“ Brand: Tesco „
I am terrible for nipping to the shops to purchase a couple of items and coming out with far more. This was no exception today when I popped into the Tesco express store which is located close to my workplace. I only went in for a loaf of bread but ended up purchasing quite a few tins of soup which were on a price decrease. One of the tins of soup was the Tesco own brand Chunky Chilli Meal Soup which was priced at just £0.44 for a 400g tin.
The soup comes packaged in a traditional metal can with a ring pull lid. The can is covered with a wraparound paper label which details all the information that you need to know about the soup. On the front of the label is a picture of the soup served in a bowl surrounded by a picture of the fresh ingredients contained within the soup. On the back of the label you can find full nutritional information, ingredients listings, allergy advice and heating instructions. It also states that the can is recyclable.
The can was very easy to open with the ring pull with it coming off easily without too much effort. As soon as I opened the soup I noticed the smell of the soup was quite strong but very pleasant and just like my homemade chilli con carne. You can heat this soup up on the hob in a saucepan or in the microwave. I heated the soup on the hob which did take the recommended time of around 3-4 minutes so was very quick and easy with it just requiring to be stirred a couple of times during heating.
The soup is as it states is a chunky style soup containing pieces of beef, chunky vegetables and red kidney beans in a spicy soup. The soup was a red/brown colour and I could see that there was a good amount of beef contained in the soup when I poured it into the can. Even after the heating process the vegetable kept their shape and did not have a mushy texture when eating. The soup was fairly spicy but also had quite a rich taste, the soup itself is of quite a thick consistency and does provide a nice hearty, warming meal.
Overall I was very impressed with this soup and will certainly be going back to purchase a few more tins while it is on special offer as it provides a lovely filling, cheap meal.
With the cold weather seemingly coming back, today I decided to have soup for my lunch. Soup always seems to be a staple in my cupboards and one of the soups that always seems to be in there is the Chunky Chilli Meal Soup from Tesco.
My other half is a huge fan of Heinz Big Soups, but I'm not a fan of their large tins (I find them a bit too much for one person, but not enough for two) and their quite expensive price tag. Therefore I'm always trying to push him to try cheaper brands and this soup seems to have worked. This 400g tin of soup costs 74p in Tesco.
The tin does look different to the picture above and is now a red tin with a spoon of the chilli soup on the front which is covered in white writing. It looks a lot like other soup tins so you do have to look out for it.
It is described as 'a spicy soup with chunky vegetables, beef and red kidney beans'. It's easily cooked either in the microwave or on the hob for a few minutes. I chose to cook it on the hob, purely because I think soups taste better when cooked this way.
On opening the tin you are hit with an instant smell of chilli, which smells fairly pleasant and not too spicy. Upon pouring the can in to a pan, you can clearly see the chunks of meat and kidney beans, though I think the words 'chunky vegetables' was a bit optimistic as there only seems to be large chunks of potatoes. Upon closer inspection of the tin the soup does also include green pepper and onion but they are definitely not there in big chunks in the soup! The soup looks fairly thick, but not quite as chunky as a branded soup.
After heating the soup up, I topped it with some grated cheese and served it with a couple of slices of buttered bread. The soup itself is not overly spicy, but there is a slight kick there which is nice and makes it really tasty. The potatoes are really nice and soft and teamed with the kidney beans helps make the soup more filling. The only let down for me was the beef chunks, which although didn't taste terrible, weren't particularly nice either. This might just be me being fussy as when my other half eats this soup he wolfs it all down with no complaints!
I don't like the fact they call it a 'meal soup' as although its filling, its no more so than other soups and even for lunch it needs to be served with bread. The only other downside to this soup is that eating a whole can equals 40% of your daily allowance of salt which is a lot!
I would definitely recommend this soup if you like chilli as it does taste nice and has a little bit of spice to it. I personally think it makes a nice change to the usual soups I eat, which tend to be a bit plainer. Therefore, this will continue to stay stocked in my kitchen cupboards!