“ Brand: Heinz / Type: Beans „
I really like BBQ sauce and I am really lazy when it comes to making myself something to eat before I go to work. I saw these BBQ beans in Asda for 64p and as I liked the sweet chilli ones from the same range I thought I would give these a try.
The can is wrapped in the classic aqua paper of Heinz products. Built in to the Heinz logo is a picture of baked beans. The logo is in gold with white and brown writing. The product is described as Heinz baked beans in a smokey BBQ tomato sauce. It gives a serving suggestion on the back of "try pouring over potato wedges and top with sour cream."
The beans can be heated on the hob or by putting them in the microwave for 2 ½ minutes. The beans are suitable for vegetarians and people on a Gluten free diet. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The can is 390g in size and a serving size is recommended as half a can. Half a can will give you 154kcals, 9.5g of protein, 28.0f of carbohydrates of which 13.0g are sugars, 0.4g of fat of which a trace is saturates, 7.5g of fibre and 0.6g of sodium.
I poured the beans in to a saucepan and they looked the same colour as normal beans, well maybe a shade darker. I didn't get any initial smell from them. They took 4 minutes to heat on the hob and as they began to warm up, the sauce gave off a lovely smokey smell. The beans themselves were a good size and you get a decent amount of sauce but not so much that the beans look like they are drowning in it. The sauce tasted just like a normal barbeque sauce and was lovely. I had the whole can on some toast and found it really filling. I am glad I didn't have to share these beans as they are much too nice for that. I will be buying these again.
I bought these beans after trying the 'Sweet Chilli' flavour in the 'Mean Beanz' range from Heinz. I was slightly underwhelmed by the Sweet Chilli and was curious whether the Smokey BBQ flavour was any better. Other Heinz Baked Bean flavours available on the market include Curry and Jalfrezi.
The beans are sold in large sized 390 gram sized tins (costing around 64p) which tend to make up around two medium to large servings. All information regarding the product is available on the wrapper. This includes full ingredients. I was slightly worried that the list of ingredients don't fully state what constitutes the 'flavouring' that gives these beans their smokey taste though.
The ingredients actually consist of:
Haricot beans (50%), Water, Concentrated Tomato Puree (14%), Sugar, Salt, Modified Cornflour, Colours, Plain Caramel and Paprika Extract and Flavouring.
Nutritional values are given per 100g or per half tin. They state that 100 grams of beans provides 79 calories and 0.2 grams of fat and 3.8 grams of fibre which makes these a healthy option.
Cooking instructions state these can be cooked in the microwave or on the hob. Either way these are ready to eat in a few minutes and make for a quick, easy meal.
On opening the tin I was hit by a very strong smokey smell that reminded me of hotdogs. This aroma is just as strong when the beans are cold as when they are cooked. It's a real campfire kind of smell and one I'd describe in general as 'meaty'. It was so meaty, infact, that I returned to reading the wrapper to check these were suitable for vegetarians, which they definately are. The aroma is mouth wateringly good.
The beans differ from your 'original' baked beans in that they appear to be slightly smaller in size. The sauce also appears to be denser, more gelatinous, more 'gooey', it sort of hangs in icicle style points when you drag a fork through it. It also has a much brighter red/orange hue to the colouring which mean these beans look quite attractive on the dinner plate, a bit more posh perhaps than your normal baked beans!
A serving suggestion on the can states that you could eat these with potato wedges and sour cream. I'd actually go along with this after trying the beans in the somewhat more boring style of 'beans on toast'. I definately feel these beans need to be spiced up with other ingredients as they just aren't as "exciting" as the brand claim they are. After tasting them initially I found myself striving to find the 'smokey BBQ' flavour. It was barely there. After a few mouthfuls I could taste it a little bit but it basically tasted like these were 'original' tomato sauce beans that had been cooked over an open fire. There was no tang or meaty juiciness that I often associate with smoked foods like smoked cheese, for instance. I found that the inner core of the soft, pulpy bean was a more overwhelming flavour than the smokey BBQ and to me this is very dissapointing. I was expecting a way more juicy and noticable flavour. To call the flavour 'mild' would be an overstatement.
Although the beans and sauce are of a high quality and can form part of a tasty meal, I don't think these beans offer much in terms of flavour from 'original' Heinz baked beans. I just don't see the point in making a product like this if the flavouring is going to be so weak. This is the second flavour in Heinz's flavoured beans range that I've thought was just too tame. These might work better alongside barbequed food or something with herbs or added spice. I also think they'd compliment hotdogs. If you are expecting something that'll blow your tastebuds off though, look elsewhere.
I bought a tin of these beans with my other half in mind as he absolutely adores anything bbq flavoured. I am currently doing weight watchers and I had fathomed that half a tin of these beans equates to 2 points (154 calories and only a trace of saturated fat) so I could have them with some low fat oven chips and a quorn escalope for a bit of a lazy but low point meal.
The tin cost me 64p and is a full size 390g tin. I noticed that they also do mexican, sweet chilli and curry versions of these beans which I may try in the future but these were my first choice as I knew my other half would like them.
As with any baked beans, these only needed a couple of minutes in a pan on the hob to be at edible temperature, they can also be microwaved but I dislike the way the sauce thickens and crusts around the edges when you do this so I always make them the old fashioned way.
On serving I noticed that they are a darker colour than normal beans, more of a mid brown than the usual orange, you can also smell the bbq flavouring straight away. However, on tasting the beans both me and my other half were surprised at how subtle the actual flavour is. You can taste the bbq but not half as much as we were expecting which was a bit of a shame.
Maybe we just like strongly flavoured products or they cater for a market with less robust tastebuds than ours but we felt inclined to mix some actual bbq sauce into the beans for added zing. This did work but to be honest we were disappointed that there was a need to do so.
I notice on the label it stipulates that these beans are free from artificial flavours and it make me wonder whether that is the key here as they have tried to obtain the smokey flavour with natual ingredients. It might be better for you but to my mind the flavour is too weak.
Anyway, for 64p a can I do not think I will be buying these again, rather I will buy a supermarket own brand for a considerable amount less and make my own with the bbq sauce we always have in the fridge - I expected better things from Heinz!
Continuing my theme this week of wanting comfort food I decided today that I would have a Jacket Potato with Cheese and Beans. I wanted a change from regular beans though so a few days ago I had already picked up these Heinz "Mean Beanz" in a Smokey BBQ sauce and saved them for today's Potato.
Coming in the can as illustrated above so no need to describe they are regular Heinz beans but have added "tang" and the can tells you that these "assault your tastebuds". Costing 41p for a 390 gram can they are slightly more expensive than regular beans but I decided they were worth the extra for the added flavour as I am quite partial to the taste of Barbecue sauce.
Opening the can (with the ring pull, no can opener required here) I was met with the familiar sight of baked beans in a sauce, unlike the regular tomato sauce this was a darker colour; still red but a very deep shade. There was no apparent smell when cold and I set about heating them up in a pan on the hob as instructed. After only a few minutes they were hot enough to serve so on top of my Jacket potato they were placed.
When hot they did smell rich and smoky and I was reminded of the BBQ sauce that you can buy separately, however rather than "assaulting my tastebuds" as the can claimed they were pretty tame really. Delicious as they were they were unfortunately nowhere near as smokey as I was expecting and in fact I added extra Barbecue sauce on the top of them just to enhance the flavour.
Overall I was slightly disappointed if I'm being honest, I think for the extra flavour they claim to have it wasn't that apparent at all really. I probably would have been better off sticking to a regular can of beans and adding a separate sauce like I ended up doing so for that reason I probably wouldn't bother buying these again.
Being a can of beans they are always a good source of fibre and provide very little fat, a half can serving provides only 154 calories, 0.4 grams of fat, no saturated fat at all and 13 grams of sugar so as part of a main meal you can't go wrong really.
I wouldn't recommend these to someone who likes their BBQ sauce to be strong; if you just want a hint then they would definitely suit you. For me they were nice but not great so would only give them 3 out of 5 stars.
I was in Tescos last week looking for a can of baked beans for that simple snack/meal beans on toast. Whilst I would normally buy a multipack of baked beans, I decided on making an impulse buy of Mean Beanz - Smokey BBQ flavour. I have used the Mexican variety of these beans for Chilli con carne which works well, and had high hopes for these beans - I wasn't disappointed.
Packaging: The beans are contained wthin a standard tin can, but the mostly black paper label has a wild west theme which the Heinz Mean Beanz - Smokey BBQ description looking like a "wanted" poster. The label also has a picture of the beans with potato wedges and sour cream which is one of the serving recommendations. The can weighs 390g.
Appearance and smell: When I opened up the can, I was expecting to see standard haricot beans but in a dark brown (i.e. BBQ) sauce. However, for appearance alone, I would find it difficult to distinguish these beans from a normal can of Heinz baked beans. The beans are haricot beans, but the sauce is a dark red colour, perhaps slightly darker than normal baked beans. In terms of the smell though, the sauce is completely different and smells exactly like smokey BBQ sauce. The smell was aromatic without being overpowering, and was very tempting as the beans warmed up on the hob.
Taste: The taste was excellent. After cooking the beans on a medium heat for a few minutes, the beans were nice and soft, and the sauce perfectly captured the BBQ flavour. I found the sauce much tastier and moreish than normal baked bean sauce, and it provided a very nice dip for the leftover toast. For good measure I decided to cook up some pork sausages with the beans of toast which also worked well with the meal.
Value for money: This can was 62p from memory, and was a comparable price to a standard single can of Heinz baked beans. This would not be the best value for money if you are on a budget, but the beans do make a a nice treat if you fancy a change. I could not see any multipack versions of these beans which would improve the value for money.
Overall: I was impressed with the overall BBQ sauce flavour and thought that these beans were much better than regular baked beans and were excellent for beans on toast. Although the value for money is not the best, I shall continue buying this product as an occasional flavoursome treat.
At 69p per tin in TescoIi would never have given these a second glance in the past preferring the discounted brands of beans at 29p. My experience with these beans started when my slimming world journey started and I became aware that these beans are free on the green plan.
Normally I add a tablespoon of brown sauce to my beans but having to use my precious syns on this had me cursing so I decided to buy a tin of these at my next shop.
The first thing I noticed was the brilliant and clever packaging. The tin is designed to look like a wanted poster as the beans are 'mean' and there is a picture of a sheriff bean in a badge and hat on the tin. The black can look stylish in my trolley and is a lot more fun than my typical tesco value tinned beans.
The top has the convenient ring pull open, so you can get into them in a hurry and also it is much easier than digging out the tin opener! Within the tin is a heck of a lot of beans in just the right amount of saucy sauce. They leave the tin easily and jump seemingly happy into your bowl ready to be cooked.
The tin says 'baked baenz with tang' but these are not tangy. They taste just like you would imagine 'smokey bbq' to taste, a kind of bbq sauce mixed with the smokey flavour you get from bbq'ing a piece of meat. They don't taste meaty at and are 100% vegetarian, also containing no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. This meant I was happy to top a jacket potato with them for my 3 children who absolutely loved these!
Calories wise these are similar to regular beans with half a can providing 154 and with very low fat at 0.4g per half can and only a trace of that being saturated fat, I would say these are suitable for any of those watching their weight! They are even suitable for a gluten free diet (says so on the can). If you do only eat half the can you can put the other half in a covered container in the fridge for up to 2 days :)
The back of the can has some recipe ideas which is unique and makes a difference to my value tins. I like the idea of adding to a sheperds (or cottage pie) to bulk it out and add flavour. I also think I will be using these in a quorn sausage casserole for a green day feast.
Although 30p more than conventional value beans I think bearing in mind you get a ring pull open and a real tin full o beanz with a unique flavour means these are well worth it and will be a regular on my shopping list (although i am going to try mixing a tin of these with a tin of cheapo beans to stretch them further)