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Sainsbury's Basics Chilli Con Carne

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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Other Ready Meals

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      22.06.2011 20:57
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      Slop in a tin

      I enjoy trying out Basics/Value ranges - hoping to find a hidden gem at a low price!
      I came across Sainsbury's Basics Chilli con Carne whilst wandering down the tinned goods aisle. I find that the Basics orange and white packaging is easily identifiable on the shelf and more often than not jumps out and shouts 'try me, TRY ME' even when it is not a product I would normally buy.

      The 392g tinned Chilli costs 98p. As with the majority of the Basics range, the can does not have a ring pull and must be opened with a tin opener. When I opened the tin, I wasn't hit by the aroma of Chilli, more a faint pong of cheap dog food.
      Not one to let a smell put me off, I poured the product into a pan and heated on the hob - it can also be heated in the microwave.
      5 minutes later, after gently simmering the Chilli was ready to eat.

      Once in the bowl, the Chilli could only be described as orange/brown/reddish mush. There are obvious kidney beans and the odd chunk of tomato but the meat content is pretty much non existent.
      I found the taste extremely sour, I also felt that I was also tasting the tin if that's possible?!

      The Chilli flavouring is so mild, it might as well not be there. It does state on the front of the can 'a little less spicy, still a hot favourite' here I disagree. The contents taste nothing at all like chilli, hot or cold! I tried to eat as much as possible but barely managed half a bowl (not at all like me!).
      This cheap tasting sludge is not for me!

      On reading the ingredients, it is no surprise that the meat was so sparse, as beef (British) only makes up 15% of the product. Other ingredients include kidney beans 23%, tomato 16%, tomato puree 13%. There are a whole host of other ingredients listed, however their content is so minimal that Sainsbury's obviously believe that they do not warrant listing in percentage form.

      Half a can (if you can indeed manage to consume that much!) contains 185kcal.
      Protein 12.2g
      Fat 6.1g
      of which saturates 1.5g
      Fibre 5.1g
      Salt 1.08g
      of which sodium 0.43g

      For further nutritional information, please refer to http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp?bmUID=1306236032285

      I really can't see any benefits in buying this product, it tastes cheap and nasty, I'm starting to feel sick thinking about it.
      Normally I would recommend trying any Basic product but this is definitely one to avoid! In this case, you certainly get what you pay for - not much!

      0 Dooyoo stars! Unfortunately, I had to give one to submit my review.


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