|Seriously intriguingly good chili
I’m not going to lie. When my hazel-hued eye orbs made contact with Homestyles Beef Chili with Beans, two things immediately jumped out at me. That golden, sun yellow, fun, yellow, heavy box of ready-to-serve beef chili looked a little too good to be true: First, how in the heck can something with that much meat be shelf stable, and secondly, how’s a shelf-stable, beef-based chili going to taste?
A quick peek at the label (picture below) and I was surprised to see that nothing in terms of ingredients jumped out at me and shrieked scary thoughts as a shelf-stable meat product–at least not what I’m accustomed to seeing in terms of polysyllabic latinates. From tomato puree, to ground and diced beef, to black soybeans, green pepper, textured vegetable protein (soy), and spices (and a small amount of oat product), the product is about what the average low carber would produce in their own kitchens. Pretty legit.
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But, again. How does it taste?
With black soybeans playing the part of the starchier black beans, Homestyles chili was surprisingly delicious, and precisely what one might expect from a quality, commercial chili. Spicy, with notes of chili powder, cumin, pepper, and nightshades, the chili is thick, filled with both ground beef and chunks of beef that promise (and deliver) terrific texture and flavor. And again, I say–from a shelf stable product.
|Look at this gorgeousness
David, from Homestyles, even had this to say: The unique packaging is done in a highly sophisticated USDA-inspected plant in Oregon. They really helped us deliver this recipe with all the goodness we could imagine. Nice!
And at only 4 net carbs for each ample, 10 ounce serving, and at less than $3, this is definitely a more economical choice in terms of travel for business, camping, work or for school–and especially since it’s shelf stable.
To serve, microwave by lifting one corner of the plastic flap and allow to cool slightly; or, if you’re at home, pour contents into a pot, heat and serve. Heck, you could eat it at room temperature, right out of the box, which makes it perfect for transporting places you don’t have access to a refrigerator.
And because the flavors and textures are so spot on, there’s no reason to tell the kids they’re eating something low carb, is there? Didn’t think so. They’ll never notice.
Homestyles Beef Chili with Beans
Price: $2.69 10 oz. container
Bonuses: Only 4 net carbs, 250 calories, shelf stable, meat and chili have great texture and taste
Usefulness: For travel, work, school lunches, camping, anywhere refrigeration isn’t an option
Negative: Contains soy, for those with an aversion, and a wee bit of oat product
Found: Store Locator
Disclosure: This product was not provided free of charge for review, and has not affected my opinion of the stuff.