Monday, November 10, 2014
Trader Joe's Premium Select Chicken Chili With Beans
First, let's establish that I have eaten a lot of canned chili. I'm confident that I have averaged more than one can a month for my entire adult life. I'm 53. Something like 400 cans of it, then, including a wide variety of brands and styles.
So please understand that it means something serious when I say this: I believe that the above-pictured item may be the best can of chili I've ever had. (I've had better homemade chili, of course--hence the qualifier "can.")
It's spiced exactly to my taste. There aren't a lot of hunks of onion/celery/peppers. The beans and pieces of chicken have distinct flavors when you bite into them, rather than having one homogeneous flavor permeating everything. The proportions of beans to meat and solids to the liquid base are just right. It's really excellent in every way.
After one trial, it has knocked everything else off of my list of mainstay chilis. I didn't have one favorite, but had preferences for several that were pretty good. Now I have one favorite.
Will I buy it again?
It just became one of those items that I will always keep on the shelf for when the urge strikes. So yes, in a big way. Additionally: Top Ten. Yep--it's that good.