“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I love nothing more than a good chilli and when I have the time I will happily follow a recipe and make one up from scratch. However the other day my friends daughter was coming straight from school for her dinner, and having been busy all day myself I decided to cheat and use a ready made recipe mix for quickness.
Light brown coloured paper (foil on the inside) sachet that holds 41g of mix. On the front there is a photograph of a chill con carne and I am told that it is Tesco 'New!' Chilli Con Carne Recipe mix 'Just add ingredients - see back of pack' and I'm told that it contains no artificial, flavours or flavour enhancers, that it has a chilli (hotness) rating of 2 chillis and the best before date is clearly displayed. On the back of the sachet other information listed includes ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional values and storage details along with directions for using the mix and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice informative, easy to open sachet this is and the instructions given are easy to understand and follow.
The Recipe Mix:
Brown and red and powdery in formula as soon as you open the sachet you get a tomato and chilli aroma. All you do with this is, is add 125ml of cold water and thoroughly stir it and add it to your ingredients. I always fry off about 1lb of minced beef and then when that is browned drain the excess fat off and then add to that a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes and 400g of kidney beans and this mix and then let it all heat through for at least 15-20 minutes.
At first this makes my chilli look very runny indeed which is why you have to leave it to simmer. When I got back to my saucepan the chilli looked a lot more moist than wet and runny and gave off a nice meaty and slightly garlic aroma.
Tastewise this is a great, but hot and fiery mix. Considering this is only meant to give a medium heat to food I almost blew my friends daughters head off and she even asked if I added my own chillis to it (cos I sometimes do as I like hot food!), which I didn't!
This gives a nice gravy sort of flavour to food along with a hint of garlic, paprika, opinion cumin hints of flavour. It's not too garlicky I can see flecks of dried oregano in the dish and although cocoa powder is listed within the ingredients it's such a hot mix I can't detect that at all.
I personally don't mind this being so hot as it is also tasty however I do think that people who expect a medium chilli mix are going to get a lot more than they bargained for with this. A great, easy to use recipe mix this is and in my opinion it's very tasty but beware it is hot and it don't half tingle your taste buds big time!
Nutritional Information per One-Quarter Of A Sachet:
Energy: 28 Kcal
Of which sugars: 0.6g
Of which saturates: 0.1g
Salt equivalent: 1.1g
Only available in Tesco stores costing 25p a sachet.