Chili is one of those foods that just screams winter. It's comforting on its own or serves as the perfect way to warm up an otherwise mediocre meal. However, unless you spend the time to make it yourself, chili can be a hit or miss - either too salty, not enough flavor, or too thin. Well, not long after I got out my winter gear, I cracked open my first can of Amy's Light in Sodium Spicy Organic Chili. There have already been rave reviews of Amy's Organic Medium Chili and Amy's Organic Medium Chili with Vegetables, so I was excited to try this as well.
You will immediately notice the abundance of red beans and ground tofu throughout the thick concoction. The tofu is just slightly discernible in the flavor department, but far from appalling (especially for those who like their tofu). There is also a plethora of sautéed onions and green peppers that add an extra element. However, this is labeled spicy and I just didn't feel like it was SPICAYYY! Don't get me wrong, it's got some heat that will linger after each bite and possibly give you the sniffles, but it won't cause smoke to come out of your ears - perfect for those who gravitate towards more mild creations.
Beware as you are dishing up because each can contains 2 cups, but 1 cup is a serving, which provides 280 calories, 9 grams of total fat & 1 gram of saturated fat (14% & 5% of the daily value), 340 mg of sodium (14% of the DV), 7 grams of fiber (28% of the DV), 5 grams of sugars and 13 grams of protein. This is calorie rich, but it's also rich in fiber, protein and healthy fats. Plus the sodium is somehow low - although you'd never guess.
The 99% organic, vegan ingredient list is delightfully as simple as can be. Overall, the robust flavor profile accompanies a thick chili texture that tastes like it's been stewing in the crock pot all day long! Perfect for college kids, such as myself, that only get to encounter said crock pot during Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would buy Amy's Light in Sodium Spicy Organic Chili again and pronto. The price tag of $2.99 shouldn't do much to deter you.