“ Brand: Discovery / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Although my favourite cuisine is undoubtedly Indian (followed closely by Chinese), I'm also a big fan of anything originating from the Tex / Mex region. I often buy the 'Old El Paso Fajita Kit', which I find to be a really tasty and rather spicy offering. Of course, these dinner kits can't compare to dining out at a Mexican restaurant - unless you live near me that it, as the local Mexican isn't anything special... in fact, these 'kit' foods are actually just as good as the meals that they serve, plus, they are a whole lot cheaper. For a bit of variety, I decided to give the 'Discovery Enchilada Kit' a try, which is available from many supermarkets at around the £3 mark.
So what is an Enchilada? - well it's basically a corn tortillas filed with spicy minced beef. Actually, although the most popular enchilada is meat, you can theoretically have vegetable, seafood, potato, plus a whole range of other fillings and still call it an Enchilada. The Discovery kit contains eight large corn tortillas, a packet of enchilada sauce, and a sachet of what's known as 'Taco Seasoning Mix'.
The enchiladas contain;
Soft corn tortillas: wheat flour 30%, water, corn flour 19%, palm oil, humectant: glycerine, toasted corn germ, stabilisers: guar gum, carboxymethyl cellulose, raising agents: E500, E450, wheat gluten, acidity regulator: malic acid, salt, emulsifier: E471, Dextrose, preservatives E202, E282. Enchilada sauce: water, tomato puree 10%, rapeseed oil, modified maize starch, salt, seasoning (paprika, cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, black pepper), oregano flakes, ground cayenne pepper.
Preparing the enchiladas is a fairly straightforward process - firstly fry 500g of minced beef (serves four) in a pan until nicely browned, and then add the packet of powdered seasoning mix. Now pour 200ml of water into the pan, and bring to the boil, simmering for thirty minutes. Take a corn tortilla and put some of the minced beef in the middle - now roll it up pancake style, and repeat the process with the other tortillas until all the beef is used up. Place the beef filled pancakes on an oven-proof dish, and pour over the sachet of Enchilada Sauce. Finally sprinkle with cheese and cook for twenty minutes at 200C.
Of course, following the above recipe (as roughly recommended on the packet) is the bare minimum to make tasty enchiladas - I chopped and fried an onion in with the beef, and also a red and green pepper. In the end it makes the flavour much more pleasant, and also adds a healthy element to the concoction.
Flavour wise, I wasn't especially impressed with Discovery's Enchiladas - although filling, the taste is a little bland and rather processed. Similarly, the ready-made sauce isn't especially appealing, and lacks any subtlety in flavour. The overall spice levels are quite mild - and I actually like this, as I hate having my head blown off when trying to enjoy my food. All in all, I wouldn't buy the Discovery Enchilada Kit again, although I am keen to try some of the enchilada dinners made by rival companies including some of the supermarket own brands.
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