When it comes to cooking I have to admit that I am not the worlds best at it but I get by. For quite a while I had been living on ready meals or takeaways and not only did that feel a very unhealthy way to eat but it was very expensive too.
I have recently moved flats and now I have a huge country style kitchen to which made my mum laugh when she saw it to which she muttered something about it probably never of having a takeaway in it before and at that moment I had an 'I'll show you mum' moment!
Since that day I have been cooking, knocked the takeaways on the head and put my kitchen to work. I still though rely on mixes such as this and a slow cooker and steamer and the likes but it works for me and I'm saving myself a small fortune! Lol
This mix I bought in my local Tesco store. It usually retails at around the 80p mark however I bought several different recipe mixes for just 10p each as they seemed to be selling loads and loads off so maybe they're changing the packaging of these or something like that.
This recipe mix comes in a plastic on the outside, silver foil on the inside large square sachet and the colourscheme of it is red and white and on the front of it we are clearly told that it is Schwartz Chilli Con Carne Recipe Mix, that it cooks in 25 minutes, serves 4 people and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown along with a photograph of a very nice looking chilli con carne all made up. On the back of the pack other information listed includes being told what ingredients you need to make up a chilli and directions for doing so are clearly stated, the ingredients used in this are given (This is suitable for vegetarians by the way), there is a full nutritional chart stated, the weight is given of the mix which is 41g, the best before date is clearly stated and contact details for the manufacturer are given. You simply open this sachet up with a pair of scissors and its all informative enough too.
Using this couldn't actually be any simpler and the directions for using it more easy to follow! All you do is fry off some mince and onions till lightly browned then add this mix in some water, a tin of tomatoes and a tin of kidney beans and allow it to simmer for about 25 minutes (at least). You can of course use any other ingredients that you want to, make it a vegetarian dish whatever......my mum even fries off some chilli's with the mince and onions in the beginning of preparing the chilli to make this one hotter cos she reckons it isn't hot enough for her and my Stepdad.
This mix makes up a browny/reddish sauce that smells of chilli's and it thickens up whilst cooking and clings on the the ingredients used and gives a lot of extra sauce. This is described on the back of the pack of the sachet as being 'Hot', for me it is reasonably so but not boiling, blow your lips off hot...I really like it.
I serve my chilli on top of a spud, with rice or whatever and I get 4 generous portions from this and being on my own I tend to keep half out and eat that and divide the rest into freezable cartons and pop them in my freezer so it works out very economical for me and gives me food that I can later defrost and reheat quickly.
A great buy these are and they get the thumbs up from me and are available from all good supermarkets and so on.
I am not usually a lover of packet mixes I prefer to use all my own ingredients but for Schwartz Chilli con Carne mix I make an exception, it is a great authentic mix to use in an emergency if you need to make a meal in a hurry it doesnt need many ingredients and most people will usually have most of them in their cupboard or freezer, if not a quick trip the the local store should suffice.
Schwartz do two packet mixes for Chill con Carne, this one and a hot one, I have tried both, the hot one is not that hot for me but for people who are not used to spicy food have commented that it has been far too hot for them, so I stick to this one and usually put a small bowl of finely chopped chillies on the table for anyone that wants to spice it up a bit more.
To serve 4 you will need:-
400g mince meat
I pkt Schwartz Chilli Con Carne mix
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
400g tin of red kidney beans
125ml of water
The pack tells you to brown the mince in a saucepan, drain excess liquid, add the packet contents, chopped tomatoes, kidney beans and water, cover and simmer for 15-25 minutes and serve with rice.
I am not too thrilled with the recipe here so I have adapted it and added a finely chopped medium onion and a finely chopped clove of garlic which I fry together with the mince at the start then I add the tomatoes and cover and simmer for 30 minutes to allow all the flavours from the meat, onion and garlic to come out. After 30 minutes I dissolve the contents of the packet in a jug with around 200 ml of hot water and add to the pan along with the kidney beans, stir well, cover and simmer for another 20 minutes, then serve with boiled rice. This makes as lovely authentic tasting Chilli con Carne.
Some people are not keen on kidney beans but still like Chilli con Carne so if this is the case I will use some finely chopped mushroom or finely chopped red or green pepper instead which I fry at the start along with the mince.
My family and friends all love this dish made with Schwartz and always say how great it tastes; it has become a favourite in my house.
Schwartz Chilli con Carne has 120 calories, 1.5g fat, 0.5 saturates per 41g pack.
The ingredients are:-
Wheat Flour, Potato starch, Chilli Powder, Chilli Pepper, Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Garlic, Onion Powder, Paprika, Maltodextrin, Cocoa powder, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder, White Pepper
Schwartz Chill con Carne mix is sold in most supermarkets and costs around 82p a packet.
I love these packets.
Although I prefer the hot version of this packet as it's a bit spicier, this packet gives you all the flavours of a chili without the heat, so you can add however much heat you like, if you tend to like things a bit mellower.
There are a lot of spices involved in making a chili and I think finding the right balance, when there are so many involved is really tricky, if you add too much of just one thing you can really ruin it so these packets are great as they seem to have got the blend of spices exactly right.
I use these for veggie chilies and I add it right at the last minute. I usually cook mine with onions, peppers, tomatoes and baked beans, and then adding this packet gives you a lovely chili flavour and not too much heat. I think you are supposed to mix it with a bit of water before you add it, but I tend to just throw it in and give it a stir as it makes the chillies thicker that way.
It's hard to describe the actual flavour of this packet as you would never eat it by itself, and it depends what you add it to, but I have never had any complaints about my chillies and I have always used schwartz.
I think one of these packets costs about 80p from the supermarket but they are sometimes on a multibuy offer. I would go for this one if you don't like too much heat and if you are looking for something with a bit of a kick, pick up the hot one.
A great cupboard essential.
I am a big fan of spicy food so on my weekly shop I ensure that I buy a chilli mix for me and my partner. I have used lots of different chilli mixes in the past but always find myself buying this one by Schwartz. They do two of these packets one is hot chilli con carne and the other is just a basic mix. I have picked up the hot version once but found this too hot so have made sure that I have avoided this since.
This packet I always find hard to find due to it is always out of stock the day that I go shopping and they do not have the option to buy it on the online service from asda. When I am able to get it I tend to buy at lest 4 packets to make sure that I have it in stock, or if my mother in law sees some she picks me a packet up. There are available in asda but I have not been able to see them in any other supermarket and no local shops sell it either which can be quite frustrating. I can understand why it is a sell out because it is the best packet that I have ever had.
This packet has no hydrogenated fat, no added preservatives, no artificial colourings or flavourings and no added msg. The servings is guided at 4 people, now there are only 2 people in our house that eats this and we do fill the plates and struggle to finish the meal so this would definitely feed 4 people. This contains basic ingredients nothing special a few spices and vegetable powders.
This is easy to use and the directions are easy to understand there are only 4 steps to make the meal. All you have to do to make the mixture is add water to the packet and pour it into your meal. It does tell you the ingredients that you need but I add mushrooms to mine too to suit our tastes. You are also able to cook this by microwave, I have not done this due to I am not confident in cooking meat in my microwave and prefer hob cooking.
There is allergy advice on the back of the packet which states that it contains wheat. It also gives you hints and tips to make another meal which I must try to see what it would be like. This is a good value packet at just over £1 a pack and is worth it to give your meal a chilli taste. It is a mild taste that you can still taste the spices but are not overpowering. It is not powdery when cooked like other sauces that I have eaten. It is a perfect balance of ingredients that not one overpowers another which I like.
If you are a chilli lover you will love this and would advise that you try this with your next meal. I have found it much better than other brands of this powder and very easy to make and understand. It is worth the money and the best taste I have had in a chilli packet ever.
Schwartz Hot Chilli Con Carne
(Note - this is for the hot packet rather than the original)
Chilli powder (chilli, pepper, cumin, salt, oregano, garlic)
Although you can deviate from the recommended recipie found on the back of the packet, you will need minced beef, chopped tomatoes, red kidney beans and water for the base ingredients.
It is a very simple recipe to make. Simply brown the mince and then add the packet mix along with tomatoes, kidney beans and water; bringing to the boil and simmering.
Cooking takes approximately 20-30 minutes and then I like to serve this with rice though it can be eaten alone or however is preferable.
Although this is hot chilli con carne mix, I do tend to put more spices in as my taste seems to require a little spicier. It does have a bite to it though not at all mouth burning. The taste does enhance the chilli con carne and is time saving in a lot of aspects though does not give a huge amount of different taste to that of completely home made mix.
Mixed with the rest of the ingredients, the odour is quite pleasant and mouth watering. It is as you would expect it to smell like - the chilli con carne smell with the spice smell heightening the nose buds. Before cooking, the smell of the spices is quite powerful though this smell is minimised after cooking.
The packet mix makes the chilli dish a little more thicker though not overly - just enough to be noticeable.
It is difficult to comment on the appearance of the actual mix once cooked as it mingles with the rest of the food and becomes invisible. Before cooking, the mix is bitty with obvious spice signs.
The packet is average size in a yellow tinge with a mouth watering image of the chilli dish on the front. Recipe and ingredients can be found on the back.
This packet costs around 0.50p which I think is a great low price.
Although not the best addition to a chilli I have tasted, it is low cost and time saving and does add that little bit extra to the meal so is fully recommended.
I put a suggestion in to Dooyoo for Schwartz Chilli Con Carne about 10 days again and its finally been approved. I decided I wanted to review this packet mix as its one of my favourite dishes and can be enjoyed any time night or day.
Schwartz Chilli Con Carne mix is a medium-heat chilli sauce mix with chilli powder, cumin and cocoa powder and is suitable for vegetarians. Allergen advice: contains wheat.
What you will need:
- 450g of minced beef - 400g tin chopped tomatoes - 400g tin red kidney beans - 4floz of water and most importantly 1 packet of Schwartz Chilli Con Carne Recipe Mix.
Now I dont like Kidney beans so substitute these for baked beans and the first time I used tinned tomatoes I found they took alot of the chilli taste away so I generally dont use these either (not that I'm fussy of course).
Brown mince in a saucepan draining any excess liquid.
Add the packet contents with the water. Add tomatoes, kidney beans if required. Bring to the boil and stir.
Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Serve with rice and garlic bread, oh and wine.
It can also be cooked in the microwave. Place mince in a bowl and cook on high for 4 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on high for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. I have never tried this way and dont think I ever will, cooking mince in the microwave really doesnt appeal to me.
This is a great meal that serves four and if there is any leftovers they can be frozen and still tastes great when re heated. This is one of the only meals I can eat the day after a heavy night on the town. It does wonders. Its also a meal that I can eat for breakfast, for dinner or for tea.
If your not really much of a mince fan you could make the chilli with cubes of beef instead and cook slowly in a medium oven until rich and tender. I prefer mine with mince but it is very nice with cubes of meat as well.
Each sachet has 41g and contains 120kcal, 3.6g of fat, 7.9g of protein, 57.2g of carbohydrates, 3.9g of fibre and 1.7g of sodium. It has no hydrongenated fat or perservatives and no artificial colours or flavours.
Schwartz packets can be bought at most supermarkets for around 86p and are usually on offer for 3 for £2.00.
I have tried the Colemans Chilli Mix but for me the Schwartz Chilli Mix wins every time. The flavour is a little stronger and only makes your nose run a little bit. It tastes great with lots of rice and garlic bread. Its one of those meals that I will never get bored of eating.
There is also a Schwartz Hot Chilli Con Carne which I picked up once by accident and oh my god was it hot. I wont be making that mistake again, the normal pack is just right for me and I will continue to replenish my stock whenever I get low.
For further recipe ideas visit www.schwartz.co.uk.