RightOnTrek Backcountry Chili 2023 - 2022 Review by The Good Ride
RightOnTrek Backcountry Chili is a hearty meal that would be great for a colder evening on the trail. It comes in a large serving size, with 640 calories and 29g of protein per package. This chili is also vegetarian and gluten free.
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How This Review Happened: We were sent this meal to test out and review.
One Person Serving – $7.99
Two Person Serving – $13.99
Four Person Serving – $25.99
Re-hydrate Time and cooking: I cooked this meal at 7,000 ft. The cook time was accurate and it only took 10 minutes. Everything in the meal was re-hydrated fully. I was very simple to cook and only requires 12oz of water. I added a couple oz too many and had to cook just a bit longer to get the right consistency but that was my error.
Taste: The Backcountry Chili tasts great. It tastes like Chili. It comes with pieces of sweet corn, rice, and beans. I was a bit worried because the description on the RightOnTrek website lists this chilly as spicy. The package itself doesn’t say spicy anywhere. Turns out it has just enough spice to add some warmth. But not too much to be overpowering for those who don’t like spciy food. The chili was hearty and tasty, and definitely had enough quantity to fill a very hungry hiker up. It also has 640 calories and 29g of protein per serving.
RightOnTrek offers a few add-on possibilites with the Backcountry Chili to help customize the chili to your prefereed taste.
Here are the Add-On Options
$1.00 – Wisconsin Vintage Cheddar: This adds 100 calories and 6g of protein. It made a great addition to the Chili, and had a nice strong cheddar flavor.
$1.50 – Corncakes: These add 160 calories and 2g of protein. The concakes fit very well with the chili. Who doesn’t like cornbread and chili? They did get a little crushed, but that’s to be expected. They have a slightly sweet flavor and added some nice crunch to the meal.
$0.00 – Hot Sauce Packet: I didn’t add this, as the chili had a good amount of spice for my liking. But it is nice to be able to decide if you want to add more heat or not.
$1.75 – 70% Strong Dark Chocolate: This added 190 calories and 3g of protein. The chocolate made for a great dessert to the Backcountry Chili meal. It was a bit deformed from being partialiy melted in my bag. But again, that’s totally normal for a backpacking trip. Doesn’t change the flavor at all. And I am a strong believer of bringing chocolate on the trail.
RightOnTrek Backcountry Chili makes for a great meal for a colder evening on the trail. It has a lot of calories and protien for being a vegetarian trail meal. The serving size was generous and honestly I would end up sharing that amount of food, or splitting it up into two smaller bags for me. I loved that the spice wasn’t overbearing and the sweet corn added some nice flavor.
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