We were sent a jar of Very Lazy Food's Chilli con carne cooking concentrate to try, with the weather turning dreary and nights drawing in my thoughts are turning to warming 'comfort' food so this seemed like an ideal opportunity to try out a winter favourite!
I have to confess I made Mr G do the cooking, as I knew he couldn't really go wrong and it gave me a night off! The jar says to add tomatoes, minced beef, kidney beans and red pepper, as Mr G has an aversion to red pepper he didn't add any, but followed the instructions otherwise! He has described this as a super lazy way to 'create' in the kitchen! It was as easy as pouring in a jar of sauce, but with alot more flavour! If you are wondering why you should buy this concentrate instead of a simple jar of sauce I shall explain!
Mr G got a real enjoyment from cooking the chilli, but without the stress of having to find a recipe season 'to taste' or any of the other stuff that goes along with cooking from scratch. It is a halfway house, providing the opportunity to cook a proper 'home cooked' meal within a limited time and even with limited skills!
The finished product smelt superb, and looked delicious! I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to eating spicy food and my home made chilli is really a spaghetti bolognese with added chilli, so I was a little worried what I would think! The Very Lazy Food Chilli con carne has a strong flavour, it is warming but not exactly 'hot', if you imagine quite a peppery flavour then it is that sort of warming flavour! The small jar easily created enough chilli for 4 ample portions, and while I did need to take a breather and enjoy a cool drink after a few mouthfuls I would certainly happily enjoy it again!
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Disclaimer: We were sent a jar of Very Lazy Chilli Con Carne Concentrate in return for the review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.