“ Brand: Asda / Type: Sauces „
I tried for the first time today Asda 'Chosen By You' Mild Chilli Sauce. I bought this sauce as it had been approved by other Asda customers. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I usually make chilli from scratch, but due to being busy I was looking for a quick fix. Opening the jar a lovely aroma came out, I could smell the paprika and garlic in the sauce. The texture was thick, indulgent and a lovely maroon colour. In the sauce there was pepper and onion visible.
The sauce on tasting was delicious. In my opinion the sauce was a little more spicier than I thought it would be, but I did not mind. If you're not keen on a slight hint of spice then don't use this sauce. The only real downside to this sauce as the pepper or onion don't add any real flavour. In my opinion, the pepper and onion are only there aethestic reasons.
Overall, considering I have used many supermarkets own brand version of a chilli sauce, this has to be the best. The flavour of the sauce is there and you can taste the spices, unlike the other supermarket version I have tried which are bland. If I was in a rush again to make chilli, I would use this. I highly recommend it.
I just love chilli; it has to be one of my favourite dishes simple and delicious. We have never tried making it from scratch and this is so easy for a family dinner especially on a week night when you don't have a lot of time. In my opinion its one of the best jars of chilli you can buy. I've tried loads of different ones from Tesco's finest range, Uncle Ben's, Olde El Passo and all the other main supermarket brands and none even comes close to the Asda sauce.
The best thing about it is that it says its hot chilli sauce and it is. You get a nice kick off it from every bite MMMM. I always think a good chilli sauce leaves a really pleasant aftertaste and this does. Although its hot sauce it doesn't leave you with your eyes watering but if you don't like your food to spicy then there is a mild version as well. You can taste the garlic but its not overpowering. It doesn't have that smoky flavour that other brands can have which is probably the only criticism but the over all flavour works really well. The sauce can be a little to thick but I always add a little water to get the right consistency. I'm not a big fan of the kidney beans but the Asda sauce doesn't have too many in it and if I've got the time I sometimes pick them out.
I always use frying steak with this sauce and serve it with rice and the essential sour cream. You've got to have sour cream; the coolness with the hot chilli is a great compliment and finishes it off nicely.
The cost of the jar is usually £0.99 and well worth the money. The jar holds 570g and
An average serving has about 80 calories. Until you add the sour cream.
Tomato Purée (46%), Tomatoes (14%), Red Kidney Beans (13%) [Kidney Beans, Lactic Acid, Salt] , Water , Onion (3.5%) , Sugar , Maize Starch , Red Chilies (2.1%) , Red Pepper (1.5%) , Lemon Juice from Concentrate , Vegetarian Beef Flavor Bouillon [Salt, Yeast Extract, Wheat Flour, Flavorings (contains Milk, Celery), Vegetable Oil , Onion Powder] , Chili Powder Blend [Paprika, Chili, Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Garlic] , Cumin , Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid) , Garlic Powder , Coriander , Salt , Kibbled Chilies , Chili Powder , Oregano , Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder , Black Pepper , Cayenne .
I got the information for the ingredients and calories from the Asda website. This is a great sauce and we usually have it at least once a week.
Because i am a lazy cook usually i cannot be bothered to make Chilli from scratch, so instead we use ready made sauces. Which i personally think taste just as good if you find the right one.
Tomato Purée (46%), Tomatoes (14%), Red Kidney Beans (13%) [Kidney Beans, Lactic Acid, Salt], Water, Onion (3.5%), Sugar, Maize Starch, Red Chillies (2.1%), Red Pepper (1.5%), Lemon Juice from Concentrate, Vegetarian Beef Flavour Bouillon [Salt, Yeast Extract, Wheat Flour, Flavourings (contains Milk, Celery), Vegetable Oil, Onion Powder], Chilli Powder Blend [Paprika, Chilli, Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Garlic], Cumin, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Garlic Powder, Coriander, Salt, Kibbled Chillies, Chilli Powder, Oregano, Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder, Black Pepper, Cayenne
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving Size - Per 1/4 jar
Energy KJ - 338
Protein - 3.0
Available Carbohydrate - 15.6
Of Which Sugars - 8.9
Fat - 0.6
Of which Saturates - 0.1
Fibre - 2.7
Sodium - 0.43
570g jar - 98p
Before i discovered this sauce i was using the similar Uncle Ben's jar. This is £1.67 for a 500g jar. I always found it fine for our needs. But one day when shopping they were sold out and i had already picked up all of the other ingredients for the chilli. So i decided to try the Asda cheaper alternative.
I was pleasantly surprised indeed. The Asda sauce tasted better than the Uncle Ben's option.
The sauce is very thick and tastes very tomatoey and has a great kick to it. My partner used to make me put extra chilli powder into the Uncle Ben's sauce. But this Asda version doesn't need any extra it is spicy enough already.
The only thing i don't like so much about this sauce is the kidney beans. They can be quite hard and i find i have to cook it a little bit more than what it suggests. But it doesn't put me off of the sauce i still think it tastes delicious. How can i complain when it is so much cheaper?
Give it a try, don't dismiss it because its a shops own brand.
(some facts taken from asda website)
I was looking for something unusual aside from my usual curries and lentil soups when I decided to cook a chicken chilli. This is basically a chilli con carne not with minced beef but with minced chicken to make a healthy alternative. I usually get minced chicken from my local butchers as long as I put in an advance order.
Aside from the meat, I know the main ingredients: kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, pepper and chilli. However, I had no clue about how to get the chilli taste so this is when I thought of buying a ready made sauce.
I was browsing the Asda aisle for the different options when I saw Asdas Texmex jars. After picking up a jar ans studying the ingredients and how to cook, I decided to go for the hot version, ASDA Texmex cooking sauce - hot chilli.
~~~ The Jar ~~~
The jar is a clear glass jar with a yellow label round the middle. The label has picture of part of a black bowl containing prepared chilli with mince looking quite appealing and tasty. It has a picture of 3 chillies in the bottom right to indicate the heat.
The product on the back of the label is described as 'Fiery chilli sauce with tomatoes, kidney beans, onion, chillies and green peppers' I'll come to that when I explain my experience.
The jar provides 570g of product and is about the same size as Dolmio or Ragu jars if you are familiar with those. The ingredients of the jar are listed at the end of this review but I will note that it states there are no colours or hydrogenated fat. I'm not a fan of ready meals and prefer to make meals from scratch. However, once studying the ingredients I will, at a push, use a jar in addition to meat and veg, so I was pleased about the ingredients in this jar being ok.
However, the label does state that the product contains gluten, milk, wheat, celery and celeriac and may contain traces of nuts and/or seeds. So people who are averse to these should probablynot use this product.
~~~ Instructions ~~~
The instructions are very straightforward consisting of few steps as follows:
1) Brown 454g of minced meat in a large pan
2) Drain off excess fat
3) Add 1 jar of ASDA Hot Chilli Sauce and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occassionally
4) Serve with boiled rice
This is very simple and takes no more than 45 minutes to prepare if you include preparing the meat for use. You can also boil the rice whilst the product is simmering.
~~~ My Experience ~~~
Firstly, I tasted the sauce before I put it into the meat. It is not hot. Now, I am very partial to extremely spicy food. Madras, vindaloo you get the idea, but this is quite tame For a product that is labelled hot, I would expect more heat and spice from the product but alas no. Also given that there are a lot of chilli types in the ingredients I can only surmise it is the proportion or some other ingredient that has neutralised the heat. For example, why would I want Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder in this product, unless to sweeten?
I would class this as mild, even to normal standards, so it made me wonder what the mild option would be like. However you do have the option of adding a hot sauce or as I did, freshly crushed whole black pepper to spice it up.
Secondly, I think the proportion of green peppers and onion was very low compared to the amount of meat and sauce so you are not able to taste those. Next time I make this, I will definitely be adding more vegetables into the mix.
Remember the fiery chilli experience etc description I mentioned? Well, this is certainly not fiery and in my opinion should not be described as such. Similarly I would question the whole description as the sauce was mainly tomato and kidney beans.
~~~ The Look & Taste ~~~
The sauce is quite creamy and a thick consistency. It is not a paste but is certainly not runny. However during the simmering it did start to thicken so I had to add a lot of water to stop it drying out. Given the proportion of meat to sauce I would say there is definitely enough sauce to cover the meat. As you would expect, it is very red and hardly any other colour. The onions and pepper are hardly noticeable.
I served with rice and there is enough sauce for both the meat and rice. On the first spoonful you can definitely feel the taste of the tomatoes. I would not say it is overpowering but it is definitely the only thing you can taste. It is almost as if the kidney beans, meat, veg and rice are there for texture rather than taste - it's all about the tomato. I think my idea of adding extra veg would not affect the amount of tomato.
The dish went down well. There were no complaints from the family and chicken chilli was quite a hit.
~~~ Verdict ~~~
As a quick way to make chilli, I would definitely recommend this, but you would have to make some adjustments in order really get the best out of it. However, I would question how the product can be described as hot or fiery when it most certainly is not.
The product does not contain much fat either, and the carb and sugar levels are quite reasonable given that this is a tomato based product and much of the sugars would come from that. One thing to note is that per quarter jar (approx 150g) salt is 1.1g which is quite high and over one sixth of your allowance.
So I am going to give it 3 stars as the heat can be overcome and it is a useful, somewhat healthy way to speed up dinner.
~~~ Other Info ~~~
Ingredients: Tomato puree (46%),Tomatoes (14%), Red Kidney Beans (13%) [Kidney Beans, Lactic Acid, Salt], Water, Onion (3.5%), Sugar, Maize Starch, Red Chillies (2.1%), Red Peppers (1.5%), Lemon Juice from concentrate, Vegetarian Beef Flavour Bouillon [Salt, Yeast Extract, Wheat Flour, Flavouring (Contains Milk), Vegetable Oil, Onion Powder], Chilli Powder Blend [Paprika, Chilli, Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Garlic], Cumin, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Garlic Powder, Coriander, Salt, Kibbled Chillies, Chilli Powder, Oregano, Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder, Black Pepper, Cayenne
Nutritional Info per quarter jar (approx 150g)
as Salt 1.1g
The product is 89p per jar and currently available on 3 for £2 offer which ends on 17/6/2008.
NB: You can make this with minced beef, I didn't because I don't eat beef.
Thank you for reading. Excuse my spanish in the summary - I'm not Spanish, I used babelfish ;o)
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© jupiter28 2008