• Dry weight 153 grams
  • Servings per packet 1
  • Calories per serve 807 calories
  • Cost $16.90

Radix Mexican Chilli Meal-Ultra 800



Rating: 8.1 / 10
Value for Money 1.7 / 2.5
Taste 1.6 / 2.5
Convenience 2.4 / 2.5
Weight 2.4 / 2.5

Radix Mexican Chilli Meal-Ultra 800 Review

After taking a break as I worked my way through the Radix Ultra Range of meals it was time again for the next meal off the rank and that was the Radix Mexican Chilli Meal-Ultra 800.

Like other meal options in this range I found this meal offering to be a bit bland, particularly given that this was Mexican Chilli. I need to own up here and say that I love spicy food, preferring my chilli and curry meals to have a bit of a punch. Given most people aren’t into spicy food, most outdoor meal manufacturers tend to keep their meals on the safer end of spicy which means that for those of us who want a bit more punch, we have to add some spice if to ramp up the heat a bit more.

The Radix Basil Mexican 800 Meal is part of the newly released ‘Ultra Meals v9.0’ which is a newish range on the market. This range provides all the nutritional requirements (807 calories) in a 30% physically smaller package than the original 600 calorie meal range. This seems to be a theme for outdoor meals at the moment with the quality improving year-on-year and the package sizing getting smaller and smaller while still maintaining calories and taste.

The packaging, like the rest of the Radix Ultra 800 product range, is an attractive grey silver colouring that jumps out at you from the shelves. The packaging size was the thing I really noticed about this meal option; it is really compact and this small sizing is going to help with saving space in your pack for those extended trips.

While there aren’t any nuts in this meal, Radix advises it is made in a factory that processes nuts so keep this in mind if you have nut allergies. On the plus side, this meal is plant-based and gluten free which helps make it more accessible if that’s you.

Meal size wise, I’m a big eater and at 807 calories and on big days when I’m feeling really hungry, this meal would be ideal but when we taste tested this meal we split it between two and still felt full. Sodium wise it has 872 mg of sodium which is more than others in the range, to the point that we actually noticed the salt whereas with the Basil Pesto option which had 848 mg of sodium it wasn’t so obvious. Neither of us add salt to our food so we notice it where others may not.

The rehydration recommendation is five minutes after the addition of 190 ml of hot water and while the amount of water was spot on, I left this meal to rehydrate for seven minutes to get a better consistency (for me).

Texture wise like other Radix Nutrition meals there is some crunch and texture which I love. Given that smell, taste and texture all play a part in the enjoyment of a meal, this offering from Radix hits the spot on the texture at least.

Like other meals in this new range the base opens out and sits flat which allows more stability while waiting for the meal to rehydrate.

The packaging contains all the relevant nutritional and ingredient information you need. The ingredients are very recognisable with Radix mainly using ‘real’ ingredients although some of them are your usual run of the mill ones.

Price wise this meal sells at AUD $16.90 RRP and is comparable to other brands of the same size, even more so when you look at the quality of what you get – all in a tiny package. Freeze dried meals as a generalisation aren’t cheap but the time you save making your own meals at home as well as on-trail preparation, its well worth the cost.

This meal was warming and very filling, and we shared this meal between two without any problem.

While I would be happy to eat this meal on-trail, we both prefer something with a bit more spice.

The Facts

  • 807 calories – that’s heaps!
  • 31.0 grams protein
  • 50.6 grams fat
  • 53.0 grams carbohydrates
  • 11.6 grams fibre

This is a plant based meal.

We Like

  • Great texture just like all the other Radix meals
  • Plant-based (vegetarian) for those who are into that but its great for vegetarians and non vegetarians alike
  • Gluten free
  • Freeze dried. This takes much of the weight out of the meal and helps to limit the weight in your pack
  • Very small package which helps reduce the bulk in your pack
  • Like other hiking meals, the bottom of the packet opens out to a broad base

We Don't Like

  • The main negative of any commercially prepared dehydrated or freeze dried food is the cost. It really comes down to whether you have the time to make your own and if you can achieve the same flavour
  • If you share this meal between two people then it comes out at approximately $8.45 per person
  • Made in a factory that produces other meals that contain nuts so be careful if you have a nut allergy
  • We found this meal to be a bit salty but we don’t add salt to our food so we notice even the smallest amounts

Best Uses

  • Great option for a quick, filling and easy lunch or dinner

Buy One

You can purchase the Radix Mexican Chilli Meal-Ultra 800 from Radix Australia, Snowys or from Wild Earth

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PLEASE NOTE: As a special offer Radix Australia is offering a 10% discount on meal purchases (information correct as at 25 May 2024). This discount will be applied at the checkout when you make your purchase via the Radix Australia link above and use the code AUSTRALIANHIKER

Other Versions

Radix Nutrition produces a wide variety of meal options in varying portion sizes


AUD $16.90 RRP

Radix Mexican Chilli Ultra-800 Meal as purchased from the store

Radix Mexican Chilli Ultra-800 Meal nutrition and ingredient panel

Radix Mexican Chilli Ultra-800 Meal base opened out

Radix Mexican Chilli Ultra-800 Meal dry in the bag still to add water

Radix Mexican Chilli Ultra-800 Meal rehydrated and ready to eat


This review was done with product provided by Radix Nutrition

Last updated

25 May 2024

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