The memories of trying to eat the Boca Chili are fading... thankfully. This is the first item that I've reviewed that I didn't actually finish. I could only get about 80% of the way through the bowl before I threw in the towel. Boca Chili just isn't good.
Vegetarian chili is actually really easy to make, and it's easy to make it taste good. But somehow Boca made their chili's alt-meat bits rubbery, and they decided to drown out the taste of all the beans and veggies by dumping in way too much hot pepper. "Red Anaheim Pepper Puree" is third on the ingredient list behind "Water" and "Tomato Puree." I not only stopped eating the chili because it tasted bad - I stopped eating it because I couldn't taste anything anymore due to my tongue being on fire.
I did eat enough of the foul chili to get down to the bottom of the bowl, however. And that's where I discovered "the bubble." I've seen a lot of packaging that contains indentations or curves that fool you into thinking you're going to get more food than you do, but the Boca Chili bowl takes the cake. When you take the chili out of the microwave, you think you're getting a big bowl of chili. You soon realize that's not exactly the case when your spoon hits the bottom of the bowl a centimeter below the surface.
To top it off, this chili ain't cheap. $4 for a single serving of chili? Even if it was really good, that's a rip-off. And the only convenience you're paying extra for is the stupid plastic bowl. Do yourself a favor and make your own veggie chili, and you can have a full serving for a few pennies instead.