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Survival Food Review: Wise Company’s Hearty Tortilla Soup Meal

Tortilla Soup can be a real treat, especially when it is cold out!  I have always been curious as to how tortilla soup was first made.  My guess has always been that someone had made a spicy soup and was looking for something to add to it “to beef up” the soup.  They happened to have some broken tortilla chips and tossed the tortilla chips into the soup to give it a little more body – – – and presto tortilla soup was born.  But, no matter how tortilla soup came about in the first place, like with most foods the key determinant to how “good the soup is” is how does it taste!

This Wise Company Hearty Tortilla soup meal comes in a four serving size survival food packet which has a net weight of 6.4 ounces (181 grams).  The tortilla soup meal is 100% vegetarian and provides 150 calories per serving (or a total of 600 calories for the whole pouch).  The primary ingredients in the meal include black beans, rice, Masa flour, wheat flour, tomato, and spices.  This meal is one of the lunch/dinner entree meals included in the Wise Company 360 Serving Package and has a 25-year shelf life.

Each of the four servings in this meal packet contain 1 gram of total fat, 950 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 grams of protein.  It has 0 grams of cholesterol.   This meal also provides Vitamin A (15%), Vitamin C (8%), Calcium (2%), and Iron (6%).

To prepare the full four servings contained in the packet: Put four cups of water in a pan and bring the water to a boil; open the packet and pour the Hearty Tortilla soup meal contents into the boiling water; stir the meal contents and boiling water together and then put the lid on the pan and let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes (with an occasional stir); after the 20 minutes, remove the pan from the fire, take the lid off the pan, stir the soup, and let it “cool” for 2-3 more minutes.  After the additional 2-3 minutes have passed, the Hearty Tortilla soup meal is ready to eat.  (NOTE: The meal pouch contains a white with blue “DO NOT EAT” lettering “oxygen absorber” packet that needs to be removed (and discarded) before you add the meal contents to the boiling water in the pan.)

Appetite Appeal Appearance of Unprepared Meal Contents:  The unprepared meal contents looked okay.  I could see some black beans and rice mixed in with the spices but thought the mix would probably result in a “too thin” soup.  The meal contents itself did not smell too appetizing!

Appetite Appeal Appearance of Prepared Meal Contents:  I was surprised the soup was as thick as it was.  Based on the appearance of the unprepared meal contents, I had thought the soup would be a fairly “thin” mixture.  Instead the soup was fairly thick with the black beans, rice, Masa flour, and wheat flour adding some body to the rest of the soup mix.  The prepared meal produced an odor that was a bit odd and unappetizing.

The All Important Taste Test:  Although the soup meal smelled a little odd, the taste and flavor of the Wise Company Hearty Tortilla soup meal was really good.  It was not too spicy and was tasty, flavorful, and filling.  The black beans and rice made the meal nice and chewy.  I probably could have improved it some by crunching up some tortilla chips and adding them to the soup.  All in all, I would rate this meal as a solid “B” and think this meal would be good for either lunch or dinner.  If I was out camping and it was cold out, I would probably bump up the rating to a “B+”!

For more information on recommended survival food meals, you will want to read these tips on selecting survival food meals.

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