I have quite a few microwave meals because I really can't cook - like seriously can't cook - except toast, which rarely counts. So I figured I'd tried this Spicy Mexican Rice.
Like all of the rices in this range, this cooks in just 2 minutes in the microwave - just pull the tab/opening slightly to provide ventilation and bung it in. Easy. Quick. Convenient.
The actual taste of the rice is very spicy - to be honest, it was a little too hot for me. I prefer spicy meals that favour flavour over heat - and this does not. So I was a little disappointed. It also has an after-taste that I'm not sure I like. I had to drink a lot of water - usually not the greatest endorsement of a meal.
The texture is good - moist but not slopping wet. I've actually been very pleased with the texture of this range as a whole - rice is often very difficult to get right, and this manages to do it quickly and well.
In terms of convenience, this really is helpful. But in terms of taste and flavour I'm afraid it's really not the right one for me. Certainly, if I was very hungry I'd eat it again, but I don't think that I'd seek it out or be all that tempted to buy it if I saw it again in the supermarket.
So, if you like spicy-heat then you'll probably like this. But I like more flavour, more mild spice, less water-drinking - so it's not ever going to be a favourite of mine.
I didn't know about these until my friend at work brought a packet for her lunch, not good much time on your hands then these are great. When I tried it it was great but dry if you don't have a sauce to pour over the top. Ok so at Asda they have these on offer 3 for £3 which I don't find expensive as you could go to a cafe on your dinner and spend a few pound more. To go with the rice I bought Nando's sauce to bit it a bit of moisture, a kick and more spice. Wow it is hot hot hot, I love spicy things that make my lips tingle and sure this does. It's so easy to make simply pour he rice into a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes however I only do mine for 1 minute as if find this amount of time gets it hot enough. Once hot I pour the sauce on and eat, yummy!
I have always loved Uncle Ben's rice and I am a big fan of the express rice range. These are the bags of rice which you can cook in the microwave in a matter of minutes. I find them quick and easy to make and are convenient for those who lead a busy lifestyle like me. I have tried a few flavours in this range, but thought I would have a change. I picked up the Spicy Mexican flavour because I am a huge fan of Mexican foods and flavours, so thought that this would be right up my street!
I purchased mine from Asda when it was on offer for £1.00. This rice is available from most supermarkets and retails for £1.69. Although a reasonable price, I wouldn't personally buy this if it wasn't on offer. I do find that the range is regularly on offer in at least one supermarket. Because of this, I tend to stock up on different ones when I notice that it is on offer.
A real plus of these bags of rice is how convenient they are. As I work full time, when I get home I don't always want to cook food. These bags of rice only take two minutes to cook in the microwave which is so handy. All you have to do is simply tear open a small gap at the top and leave it in the microwave for two minutes. Despite being a microwave dish, I have always found these of a really high quality.
Make sure the rice is piping hot before serving. I have found that this spicy mexican rice is just delicious. Although it is called spicy, I do not particularly think it is very spicy. There are lots of flavours which make it delicious. If you are a fan of mexican food, you will love this! The rice includes tomatoes, sweetcorn, peppers, jalapenos, spices, coriander, onion powder and garlic powder. (Just to name a few of the ingredients)! As you can imagine, this combination of ingredients gives the most lovely flavour to the rice. It makes a nice change to boiled rice which I often have. I can not fault the flavour at all.
I like to eat this with chicken and peas, as I feel that is what it works best with. One of these bags of rice is suitable for two to three people as a side dish. It would go with a range of main meals such as fajitas or tacos. Another way I like to enjoy this rice is as a snack. It is handy to eat of a lunch time, as there is just enough to keep you full. If you have a microwave at work, it is a great alternative lunch that is full of flavour too.
One bag is 250g and they recommend that 125g (half the bag) is suitable for one person for a main meal. Within this 125g serving is 210 calories. I do not find this too bad considering how tasty the rice is. There is not much salt within this bag of rice either.
Overall, I really enjoy this spicy mexican rice from Uncle Ben's, and I will be on the look out to buy some more very soon. I will knock off one star simply because I would not keep buying it at full price. Look around the supermarkets to find out when it is on offer! Thanks for reading and hope this helps. :-)
This review is on Uncle Bens Expess Spicy Mexican Rice, which is one of 22 different flavours of 'express rice' produced by Mars Foods under the 'Uncle Bens' trading name.
Uncle Bens expess rice comes in a bright orange coloured pakaging, and is an ideal quick, easy, and tasty rice addition to many differnet types of meal.
The Expess rice is also great as a meal in itself , as there are lots of different flavours to choose from, based around meats, vegetables and spices.
If eating this as a meal on its own, a little grated cheese on top, along with some ground black pepper is a really nice addition.
These brightly coloured sachets of rice, are so simple to prepare, and the results are amazing considering the minimal effort required (see below).
Squeeze the pouch to seperate the rice.
Tear open a small area (approx 2cm) in the corner of the packaging.
Heat in the microwave for just 2 minutes ( based on 700 Watt)
Boil 30ml of water in the pan.
Add contents of the pouch to the water.
Cover and simmer for 3 minutes.
Simple as that!
When you open the pouch after heating the rice, the scent is quite strong, and is a spicy scent and lots of herbs and spices can be smelt with a slight hint of tomato.
The initial taste is quite herby, tomatoey, spicey, and tangy, which makes your mouth tingle but not too hot, that itburns your mouth. The beans and corn within the rice have a nice spicy taste too, which add a slightly different flavour to the rice
** Nutritional Values **
For the Spicy Mexican express rice (per 125g or half a pouch) are as follows:
4 grams of protein
38.7 grams of carbohydrate
2.7 grams of fat
1.1 grams of fibre
1.18 grams of Salt
Uncle Bens express rice is brilliant for a quick and easy meal on its own, or as an addition to boost virtually any other type of meal imaginable.
They take just a few minutes to cook, and are often available from most shops and supermarkets, usually on a deal where you can buy 4 pouches for around 3 pound.
These packs have a shelf life of around 1 year, and so it is well worth keeping a few in the cupboards in my opinion.
Loads of different flavours are available in this range, which is enough to keep everyone happy from meat lovers right through to vegetarians.
These meals also contain no atificial colours, flavours or preservatves!
Highly recomended by me 8-)
Thanks for reading.
© l500589 2010
Quick and easy Mesican rice in two to three minutes flat.
Uncle Ben's have come up with an excellent range of rices making them the ultimate in convenience food with a great taste. They are so handy and so easy to make that really nothing could be simpler.
There are many different flavours in the range which include vegetable Pilau, Basmanti, Egg fried, Thai curry, Chinese style rice, Lemon rosemary and Mexican rice. I have to say that I have tried a lot but the Mexican Rice is my favourite for pure flavour and versatility. For example when I do make Mexican food such as Fajitas the mexican rice is a great side dish and the flavours balance each other out. The Mexican rice really has a lovely flavour and I find it quite authentic. If you have ever been to a Mexican restaurant then you will know that the rice they serve is quite spicy and full of chilli's and pepper. Well this rice to me is exactly the same, you can see lots of bits of tomato, chilli and red and jalapeno pepper. It is not overly spicy though so even if you don't like jalapeno's usually you might like this as it's not too hot. The rice also contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives so it's fairly healthy in my opinion.
The rice comes in a sealed plastic pouch and has already been cooked or pre-steamed as Uncle Ben's say. All you need to do is heat it up and then eat. Each packet is approximately £1.35 but in Sainsburys at the moment they are doing a deal where you can buy three packets for £3.50, a bargain in my opinion. I always tend to buy a few of these packets each time I go shopping and store them in the cupboard so I always have some when I don't have much time to cook.
There and two ways to cook this rice and it's incredibly easy to make. Like I said above it is already cooked so all you need to do is heat it up. The first way is in the microwave where you just open the packet a little bit at the top (no need for an extra dish so this cuts down on the washing up too) and heat on full power for 2 minutes. It's as simple as that. The other way is to heat it in a pan. You boil a small amount of water (about 2tbsp) and then add the rice to it, simmer it for about 3 minutes and then when all the water is absorbed the rice is done. I do find that the rice sticks together when you first get it out of the packet as it has been stuck in the packet so sometimes you just have to either squeeze the packet before opening to get the clumps apart or put a fork through them while the rice is in the pan. Sometimes I find a few grains of the rice a bit tough but that gives it a nice consistency in my opinion.
Each packet has 250g of rice in it. Half a packet which is classified as one portion contains 194 calories so if you ate a whole one yourself you would be eating 388 calories but I guess if you count this as an evening meal then it is not too bad.
All in all a quick, convenient food that tastes good and people will enjoy.
Usually when it comes to cooking I am the main cook in our household and generally cook everything from scratch. That includes boiling rice to accompany a meal. Since getting pregnant Mr Lools has provided relief from cooking duties and although this has been mostly successful one conclusion I have come to is that rice is not his speciality. We either end up with undercooked crunchy rice or complete mush. So to help him out a bit I decided to purchase the Uncle Ben's Express rice. This comes in a number of flavours (and I have tried at least half of them now) but the first I tried was the Spicy Mexican Express Rice.
The Uncle Ben's Spicy Mexican Express Rice is in similar packaging to other rice from the Uncle Ben's express rice range. This is a bright orange 250g pouch with the Uncle Ben's logo on the front.
Spicy Mexican Rice is written on the front of the packaging, in addition to an image of the spicy Mexican rice.
The cooking instructions are on the packaging. You can cook in the microwave on full power (750W) for 2 minutes. The rice is cooked in the pouch all you need to do is open a slight slit on the top of the packaging. This is very easy and convenient and it means that you do not have any additional bowls or washing up to do.
You can also boil the rice in a small amount of water (about 3tbsp) and let it simmer for about 3 minutes. The rice absorbs all of the water and it ready to eat. I think this is fiddlier and this defeats the object of this being a "convenience" food.
Per 250g pack this is £1.59 in Asda. I think that this is relatively expensive for a rice product as each pack provides two portions or three very small portions. But this is a "convenience" product which in general are usually more expensive. If you are on a budget this is not the product for you especially if you are planning on serving to more than two people.
***Express Spicy Mexican Rice***
When you open the pouch after heating the rice the scent is quite strong. This is quite a spicy scent and lots of herbs and spices can be smelt with a slight hint of tomato. In addition to the rice there are small chilli beans and corn in the pouch.
Taste wise the rice is delicious. The initial taste is quite tomatoey and tangy, then quite a herby spicy taste then hits you. This is spicy which makes your mouth tingle but not too hot and spicy that this burns your mouth. The spicy after taste remains in your mouth without being overpowering. The beans and corn within the rice have a nice spicy taste to which add a slightly different flavour to the rice. Although the salt content of the rice is high and concerning the rice does not have a particularly salty flavour to it like you would expect.
The texture of the rice is lovely; this is moist but not too soggy. This tastes neither under nor over cooked.
Per 125g serving
The Express Mexican Spicy Rice has great flavour and makes an excellent side dish to a meal like Chilli con Carnie. The rice has a spicy tomato taste which is strong but not overpowering. This is a relatively expensive product at £1.59 per pack, especially as this serves two medium sized portions so not great for larger appetites. The biggest drawback of this rice is the salt content and at 3g of salt per portion of rice this is half of an adults daily recommended salt intake in one hit, therefore probably not something that you would serve to children. Three stars!
Since discovering the rather tasty Uncle Ben Express rice collection thanks to a special offer in Sainsbury's I've been gradually trying different flavours. Having started with the rather impressive Thai Sweet Chilli, I have now progressed onto the Spicy Mexican flavour. As I've mentioned before I seem to be incapable of cooking rice just right and these flavoured rice are the perfect solution to my inability. Thankfully my new addiction to the various flavours is being helped by Sainsbury's continually having it on special offer with the current one being 5 packs for £5, which is a big improvement on £1.54 per pack.
I've become rather addicted to eating these for lunch with a pack of Mattessons Fridge Raider's chicken bites. It makes for a nice simple lunch as to prepare the rice all you need to do is tear a small rip in the top of the bag where indicated and put on for 2 minutes. The packaging is a microwave safe orange bag with a picture of the rice and the flavours on the front in a bowl. Of course the preparation time needs to be altered for more powerful microwaves and unfortunately Uncle Ben's don't advise you what these should be, leading it to be a little bit of trial and error to start with.
Before opening the bag it is important to squeeze the rice inside a little bit just to separate it a little, otherwise you'll end up with one big lump of rice. Once the microwave signals that your rice is ready removing the bag from the microwave is relatively easy. Pick the bag up using the strips down either side and usually this isn't too warm, although a word of warning, don't pick it up by the top of the bag as this can be very hot and from experience can hurt just a little. Once you open the microwave there is a very spicy scent that hits you straight away. There is a very spicy texture to the smell and whilst it's not overwhelming it gives a slight indication of what is in store.
Upon opening the bag the scent gets a little stronger and it reminds me of one of the seasoning packs from an Old El Paso dinner kit. Once in the bowl the rice has been cooked to the perfect consistency with a nice presentation to it. It's coloured slightly orange with the spices and in amongst the rice are little chilli beans, corn and extra spices. The combination looks very appetising sitting in the bowl looking at me that coupled with the aroma makes me keen to try it.
Once on the fork there is something rather appealing about the look of the product, which for microwavable products is something of a rarity. It actually tastes as good as it looks and smells as well which is a real bonus. There is a real hint of Cajun and Mexican flavouring to the rice that gives it a nice spicy taste, that while adding something to the flavour of the rice isn't too overwhelming. The flavouring is just right and I found that this was perhaps a slightly better taste than the Thai Sweet Chilli. It gives you a nice tingle in your mouth as you eat and the after taste is reasonably pleasant, which to my surprise didn't stay too spicy for long afterwards at all, which only adds to the quality of the flavour.
Having only recently discovered the Uncle Ben's Express Rice range I have to say I have been very impressed. As someone who really struggles to get rice cooked the way I like it this is the perfect substitute. The flavour is unique and not too overwhelming, sticking to what it says on the package. It's not ruined by being having too spicy an after taste and again this works in its favour. If you like a bit of spice in your food then this will certainly appeal to you and while it's not one I could eat too regularly due to its spicy nature I have to admit to being very impressed by it.
Nutritional Values per 250g
76g Carbs (of which sugars 6g)
7.8g fat (of which saturates 1.6g)
Being big fans of Mexican food, we eat various Mexican dishes frequently, usually at least one night a week. We enjoy Spanish/Mexican rice as an accompaniment to dishes such as fajitas, taco's, enchilada's etc.
Uncle Bens mexican style rice is a quick & easy way to enhance Mexican dishes. As with all the 'Express' rice range, a pouch of rice can be microwaved in just 2 minutes. Simply squeeze the pouch to seperate the rice which tends to clump together, tear open a 2cm vent at the top, & microwave for 2 minutes (based on a 700 watt microwave). The rice can also be heated on the stove, by boiling 30ml of water, adding the rice & covering & simmering for 3 minutes. I've never tried the stove method, but I would imagine this would keep the rice far more moist (but would detract from the ease of preparing!). When heating in the microwave, it is often useful to add a spoon of water to the pouch, as the rice can still be a bit chewy, dry & clumped together without.
The flavour of the rice is good. The rice consists of long grain rice with added tomato, chilli, onion, red peppers & jalapeno peppers, which give a nice spicy flavour. When eaten with other foods, the flavour of the rice still comes through & gives a nice texture to the meal.
This rice contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, & per portion (half a pouch - 125g) provides 194 cals, 4g protein, 38.7g carbs, 2.7g fat & 1.1g fibre. The salt content is worryingly high - 1.18g per serving - that's a fifth of an adult's daily allowance! Sorry Uncle Ben, but you're going to be marked down on that one I'm afraid...!
With a long shelf life, we always keep a couple of these handy in the cupboards. Price-wise, we always stock up when they are on offer - usually 3 for £3/£3.50.
Overall, a quick & easy way to enhance your Mexican food....