“ Brand: Asda / Type: Chilli Mix „
Let me start.... if I may by saying that I am not a Vegetarian. However I do like a lot of meat free products and try to eat some in a week because for the most part they are rather healthy....well usually lol.
This Mexican Style Chilli mix caught my eye as on the front of the packet there is a photograph of it within some tacos and I really do love that sort of thing so got it for me and my flatmate/bestmate to try out!
The packet is green in colour with the photograph I have just described on the front of it and we are told that it is Asda 'Chosen By You' Meat free Mexican Style Chilli 'With kidney beans, onions and peppers' and that it weighs 120g. On the back of the packet other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice as well as nutritional information listed and being told how to cook it and contact details for Asda are given. Nice enough, informative packaging this is and I do like the fact that it is foil inside of the pack to keep the mix fresh so its ideal to store in a cupboard or the likes for ages.
The Mix Itself:
All you do with this red powdery mix that smells really tomatoey is add 1 pint of cold water to it, mix it up really well and then heat it up in a saucepan for around 15 minutes. I found this to cook in that time and thicken up nicely and to look a bit like real meat mushy mince really. There was plenty of sauce not absorbed within my mix and I did drain that off otherwise... for tacos and the likes it would be far too runny and the sauce was really thin.
Taste wise this was nice enough really. Made from dried soya mince, that part of it was rather squishy and I couldn't find any bits of onion within it at all though could taste it slightly along with a heavy flavour of cumin and light flavours of chilli, coriander and garlic and it was all very well seasoned indeed. There were a few dark red kidney beans and dried peppers in there to add colour and texture and although cooked through ok don't really taste that much really.
All in all this isn't awful though. Its a bit too tomatoey in flavour for me and sweet and the cumin in this is a bit to overpowering and the sauce is thin and the mince is mushy though if you do what I did it should be ok. Perfectly digestable...this is though it isn't the best thing I have eaten of course lol.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (Half A Bag Is One):
of which sugars: 6.2g
of which saturates: Nil
equivalent as salt: 1.0g
Only available in Asda stores costing 65p a packet.