“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Vegetarian „
I ordered these this week as part of my Tesco online shop this as a bit of a spur of the moment purchase. I tend to get my shopping delivered on a Friday evening and this tends to be a bit of a non cooking night in our house. My husband usually opts for fish and chips so I am always on the look out for something tasty, quick and easy that requires no effort in the kitchen on my part.
These Enchiladas sounded really tasty and perfect in front of the telly food so I added them to my weekly shop. They particularly stood out on this particular week as they were reduced from £2.70 down to £2.20 which made them far more reasonable.
So tonight, I was quite excited about my lazy evening meal, I popped them in the oven along with a couple of potato wedges and 25 mons later we were ready to rock and roll. The first thing that struck me was that they didn't look all that appetising. The tortilla was browned slightly but they looked no where near as tempting as the delicious looking dish on the packaging..
I tucked in, and from the very first mouthful I was disappointed. It just tasted incredibly bland and was completely lacking in the flavours I had hoped for. While it was packed full of beans it really just tasted of tomato. I had hoped for loads of spicy flavours with loads of tasty cheese but instead it was one dimensional and actually quite dull.
One the plus side, you do get a hefty portion which I could never have polished off. The tortillas are packed full of filling but as it doesn't taste all that great this fails to impress. I would definately not buy this dish again no matter how easy it is to prepare and think at it's full price it is hugely overpriced.
I found a packet of these Tesco-brand Three Bean Enchiladas in the reduced price section of Tescos other day. The price was all right, on the face of it, the product description sounded quite nice, and as I'd never seen the product before (there's regularly stuff that appears in the cut-price section of our local Tesco's that I would swear I've never seen selling at the full price anywhere else in the store) I decided to try them.
These enchiladas cost an RRP of £2.28 for 450g; not excessively expensive certainly, but I was still relieved that I only paid £1.39 for them as they were going out of date. The contain a whopping 560 calories per pack but only (just under) 25g of fat; less than half of that being saturated fat, so I suppose in that respect they are a relatively 'healthy' option - though they are, despite being I thought almost completely devoid of savoury taste, a bit heavy on salt, containing just over 2g per packet.
The enchiladas took about half an hour to cook in the oven. They came in one of those black plastic oven-proof trays with an oven-proof plastic film lid (you had to pierce it a few times before heating the product). The instructions on the box suggested you place the plastic tray on a baking tray while it was cooking, and then use a flat implement to get it off the tray once it was heated through - and I could see why, because after cooking, the enchilada package had lost its original shape alarmingly - the black plastic tray had sort of melted, in effect, and the plastic film covering it had gone sort of brown and crispy and brittle too.
I do sometimes worry about the toxic effects of heat-labile, plastic-derived chemicals, especially after I've heated up a meal that comes in this sort of packaging. A lot of these chemicals mimic the effects of female hormones (oestrogen) in the body, don't they? And I'm breast-feeding a little boy at the moment. Ooh-er!
All this navel-gazing and the enchiladas weren't even any bloomin' good. 'Disgusting!' as my four year old is fond of saying in this sort of scenario. Once cooked they looked nothing like the picture on the box - basically because mine didn't appear to actually have any of the delicious Monterey Jack grated cheese that should have been topping them.
Things got worse once I'd used my flat implement to deliver the enchiladas onto a plate. There were two large, fat, flour-tortilla rolls filled with 'stuff'. The lack of cheese topping made eating the boiling hot tomato-flavoured semi-liquid gunk that filled these two enchiladas even more unpleasant than it otherwise might've been. The three beans themselves - and there were only about a total of five butter beans in the whole dish, although there were a fair number of red kidney and pinto beans - tasted of absolutely nothing at all, but at least they were preferable to the rest of the enchiladas' insides. Very misguidedly they had put a rice-based filling in the dish. This was exactly like the 'vegetarian chilli' that students who have no access to proper cooking facilities sometimes try to make out of a cold can of chopped tinned tomatoes mixed with left-over takeaway rice. It was ghastly.
It says on the packet that these enchiladas are made using a new (and presumably 'improved') recipe. I can't even begin to think what the old one must've been like.