“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Chilli „
To spice up my bean intake (i've become a little bored with the common-or-garden Heinz variety) I recently decided to give Tesco's 'Chilli Beans' a go, and ultimately infuse my occasional foray into the world of the legume with a spicy blast. To confuse matters, the product is identical to Tesco's 'Red Kidney Beans in Chilli Sauce' - it's just that a recent re-branding has taken place, and there seems to be two versions of the same thing. The 420g tin is available to pick up for 78p, which I feel is a reasonable price to pay considering its size.
Just like Haricot beans, the Red Kidney variety are pretty good for you - low in fat and calories while high in protein. They also contain what scientists call 'phytonutrients', which are said to prevent heart disease and cancer. Therefore, eating these beans is not only a tasty experience, but it could also prolong your life - save yourselves!
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The ingredient list is a follows;
Red Kidney Beans (46%), Tomato Puree, Water, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Spices, Herbs, Garlic, Flavourings, Onion Powder, and Chilli Extract.
Appearance & Taste
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The texture of the beans is a little harder than the regular baked variety, and to be honest I class this as a good thing - with a firmer texture there's less chance of mushiness (and I'm not entirely keen on bean mushiness!). The flavour is really tasty - fairly sweet with a spicy kick in the aftertaste. It's probably just the right level of spiciness - not too hot to be uncomfortable, but just enough chilli to add an extra dimension to the taste. For a lunchtime snack I often get one of the smaller 200g cans and eat it cold - it's really tasty this way, very handy, and undoubtedly filling.
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Tesco's Chilli Beans are a surprisingly delicious meal accompaniment which can also be consumed as a tasty lunchtime snack in their own right. They can be used as a base for chili-con-carne, or added to a salad to add some extra interest. I would certainly buy them again, and would recommend them as a must have food to have stored in the cupboard.
Nutritional Info Per 100g
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Saturated Fat: 0.2g