Galley Recipe #2: Refried Bean Dip w/Tortillas or Chips (Taste Test Dehydrated Ground Beef vs Fresh)

See Recipe #1 and my review for Ova Easy Egg Crystals

Bean dip, burrito filling, whatever you want to call it. I’ve even been known to mix in a little extra salsa or sour cream and dip my cheese nachos in it!


This is another of those great recipes for the galley for two reasons. One, it calls for refried beans that are inexpensive and one of the few foods I buy canned. I used to make my own from scratch, but I don’t think I’m going to bother with that on the boat. At least not until I get more comfortable with this whole “living on the ocean that I’m terrified of” first! The other reason is that like a lot of my ‘recipes’, it has the base ingredients and then you can just add whatever else you happen to have on hand that you enjoy.

Start with a can of refried beans mixed with some salsa (to your tastes)

Add in any of the following and heat… and eat! Its just that simple, and it is really really delicious.


  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Cheese
  • Pinto Beans
  • Sauteed onions
  • Sauteed peppers of pretty much ANY kind are awesome in this
  • Taco Seasoning (although I usually just use the peppers and onions, when we don’t have those, seasoning does add a new flavor)
  • Mexican Rice
  • Cooked ground beef (or rehydrated!)


I took a video of the whole process, but lost it somehow in the innards of my phone… sorry! It really is beyond simple. Just sautee your veggies/cook your meat first, then add everything else.


When I took the “ingredients photo” for these, I forgot to include the chips… so I asked Abyni to hold them up for a photo. She said, “You want me to model with chips??”

You can also make it thicker (less salsa) and wrap it up in a tortilla for a burrito or make supreme nachos with it.



I made Mountain House Ground Beef today from their can of dehydrated beef. I put some of the fresh cooked ground beef in the bowl next to the rehydrated ground beef and you could barely tell the difference. The ONLY difference I’ve found between the “real” thing and this is that the dehydrated stuff is in much more consistently sized chunks. That’s it. It tastes the same to me and no one else noticed a difference, either.

What’s your style? Let me know what types of food you’d like me to try and review and I’ll add them to my list!

I’ll be uploading recipe posts at least two or three times a week until we leave in preparation.

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