without dirtying any dishes. This had a great chili flavor, but was not too spicy hot, it was the perfect blend of spices and seasonings. I dipped my Chili Mac with Beef with fresh tortilla chips, which made a very tasty lunch.
Nutritionally, this meal isn’t too shabby. One serving contains only 290 calories and 8 grams of fat. There are only 3 grams of saturated fat, and zero grams of the bad trans fats. There are also 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 810 milligrams of sodium (a little high for me), 39 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugars, and a generous 15 grams of protein.
Mountain House is a division of Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. and they boast that their entrees have a “home-cooked” flavor, and they are really on target with the Chili Mac with Beef flavor. Mountain House makes their freeze dried foods in a wide variety of entrees, including breakfasts, veggies, fruits, and even desserts. Perfect for the camper or backpacker or if you simply want easy to prepare meals stored away in the event of an emergency.
This Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef retailed for $5.99.