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One day while making my regular commute to work, I noticed a small group of people doing a promotion for Colman's and giving away freebies. I was handed a full size sachet of this Chilli con Carne Recipe Mix which I gratefully received. The sachet contains 50g of recipe mix and retails for about 70p in most supermarkets.
I am not a fan of spicy food at all and prefer mild dishes, but chilli is still a favourite of mine as it is so hearty and comforting. I stored the sachet away in my kitchen cupboard and thought it would come in handy for when I wanted a satisfying meal that was easy to prepare. Thoughtfully, Colman's have provided both a shopping list for ingredients, and a simple recipe so you know exactly what is needed to plan and prepare the meal with little effort.
To begin, you need two medium diced onions and 400g of minced beef which should be browned off in a pan with a little oil. While this was cooking I prepared the recipe mix which was incredibly easy, all I had to do was measure out 150mls of cold water and empty the sachet in. A quick stir and it was ready to be added to the mince and onion. Add in a tin of chopped tomatoes and a tin of kidney beans, then simmer and stir for 30 minutes. I really liked that the chilli mix came with a recipe as this takes any hassle out of organising and preparing the meal, and I already had most of the ingredients already in my kitchen cupboards.
Whilst the meal was cooking the chilli mix gave off a beautiful warm and spicy aroma, it smelled delicious and whet my appetite in preparation for eating it. I was really looking forward to tasting the chilli as it had smelled so good, but after tasting it I was disappointed. It's not that the chilli wasn't nice, it was perfectly edible, but there was a distinct lack of flavour and it didn't really taste of anything. All that yummy smell but no flavour. I'm a complete wimp when it comes to spicy food and always make my curry and chilli to be very mild, but even I thought this was bland and could have done with more in the way of spice to add some heat and flavour. I was also a little disappointed in the overall texture, as it was a little on the runny side and did not reduce down and thicken up much at all during the cooking time.
I scoured the text on the back of the packet but was unable to find any recommendation for serving sizes, although I would hazard a guess that it would best suit a meal for 4 people. I cooked this for myself and my housemate, and we had a very generous serving each. The leftovers were saved for the next day where I added in another tin of kidney beans to make it go a little further and we each had another large portion. In each case I cooked some plain basmati rice to go with it and the meals were very filling.
Overall, I thought this recipe mix was a bit of a let down. Yes, it was very easy to prepare and I liked the presentation with the list of ingredients required and recipe instructions, but it really didn't taste of anything which was odd considering the gorgeous smell. I would rather take the idea of this basic recipe and then add my own flavouring with beef stock and mixed spices to get a more flavoursome result. I think this sachet recipe mix is a nice idea and it was a good freebie, but I won't be buying it.
Ingredients: Cornflour, Tomato Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Spices (2%), Yeast Extract, Wheat Flour, Flavourings, Oregano, Chillies (0.9%), Citric Acid, Vegetable Oil, Spice Extract, Lactose.
Colman's Chilli Con Carne Mix is a product that I've used many times when I've been making chilli because it just makes everything so much easier. The mixture is dried and comes in a sachet and so it needs to be rehydrated before use. The sachet, which is enough for one family sized chilli con carne, cost me recently 76p from Tesco which I feel is pretty good value actually because it does help the meal to be really tasty with minimal effort.
In order to make up the mixture it's a matter of emptying the sachet into a quarter of a pint of water and then adding this to browned mince, onions and tomatoes. Once the mixture has been added then I will leave this to simmer for up to an hour - and add extra water if needed. Initially the sauce looks quite thin, but once it heats up then it thickens up and by the time it is ready to serve it is a lovely deep colour and a thick and rich consistency. It does make the chilli look and smell very delicious.
The taste of this chilli is good. It tastes of tomato, garlic and chilli - and it's a sophisticated flavour. I would estimate the chilli to be of a medium heat and so I usually need to add some fresh chillies to make it a little hotter for me.
Overall, this is a really decent product and I recommend it.
I am a big fan of chilli con carne. However, I hate the kidney beans and onions that can often be found in supermarket ready meals. So fed up, I decided to prepare my own chilli just the way I like it and it was my mum who recommended that I should perhaps try Colman's mix.
So I picked this up in my local LIDL supermarket for 68p! An absolute bargain in my view!
Now i'm no Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen, but I was amazed by how easy it was to make the chilli con carne from this simple little packet of powder.
As I am not a fan of beef, I decided to use quorn mince instead. You simply add the Coleman's mixture to your pre boiled mince and 3/4 pint of water (add onions, tomatoes & kidney beans if you like, as these are not provided in the packet. Personally, I just keep the mixture as it is). You then leave it all to simmer for approximately 30 minutes. It really is that easy!
Also, once it is all prepared the chilli con carne should serve up to four people.
I was really surprised by how easy it was to prepare delicious chilli con carne and how even an attrocious cook like me managed to muster together a decent meal for once. The sauce had a nice consistency which was a welcome surprise, as often I find many sauces to be somewhat watery.
My fiance really enjoyed it along with myself, so I would definitely recommend this Colman's mixture to anyone who is looking to cook a nice meal in a hurry, or simply to someone like myself who is not that confident in the kitchen!
I love this and now it is a cupboard essential for me. Lately I have also made the fajita recipe on the back of the packet and that is also extremely tasty! So what are you waiting for, give it a go!
I have never been a big fan of chilli, but when i moved into my first house i got sick of cooking the same meals every week, so i decided to try making my own chilli for a change.
I picked up a packet of colmans chilli con carne recipe mix on offer in asda, 3 packets for £1.50. Usually these cost about 75p a packet.
The instructions on the back of the packet are so easy to follow. It has a shopping list of other ingredients you will need for your chilli which was handy. Then it has an easy guide on how to make it. All you need to do is brown your onions and mince, mix the contents of the sachet with water, add this to your mince along with a tin of chopped tomatoes, then just simmer for half an hour! It couldnt be easier! You can also add kidney beans etc if you like but i cant stand them so i just have quite a plain old chilli!
I usually put rice and chips with my chilli, but there is a good tip on the back of the packet which suggests you make your chilli as above and pour it into some flour tortillas to make burritos! I will deffinately be giving this a try as i love burritos, i usually buy the burrito kits but i think i will try making chilli burritos for a change!
I have tried the schwartz chilli con carne sachets and they are always too spicy for me! I dont like spicy food, however the colmans chilli con carne doesnt have much flavour so i always add just a little bit of extra chilli powder to mine, just to give it a bit more taste.
Overall, i would deffinately recommend colmans chilli con carne sachets, as they are so handy to always keep some in your cupboard, they are so easy to make and they are delicious! We now have chilli every week!
I love to cook and one of our weekly dinners is a chilli con carne. Usually I have the Schwartz chilli mix due to not being able to buy this the other week my mother in law picked up the Colman's one for us.
This is just a basic mix which you add all your ingredients to. I add chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, kidney beans and extra lean mince meat. The reason that I use the extra lean is because there is less fat in it and isn't chewy when I am eating it.
On the pack it tells you how to cook the chilli, you simply brown the mince, drain off the excess meat fat, mix the sachet of chilli mix with water and add it to the meat, add your ingredients, bring to the boil and stir continuously, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 mins while stirring occasionally. This is very simple to do and easy to follow.
The ingredients that are in the sachet are cornflour, dried tomato, dried onion, dried spices (paprika, cumin, chilli, black pepper) flavouring which contain lactose and wheat, yeast extract, dried garlic, sugar, salt, wheat flour, dried oregano and vegetable oil. It also contains traces of egg and milk. This packet is not suitable for people who are lactose intolerant or have intolerance to wheat based products.
There is also a something special note on the back which gives you a different recipe to make with the chilli mix which is another interesting meal that I am yet to try.
Also on the back it gives you a shopping list so that you are able to get all the right ingredients to make the meal. I do not follow this due to I make adaptations to my own meals for us all to enjoy, but if you are making this for the first time it is very helpful for you to know what you need.
This packet should feed 4 people due to myself and my partner being the only ones that eat this we have a substantial amount left over so I tend to freeze what is left and re heat for another day.
I find this is quiet high in calories to add to your meal, it holds 364 calories and when you are eating rice and mince meat with it the calorie count is much higher. If you are watching your calories I would advise not to eat this. This is able to be cooked in a slow cooker too. This is good because if you are a working family you can have this cooking through the day ready for when you get home from work.
I am not a big fan of the Colman's mix compared to the Swartz mix. This is because it is more tomato flavoured than spicy and I like the spicy kick to my meal. This was ok and my partner thought so too but we will be trying to stick to our usual chilli mix, in the event that we are not able to get it we will be using this again. I found it easy to make and the instructions and recipe ideas were very good but the overall flavour was a let down.
Colman's Chilli Con Carne Recipe Mix
Description: Manufacturer: Colman's / Type: Dried packet sauce mix.
Even if you haven't tried the Colman's packets of dried sauce mixes, chance are that you will have seen them for sale in your local supermarket. They come in glossy deep red packets with the Colman's (yes, the same people who make the mustard!) logo on the front and a picture of the meal that they can help to create.
I am a huge fan of chilli con carne and this sauce mix is a quick and convenient way to make it. It also comes in a hot variety which is also very tasty but has more of a kick to it. Expect to pay around £0.78 for a pack. They can often be found on special offer too so it is worth keeping an eye out for deals. Because the mixes are dried, they last for ages so are a handy staple to keep in the cupboard.
To use, just brown your mince and drain, then add the sauce mix along with kidney beans. I like to add a tin of baked beans in tomato sauce too along with a tin of butter beans but you could use tinned tomatoes if you prefer. Then add a little water and simmer for around 30 minutes. While the chilli is cooking, prepare some rice and perhaps some garlic bread then serve and enjoy.
These packets of sauce mix really are a speedy way to have a delicious and hot home cooked meal with the minimum of fuss. The sauce tastes rich and spicy without being too hot, and unless you tell people, they will never know that it came from a packet - it really is that good!
If you haven't tried these sauces yet then you definitely should, they are a quick cheat which will surprise you by being a lot better than you imagined, creating a rich and spicy chilli to warm the whole family on those cold and dark nights. 5 respectable Dooyoo stars from me - well done Colman's!
As I'm back earn money rather than scrounging around for pennies, my reviews are starting to spread out a bit more at present...but having just had chilli for tea, I wondered what could I review out of it? Other than 'beef mince' or 'kidney beans'...well how about the recipe mix that blends it all together - made by Colman's, this is their chilli con carne recipe mix.
It comes in a thin 50 gram pouch which are available at all supermarkets alng with a whole host of other varieties - from spaghetti bolognese to sausage casserole to tuna bake. Whatever takes your fancy. As a matter of fact, they'll often be on offers such as any 3 for £2 for example, so there's always the change to 'mix and match'.
Upon opening the pouch, all your faced with is a reddish powder that doesn't look to appetizing. However, once you've browned off the mince, you add the powder along with a small amount of water which will help flavour the mince to make that 'chilli' taste. Then go about adding you're other ingredients - onions, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, whatever else - until you've made it. It's as simple as that - this 'mix' merely replicates the chilli con carne taste in a simple, convenient form. The cooking part is up to you however.
Here's an ingredients list for you...
Cornflour, Tomato Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Spices (2%), Yeast Extract, Wheat Flour, Flavourings, Oregano, Chillies (0.9%), Citric Acid, Vegetable Oil, Spice Extract, Lactose.
Bear in mind in contains Flour, Eggs & Lactose for any allergy sufferers out there.
Price wise, I believe it works out cheaper to buy these rather than buy the individual spices and chillies if you're doing it for a one off. If you make chilli regular or if you're making it for a bigger group than the serving suggestion of a couple of people, you may need a lot more pouches, or develop it from scratch.
So where's the catch in amongst all this? Well the mix contains all the things you'd expect from a chilli - spices, chillies, tomato - but they don't give off too much of a kick. Of course, if you've got a weak palate when it comes to spicy food, then this mix could be just what you're after. If you want something with a bit more venom, one may need to buy some more chillies and adapt it accordingly! However, if it's stock cupboard convenience you're after, then this may just be what you're after. Bon appetite!
I love cooking and making nice meals for me and my husband, but to be honest I don't have the skill to make some things completely from scratch, but I don't like buying tins and jars of chilli all the time as I like to know whats going into the food I'm eating. So we always buy these mixes, which is basically the chilli powder and spices and seasoning in a packet, nothing else, but it makes it much easier to make a nice meal if you maybe don't know how to get the mix of ingredients right to get that chilli taste which is the problem I have!
The packets make enough to serve 4 people, and along with the packet (which costs around 60p to £1) you'll need 1lb of minced beef, 1 large diced onion, 1 teaspoon of oil, 150ml of water, 400g can of chopped tomatoes, and 400g can of kidney beans.
The packet has the instuctions on the back of the packet which are very easy to follow, even for someone with very sparce cooking knowledge.
You first fry your meat for 5 minutes or until browned, along with your diced onion. Drain off any excess liquid (which you'll get on most minces!). Move this meat and onions into an oven proof dish and add tomatoes and drained kidney beans.
You then blend the contents of the packet with your water and add this to the oven proof dish and stir.
Cover and cook in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees or Gas Mark 4 for 1 and a 1/4 hours until throughroughly cooked.
If like me you prefer to cook on the hob, you do all of the above in the pan, bringing to the boil and stirring frequently until reducing the heat to a simmer and cooking covered for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
The packet makes a delicious meal, but if you like your food very spicy I'd add a heaped teaspoon of extra chilli powder for that extra kick!!!
You can either serve this with rice, pasta, spaghetti, potatoes, chips, jacket potato...anything really! We make a "chilli lasagne" which is basically the chilli mix with lasagne sheets in layers with tortilla chips on top and topped with melted cheese. Delish! :-P
Such an easy and simple method of cooking and makes a nice nutritious meal for all of the family! So much better than fish fingers and chips I'm sure you'll agree!!!!!!
I had a packet of this mix lurking in the back of my groceries cupboard and whilst I usually make chilli from scratch as its relatively simple, I was about to rush out of the house for work and had had it sprung on me that we had guests for dinner that night. Knowing I would not have time to whip anything much up between getting in from work and their arrival I was joyous to notice the little symbol on the back of the packet which said 'Slow Cooker Friendly'.
Wonderful, I thought, I can just whack it all in the slow cooker before I go to work and hey presto! By the time I get home I will have a nice, tasty chilli. Unfortunately it was not quite so straightforward.
As there were no seperate instructions for the use of a slow cooker I just followed the usual instructions, mixed the packet contents with three quarters of a pint of water and tipped it over the browned mince, onions, tin of tomatoes and tin of kidney beans. I then switched on the slow cooker and went to work.
At lunchtime I dashed back in to the house to stir it. I have no idea why I was so convinced it would need stirring (some kind of freaky sixth sense!) but I was right, it had only been in the slow cooker some 4 hours but already a slightly burnt crust had formed around the sides, I gave it a good stir and went back to work feeling slightly anxious.
That night I served up what can only be described as vaguely beef tasting gruel to a bemused group of friends who are used to my cooking being pretty ok. I was mortified.
When I had got home from work the chilli had again formed an even thicker burnt crust around the sides and I had stirred and stirred before switching the slow cooker into keep warm mode. Now in total the chilli had had about 8 hours on medium which for everything else I have ever made is either about right or slightly less than it needs to be perfect.
The crust, however, was not the major problem (aside from causing me to have to soak the pot for 24 hours before I had any chance of getting it clean). The chilli literally tasted of NOTHING. Nada, zip, zilch. Any flavour had evidently disappeared in the slow cooking process which seemed bizarre as usually this method of cooking brings out and enhances flavours rather than destroying them.
It was such a disappointment, it really was like eating browned mince with kidney beans in it, not a hint of chilli or any kind of kick to it. My lovely friends did eat it but it was clear nobody particularly enjoyed it. What a let down.
I do not understand why it is marked as slow cooker friendly when it clearly is not. If the instructions should be different for use with a slow cooker then it should surely say so on the packet. I certainly learnt the hard way that sometimes you should just not rely on packet sauces.
Anyway, I have since made another chilli in the slow cooker but this time made it from scratch and it was fine and very tasty.
It's hot, but it's still chilly (Chilli Con Carne that is!)
Bring the taste of Mexico to your kitchen with Colman's Chilli Con Carne mix.
Colman's of Norwich are probably most famous for their mustard in the little yellow jars. It was founded in 1814 and is one of the oldest existing food brands. Colman's is now owned by Unilever.
As well as their mustard Colman's also produce a range of great sauce and recipe mixes which making cooking very easy. I love the Shepherds pie mix and the sausage casserole mix and I have recently just gotten into their Chilli Con Carne mix. It comes in a sachet and is a dry powder. Once you mix it with water it can then be added to your ingredients to make a lovely meal. The sachet weighs 50g and costs just £0.78, a real bargain in my opinion!
Colman's call it a unique blend of chilli and spices to mix with water and cook with minced beef, onion, kidney beans and tomatoes.
The packaging of this mix includes the yellow at the top so you know it is from the same company and I think that is what lets you know that this is going to be a good quality product. There is also a picture of lovely home made chilli on the front which literally makes your mouth water looking at and hopefully means yours will turn out to look just as good.
The best part about this Chilli con carne mix is that it is easy to make although you do need to keep watching and stirring it when you do have it on the hob. Basically you just brown your mince and onions and pour the mix (which you have just diluted with water) into the sauce pan. Then you can add the tomatoes and kidney beans but as my husband does not like kidney beans I leave them out unfortunately. Bring it to the boil and nice that is done you just simmer the mixture for 30 minutes. This is where you really have to pay attention to stir the mixture quite frequently as I do find that it sticks to the bottom of the pan a bit.
The sauce comes out a lovely red colour and is very tomatoey and thick since it has been on the boil for quite a long while. It has quite a kick to it too and is quite hot but not too overpowering. You can buy a sachet that is hot but I stick with the original as I know the hot would be too hot for me! I find generally the packet makes enough for two people and goes perfectly with some rice on the side.
What I love about this mix is that it is really easy to make. Ok, you could spend lots of time and make your own sauce mix but this is very quick and easy, saves you loads of time and in my opinion tastes just as good as a fully home made Chilli Con Carne.
The whole packet when made into a meal only contains 316 calories per 100g so a very healthy choice when it comes to dinner.
All in all a great healthy family dinner.