AlpineAire Foods Southwestern Style Masa with Beef


New recipe is much improved. This is a pleasant diversion…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: approximately $8


New recipe is much improved.


  • Light weight
  • Easy prep


  • Much too much spicy heat

This is a pleasant diversion from the standard freeze-dried backpackers fare, at least in terms of texture. Masa being a corn meal product, it is obviously not a rice-based or pasta dish, and variety on a long trip can be very important.

Beef and beans rehydrated well in the listed time. However, there seemed a little too much liquid left over at the end of even an extra "cooking" period.

And the level of spice. Wow. Neither my partner nor I could really taste anything other than the heat of this dish. The texture was a pleasurable change, but the heat just plain overwhelmed our every experience of the meal. I finished it, because I am always hungry; otherwise a goodly portion would have gone to waste.

Edit 9/19: Had another example of this over the past weekend, and it was MUCH improved, both in terms of overall hydration and reduced spicing. I would now happily recommend it—until the next time they change the recipe?


Thanks for the the update, JW!

25 days ago

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