Surely a good quality product would NOT have GMOs, especially a vegetarian product.
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"The Authentic American Chilli Recipe" is Stagg's vegetarian canned chilli called Vegetable garden. Approved by the Vegetarian Society and also vegan friendly, this chilli is made using 2 types of beans, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, bell peppers and chillies. It is well seasoned with a hand-picked blend of savoury herbs and spices. If you are watching your weight, then this has less than 1% fat content. Stagg is a manufacturer of canned chilli in different varieties. You can purchase the chilli in supermarkets and some independent stores but quite often there are only a few varieties on the shelves. The prices vary depending on the type of chilli that it is. The Vegetable garden chilli is around £1.65 per can. Prepare either on hob or microwave.
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It can serve 1-2 people depending on what it is served with and whether it is for a meal or snack. I like to eat a whole can on a jacket potato sprinkled with cheddar cheese. With a medium sized baking potato, anyone with a big appetite like me would feel full after eating this. You could also enjoy the chilli on a bed of rice or in tacos for a more traditional approach. Try the chilli in flour tortilla wraps for a good lunch to serve 2 people. If you fancy a snack whilst watching your favourite Western, why not smother a bag of tortilla chips with the chilli, top with grated cheese and grill for a couple of minutes. It's like being at the cinema with cheesy nachos your way. I hope this has got you thinking, it has me.
The quality of this product is very high in my opinion. The vegetables are chunky and hold their structure well. The sauce is rich in texture and very high in flavour. I would describe the heat of the chillies as medium, not overpowering to the other flavours and yet providing a fulfilling kick. If you are a keen meat eater, don't be put off by the fact that this is a vegetarian product. The substantial ingredients makes you feel very satisfied and the beans provide the protein you need to feel fuller for longer. I think that the product is good value for money as buying these ingredients separately and actually making it from scratch would probably cost more. The fact that the quality is there makes you want to buy it again and again.
Stagg offers more types of chilli that you might want to try (if you can get your hands on them). They include Classic Chilli with beef, Silverado beef, Dynamite Hot, and Chicken Grande. The USA currently has lots more varieties including turkey and steak but they are not here yet in the UK. The official Stagg website is www.staggchili.co.uk where you can find more information about the products and more recipe ideas (that they stole off me may I add!).
Stagg chili, i love it! its probably not as good as my own homecooked chili, but for the tinned versions out there, this is by far the best tasting, shame i can review the dynamite version (please try it!!!).
You can cook it in the microwave, or on the hob. I usually cook mine on the hob, tastes bette and i add a little chili powder if im feeling in the mood! It comes in an easy-open can to offer a fast meal solution with a rich and hearty taste. No wonder it's beloved by chili-lovers everywhere, including me!!
Clement Hirsch established Stagg Foods in 1956 as Rocking K Foods. The company first manufactured its products in Sante Fe Springs, Calif. and then moved production to Hillsboro, Ore. In 1980, the company's name was changed to Stagg Foods and in Oct. 1996, Hormel Foods acquired Stagg Foods
Whats in the can then:
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Ingredients: Water, Tomatoes, Beans, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Corn, Tomato Paste, White Beans, Chili Seasoning (Spices, Paprika, Sugar, Salt, Flavoring), Dehydrated Onions, Dehydrated Carrots, Modified Cornstarch, Jalape+¦o Peppers (Contains Salt, Vinegar), Corn Meal, Salt, Onion Powder, Dehydrated Bell Peppers, Dehydrated Tomatoes, Spices, Garlic Powder, Natural Butter Flavor
As you can see, the vegetarian option isnt very fatty and isnt rammed with calories so its easy to make and easy on the hips! I would recommend to cook Stagg with rice, balti rice is always nice with it, and a nice naan bread to mop up the excess. So go get a tin now, slap i on the hob, cook some rice and tuck in, you wont be dissapointed.
Overall, a great tasting chili and this version is suitable for vegetarians, there are many other varietys out there, why not give them all a go if you love your chili.
To be quite honest I was a bit apprehensive when I first heard the brand name of this product. Just like the television advertisement says...why'd they have to call it Stagg? But once I tried the classic I was hooked. The spicy flavour mixed with the onions, peppers, beans and beef was absolutely amazing.
But hold on a minute...this version is missing one key ingredient...the minced beef. I would have thought that with the removing of such a key ingredient from chili would have a massively detrimental effect on the taste. I couldn't have been more wrong. True the beef is removed, but there are more vegetables and more flavours added in this tasty version. I'm not a vegetarian, & I do like my meat, but this makes a real change every once in a while. The vegetable version is also much healthier than the other Stagg varieties available, being much lower in fat & calories. In fact, at just 1% fat, it is way below the government recommended guidelines of 5%, & would be a great, tasty (and more importantly, filling) meal for anyone trying to lose weight.
One downside is the cost. At approx. £1.75 a tin, Stagg chili does seem to cost way more than store brand chili...but like always you get what you pay for. I still prefer the classic, but this is definitely a great substitute when you're wanting something a bit different, with that same great Stagg flavour.
Although I am not vegetarian I find some tinned meat products to be fatty, greasy or gristly and so I like to eat the veg alternative. I have eaten the meat version of Stagg chilli which wasn't bad but when I saw this tin I thought I'd give it a go. The first thing to strike me on opening the tin was that it looked very much the same as the meat dish. The smell was also the same. However, on pouring it was clear that it was thinner and more watery. It does, however, have a good amount of red kidney beans which for me are what makes a chilli. Unlike many other tinned chillis, this one is genuinely spicey to the point of hot, which again, I like. There is, I believe, a milder version so you should check the tin before you buy. For me the entire tin, plus some rice is a complete meal but your apetite may not be the same.
(FYI - the headline is from the advert, in case you never saw it. Otherwise it just seems like a weird question to ask.)
I used to eat Stagg chili every now and again while I was on the Slimming World diet, as you could eat the meat version it as a free food on a red day. These days I tend to prefer the vegetable version, as the chunks of mystery meat in the other, while tasty, do somewhat look like dog food.
Stagg vegetable chili makes a filling and tasty lunch, comprising of several types of beans, peas, peppers, tomatoe puree and, of course, veggies (61%). While it's not as good as a homemade chili would be, for canned it's pretty fair. And the best part is that there is only 1g fat and 127 calories per can!
Stagg rate this chili as medium heat. I have a very high tolerance to spicy food and I'd say that you can definitely taste a kick, but it's not too extreme for palettes which prefer something more subtle! There are plenty of beans and veggie pieces (potatoes, carrots..) swimming in a nice thick tomato sauce.
To cook, either heat on the hob for 7-8 minutes or zap in the microwave for 2-3, making sure you give it a good stir. I like to bring it to work in a thermos and eat with some cornbread, but it makes a filling dinner over a jacket potato as well.
This flavour is, according to Stagg's website, available at Tesco and Somerfield. At Tesco the cans cost £2, so it is quite expensive for a canned lunch, especially one that doesn't even contain any meat, but some flavours are a little cheaper at £1.49. There are currently five varieties of Stagg chili - Chicken Grande, Dynamite Hot, Classic Chili Con Carne, Silverado Beef and Vegetable Garden.
I definitely recommend this chili, it really hits the spot without doing any damage to the waist line!