Survival Saturday – Tortilla Soup


For all the Why’s and Wherefore’s of Survival Saturday, please visit the Intro Post. Thanks!


This month’s selection is Tortilla Soup by Efoods Gold, also known as This is dehydrated, vacuum sealed so it should last about 20 years in the packet before becoming dust. Yum!

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Things Needed:

4 cups water [calls for 4 1/2, but that seemed a bit much]

2 tablespoons butter – optional and we used it -recommended

1 Package Tortilla Soup



Black bean, red bean, potato, textured soy flour, cheddar cheese [long string of ingredients for that], whey, buttermilk, onion, carrot, green chili, garlic, yellow sweet corn, sea salt, red bell pepper, oat fiber, maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavors, corn starch, sun flower oil, hydrolyzed corn protein, thiamine hydrochloride, dextrose, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, disodium phosphate, spices.



Boil water

Stir in packet. Says to whisk, but since I use Pampered Chef pots, no metal is touching the insides of my pots! I stirred it up with a bamboo spoon. Seemed to do just fine. Stir thoroughly, then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

I stirred it once at the 10minute mark then let it cool for 5minutes afterwards before pouring it out into 3 bowls. One is for Mrs B so she can add sour cream, chips, etc, one is a plain bowl for me so I can taste just the soup and the 3rd bowl is another for me with all the fixings.



With 4cups of water, it is a little thick, reminds me of the Campbells Chunky Soup brand. Mrs B says she’s glad she put sourcream in hers, as it was a bit spicy for her taste.  I was ok with it but certainly wouldn’t want it any spicier. That being said, both of us have a pretty low tolerance for that kind of thing, so it might be bland for some of you gourmands of chili peppers and the such*coughmanuelcough*



The vegetables and soy protein are little tiny chunks and add texture more than any flavor.



Overall flavor is what I’d call American Mex, ie, what you’d get from an El Paso brand taco seasoning mix. When I had the bowl with chips and cheese, it was definitely more mild and felt more like a meal than just a bowl of soup.




Mrs B says she’d like to make it with less water next time, probably 3cups, and use it as a gravy/base for tortillas or something.  Thinking on it, I’d be tempted to add the packet to a crockpot of chili just to add a little bit of a different flavoring to my usual chili.

I was actually impressed with how good it tasted. I was expecting something bland, lumpy and watery, but this tasted like a good bowl of stew. While I wouldn’t want to have to eat this every day, once or twice a month on a Saturday night seems like a good thing and if things were bad and I was starving, I bet this would taste like heaven. Of course, like I mentioned in the Intro Post, take a multivitamin with this stuff. It is NOT nutrient heavy.



I’m sitting down now and letting things settle. Reading the final Gundam: Origins book. Been a while since I read one of those.


Later Impressions:

Ok, nothing. Which is good. Never can tell how things might affect the tummy and the gurgly insides.

Thank you all for being subjected to this experiment. While I’m not Emeril or Cedric the Entertainer, I do hope you enjoy these food posts. If you have questions, comments, suggestions, please, leave a comment!




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38 thoughts on “Survival Saturday – Tortilla Soup

  1. It looks way more appetising with the cheese on top!

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  2. Everything goes better with cheese! We buy the shredded four-cheese Mexican blend by bulk.

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  3. Well, that’s a relief 😀 survival food that is enjoyable sounds good!

    I was expecting this to be much more bland & not have much flavour at all. It doesn’t look very attractive either (that is before the cheese etc, that looks yummy!)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Manuel Antao says:

    Ouch! I’ve been hit…:)

    It looks like our “soja de feijão” (bean soup with lots of other stuff thrown in), which is something I love; it belongs to our Mediterranean Food. Culture.

    I love food posts like these because they awaken my desire to eat something spicy. My granny always added habanero peppers to our soups when I was younger. At the end we’d always eat the habeneros cooked in the soup. Tasty stuff!

    There is evidence from many in vitro, in vivo and human studies that spices can act as low level toxins which activate cellular enzymes which are generally protective. However an extremely high level of these spices would probably by detrimental (I am thinking of Homer Simpson at the chili eating competition Animals which are long-lived for genetic reasons also often have elevated levels of these protective enzymes. So the link between spicy food consumption and longer life is credible (at the population level). I eat so much of the stuff that I’m gonna live forever! Unfortunately my wife has a low tolerance for chilli food. So every time I makes picy dishes it’s only for me. My little boy is starting to appreciate the wonders of spicy food already…:)

    I like to eat food with habaneros in whilst drinking moderately hot tea (Hot tea amplifies and twists the burn into something remarkable; I can practically hear the endorphins fizzing around in my brain). It creates a third kind of heat sensation that I find really pleasurable. Up there with almost any food picked fresh and eaten raw (asparagus at the moment) in terms of food joy.

    When making my signature dish, Nasi Goreng (Indonesian style fried rice) the last thing that goes in the wok is a few grinds of habaneros. I find it wakens up the palate ready for the other side dishes.

    If it were possible to have this kind of frozen food would I mind being cutoff from civilization…?

    NB: I’ve just woken up. Going to the market…

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  5. I confess that I might not eat it unless it were an emergency situation – as they say, hunger is the best condiment for any meal – but I applaud your willingness to try these emergency foods and to share the results with us. And I smiled at the Fred Flinstone vitamins 🙂

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  6. hehe well that’s a relief that it tasted good!! I think I’d have smothered this in sour cream too 😉

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  7. xeleison says:

    Sounds like this would make a good dip for crusty bread chunks.

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  8. BrokenTune says:

    LoL. That post made me smile. Tortilla Soup. Who’d have thought it? I may need to make something like it sometime. I’m not convinced I would try it out of a packet, but surely something could be created with fresh ingredients (not the point of “Survival Sat”, I know…). Great inspiration for future Sunday Soups, tho.

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  9. Maaaaan, tortilla soup? Somehow you made my tummy grumble. I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds simple and easy to do. Definitely efficient in dangerous times too. 😀 And maaaaaan, those Flintstones vitamins… Such a throwback!

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  10. […] Survival Saturday, the Tortilla Soup Edition, was actually a huge hit. While I didn’t get a lot more likes and comments than usual on it, the views and outside hits really skyrocketed. The real test will be when I do the next Survival Saturday post and see what happens. People seem to like food posts for some reason 🙂 […]


  11. Rebecca says:

    This is a great idea for a post series! Looking forward to the next one as I’ve always been curious about the dehydrated foods.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thanks! I’ve looked at “reviews” on the food websites themselves and my goodness, it is nothing but 5star “this is gourmet” kind of schilly stuff. So I get to eat the stuff before I “have” to survive on it, get to write posts and then interact with people about it. I think it is a win-win-win situation 😀

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