“ Brand: ASDA / Type: Mix „
When it comes to cooking it's something both me and my mate (who I am staying with at the moment) really enjoy doing. However being busy it really isn't always all that easy to find the time to cook things totally from scratch and neither of us are opposed to cheating from time to time lol!
We spotted a lot of different meal sachets in Asda costing 30p each or 4 sachets for a pound and actually grabbed a couple of quids worth of them! We both like spicy food and really fancied eating a meat free chilli (my mate is Vegetarian!) and so I got a couple of these! (Please note that the title of this review is right but the picture is not and that I'm reviewing the sachet to make your own chilli and not a ready made dinner!)
White and brown square sachet and on the front of the sachet there is a photograph of a chilli con carne. I am told of course that it Asda Chilli Con Carne Sauce Mix and that it is medium spiced, suitable for Vegetarians and that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat. On the back of the sachet other information given includes ingredients and allergy advice, storage and nutritional details, I'm given ideas on how to use the mix, the size is stated (which in this case is 50g) and contact details for Asda are of course listed as usual. Nice enough easy to open packaging which is informative enough.
The idea of course is to use this mix as a base/sauce for a chilli con carne.
You can either fry off some mince (meat free is perfectly fine) along with some onion and then when lightly browned add a tin of chopped tomato's along with some kidney beans and this mix blended with 1/2 pint a water and let it simmer for 30 minutes or you cook it in the oven first browning off the mince and onions and then transferring that along with the other ingredients and allow to cook for about 1 1/4 hours. Personally I have used this sachet in a chilli on the hob a couple of times and that is my preferred option for quickness as I'm a lazy bones lol!
So the sachet contents are a pinky colour. The powder before being made up has a slight tomato smell to it and then of course you blend the powder with some water and mix it up well. It doesn't go lumpy when blended and then of course when need be you add the sauce to your ingredients and allow it to heat through.
There isn't alot of sauce though it is meant to provide four servings but what the sauce does in the main is coat ingredients. It gives a slight tomato taste along with a hint of garlic and a slight spice of chillis to the ingredients your using.
This is not a bad sauce mix but don't expect it to add alot of spice to the meal. If you like a very mild chilli con carne then this is quite possibly a great option for you and cheap to boot but if you like it hotter then I wouldn't bother unless you fancy adding your own chillis to the mix!
This really isn't the best chilli con carne mix I have ever tasted and personally I would rather next time pay out a few more pennies and buy Coleman's to be honest!
Nutritional information Per 1/4 Of A Pack:
Energy: 40 Kcal
of which sugars: 1.4g
of which saturates: 0.1g
equivalent as salt: 1.0g
Only available in Asda stores.