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Asda Chilli Beef Chimichangas

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      22.07.2010 13:56
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      Decent ready made mexican food at home.

      In this household, we're Mexican mad! Any mexican style edible goods are deeply relished by me and my Girlfriend. Our favourite restaurant in the world is 'Chiquito', but unfortunately our income doesn't stretch to dining out every week, so we're constantly on the look out for cheaper ways to recreate our favourite mexican meals. On a recent trip to Asda whilst browsing the ready meals for things for me to eat for lunch at work, I stumbled across the new range of Mexican items by Asda. My favourite Mexican dish is 'Chimichangas' so I was overjoyed to see that Asda were selling a pack of 4 chimichangas - all prepared and ready for the oven to make their way into my tummy!

      These 'Asda Chilli Beef Chimichangas' are only available to purchase in Asda stores - obviously. They can be found in the chiller section, down the 'Ready Meals' aisle. This aisle is generally broken up into sections including Indian, Chinese, Italian, and now Mexican as Asda have introduced a new range of Mexican style pre-prepared meals. Yummy!

      'Asda Chilli Beef Chimichangas' come with a price tag of £2.50 for 4 chimichangas. I think this is a pretty decent price, considering the amount I pay in a restaurant for this dish. The portion size is decent and at £1.25 per serving (2 chimichangas), this is pretty cheap!

      The 'Asda Chilli Beef Chimichangas' are lined up nice and neat inside a plastic tray which is sealed with a transparent film lid, so you can clearly see the product inside. The tray has a cardboard sleeve masking the view, which provides everything you need to know about the product within. The front of the sleeve is half covered with a large photograph of the cooked chimichangas which are shown served on a plate, cut open, with a small pot of sour cream. The other half shows the Asda logo, and states "Great to Share" in large letters, below which is the product name and a brief description of what the product is for those that are unaware of 'chimichangas'. The back of the sleeve gives detail on the product name and a description, and also lists the complete ingredients and dietary/allergy warnings. The cooking instructions are clearly stated, as are the storage instructions and guidelines on freezing. The nutritional information table can also be found on the back of the packet along with the company contact details should you need to get in touch.

      During the cooking of these 'Asda Chilli Beef Chimichangas', there was a faint spicy smell eminating from my cooker, but I'm guessing the tortilla parcel wrapping does a good job at keeping all the scent and flavour locked within! Upon cutting open the chimichangas I was met by a wonderfully rich beefy smell that was backed up with a spicy kick. Nothing too hot in the spice heat department, but enough to tickle the nostrils upon inhailing. The smell given off by the filling reminded me greatly of a simmering pan of chilli con carne - delicious. The crispy tortilla wrapping smelled toasty and inviting, not greasy and offputting like I was expecting it to. Definitely enough to get my tastebuds on edge in anticipation.

      A chimichanga is a tortilla wrap stuffed with filling of choice, rolled (like a burrito) and then deep fried. The 4 chimichangas inside the packet were no exception, and looked a lot like chubby, flat spring rolls. As these 'Asda Chilli Beef Chimichangas' are pre-prepared and had already been fried before packaging, the tortillas were a sort of golden brown in colour and looked soft, not crispy, which worried me a little before popping in the oven as I assumed they would end up soggy (thankfully they didn't!) To look at, they're not much, no chimichanga ever is, unless it's been decorated with guacamole/salsa/sour cream - however, it's all about what is inside, and the flavour that you unleash once you cut into the chimichanga.

      As I said, chimichangas are all about the taste. They're nothing more than a sealed parcel that is holding a mass of delicious flavour inside. Having eaten a lot of chimichangas in my time at my favourite restaurant, Chiquito, I was dubious as to whether these chimichangas would be anywhere near as good. In all honesty, the freshly made Chiquito chimichangas win hands down, however - these were damn tasty! The beef and bean filling was rich and bursting with delicious mexican spiciness. The filling is much like the beef chilli con carne sauce, except rolled up in a fried tortilla, and was full of flavour. There was a decent amount of filling inside each chimichanga too, a good ratio between filling and tortilla. The tortilla itself was pre-fried before being packed, and then oven baked by me, and yet managed to hold itself and avoid becoming greasy or soggy. The tortilla had a wonderfully crisp crunch to it as I cut into it, and a sort of 'melt in the mouth' texture to it as I ate it. Yummy!

      I was slightly dubious about how these chimichangas would turn out, and how they would compare to the ones I've eaten before. It won't come as a suprise to say these chimichangas do not beat the ones made fresh at my favourite restaurant, but this doesn't mean these chimichangas aren't up to scratch. I did worry that the tortillas would turn soggy in the oven during cooking as they had been pre-fried before packaging, but to my suprise they turned out crisp and delicious - this was a blessing! I would definitely buy these chimichangas again from Asda, and the new range does have a few more Mexican treats that I'd like to give a go! They are pre-prepared and so won't stand up to a freshly made, freshly fried 'changa, but they're pretty damn good as a 'pop in the oven at home' last minute meal - especially when served with guacamole, salsa, sour cream and jalapenos. Get your friends round, pop a few packs in the oven and have a Mexican feast. Mmm mmm mmm. Delicious!

      Ingredients:
      Chilli Beef Filling (57%) [Minced Beef (25%), Onions, Tomatoes [Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)] , Black Turtle Beans, Mixed Peppers [Green Peppers, Red Peppers, Yellow Peppers], Tomato Purée [Tomatoes, Salt], Coriander Leaf , Beef Stock [Beef Extract, Salt], Chipotle Chillies, Cornflour, Cumin Powder, Garlic Purée, Lime Juice, Jalapeño Peppers , Coriander Powder, Paprika, Cocoa Powder, Vegetable Oil]

      Flour Tortilla (43%) [Wheat Flour, Water, Vegetable Oil, Raising Agents (Diphosphates, Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Phosphates) , Salt, Sugar, Acidity Regulators (Malic Acid, Citric Acid), Yeast, Preservative (Calcium Propionate)] , Vegetable Oil .

      Nutritional information per Chimichanga:
      Energy: 166 kcal
      Protein: 4.8g
      Carbohydrate: 17.3g
      of which sugars: 0.7g
      Fat: 8.1g
      of which saturates: 2.0g
      Fibre: 2.2g
      Sodium: 0.40g
      equivalent as salt: 1.0g

      Allergy advice: Contains gluten and wheat. May contain traces of sesame seeds.

      Weight Watchers Points: 1.5 per chimichanga.

      *Also posted on Ciao under the name little_feets88 *

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