“ Type: Other Ready Meals „
This kit in my opinion is the best value for money! It is available in bargain shops such as Home Bargains at a very reasoanble price! The pack consists of everything you need to make lovely Fajitas which are yummy! Very hot and sometimes the flavour burns onto the Chicken when frying which doesnt appeal to me and I find myself scraping it off. This is a very quick & easy meal to make, and can be done in around 10 minutes. The classic flavour is a great place to start before trying all of the others as it gives you an idea of the 'hotness' of flavours and so on. I would recommend trying medium hot to start as this one is quite hot for me and I like spicy and hot foods. This is one of the cheaper brands and I miust say it doesnt make any differene at all...
I am always looking for different meals to make for the family, and as in many households time is always of the essence. Last night when I picked the children up from school I had the inevitable question 'what is for tea?'. It is as if they sit in class all day dreaming of what might be on their plates that evening. As is often the case I hadn't got a clue. So I decided to pop into Iceland.
I saw some reasonably priced chicken breasts and thought I'd make a fairly healthy tea. I then saw this Fajita Kit. I used to make fajitas quite often a couple of years back. At the time I would buy the tortillas separately and then the salsa and seasoning. It often seemed cheaper. Occasionally I would buy a kit. As Iceland is more of a frozen food shop I thought it would be difficult to source the ingredients separately, so when I saw this kit, I thought great, lets go for it. The kit was in a red box, with Discovery Mexican fajita kit explazoned across the front - so no mistakes here.
Okay so I had 4 nice breasts of chicken, a fajita kit, but no veg. So off I trotted over to the fresh veg/salad section to get some peppers (I had some onion at home). Unfortunately, as is often the case in Iceland, they only had yellow and green peppers, in a twin pack. No red peppers at all. It was then that I remembered an occasion I had bought a bag of frozen peppers, so I decided for a £1, this would be my solution. In the frozen pepper pack, it had all three colours. Red. Green and Yellow.
So I had the ingredients. Now the meal needed to be made.
Upon arriving home, I immediately opened the full bag of peppers, and put them in a collinder, to drain. I didn't want them too wet, when I added them to the pan. I then diced all the chicken and onion. So the preparation was done. All I needed now was 15 minutes to cook the ingredients, and I wasn't sure how long it would be until my wife came home. Add to this the fact the children were going trampolining, you can see why evening meals are often an issue for us. So I decided to give the children a piece of fruit, and advised them that tea, would be on their return.
I dropped the children off and came home, to see a smile on my wifes face. Oh I'm glad you've done tea. I was reckoning on beans on toast:-) She then saw the peppers, and smiled in that way only Mrs stebiz can smile 'and you cut all those peppers up so neat as well'. After collecting the children from trampolining (minus one who decided to go to youth club, without tea), I was able finally to complete the tea. Or was I? No not quite. We then had visitors and then my little lad was starting to fall asleep, so I gave him cheese and crackers.. So now it was dinner for 3.
After our guests had gone my wife went for a jog, whilst I completed, what I'd started 5 hours earlier. I browned the chicken. Added the diced onion and peppers (the full pack) and then my daughter suggested we add a lot of the seasoning, as the young ones were no longer going to eat it. I then stir fried all the ingredients until they were piping hot (about 15 minutes) and then dutifully applied a small amount (after draining) to the tortillas. It says on the pack that they can be heated up slightly, to make them warm. I opted for the cold version.
I poured the salsa into a bowl and hey presto, there was the dinner. It was probably no more than 20 minutes preparation, but spread out over a number of hours.
So what about taste? Well I was extremely happy, and so was my wife and daughter. The tortillas were nice and thick, and very fresh - as they had been kept in a tightly sealed plastic sleeve. They never fell apart when I added to the meal. The seasoning was very strong, but tasty. It really did give a nice aroma too. However if you have young children I would suggest using only a little. The salsa was er, like salsa. Nothing special. The others used it like a bit of a dip really.
Nutritional Information per 1/8 pack
Flour Tortillas (per serving)
of which sugars 2.1g
of which saturates 1.1g
expressed as salt 1.0g
Fajita Seasoning Mix
of which sugars 0.3g
of which saturates Trace
expressed as salt 0.8g
of which sugars 1.1g
of which saturates Trace
expressed as salt 0.3g
We found the kit very good. Maybe not quite as cheap, as buying the ingredients separetely but for less than £8, we had 8 very good sized fajitas. I loved them, and so did my eldest and my wife. I would certainly recommend them, and we will be buying them again in the future.
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I usually buy the Old El Paso range of Mexican dinner kits but I have seen a lot of advertising recently for Discovery Mexican foods and after seeing them on offer at the supermarket decided to give them a go.
The packaging looks very authentic to me, featuring travel maps and making the box look quite old worldy and Mexican, as if the food flavours have been discovered by taking lots of trips to MExico so I definitely think they have their advertising correct as I was attracted to the product just because of this.
I love Mexican food and although I think it is quite easy to make it yourself and probably better sometimes the kits are a godsend, especially when you don't have a lot of time on your hands. Discovery foods call themselves your gateway to some of the finest cuisine food recipes from around the world.
Fajitas are basically flour tortillas that you can wrap around meat/vegetables/sauce etc. The pack includes normal tortillas, a sachet of wonderful Fajita Seasoning and some delicious salsa. The only downside with these is that you do have to provide your own meat/chicken etc and all the vegetables that go inside but it still does make for a really quick, easy dinner. I would not really call it a downside though, the flavours put together here are so wonderful that by adding your own ingredients you are just enhancing the flavour.
What I really liked about the Discovery kits too was that they come with great website information too with lots of helpful tips and recipes. For example there is actually a short video on the website showing you how to make perfect Fajitas and they really do look wonderful. The nice thing with Discovery as well is that they do a great range of Mexican dinner accompaniments such as guacamole, refried beans, different types of salsa etc so you can put on a really authentic dinner.
These kits retail for around £2 and so even with having to buy the other ingredients you could still have a good home cooked meal for about £5 as this kit serves 3-4 people and the great thing is that it is ready in about 15 minutes.
One tip I would give, even though it says mild on the box I find the spice mix to be very hot so sometimes I only use about half or three quarters of the sachet. Per 100g the tortillas have 298 calories, the salsa has 43 calories and the mix has 270, so quite a healthy meal as well as the fact that it will contain a lot of vegetables, etc. I find it is best with onions, red and green peppers and I often put fruit in them for a sweet taste such as pineapple or papaya.
I feel like I have made a great "Discovery" and an alternative to Old El Paso.
We had this tonight for dinner. Somerfield had it on offer down to £1.58, which made it cheaper to get this than to source the contents individually. Normally, a kit such as this would cost around the £3 mark, sometimes more, sometimes less depending on where you go.
I find the packaging 'somewhat' misleading, as it kind of gives the impression you get the whole kit inside for a Fajitas dinner. However, you get a pack of 8 Discovery tortillas, some mexican salsa, and some Discovery Fajita seasoning. If I were to individually source the ingredients, then it would cost me significantly more in Somerfield, perhaps a bit less in other places, but I surely wouldn't be able to get it cheaper than this.
What we did was cook off some mince, drain it, add the fajita seasoning and a little water, then chop some lettuce, grate some cheese, and use the salsa to mix together and wrap up in the flour tortillas. We often do this, but using inividually bought items. The one thing I was wondering about was whether the quality would be reflected because the price was so low, but I was pleasantly surprised. The tortillas were soft yet strong, and didn't break, which other tortillas sometimes do. The salsa was chunky and spicy, although I wasn't so much a fan of the aftertaste. The fajita mix was lovely, a nice blend of spices, some mild, some with a bit more kick, but you can regulate how spicy it gets by putting less or more of the seasoning into the mix for your wraps.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this. I have always steered clear of such kits, as I have never felt they are well priced. No doubt, if it hadn't been on offer, I wouldn't have glanced at it twice, but at the bargain price of £1.58, it came in at well under £1 less than if I had tried to source the ingredients bit by bit.
I recommend giving this a go, even if the price is a bit higher where you see it. The quality is good, tasty and filling. Appealing packaging, if a bit corny and cheesy. Well worth giving a go.
I am very suspicous of this type of product -being a naturally decent cook and quite frugal I would always rather make my own spice mixes and salsa and always see 'kits' like this as a bit of a waste of money. However I saw one in my local supermarket on Saturday for much less than usual and thought I would give it a go.
The kit comes with 8 wraps (good value I was thinking), salsa, and fajita spice mix. It cost £1.49. For the price I would have preferred to buy the wraps seperately and make my own because this was poor. The salsa was a tiny plastic pouch with barely enough in it for two people (luckily only two of us but givent here is 8 wraps in the pack I would assume it fed 4). The spice mix was nothing I could not have created myself from some chilli and paprika from the store cupboard and really not spicy enough for me.
The wraps were dry and crumbly, and when trying to use them up by making our sandwiches the following Monday I found they just fell apart and were not soft and easy to roll as they should be.
Overall a disappointing experience
Mexican Fajita Kit
I must say I absolutely love Mexican food and have done for some time. I think that these kits are brilliant as all you really need to add is your desired meat and scoured cream.
Within the kit you get 8 tortilla wraps, a sachet of spices to flavour your meat and salsa sauce. I tend to use chicken and they taste absolutley lovely.
When making fajitas it is best to serve them on a table in serving dishes, this allows people to take what they wish and add it to their wrap.
When cooking the kit you will need some onions and peppers. I tend to chop up all of my ingredients and place in bowls as you do need to do a lot of things in a short space of time when cooking these.
Firstly I chop the chicken and fry lightly in the frying pan. I would add a little water and then the sachet of spices, the more you add, the more spicy the flavour will be. Whilst this is simmering you can start to cook your peppers and onions. I tend to keep everything separate and then serve in separate dishes however you can place them in one pan if you wish.
Whilst these are cooking you need to warm your tortillas, they take around 10 secs each in the microwave.
You salsa and soured cream can be placed also on the table and then when your onions, chicken and peppers are cooked you can also place them down.
The idea of Fajitas is you make your own wrap. I tend to place my sauce on the wrap and then add the chicken and onions and peppers. The more soured cream you add the less spicy the wrap can be.
The pack costs around 2 pounds from your local supermarket and is a lovely delicious meal.
Having really enjoyed fajitas whilst on holiday I decided to try to , recreate that authentic taste at home. Armed with my Fajita dinner kit, some peppers, onions, frying steak and soured cream I began creating my masterpiece in the kitchen. I followed the instructions to the letter, and fried ingredients in the pan and warmed the tortillas in the microwave. As i placed the fajita packet mix in the pan to coat the veg and meat, the smell of it overpowered me, took my breath away and resulted in a coughing fit! After a glass of water and a minute out of the kitchen (it takes a lot to separate me from food!), I returned to complete the fajitas. I took the tortillas out of the microwave to fill them with ingredients. When full, the tortillas would not roll as they were too dry. (I had followed instructions carefully and they were not overcooked) They split and didn't resemble the illustration on the packet at all. Still I had gone to all that trouble now, so we were definitely going to eat them!
The end result was really quite disappointing. The tortillas were split and dry, the fajita sauce was far too strong for the ingredients and basically...it was a disaster! I know home made will never match up to restaurant standards, but I was felt that the whole kit wasn't really of a good enough standard. Maybe it was a one off but it has put me off buying them again. Next time I want fajitas...I will be going out for them!
A dinner kit for making Mexican Fajitas, containing tortillas, mexican salsa and fajita seasoning