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Food Review: Southgate All Beef Chili with beans

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Chili is ALWAYS best made from scratch, but there is a place for the canned stuff in my pantry.

In a pinch, canned chili is a quick and convenient meal that's hearty and will satisfy a chili craving.

But not all canned chili is created equal.  Hormel instantly comes to mind as a canned chili that is not worthy of a repeat buy with a less-than-generous amount of meat, mushy beans, and a bland gravy.

Adding to my pantry, I recently picked up some Southgate All Beef Chili with beans.  I've never tried this brand before, so I figured it was worth the gamble to sample and besides, it couldn't be any worse than Hormel.

Southgate Chili
Chili over white rice

Prepared on the stovetop and served over white rice - my favorite way to enjoy chili - this is pretty good stuff for a canned chili and a discount brand at that!  The portion of ground beef was decent, there was also a good amount of beans that were firm, not mushy, and bringing it all together was a very pleasant-tasting gravy.  With a nicely balanced tomato base, you get the notes of chili pepper, onion, cumin, garlic, and oregano.  

A 15-ounce can of Southgate Chili will cost you $1.25 at Dollar Tree.  It's very reasonably priced and it tastes good making it worthy of a repeat buy.  This chili without question tastes better than Hormel and I know that's not saying much, but I would put it up against Campbell's Chunky Chili, Wolf Brand Chili, and Walmart's store brand Great Value as better tasting.  I'm giving Southgate All Beef Chili with beans 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Compare the $1.25 you'll spend on the Southgate to the $1.79 for Hormel, $2.26 for Wolf, and $1.63 for Great Value.  Southgate is worth having a couple cans in your pantry.

4 stars

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~ Mike

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Delbert Van Natta

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Your chili is the best canned chili I've had, excellent flavor. 5 star.


I’ve been a lifetime Hormel fan’ but I recently tried Southgate and have found my new favorite chilli. As stated before the beef content is adequate and the beans aren’t mushy. Great taste and a hearty treat! The flavor and spice content is far less overpowering than Wolfe Chili which makes even more pleasing to the taste buds. Looking forward to trying other items from Southgate to include their beef stew.

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