Saturday, April 10, 2010

Trail Food: Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! Simply Organic's Chipotle Black Bean Dip mix made the cut for being trail food on this year's section hike. To quote a well known Canadian comedian with a green face: "Yummy!"

Taste testing began with opening the foil packet and pouring in hot water. The instructions call for adding 1/2 cup of hot water and 1/2 cup of sour cream. As we're unlikely to have sour cream on the trail, we just eyeballed it on the hot water. At first we thought we had over did the water and made a chipotle black bean soup, but after stirring several minutes the solution thickened. So much so, we needed to add a touch more hot water.

We had two standard burrito size flour tortillas which we smeared with a layer of the reconstituted bean paste. The dip is a dark brown without the sour cream and looks more like a molé. We rolled our tortillas up burrito style and took a bite. Ummm, savory! The chipotle flavor came through with just a touch of heat. We had some Taco Bell sauce packets standing by, but like the vegetarian chili mix we reviewed this week, its not needed.

The only complaint was spooning the mixture out of a packet which is almost twice as large as the finished dip. Next time, we'll open the packet a bit lower, leaving about 1/2 to 2/3 of the packet. Enough to hold the water, but low enough to easily and neatly spoon out. Don't be surprised to find yourself licking out the packet if no ones around. Simply Organic's Chipotle Black Bean Dip is that tasty.

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