Texas State Fair Chili

Texas State Fair Chili

Texas State Fair Chili

ranch chili with beef, red beans & smoked peppers, topped with corn chips, cheese and texas pete hot sauce

Chili – the classic cookin' under the stars dish – and our Texas State Fair Chili is sure to make you a happy camper!

This hearty chili is chock full of lean ground beef, red beans, kidney beans, ripe red tomatoes, onions and peppers.  Topped off Texas State Fair style with Fritos Corn Chips, monterey jack cheese and a splash of Texas Pete hot sauce for good measure.  Definitely a belly pleaser!

And since all you need is boiling water, chuckwagon chefs of all skill levels can whip this chili up in no time.

4.32 fork rating
(from 402 fork ratings)


  • 1 Serving Meal
  • Dietary Considerations: meat dish (ground beef); gluten conscious; dairy-optional (cheese packaged separately)
    • 670 calories
    • 40 g protein
  • Meal Net Weight:  5.6 oz | 161 g  
  • Meal Includes:  seasoned chili mix; corn chips & cheese packet; Texas Pete's Hot Sauce
  • 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
18 ounces

Cooking instructions

all interior packets and natural clay desiccants (2 total) from main meal pouch and chip packet.
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 corn chips, cheddar-jack cheese and spice it up with Texas Pete Hot Sauce!

Ingredients & Nutrition

Kidney Beans, Red Beans, Corn Chips (corn, corn oil, salt), Ground Beef (beef, flavoring, salt), Cheddar Cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes, annatto seed), Monterey Jack Cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), Chili Seasoning (cumin, chili powder [chile pepper, salt, garlic, spices], paprika, chipotle, garlic), Masa (corn, lime), Diced Tomatoes (tomatoes, citric acid, calcium chloride), Tomato Flakes, Garlic Salt, Tomato Powder (tomato, silicon dioxide), Red Bell Pepper, Cumin, Beef Stock, Minced Onion, White Onion, Green Bell Pepper, Red Pepper Spice, Garlic, Sea Salt, Paprika, Black Pepper, Smoked Paprika, Jalapeno Pepper, Blackened Spice (spices, salt, onion, garlic), Cilantro, Oregano, Annatto Seed
Special Notes:




Customer Reviews

4.32 fork rating
(from 402 fork ratings)

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by Keith Fink
As good as any chili I’ve eaten, very satisfying meal after a day of hiking

by Misti Elting
Yum, yum, yum! I was hesitant because I'm picky about meat, snobby actually. It was easy to prepare, rich and thick, flavorful and warmed us up as we stood under a tree in a rainstorm at the Linville Gorge. My husband and I shared one, but not again!!
I want my own!! I'm ordering more and this time adding the sour cream packets!

by Vincent Martines
I look forward to my trips so I have an excuse to buy more packitgourmet meals!
Redemption from other generic brand meals has come.
Love that they are made right here in the US of A

by Ray Klahne
One of my very favorites! Flavorful and filling. I now try to eat all my chili topped with Fritos!!

by Julie L
Another Packit Gourmet winner! This is the best dehydrated chili ever. The chips and hot sauce packet give this the bit of crunch and spice that make this chili special. And the cheese... fabulous. Thanks for another winner.

by John G.
Cooked this up on a nice winter hike over the week-end. Boy howdy - that's good! I don't think I can make chili that tasty. Nice job guys.

by Jeremy B.
Loads of flavor, a bit high on the salt, but overall a great meal to have after a long day on the trail. Prep was super easy and obviously there was zero cleanup. Nice job guys!

by Keith R
I've had chili before but not quite like this. Great taste, easy preparation, nice touch with the extra cheese and corn chip condiments. I'm adding this one to my list of preferred meals. Very tasty. Make sure to use a cozy in the preparation.

by Dan
Been watching Shug's YouTube vids for about a year now. Seems this was his goto dinner thought I'd give it a shot..... Bam! It was outstanding and I will be keeping high in my trip menu plans from now on.

by Thomas C
Outstanding product. Cooks easy, tastes terrific. Born and raised in Texas and this is good chile. Even with the beans! Hearty and hits the spot!

by Larry A.
I’ve tried a variety of backpacking meals and wasn’t expecting much when I picked this up for an over night trip. But was I ever wrong. Outstanding to say the least, and very satisfying after a long day on the trail. This has changed my outlook on rehydrated meals. Great job!

by Bob Wampler
I watched a review of this chili on a YouTube channel, "Feral Woodcraft", and I knew I had to try it. It is excellent, and you can tell the ingredients were made fresh prior to shipping. Just awesome.

by Tara Crocco
I was truly impressed with how this chili tasted!! Texture and flavour on point!!!

by Jack G.
Took this meal to the BWCA. The serving size was perfect for one person. This meal was delicious especially with the included hot sauce and chips/cheese packet. I will take this again.

by Shawn Cleary
OK, this one just went to the top of my list...the chili was good by itself, but add all the fixin's and Whoo, Buddy! That's some good eats!

by Jeremiah G
I wasn't expecting too much, considering that most trail meals are at best average and at worst barely palatable. I was more than pleasantly surprised when I made this on a recent trip. Lots of flavor, the fritos add great crunch and texture - this meal was better than the chili I make at home (though I admit I'm not a chili aficionado). The best part is that it actually tastes like "real" food! Had I not just made it in a bag I wouldn't have known it was rehydrated food. I just ordered a few more for my next trip. Thanks!

by Steve A
While i do not agree with others about this being the best chili, it is rather tasty and better then store ough, great for a rehydrated meal mind you. Chili for me is meatier and more flavourful, the other meals i have had gumbo and chicken dumplings are my two fav's. but if you like chili like i do on a long trek i think this would do the job!

by Jarin W
I don't know if it was the hike, but this was probably THE BEST chili I've ever had!

by Thomas Jones Sr.
My daughter and I just had the pleasure of eating this meal on a recent 2 day on the Appalachian Trail.It was delicious and really hit the spot on a cool night.I will be buying more for my future journeys.

by Andrew Conrad
Just tried your Texas state fair chili. I cannot believe how unbelievably fantastic it was. Well done!

by Vincent Petty
This was great! Probably the easiest meal on the site to prepare and tasted like it should, especially considering its a freeze dried meal. My one suggestion would be less beans and more tomatoes. Also found that I needed to add more water than suggested.

by Debra PODESTA
this meal was excellant!

by Abbie Loyd
Perfect for cold nights when your food needs to stick to your ribs and warm your soul. Ritz crackers and you’ll be in happy belly heaven!

Great Taste, just enough heat with the Pete's. Please add a large bag of Fitos to the chili kit... Will pay extra!

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Press articles

The bane of some camping food: lack of texture. The bane of most: lack of flavor. This stewy meal ups the ante on both. The base is a meaty, tomato-based broth packed with as much flavor as the Lone Star State itself. But the proverbial icing on the cake? Included toppings of crushed Frito-style corn chips, shredded cheese and a packet of Texas Pete Hot Sauce that will warm your insides on a cold night.

— Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice/Gear Guide, Spring 2012

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.

What is the shelf life for this product?
We recommend enjoying our meals within one year of the pack date, which will be within one month of your order date. For example, if you are placing an order in mid-July 2018 then I can guarantee your meal was made between mid-June and mid-July of 2018. This ensures the freshness, taste and texture of the ingredients are still up to our standards.

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