Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)
Well, well, well, aren’t these Hot Chili Lime Puffs a complete 180 from the other Beanitos we recently reviewed?!! (Truth be told, Beantitos contacted us after that other review and said that we must have stumbled upon a bad bag, and that we should give them another shot. So, we shall see, maybe we will be updating that review). Before we do that, let’s discuss Beanitos Bean Puffs. That’s right, puffs made from beans….?! Definitely a first for us!
The bean puffs themselves are recognizably different than the traditional corn puffs that most of us know and love. Their texture has a tougher and denser crunch, and at the same time they also do not deliver that always delightful, tongue-melting, puff mouth texture! They do finally melt, but these puffs require a significantly more amount of mouth moisture, and tongue time, than traditional puffs. That being said, we are being picky here, and we were comparing these next to some other corn puffs at the same time. We’re more than sure that if you set a bowl of these out at a party, most people would be crunching on these and be none the wiser that they are consuming bean puffs. In other words, these are by no means bad.
These bean puffs are liberally coated with a tasty combination of seasoning. First, a zippy sour tang from a splash of lime, envelops the palette, and surprisingly enough, does not subdue very much at all during the tasting process. Luckily, it also does not overwhelm. Next, a good strong smoky chipotle chili essence develops, combined with a dash of jalapeno chili, forming a delightful smoky, and spicy, one-two punch. The heat level does slowly creep up, and eventually settle at a moderately spicy heat level. Quite unexpected and impressive. The overall flavor profile is further enhanced and rounded out with the inclusion of the stereotypical supporting ingredients – garlic, onion and tomato.
All in all, a lip-smacking hot chili lime flavor. Who knew puffs could be made out of navy beans and long grain rice?!? A more than satisfactory and healthy alternative to traditional corn puffs! Now if someone could just figure out how to put our green vegetables into crunchy puffs, and make them taste good, then we’d be set!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered at Marianos; Westchester, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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