Delectable backcountry cuisine.

Chili is to camping what crackers are to cheese. Mary Jane combined the very best of nature's ingredients in her delicious kettle chili. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to cook as well. Don't forget this basic meal when planning a trip. Simply add boiling water directly into the pouch.

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

Super easy and delicious meal. Perfect for backpacking!

burn the bag

    not only is this good freeze dried food but you get to burn the bag after, eat the meal stuff it with kindling and start the fire. win win


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've had this one several times and its about as good as freeze dry is going to get in my opinion. Introduced my wife to it on our last trip out and she was pretty happy with it too. To make it stretch and add some heartiness and zing i'd recommend shredding in some cheddar and adding crushed red pepper as well but its not absolutely needed by any means

    The Best!

      Best packaged backpack food I have ever had over 20 years.

      So what's with the "Country of Origin"...

      So what's with the "Country of Origin" being stated as "China"? Typo?

      Unless there's a town called China in Idaho, it's a mistake. The Kettle Chili is part of MJF's F.A.R.M. program.

      All of the products are produced in the US.

      Lentil and black bean chili

        I am a big fan of the MJF foods, and this one is no exception. Lentil and black bean chili, who would've thought? It's good, and like most of the MJF meals, it's simple. Add boiling water, stir, roll the top down and wait. I don't bring a pan or cookware when I backpack, so these are the only hot meals I get. I just rolled this up in a couple tortillas and ate it that way. Quite good...

        Product description says pour boiling water...

        Product description says pour boiling water directly in pouch. Tech Specs say Pouch Cook: NODoes it come in a pouch you can just add water too?

        Fixed! Thanks for the heads up.These can be pouch cooked.

        Best Vegetarian backpacking food

          Being a vegetarian I have a hard time finding healthy good tasting backpacking food. I have tried everything that Mary Jane Farms have to offer, all of it is delicious.

          this does NOT cook up well, no matter how hot/boiling the water is, hard and chewy..YUK