“ Brand: Colman's / Type: Mix „
I have been using this recently as it has been on offer in Sainsburys.
The packets are 40g and usually retail at about 74p but they have been on offer at 2 for £1.30, which isn't much of a saving but the Schwartz packets are a few pence more expensive so I thought it was worth a try even for just a couple of pennies!
I don't think I will be buying this brand of hot chilli con carne again though.
I make my chillies with all the usual ingredients just without mince (I am a vegetarian and not a fan of the quorn mince). I would have thought that without meat to suck up all the flavour, this would be even better and tasttier, but I'm afraid compared to the Schwartz packet it isn't.
The ingredients are listed as: Corn Flour, Dried Tomato, Dried Herbs & Spices, Onion Powder, Flavourings, Dried Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Salt, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil. And it claims there are no artificial preservatives, no added MSG,
no artificial colours and no hydrogenated fat. It also says that per 100g there is 2.6g of fat, which considering this is a 40g packet, isn't too bad at all.
The taste of this chilli packet is really disappointing, I think they have definitely skimped on the chilli, and you cant really taste any of the herbs, it just tastes like tomatoes. It was not hot at all. I like things hot and that's why I got this packet over the normal one, and it didn't have any sort of a kick to it at all. After I put the chilli on my plate, I had to go back in the kitchen and add chilli powder to it.
The only good thing about this packet was that it did make the chilli a really thick consistency, which I like, but there was no heat and not enough flavour for me. Needless to say I won't be buying this again, and wouldn't recommend it.
Colman's Hot Chilli Con Carne Mix
I use to cook all chilli con carne's from scratch but recently have began cheating and using this packet mix. It is tasty, spicy and best of all, genuinely doesn't taste like it originated from a packet of dried mix.
I do add fresh ingredients to make it taste "home made" haha. Aside from the minced beef, kidney beans and butter beans (every chilli con carne should have butter beans, mmh!) I also chop in a couple of chilli's and shake a few pinches of paprika in there too. These all combine well and create a classic, comfort food, perfect for the colder weather.
These sachets are cheap (around £0.75) for one and often to be found on offer in the supermarket) and handy to keep in the cupboard. All ingredients are listed so as with everything, read the label first. The packets come in a normal strength chilli and a hot version too. I like the hotter one, it isn't too hot but just spicy enough. Once you have made the chilli, you can freeze it too.
For best results, service with rice and garlic bread on a cold day, always a winner!
On A Friday we have a ritual in my home. We went through a stage of my Mums version of a spag bol being flung at us for months but me, well I hated it. Now she's caught on we're all fed up and moved on to something else. This...a chilli con carne, again week in and week out lol.
Now I love my Mum but she's no cook bless her. She cooks nothing from scratch and thinks she's revolutionary if she just adds say some garlic or something which makes meals...well interesting at times.
Every Friday for the last 7 weeks this has turned up like clockwork so it's fair to say I know this sachet of mix very well now lol.
This is available in 2 options. The regular chilli con carne mix and the hot one which I'm reviewing. We moved on to the hot one actually after we found the regular one a bit too mild and my Step-father likes blow your brains out food!
Well the mix comes in an orange paper oblong packet with a picture of a chilli con carne on the front. Your simply told it's Colman's Of Norwich Hot Chilli Con Carne Mix 'Recipe mix, just add fresh ingredients' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the packet other information tells me what it is and that it contains no artificial colours, msg, preservatives or hydrogenated fat, I'm told how to use it, the ingredients are listed and allergy advice is given (contains traces of milk and egg), there is a recipe suggestion, I'm told it serves 4 people, there is a full nutritional run-down on there, the best before date is stamped on, size is stated and there are contact details for Coleman's listed. It's a very informative packet but no where on it does it say its Vegetarian and the instructions on the back are for a chilli using beef mince and the recipe suggestion is also for meat eaters to put chilli in tacos so I really don't think this is suitable for the Veggies amongst you.
Well of course this is to make a chilli and on the back we are told to fry off mince and onion, mix up this mix with 125ml of water and add it and then add tinned tomatoes and kidney beans and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. It's simple and of course like with any recipe you can change the ingredients in it if you wish. Like I said earlier my Mum makes it according to the directions on the packet (usually), me well I add peppers in mine and extra chilli's if I'm in the mood lol.
So the mix.... well it's a light red colour and just a fine powder really. It possesses a spicy aroma to it and actually smells a bit meaty. It's a blend of dried tomato and herbs such as paprika, chilli, cumin, oregano and black pepper and you can see small flecks of herbs in it. When you mix it with water it does tend to go a bit gloopy where the powder doesn't blend so well so you really do have to beat it well but even if it doesn't beat out and is still a bit gloopy it's ok cos through cooking and all the liquid in the dish (tinned tomatoes) it all disperses anyway as it simmers.
Now taste wise this is really strange because some times our chilli is really, really hot and has us sweating, sometimes my Mum has reached into the bin to check that she did actually purchase the hot variety and not the normal as it's been so mild and a bit on the bland side.
However it is usually rather tasty and to me although sometimes I do find the blend quite hot I never find it blows the last brain cell out of my head. This simply adds a nice hotness (usually), a bit of garlic and adds a slight tomato taste. It adds seasoning to a meal too so you don't have to add it yourself and all round it turns a pan of fried stuff into a meal in minutes. It tastes like chilli con carne to me and I really do like it and it saves faffing about trying to make a blend up yourself!
A complete meal for one contains:
Please note the nutritional value is according to the recipe on the back of the packet.
Available in all good supermarkets and my Mother pays about 77p a sachet.