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Heinz Mean Beans Sweet Chilli
Member Name: cyberem78
Heinz Mean Beans Sweet Chilli
Advantages: Taste nice, high quality ingredients.
Disadvantages: Aren't chilli enough! Taste like Heinz 'hidden veg' product.
I am a vegetarian and I often turn to Heinz Baked Beans on buttered toast as a quick and effortless (lazy!) meal. It can become a bit bland and 'samey' though so I often find myself adding a bit of tomato ketchup or worcester sauce to the beans during cooking. That's why I found these Sweet Chilli flavoured beans so appealling when I saw them in Asda recently. Finally, I thought, I can still get the comfort meal of beans on toast but with a bit of a tastebud kick!
These are produced by Heinz and are one of their four Heinz 'Mean Bean' flavours with the others being Mexican, Jalfrezi and Tikka. They are sold in large tins of 390 grams and I bought mine for 70p which was 20p more than they were selling the regular Heinz baked beans in the same sized tin.
The tin has an easy pull ring where you can peal the lid back with the littlest effort. The tin and label are fully recyclable. All information about the product is listed on the label including company contact information and ingredients.
The ingredients don't state that these are haricot beans. To me they appear slightly smaller than their regular baked beans though. There is 50% beans and 27% tomatoes which make up the sauce. Other additions to the sauce are water, sugar, red peppers (2%), chilli powder, spices, onion and paprika extract. There is also an added sweetner. The beans are suitable for a gluten free diet and for vegetarians.
You can cook these on the hob or microwave, basically warming them until they are hot all the way through. It only takes a couple of minutes for them on the hob and around a minute and a half in the microwave.
The beans have a darker, redder and slightly thicker sauce than regular baked beans. This is also streaked with dots and dashes of red peppers. They look very rich and tasty and even could be described as appearing a bit more upmarket than regular beans!
I had these with toast although the serving suggestion on the tin says to put them with nachos and guacamole. I think this might be a better way to eat them actually as on buttered toast they just don't do it for me! I find the chilli flavour to be virtually non-existent. I love the flavour of chilli and actually eat chilli peanuts every single day so perhaps my tastebuds are too used to stronger flavours but I really can barely detect the chilli in the beans' sauce. I actually think the taste is more like red peppers with a subtle sweet undertone. That clash of the sharp and sweet is a lovely mix though. The beans are also uncannily like Heinz 'Hidden Veg' beans (which also contain mulched red peppers), infact I'd be willing to bet if I had them side by side I wouldn't be able to differentiate between the two of them.
Despite failing to impress me with the strength of the sweet chilli flavour I do think the beans have a nice taste and are certainly different from and more spicy than regular beans. The beans, as always with Heinz, are top quality too and are succulent and soft. Some cheaper brands often have that chalky dryness to the core of the bean but every bean in a Heinz tin is of perfect texture. I will certainly buy these again but I'll do so knowing the flavour isn't as strong as I originally thought it might be! I'd award these 4 out of five stars for the quality and the pleasant taste but I'd knock a star off because the chilli flavour isn't pronounced as much as it could be.
These beans provide a lot of fibre which is great for keeping the digestive system in peak condition. They also provide 139 calories per 1/2 can and 0.5 grams of fat which means these are a healthy, low fat option.
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Summary: A (mildy) spicy alternative to regular beans.
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