Austintacious Tortilla Soup

Austintacious Tortilla Soup

Austintacious Tortilla Soup

chipotle chicken, cilantro rice, black beans & corn with tortilla bits, jack cheese & cholula hot sauce

Tortilla Soup is the TexMex equivalent of comfort food — good for whatever ails you!

Our Austintacious version boasts chunks of tender chicken breast, sweet bell peppers, whole black beans, roasted sweet corn, red ripe tomatoes and cilantro.  

Traditional toppings are included: bits of corn tortillas (made locally in an authentic Austin Tortilleria); real freeze-dried Monterrey-Jack cheese,  packets of True Lime juice and Cholula Hot Sauce.

3.86 fork rating
(from 1034 fork ratings)


  • 1 Serving Meal
  • Dietary Considerations:  meat dish (chicken); gluten conscious; dairy-optional (cheese packaged separately)
    • 370 calories
    • 23 g protein
  • Meal Net Weight:  3.8 oz | 111 g    
  • Meal Includes:  seasoned soup mix;  corn tortilla bits with cheese packet; broth stick; Cholula Hot Sauce packet; True Lime packet
  • Required:  boiling water
  • Recommended:  long-handled spoon;  Cook-in-Cozy™
Cooking method
Just add water
Water required
12 ounces
boiling water
Cook time
10 minutes
14 ounces

Cooking instructions

interior packets and natural clay desiccants (2 total) from main meal pouch and chips & cheese packet.
broth concentrate and 12 oz (355 ml) of boiling water to the pouch and stir.
air from pouch; seal and place in Cook-in-Cozy™.

in Cook-in-Cozy™ for 10 minutes.

to blend.

with tortilla chips, monterey jack cheese, a sprinkle of True Lime and Cholula Hot Sauce, to your taste!

Ingredients & Nutrition

White Rice, Tortilla Chips (stone ground white corn, corn oil, lime), Black Beans, Chicken (white chicken meat, salt), Chicken Broth Concentrate (chicken stock, maltodextrin, natural flavor, chicken fat, sugar, salt, yeast extract, xanthan gum), Monterey Jack Cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), Fire-Roasted Corn, Tomato Flakes, Corn, Garlic Salt, Chicken Stock, Tomato Powder (tomato, silicon dioxide), Cumin, Chipotle Spice (salt, garlic, onion, sugar, red bell pepper, paprika, chipotle pepper, cumin, oregano), Red & Green Bell Peppers, Lime Juice Powder (corn syrup, lime juice, lime oil), Garlic, Red Pepper Spice, Jalapeno Pepper, Onion, Annatto Seed, Cilantro, Shallots
Special Notes:

Lime Packet, Hot Sauce Packet



Customer Reviews

3.86 fork rating
(from 1034 fork ratings)

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by Brad Lindstrom
A delicious, spicy, and filling meal. A staple of my backpacking menu.

by N Lange
Loved this soup! I will definitely buy again.

by Thomas J.
I purchased some Packit Gourmet meals in preparation for our late fall camping trip. We wanted to try something out in advance, so we chose the Tortilla Soup. My wife and I both loved it. The broth was great, and the rice was perfectly cooked as were the vegetables. The lime crystals were a big hit with both of us, and I am a big hot sauce fan so I welcomed the the packet of Cholula. We will purchase more of this for the trip. Thank you Packit Gourmet!

by Tracy Novak
I won this meal at a camping event. Best trail meal ever. Better than anything I've ever bought or made. I used all the packets and it was delicious!

by Heather Baiman
I concur with the other reviews, this a truly a great soup/meal. This one reconstituted very well, nothing crunchy. I omitted the hot sauce.

by Tim R.
I never write reviews, however, I am now after trying many of the P.G. meals. The Austintacious Tortilla Soup is GREAT! I don't think I ever had Tortilla soup prior to trying this one, but have a hard time believing there's a better one out there. You will not be disappointed!

by SectionHiker
I'm not a big soup eater on the trail, so I was blown away when I tried a Packit Gourmet's Tortilla Soup last week (2.7 oz) on a long backpacking trip. I made this meal on one of those nights when I was too tired to invest much energy in making an elaborate dinner. So instead, I just boiled a small pot of water on my alcohol stove, poured in the dry ingredients with a pack of savory choice chicken broth concentrate and let them sit with the lid on for about 10 minutes until the dried black beans were soft.

When I tested the result, I couldn't believe how rich the soup tasted. The chicken, corn, bell peppers, and tomatoes complemented each other perfectly. I added the crushed tortilla chips and cheese that also come in the package and wolfed the soup down. Yum. I can see why this dish won an Editor's Choice Award in 2009 from Backpacker Magazine. I don't agree with BM on most things but they got this right.

I just discovered Packit Gourmet a few weeks ago, but I recommend you check out their selection of dehydrated backpacking meals. They can be cooked in the bag or in the pot, are reasonably priced, and contain wholesome ingredients. This soup will be coming in my winter backpacking food bag this year. That's a definite.

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by Opus
Very tasty and easy. Even comes with cheese for the top! Better than any other backpacking soup/stew I've tried.

by Carla Hennes
So tasty on the trail, I'm back to order some more for lunch at the office.

by Bob S.
This was my favorite dish. This one I cooked using the optional Cook-in-Bag method by simply boiling water with my alcohol stove. I decided to have it for lunch because the day was overcast and a bit chilly. Soup just sounded good and warming.

Preparation: I really like these types of dishes where all I have to do is boil water, pour it in and let it sit. I brought my insulated coozy that I slid the Cook-in-Bag inside while it rehydrated. It really helped hold in the heat. I let it sit for an additional 5 minutes and the beans were perfect.

Taste: Very flavorful, spicy southwestern soup and the chips, cheese and sprinkle of lime just made it marvelous.

Originally posted on BackpackGearTest

by Ray B.
Ordered soup on Friday night, got it Tuesday. That's fast!! Tried tortilla soup as soon as I received it. It's great !! I always test a new product at home before hitting the trail. I'll take it with me to Mogollon rim, Arizona this weekend. Packing and fishing. I'm looking forward to eating tortilla soup in the back country.

by Campground Sally
PERFECT! My boyfriend considers himself to be a Tortilla Soup Expert . . .and he really loved this soup. It was just what we needed after a long rainy and chilly day of hiking at Glacier National Park.

by Bill Bessenger
this was some of the best soup I have had. I can see myself sitting out in the woods on a cold night and having this hot Austintacious Tortilla Soup.

by Joe Kuster
Love it. Love it. Love it. Both my wife and I agree that this is our new favorite backpacking meal.

by Tara Crocco
Austintacious indeed!! So good. I can eat soup all day every day and this one hits the spot after a long hike!! Great if you have extra corn chips too.

by Kurtdog
BEST EVER ! We don't go backpacking without it. Do yourself a favor, buy it and enjoy !
Happy Trails.....

by Edward
Tasty, filling, easy. This is a hardy soup not a thin broth so it is a true meal. Every trip my son asks for this on specifically so I know he likes it. I love the zing of the lime and the heat of the hot sauce it is much more than salt of many soups.

by C Smith
So good. So Very Good! I very much need buy more. One of the best meals from here I've had if not the best.

by Trevor Banner
4+ Stars
Three of us rated this (two 5's and one 4) VERY highly. Added all of the condiments, but with only half of the lime packet and it was magnificent. I'm not usually a soup guy when backpacking, but my goodness this was tasty.
As with all backpacking food, allow it to rehydrate for a minimum of 20 minutes (longer if you can stand it) in a cozy so it stays HOT and it'll turn out just right.

by SeaWriter
I bought some Pack-It Gourmet meals to bail me out of awful hospital food. I've been in rehab for 8 months and the food here has taken a nosedive.

Box came this AM. Dinner was an inefible chef salad, rubber chicken, black-egg-yolk overboiled eggs, and all, so I whipped out this soup, asked for 12 ounces of boiling water, and mixed it up. I ate my watermelon while waiting.

Wow, it was worth it! Spicy, tangy, chewy in a good way, I ate every bite with a nurse giving it covetous looks.

I also bought the chili, the bangers/mash, the burger, the corn pudding, the Jamaican Porridge, some blocks of cheese and the Tropic Fusion smoothie. Breakfasts here are usually pretty dire, so bring it! I won't be eating it, I'll be having pineapple and coconut... ha!

by Pastywhite
This is my #1 favorite backcountry meal. When I take someone backpacking for the first time this is my go-to meal.

by Thomas V.
Stove used: MSR Simmerlite
I am not a soup person during the summer. It is just too hot on most evenings to enjoy a soup and during lunch time it is just too blazing hot to think about it. I finally broke down and gave this meal a try on an evening in the Sam Houston National Forest. I cooked up the soup in my small pot, poured some into my cup and sat back and watched the sun set.

Give me a cold afternoon and this would have been the perfect lunch or a great appetizer on a cold night before dinner. I just wanted to do a little dance after adding the lime juice/flavor packet to the soup. This meal was a perfect example of how Packit Gourmet handles their meals. They take something comfortable and easy to prepare and add just enough zing to make it a step above any other trail meals that I have used. While I would not claim that this was a meal by itself, at least at dinner time, it would make a great breakfast or lunch on a cold day. A great vista to enjoy while sipping would just be an added extra.

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Press articles

Put this meal on the menu for any trip: It’s easy-prep trail food that will wow every palate... 
The tastiest trail soup we've ever eaten.

Sure, everything tastes better in camp. So we tried this dehydrated meal at home too, just to confirm our field findings. It is delicious. The soup is the perfect appetizer for hungry troops, a satisfying belly warmer in cold weather and substantial enough to pass for dinner when only a light meal is needed. Plus, it takes only 10 minutes to prepare. Ingredients are simple: chicken breast, red peppers, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, spices and rice. But the result is gourmet. “It tastes like it’s been simmering in the kitchen all day,” summed up one satisfied tester. Serving size is legit for two hungry guys, and it comes with toppings that make it easy to customize according to taste: freeze-dried Monterrey Jack, tortilla chips, Tabasco sauce and lime juice.

— Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice/Gear Guide, Spring 2009

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Gluten Conscious?
Gluten Conscious is a term we use to describe a product that is prepared with gluten free ingredients; however, it is not prepared in a gluten-free environment. While we are careful to avoid cross-contamination, it is possible that trace amounts of gluten may be present due to the use of gluten in our facility.
Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?

We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

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