“ Type: Gourmet Lines „
Old El Paso make some great Mexican food kits which are great for an easy meal and always go down well with the family.
The same company (General Mills) that owns Old El Paso also own Betty Crocker and Haagen Dazs. It's an American company and to my mind Old El Paso is more Tex-Mex than true Mexican. As if to prove my point, El Paso is actually a town in Texas, albeit right on the border with Texas. In any case, they make great tasting meal kits. Supermarket own brands are often cheaper and difficult to tell apart so it is worth looking out for offers.
What is an enchilada?
An enchilada is a soft corn tortilla wrapped around a filling, then covered with a spicy tomato sauce. It's sprinkled with cheese and baked in the oven until golden. It comes from the Spanish word 'Enchilar' which means 'to make spicy'.
The meal kit
The kit which is enough for four servings contains 8 tortillas, a packet of space mix and a sachet of tomato sauce (well it's two sachets but you use both of them).
The recipe they give on the back of the packet is for a chicken filling. For this you'll need 500g of chicken breast (although I often use thigh which is cheaper and actually more succulent) and 150g grated cheese. To do something different, they also suggest a beef version using rum steak and for a vegetarian dish, mushrooms and butterbeans.
Making the enchiladas couldn't be easier.
First, you cut the chicken into bite sized chunks and then fry until nicely browned and cooked through. Sometimes I'll add some veg depending on what's in the fridge - onions, peppers and last time I threw in some mushrooms.
While that's happening, you combine the spice mix and tomato sauce with 150 ml water.
Then you add half the grated cheese to the chicken followed by half the tomato mix. Last time I had some peppered boursin in the fridge that was left over from another recipe I had used so I popped that in instead and it worked really well.
The next step is to fill the tortillas with the chicken filling and put into a baking dish. The instructions tell you to warm the tortillas first but to be honest I don't bother.
The final step is to pour over the rest of the sauce and cheese before baking in the oven for about 20 minutes. To be there doesn't seem to be quite enough tomato sauce to cover the enchiladas so I sometimes add a little more water; not too much to make it watery but enough to give good coverage.
I think these turn out really well. The packet says the enchiladas are mild but I think they definitely have a bit of a kick. They certainly go down well and I think are a real winner when you want to make something tasty but are too tired at the end of a busy working day to cook something right from scratch.
The Old El Paso website has some other recipes which I've not tried but sound interesting including tuna and pepper enchiladas as well as a chickpea, aubergine and pepper version. http://www.oldelpaso.co.uk/
Each enchilada (tortilla, spice mix and tomato sauce) has 163 calories.
The tortillas are made with wheat flour so wouldn't be suitable for anyone with a wheat intolerance.
A pack costs £3.22 - a bit on the pricey side compared to Asda's own brand at £2.
So I bought this kit last night for dinner to make through the week this week, I have one of these on average once a month, I love them!! Mexican has to be my favourite type of cooking and enchiladas are my favourite food! I paid £3.22 last night at Tesco for this kit, all Old El Paso kits are on a 3 for 2 at tesco at the minute, so get yourself along and spice up your life! I believe this kit is also £3.22 in ASDA and Sainsburys at the minute. However if buying in bulk Tesco is definitely the best deal!! All of these shops do sell their own brands for a lot cheaper, especially ASDA which their own brand is avaliable for just £2.00, however I choose the Old El Paso kit, as for me it has always been the best choice and I stand by this.
The packaging is standard Old El Paso packaging, the yellow square cardboard box with the red tiled roof along the top edge, ofcourse depicting mexican rooftops. The box also has the date of establishment under the name which is in large red letters in an arch shape under the red tiles. Under the date you can also see a wild west theme of big tors/mountains and a few cactuses, which ofcourse are meant to depict mexico or even the wild west, as Old El Paso I believe has named itself after the town of El Paso in Texas, which Im sure was fought over between the Americans and Mexicans for years, hence the relation to both cultures.
The box also tells you what kind of kit you have bought and in my case it has "cheesy baked" written in large orange writing under the depiction of the wild west. We then have Enchiladas written in more funky and cultured writing, this is located above a large picture of some baked enchiladas, with some steam coming off them. Obviously they are just fresh out the oven, in the picture you can also see the chicken cooked and browned to perfection, as always for me, my enchiladas never come out looking this good, I always feel slightly deflated. To the side of the writing and pictures there is also a small circle which tells you that the kit is Mild, this is depicted by chillies, one chilli is mild, two is medium and three is hot hot hot, I choose the mild as it suits my taste a lot better, although trust me it can get spicy if you use all the spice mix.
There is also a small contents box which tells you what the kit includes, how many people you can serve and what you need to add to complete your meal. As with all packaging Old El Paso also includes a nutritional guide, as always with calories, sugars, fat, saturates and salt guidlines, written in both grams and percentages. On the back of the pack, we yet again have the branding of the name, the depiction of the cactuses and the established date. The writing on the back of the pack is more colourful in red and bold, and we have another three pictures of the cooked enchiladas and one picture of the chicken being cooked in a pan.
The back of the pack is styled like a wripped up piece of paper, like it has come from a recipe book, which is ironic as this styling is telling you how to cook your filling, warm up the tortillas and cook in the oven. There is also a smaller piece of paper which is title go create, it gives you some fab ideas about replacing the chicken with mushrooms and butterbeans to create a vegetable option, using rump steak to have a beefy option or using less spice mix to cool the meal down, (or you could do what I do, keep the spice but have a side of creme fraiche or sour cream), both of which compliment the enchiladas beautifully.
Included in the kit you get a sealed plastic pack of 8 soft corn tortillas, ideal for baking in the oven as I feel the normal tortilla wraps do not do the job as they melt a little and are less durable and dont hold together as well. You also get two packs of tomato sauce, which you have to water down to create more sauce, and a spice mix which you then add to the tomato sauce to thicken it up so the consistency is not as runny. The tomato sauce comes in a yellow packet with old el paso written on the side in red writing, the spice mix also has old el paso on, but is very much like the box, with the pictures and writing.
HOW TO MAKE (MY PERSONAL WAY)
Firstly I begin to brown my chicken off in a pan with oil, I wait till it has just started to turn golden brown, I then take it out and rest it on some kitchen paper. Im very different I like to add onions and peppers to my enchiladas, very much like fajitas, I cook these until the onions are caramelised and the peppers are soft, I then add the chicken back in and turn the heat down. You then get a jug as this is cooking and combine the tomato sauce sachets with the spice mix and 150 ml of hot water and stir until this is smooth. You add half of this to the chicken and let it simmer for a minute, you then need to grate some cheese. The pack says 150g but in my opinion this is nowhere near enough, you add half the cheese to the tomato and chicken mix and stir, you will notice this makes the mix go slightly orange, this is good.
Then heat the tortillas, the pack suggests in the oven wrapped in foil for ten minutes, I however just put mine in the microwave for 45 seconds and bobs your uncle. Once you have done this, spoon the mixture evenly onto each tortilla, roll over (I dont fold up the ends), and place in one end of a rectagle oven proof dish, do this with all the tortillas, and then put the tomato and spice mix onto the top of the wraps, adding the rest of the grated cheese as you go. Then put your creation into the oven for 10 mins, or until your cheese is bubbling and golden brown. Take out the oven, side with a little soured cream and serve, Nom Nom.
If you are looking for something different, something tasty and something quick and simple, then the enchiladas are most definitely for you. They are very easy to make following the instructions on the back. If you have any left even pop them into a container and put them in the fridge, they keep until the next day and are just as tasty. Although all the ingredients together could be very expensive, a cheap tip is ALDI frozen chicken strips £1.89 for a bag, this cuts the cost a little bit. I would definitely recommend this kit, I have never had any problems and I always thoroughly enjoy my meal everytime I cook it, Old El Paso is why enchiladas are my favourite meal in the world. Ariba!
Me and my family absolutely love Mexican food! Fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, chilli con carne, nachos.....my mouths watering just listing them! But surprisingly we are not great lovers of spice, we don't mind a little bit but we like to actually taste what were eating rather than being on fire! That's why we love Old El Paso dinner kits so much; it gives you the option to still enjoy Mexican food without the spiciness if you wish. So there is often an Old El Paso dinner kit in my trolley so I thought I would review my family's particular favourite - enchiladas, but we think they are all delicious!
Old El Paso make various dinner kits for Mexican lovers! The old El Paso range includes various flavours of fajitas (bbq, crispy chicken, roasted tomato & pepper and extra mild), enchiladas (original, cheesy baked, extra mild and bbq), burritos ( beef & bean chilli), quesadillas and tacos. As well as various tortillas, shells, cooking sauces, chips, dips, salsas and tinned chillies.
~ Price and availability ~
Old El Paso dinner kits can be bought from most major supermarkets such as Tesco's, Asda and Sainsbury's. The enchilada kits are available to buy in a box that contains enough to make 8 enchiladas. At full price the enchilada kit is quite pricey at around £3.22 considering there's not much in the box (I will get onto to the contents later), you could probably buy what the box contains for less than £2.50. But I guess it could easily serve a family of four. I usually buy these when on offer, which at the moment Asda actually have them on at £1.50 which is a saving of around £1.72! These particular enchiladas come in four different flavours (as mentioned above) which are original, cheesy baked, BBQ and extra mild. The ones I'm reviewing today are the cheesy baked variety.
~ Packaging ~
Old El Paso enchiladas come in a vibrant yellow cardboard box. On the front of this box there is a dish of very delicious looking, steaming enchiladas full of chicken and coated in cheese and tomato sauce. Above this you will find the traditional Old El Paso logo along with the products name, how spicy it is and what the kit contains; 8 soft corn tortillas, 1 spice mix for enchiladas and one tomato sauce. In the right-hand corner of the box you are given the basic nutritional information per enchilada as sold. The back of the box gives you clear instructions on how to prepare and cook your enchiladas along with alternative recipes. The ingredients list and allergy advice can be found on the base of the box.
~ Cooking and taste ~
To cook these enchiladas you are told that you will need to add 500g of chicken and 150g cheese, as this isn't included in the box which actually makes the kit more expensive as you have to buy these items to go along with it. To prepare the enchiladas you have to cook your chicken in the pan first and then make up your sauce to pour over your chicken. After this you are instructed to put half of your grated cheese in with the chicken. Then you simply warm up your tortillas, assemble your enchiladas by placing some chicken in each one and then placing it in the oven with cheese and more sauce scattered over the top. Simple! When cooking your kitchen is filled with the aroma of tangy tomatoes and cheese. These enchiladas look mouth-wateringly good in the oven as the cheese browns on the top and bubbles. I usually serve two enchiladas per person with some spicy Mexican wedges as a side. I also usually add some chopped peppers up in the pan with the chicken to give it a bit of bite. Me and my family (and my stomach) think that Old El Paso enchiladas are divine! The tortillas go nice and crispy around the edges but are soft and cheesy in the middle and the tomato sauce is just right, nice and tangy and quite thick. The wraps themselves are very nice and soft and taste freshly made. I don't usually bother with the spice mix because like I mentioned earlier my family aren't keen and I don't think it's needed anyway. The flavours complement each other really well as do the textures without any spice! I think the enchiladas are very moist and taste nice and fresh. They also go nicely with a salad if you want to be a bit more healthy.
~ Other information ~
Each enchilada (tortilla, spice mix and tomato puree as sold) contains 163 calories, 5.8g of sugar, 5.0g of fat, 1.4g of saturates and 1.4g of salt. But remember you add cheese and chicken to these as well so the nutritional content gets quite nasty, but there delicious so ok for once in a while.
They are suitable for vegetarians but obviously without the chicken.
Allergy advice: Contains wheat ingredients
Each box weighs 663g
~ Overall verdict ~
I think these are ideal for a family meal or friendly get together. You can easily assemble them to your taste and can be prepared in advance and baked later. I think any lover of Mexican food will love these Old El Paso enchiladas and I would highly recommend them. The only thing that gets me about these is the price considering all you get in a box is some tortillas, tomato puree and spice mix which essentially isn't worth £3.22 especially when you have to buy chicken and cheese on top of this, I think the price when they are on offer is much more respectable. I do love the fact that these are full of flavour and that Old El Paso have considered everybody in their enchilada kits not just the lovers of sweat at the dinner table.
Just tried these for the first time for tea tonight and whilst they tasted lovely I would do them a slightly different way next time, so I thought I'd write a quick review and share what I thought!
This pack cost me £2.99 from Asda and it includes 8 soft tortillas, a tomato sauce, and some spice mix, which it says is enough to serve 3-4 people. I was only making it for two of us so I only used 4 of the tortillas but I used all of the sauce etc as I always find these things can be a little bit stingy! The only things I had to buy extra were chicken and cheese, although I'm sure you could add veg if you wish or even use beef or something if you prefer.
It was very easy to make, the instructions were very easy to follow (as I always find with Old El Paso) . I basically had to cook my chicken, mix the sauce & spice together with hot water and stir half of it in with the chicken along with some grated cheese. Once this was all warmed through I then put this filling into the tortillas (which warmed through in the microwave in less than a minute), wrapped them up, put them in a baking dish and purced the rest of the sauce and cheese on top. After ten minutes in the oven it was done!
The flavour of the sauce was lovely with just a nice amount of spice (though if you don't like things too spicy you can always leave some of the spice out when mixing it with the sauce) and with the cheese too it was delicious!
The only thing that let it down a bit for me is that is was all a bit too squishy and stodgy after baking all together in the oven, the tortillas were a bit soggy. So, if I am making these again I have decided to warm the tortillas in the oven instead of the microwave (it does say you can do this) to get them very slightly crispy and then just add in the hot filling, wrap them up and serve. Within reason you can probably cook these in any way you want with whatever you want.
Overall though, very tasty and not bad value for money.
Old El Paso is a range of Mexican foods, offering various delights such as fajitas, burritos, nachos and enchiladas. I love the Old El Paso range, and have tried cheaper alternatives but they never turn out quite as nice.
The enchilada kit is around £3 in most supermarkets at full price, although I've noticed lately that the Old El Paso range is on offer most places I shop, so I have been stocking up. You buy the kit and it contains everything you need to make enchiladas apart from the meat (I use chicken), an onion and cheese. I think it might suggest adding a pepper too but we never bother and just use an onion. You can add whatever you like really, as long as you follow the general instructions you can't go far wrong.
The method I use is to brown the chicken and onion, then add the spice mix (pre-mixed with water per the instructions), whilst this is simmering and thickening up the tortilla wraps get warmed in the microwave for about a minute, and then you put some of the mixture in each of the wraps and roll them. They then get placed in an ovenproof dish, covered in the salsa from the kit, and you finish with grated cheese. This bubbles away in the oven for around 20 minutes, to give you a lovely cheesy crispy meal.
I'm not sure of the exact calorie content of these kits, but I think the worst thing about them is the cheese, the rest is just spices and wraps so isn't too bad for you. We have this meal once a week usually, mainly at weekends as it's a nice one to settle in front of the TV with. I always look forward to it if I know we're having it for tea.
The spice mix isn't too hot either, so this is suitable for all the family. It makes you feel warm and probably fends off colds, but it doesn't leave your nose streaming like some spicy food can.
Old El Paso is a range of Mexican dinner kits and ingredients. You can opt for nachos, burritos, tacos and also fajitas and various spice mixes/sauces.
The enchiladas dinner kit from Old El Paso falls into the mild taste category. It is a 663g pack which includes 8 soft tortillas, a spice mix and a large sachet of tomato sauce. It claims to serve 3-4people and has a preparation and cooking time of around 25mins.
Extra ingredients need to be added to bulk out the enchiladas. If you are vegetarian, butterbeans or mushrooms are recommended. Alternatively, add some rump steak or go for the recommended option of diced chicken. You will need use of a cooker, a frying pan and a baking dish suitable for oven use. You also require 150g of grated cheese.
*~Packaging and Contents~*
A bright yellow and red box (can be recycled) is presented to us. All the cooking instructions including various diagrams are present and the front image gives an idea of what the finished dish should resemble. Inside the box, the tortillas are stacked in a plastic wrapper for freshness. The spice mix comes in a tear open sachet and the tomato sauce is housed within a double sized yellow and red pack.
*~Preparing and Baking~*
Your oven should be set to 180c prior to starting. The following instructions should be carried out :
*add oil to a pan and stir fry diced chicken (500g recommended) over medium heat
*add the spice mix, all of the tomato sauce and 150ml of hot water to a bowl and mix up
*pour half the mixture over the chicken and add half of grated cheese
*warm tortillas in microwave for 30-40seconds
*arrange the torillas in a light greased dish and spoon the mixture in before wrapping them up
*pour on the rest of the tomato sauce and sprinkle cheese
*bake for 10mins in oven
And then enjoy!
Each enchilada offers 163calories, 5.8g, 1.4g of saturated fat and 1.4g of salt. It is worth noting that this doesn't include your additional fillings!
*~Availability and Price~*
Available in supermarkets around £2.99 a pack. Tesco currently have them on offer at buy one get one free until 12/07/11. This also applies to certain fajita kits in the range.
I love Mexican food and cannot afford Chiquitos on a regular basis. I'm not the most efficient cook so rely heavily on dinner kits. Old El Paso is a brand I trust have been buying for years. I normally opt for the Nachos or Fajitas but decided to purchase the Enchiladas kit from Tesco as well as a Fajita one. £2.99 is quite expensive when you factor in the cost of chicken and cheese as well but for a tasty meal, I am more than willing to splurge.
The only enchiladas kit that appears to be available is the Cheesy Baked version which we had last night. I bought a pack of diced chicken from Tesco priced at £3.00 and I already had a pack of grated cheese in the fridge so had everything needed. My sister announced she was coming down to watch a film and hubby was going out so I decided to make these for us all to have before doing out own things.
*~Preparing For A Feast~*
There isn't much different between the kits that Old El Paso provide and it is possible to buy the ingredients seperately or mix and match with cheaper brands. I set up my oven and also the frying pan with some oil and got the plates ready. Cooking the chicken is simple by stir frying it in the pan until it doesn't look icky and meaty anymore! So far..very much like preparing fajitas the only difference is down to sorting out the mix to flavour the dish.
The tomato sauce is thick and puree like. Once mixed up with hot water (from the kelltle) it thinned out to a pourable consistency. I found it a bit weird mixing it up with grated cheese and resembled a pizza topping or spaghetti sauce but I went with it hoping it all turned out the way it was supposed to! I used a plastic measuring jug for the mix which allowed me to easily pour half of it into the frying pan. It was still a decent consistency to coat the chicken in a cheesy tomato sauce and within minutes,.it was ready! The flavour was already oozing and so delicious smelling!
At this point, I would heat the torillas are spoon the mixture in and eat but I remembered it wasn't fajitas I was cooking! The meal had a delicious aroma coming of it..quite spicy and yummy with tomato being the most prominent smell greeting me. I used a large, fairly shallow baking dish for my enchiladas. I found arranging the soft tortillas one at a time the best way even if they did fall over. The mixture was almost sufficient to fill up the tortillas a decent amount and I managed to squeeze them all into the dish leaving little room except around the edges. I poured the remainder of the mix over the top and used up the rest of my cheese..in the oven they went. I do feel a higher quantity of chicken is required though or something else to bulk the enchilada out (eg peppers like in the fajitas or onions).
*~Baked and Ready - Time For Tea~*
Really, the oven part is all to do with cooking the additional cheese to a melted state and finishing off the dish. It smelled delicious and once removed from the oven, represented a hearty sized portion. I divided it up between the 3 of us with some potato wedges as a size. Each enchilada was a decent size and of course looked delicious. The cheese/tomato combo does mean you require cuttlery to devour this dish. The cheese is nice and bubbly with a slight golden browness whilst the tortialls only brown slightly and keep their soft but firm texture.
The finished enchilada looks appealing on the plate and rather tasty even if I do say so myself! All that is left to do is tuck in and I really feel that the true Mexican feel comes through when eating these enchiladas. Some cheaper brands may not offer the same authentic taste but Old El Paso have excelled themselves once again with this tasty dish and everyone dining agreeded without complaint.
The tortillas themselves would be rather plain but once filled and topped, they taste delicious. The sauce is the main appeal of the dish as it provides the flavouring to every ingredient. It is stated that it offers mild flavouring but to be honest, I found it quite spicy. I love spicy foods but if you don't, you may wish to use less of the spice mix. The tomato flavouring is sweet and the spice adds a kick to it. The cheese softens the flavour and is quite stringy when spread lightly but if you add more cheese then it will obviously change the overall flavour.
Fresh and hot from the oven, these are very delicious and the overall flavour was enticing and authentic. I had 3 and struggled to eat the third one as I felt full up. The tortilla wraps were strong enough to hold the contents inside but soft enough to slice through into pieces and devour. You can't pick these up like a fajita as it is too messy. The sauce clings to the chicken and adds a moist texture but is very palatable, The cheese mixed through the sauce added a new texture and flavour whilst the cheese on top completed the dish perfectly. If you are daring, you could also top with some jalepenos!
Every ingredient is of a high quality though the end result will also be dependant on what additional ingredients you use. I find the chicken works well as we all eat meat and the chicken I buy is not the cheapest but is far from being classed as fancy chicken. The cheese I used was fairly cheap and worked well with the dish and I also use a low calorie oil spray in the frying pan which reduces the greasiness of the chicken so I would highly recommend it.
*~Recommendation and Conclusion~*
I found this dinner kit very easy to prepare and although I had quite a few dishes and utensils to wash up afterwards! Thankfully the enchiladas don't stick to the dish so thats one less issue. Cooking time was accurate and the meal provided was sufficient for 3 adults and proved to be very filling with the addition of some potato wedges!
The enchiladas were quickly scoffed by 3 hungry people who all cleared their plates and commented on how tasty they were. If my sister didn't know me better, she would have assumed I had made them from scratch! The taste was brilliant but I do prefer fajitas as they offer more filling options and are quicker and less mess to prepare. I could buy the ready made enchiladas from either Asda or Findus, but I find them lacking in flavour and they don't match up to the quality of Old El Paso.
I will happily buy these again but only when on offer as the total cost for this meal when not on offer is around the £7.00 mark if I buy chicken. I don't think they would be as appealing to us if I used beef as I prefer chicken in Mexican meals. When I purchase this kit again, I intend on frying some onions and bulking the enchiladas up a bit as I felt although filling, the amount placed into each tortilla was rather stingy and certainly didn't spill out the sides like the picture shows.
Overall, a fab dinner kit from Old El Paso, just rather expensive! I would reserve it for times when I have a guest or two as for just me and hubby, its a bit much. We finished off with a nice desert too..expect a review on that hehe!
Thanks for reading :)
Having regularly used the Old El Paso Fajita and Taco Kits for years, a couple of months ago I decided to give the Cheesy Baked Enchiladas a go when they were half price in Tesco. I am not a huge fan of meal kits but they are handy to have in for an easy meal when you are short on time!
Cheesy Baked Enchiladas - The Old El Paso Way!
In the box you get a pack of 8 soft corn tortillas, 1 packet of enchilada spice mix and two packets of tomato sauce. To make the Enchiladas as directed you will need 500g of Chicken and 150g of cheese and this makes a meal to serve 3 to 4 people.
To make them you first need to slice your chicken and stir fry in a splash of oil until golden brown.
While the chicken is cooking combine the tomato and sauce mix with 150ml hot water
Pour half of the sauce over the chicken and add half the cheese and warm through
Heat the tortillas in either the oven or microwave
Spoon the mixture into the tortilla's and wrap them up and put in a greased baking dish
Pour over the rest of the tomato sauce and sprinkle the cheese over the top
Bake for about 10 mins until the cheese has melted and serve!
Cheesy Baked Enchiladas - My Way!
Having made these Enchiladas a few times now, I have tweaked the recipe a bit to suit us - there is only two adults in our house, and these are too spicy for little man, so I get two meals out of each box. The tomato sauce comes in two sachets so I just use one with half the water. The spice mix is fine if you fold over the top and tape or clip it shut, and the tortillas are ok for a week longer if they are sealed in a sandwich bag (I have thought of freezing them but haven't actually tried yet)
I am always trying to get a few more of my 5 a day in, so when I do the chicken I also add sliced mushrooms peppers and onions so it is like a baked fajita! I leave the melted cheese out of the chicken mix as the sticky texture didn't really work for me.
We have two Enchiladas each with either a bit of salad or rice, and with the extra veg they are quite big and we both struggle to eat them. Each Enchilada, with the tomato sauce and spice is 163 calories before you add cheese and chicken, so it is not a low calorie meal. I feel a bit better substituting half the cheese with vegetables and it means you need less chicken too. As they are ready assembled before baking they are less messy than fajitas, so okay for eat on your lap in front of the TV too!
I would describe these as a fajita in spicy tomato sauce - you need to make sure that the chicken is not over cooked in the pan as the extra time in the oven can make it go a bit dry, especially if you are using chicken breast. I tend to add my veggies first as I don't like them too crunchy.
The corn tortillas are a bit different in taste and texture to the flour tortillas used in fajitas. They are heavier and a bit stodgier - if you don't spread the tomato sauce evenly then they go a bit crusty.
I would advise that you check the amount of spice you put in as the box states mild, and if you use the whole sachet this definitely couldn't be classed as mild - we like my food quite spicy anyway so it's not a problem for us.
Per Tortilla, tomato sauce and spice
Carbs 24.7g (5.8g sugars)
Fat 5g (1.4g Saturates)
An Enchilada dinner kit is currently £2.84 in Tesco's, but I tend to stock up on them when they are half price which is pretty often! As I can get two meals out of it then I think it is pretty good value for money. They are made up with ingredients that I always have in anyway and make a decent filling meal in about half an hour from start to finish, so I definitely try to keep one in the back of the cupboard.
As a family of four we love our old el paso dinnerkits but only tend to purchase them when they are on special offer at our local supermarket they usually sell them for 2 for £3.00.
We love the enchilada dinner kits and often serve them with the nachos or oven chips, as it can be a little on the hot side i tend to have some mayonnaise with mine as the complement each other very well.
They are very simple to cook as full instructions are on the box. All you do is cook the chicken in a wok or frying pan add the half the sauce and some grated cheese, the recipe does state how much chicken and cheese to use but i don't to use these quantities as we like lots of meat and lashings of cheese, You then warm up the tortillas in the microwave for 45 seconds divide the mixture in the wraps pour the rest of the mixture over the top add some more cheese and pop in the oven until the cheese is browned, for around 25 minutes , couldn't be easier.
This is an all round family favourite so i would recommend it for everyone as my children love it and are 11 and 9 years old.
we really love old el paso in our family, and its become a bit of a weekly thing to have fajihtas but when we were in asda a few weeks ago, we thought that it might be an idea to have a change as we hadn't tried anything else from the old el paso range and there seemed to be quite a variety!
The packaging fits in with the other products from the range, it is a yellow box with some red on and a picture of the finished product on the front and the essential information on the back. The box makes it look very attractive, unlike some products when you make it, it actually does like like what it is on the box!
the kit doesn't contain everything that you need to make enchiladas, you will need to buy some other things but there's not much, and one advantage of using this is that it gives clear instructions on how to make them on the back of the box which are quite simple and also gives tips for variations for the needs of certain people, such as adding less spice mix if some people don't like spicy food. In it there is a packet of 8 tortilla wraps, a spice mix and two sachets of tomato salsa. They suggest adding 150g of grated cheese and 500g of chicken, but if you really wanted to then I suppose you could change these quantities.
As I say, it is fairly simple to make, although its not just something that you can put in the oven and leave for a while as this requires several steps, and stirring! First of all, you make the filling for the wraps by cooking chicken in a pan with the sauce and spice mix, stirring some of the cheese in. Then when this is done, you get a big glass dish and make up the wraps placing equal amounts of filling in each one, then sprinkle the rest of the grated cheese on top with the other sachet of salsa and grill until the cheese melts.
The finished result is absolutely gorgeous and is a really nice treat for lunch or tea, weekend or weekday! It will serve 4 quite nicely, I normally feel full after my 2 enchildas but if we are feeling a bit more hungry, then we occasionally have some rice or salad with them. However, I would recommend reading the back of pack properly, because it really is quite spicy and I'm going to have to start putting less of the spice mix in! Overall, one of my favourite meals, and one that I would recommend you try!
We're big fans of spicy food here, and often make things like chilli, or fajitas, various curries and other spicy dishes. I normally make most of these from scratch, but I do buy tortillas and packets of spice mix for fajitas and so on as it's so much easier than not doing so. The other day when I was in Tesco about to stock up on tortillas and spices, I noticed that the cost of buying a pack of tortillas and a pack of spice mix was actually more expensive than buying an Old El Paso Fajita dinner kit due to the kits being on special offer. Better still, I'd get more for my money this way as in the kit as well as the tortillas and spice mix, I'd also be getting a packet of salsa as well. These are normally around £3 for a pack which makes them more expensive, but with this at half price £1.50 made it cheaper and very much worth while buying.
Having loaded my trolley with a few packets (well they had a long date on them), I took them home and decanted everything out of the boxes. That's the thing with these, there is extra packaging because you've got the individual packets for each item, and then all of them are put together into another box. The box is pretty recognisable as being part of the El Paso brand with their distinctive yellow with the red hatching along the top, but you do have to kind of make sure you don't pick up the wrong box as there is original and smoky and the packaging for both is pretty much the same - I know this as I made a mistake and picked up one box of smoky and we didn't like it.
Now they do give instructions on the box for you to follow, but to be honest I pretty much ignored them as I've known for a very long time how to make fajitas and we don't make them exactly the way that they suggest on here anyway. For starters we put mushrooms in which they don't, and we also like to use beef instead of chicken sometimes, as well as sometimes making them completely vegetarian.
Now I'm not a great fan of salsa so buying a pack with this in might seem odd, but I figured I could use it another way. I did taste it when I opened the first pack, and it was quite a nice flavour, it's just that it's not a flavour I like cold somehow. It has a good amount of chunks of tomato and pepper in it though which is nice, and in the end took two packs of salsa and made them into a sauce for lamb meatballs which was very tasty and which we greatly preferred to eating the salsa cold.
The spices are high quality, and the flavours in them are brilliant. I don't think I could ever get the same sort of flavour without using a packet. It's warm without being overly hot, and it's got what I'd call quite a deep flavour, not subtle, but rich you know. We do tend to want a bit of extra spice however, so what I normally do is use 1 packet of fajita seasoning and half a packet of taco seasoning as well. The taco seasoning that El Paso make is slightly hotter in flavour, so we like to do it this way to give a little extra warmth to the fajitas.
The tortillas are a good flavour and not too floury tasting like some can be, but they are a little difficult to separate from each other. I find the easiest way is to heat them slightly in the microwave then separate them, and then heat them properly, this way they don't end up with holes in which is a right pain if you're making fajitas believe me!
I have to admit, we're greedy when we make these, we make 4 each, but we don't serve anything extra with it, and just have the fajitas on their own. The packaging here suggests that this box serves 3-4 people, but I really think you'd need extras to serve up along side these if you wanted to get away with only serving up 2 fajitas each like that - maybe something like potato wedges, salad etc. you know.
Overall, I'd only ever buy these boxes again if they were on special offer and worked out cheaper than buying the spice and tortillas separately, I wouldn't buy the set otherwise, it's just not worth it for us and the way we like to cook. Having said that, if you want everything easily in one place, these are an easy way of grabbing one box and rushing off, especially if you're new to making fajitas and want the recipe details too.
I love nothing more than making nice meals from scratch at home but I also like to have lots of nice things in the cupboard for the evenings when I've been working hard and just don't want to have to put in the effort when I get home and I find the Old El Paso kits perfect as they usually take around 30-45 minutes to cook and serve which is ideal when I'm pressed for time if I want to get a decent nights sleep.
This Enchilada kit contains 8 corn tortillas, 1 packet of spice mix for enchiladas & 1 double packet of tomato sauce and you just need to add chicken, beef or vegetables and have a little bit of cheese for topping the enchiladas before putting them in the oven.
To make the enchiladas is very simple. I just chop up the chicken, stir fry until golden brown, mix together the tomato sauce (both packets) and the spice mix with 150ml of hot water then cover the cooked chicken in half the sauce mixture and make up tortillas. Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 45 seconds, roll them up and then place them in an oven proof dish before covering with the other half of the sauce and topping with cheese. They then take around 10 minutes on a low heat in the oven to brown off nicely and allow all the cheese to brown and the sauce to be bubbling hot.
The cooking process if very simple and I am sure that most people could do this with no problems at all. If you like things mild then use around half of the spice mix as I could smell that this was going to be quite spicy as soon as I mixed the sauce & spice together. I had a quick taste and this confirmed that the sauce was tangy and spicy hot and enough to almost burn my tongue.
The enchiladas went all crispy and delicious and the sauce was soaked up very well and the cheese deliciously brown and bubbling away on the top. I served up a couple of enchiladas each and was quite impressed with how well they held together even with my rather hap hazard serving manner.
The enchiladas were very hot and spicy and the tortillas very lovely as they helped to reduce a little bit of the spice. I did find myself scraping off a little bit of the sauce as it was just too hot and spicy for me and not what I'd like from an enchilada. This is easily resolved by just using half the spice mix next time. The chicken had absorbed lots of the sauce and was deliciously moist and tender and tasted beautiful even eaten on it's own. The tortillas were good quality and overall I was impressed with the quality of the meal.
These were a little too hot for my liking and although I would make them again these aren't something that are going to be top on the menu at my house on lazy cooking nights. The sauce was just a little too rich and spicy for me and I found that I could only just manage two enchiladas when I could easily eat four fajitas if I was enjoying them enough. These are fairly nice for tea time and easy to make if you can't be bothered to put in much effort or you are pressed for time.
I paid £2.00 for my kit but the usual price is around £2.85 which is quite expensive for some spice, sauce & tortillas so you'd probably be better off buying the ingredients separately yourself to save a little bit of money.
After being the sort of mother that actively encourages their children to try new things "you will never know unless you try it....", I have to say I am terrible at being stuck in my ways and not trying anything I don't like the look of!
One of those things were fajitas, I had made them on numerous occasions for my spice loving husband, but had never been interested in trying them myself, even though I remember thinking how much I liked the smell!
Of course I eventually relented and they soon became one of my favourite meals, though by this stage my husband was getting annoyed at how much mess we made when trying to eat them, he is a knife and fork person, not being the sort of person who eats with his fingers!
After visiting the supermarket I noticed that next to the fajita kits there was the kit I will now review for you.
The product I will now review is - "Old El Paso cheesy baked enchiladas".
The initial draw is of course the fact that the fajita's could be eaten as part of a meal.....with a knife and fork!
The make up of these are almost identical in instruction as the fajita kits I normally buy.
Brown chicken cut into strips, I always add some pepper strips to, just to bulk out the mix a little, then cover with half of the combined contents of the two tomato sachets and the spice mix sachet.
It does give you a recommended amount of grated cheese to add at this point also, but I do like cheese, so I just threw a handful in and stirred!
Preparation for the tortillas is simple, just warm them through a little before using them to add the mix to, I simply laid mine on the shelf of the warming oven for couple of minutes, then I was ready to fill.
You then roll the mixture into fajita's then lay them in an ovenproof dish, and finally cover with the remaining half of the tomato and spice mix, then sprinkle a handful of cheese over the top. To finish the dish goes into a hot oven for 10 minutes or until the cheesy topping is brown and bubbling.
The taste is of course delicious, but I have to say I didn't like the tortillas in this format at all, they became a bit crusty around the edges, and I like my tortillas soft and floury so this didn't appeal to me at all!
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per enchilada (as sold in pack, minus the meat or cheese content),
5.8g of which sugars,
1.4g of which saturates.
Allergy advice states that this contains wheat.
Price wise this kit costs around £1.70ish and mine was purchased from www.asda.com
I don't think I will bother with this one again, I will, in the future stick with my beloved fajita's.
Thanks for reading x
Last night I had a real craving for some mexican food and not wanting fajitas, I decided to try Enchiladas instead.
I picked up this enchilada kit from Tescos on offer for 2.00. Usually these cost around 2.60. The kit comes in the normal Old El Paso stlye of yellow and red with a picture of some very tasting looking enchiladas on the front! The kit contains eight soft corn tortillas, a packet of spice mix for enchiladas and a pack of tomato sauce.
The box first suggests that you add 500g of chicken and 150g of cheese. However if you look on the back it says instead of the chicken you can use rump steak or if you're a veggie to use button mushrooms and butterbeans. However I chose to ignore all their suggestions and used minced meat with peppers, onions and mushrooms.
Making the enchiladas is quite an easy process. You just brown the meat or/and veggies. Whilst thats cooking you make up the sauce mix by using the tomato sauce, spice mix and 150ml of warm water. You then pour half of the mixture over the cooked meat and add half of the grated cheese. Afterwards you warm up the tortillas for forty seconds in the microwave. Then its time to make up the enchiladas, you pour some of the mixture in to a tortilla, wrap it and place on to a slightly greased baking tray. Do this for all the tortillas and then pour over the remaining sauce and sprinkle over the rest of the cheese and cook in the oven for ten minutes.
When they came out of the oven the enchiladas looked and smelt amazing. When it came to the taste test though I was a little dissapointed. I like spicy food but not anything thats going to blow my brains out. In preparation for the spicy onslaught I had got myself a glass of milk ready for some spicy mexican food. When I made up the enchiladas I had used all of the spice mix which can sometimes be a very spicy mistake when it comes to Old El Paso kits. However, the enchiladas had a bit of a kick to them but nowhere near what I was expecting or wanting. Other than that they did taste really good and for me and my other half we managed to eat five of the eight tortilla wraps - meaning we can use whats left with some nachos to make up another meal.
I have a couple of issues with this kit. I found when cooking the enchiladas that I didnt have enough sauce, so I ended up having to make up some more. It was very easy to do with some tomato puree, but when I'm paying for a kit I expect it to have everything I need. I was also annoyed with the fact that I didnt get the spicy food I was wanting. This is more of a rant at Old El Paso than anything else but it can be very difficult to pick up the right kind of spicy food you want as its all seperated in to mild and spicy kits now. As far as I'm aware enchiladas are only in a mild kit. What happpened to the days where there was only one kind of dinner kit - the spicy kit and if you didnt want lots of spice you only used half the spice mix?
I think at 2.00 this enchilada kit was worth it as corn tortillas cost around 1.40. However, at full price I think it would be cheaper to just buy the spices and a tube of tomatoe puree to get the same effect.
Like a lot of people, I am always on the look out for something different for dinner. Neither my husband nor I particularly like very spicy food, although we both enjoy fajitas and nachos. About a month ago, Tesco had some of their Old El Paso range on offer, and I decided, having previously bought a fajita kit from them, I would try out their enchiladas pack.
Although Tesco has this pack on offer, it usually retails around £2.60 for a 663g kit that includes, 8 soft corn tortillas, 1 spice mix for enchiladas, and 1 packet of tomato sauce. All you need to have is some fresh chicken and cheese.
What attracted me to trying these enchiladas, was that it clearly stated on the front of the packet that these were mild, any hotter and neither my husband nor I would have wanted them.
There is so nutritional information on the front of the packaging that states that each enchilada along with the spice mix and tomato sauce contins 163 calories, 5.8g of sugar, 5.0g of fat, and 1.4g of salt, which is not the worst for a main meal.
On the reverse of the packaging it states that 'what could be more satifying than home backed cheesy Enchiladas, served golden and bubbling straight from the oven!' There even a few suggestions on the back to create other alternatives with this kit, including making it veggie by replacing the chicekn with other things, adding beef instead of children, and using lees spice mix.
Well using less spice mix is exactly what I did when I was cooking it, because even when I opened the spice mix that came inside, I could smell that it was strong and hot, and that a little went a long way, although obviously you can make it to your own choosing.
These enchiladas are really easy to make. Fry the chicken until golden, then after mixing some spice mix and tomato sauce in a bowl, you then pour half this mixture over the chicken. Then roll it in a tortilla and lay out in a sidh, pour over remaining sauce mixture and add over grated cheese and 10 minutes later you have some delicious scrummy food.
I found that when I used all the tortillas in the pack, I had enough enchiladas left for our lunch the next day, and they tasted just as nice.
I was very glad I only added a little bit of the spice mix, as these enchiladas were just perfect in terms of hotness. They really are so simple to make and the instructions are all on the reverse of the pack. I has mine alongside some salad, but you really won't need a lot else, as these are pretty filling.
All in all, this is a great tasting mexican meal, ready in 20 minutes at most. You can decide how hot you want to make the enchiladas, which is a big bonus, and they are then cooked to your liking. A great kit from Old El Paso.
Our local pub has a raffle at the weekends where we all buy a few tickets for £1 and the prizes often have a food element. This last weekend I won a bag with an Old El Paso Enchilada kit in it and some fresh chicken breasts. I decided to put this kit to use last night.
The Enchilada kit contains tortillas (10), a sachet of dried spice and a double sachet of tomato puree. The chicken and cheese and any other veg you want has to be provided by yourself.
To use the pack you chop up the chicken and cook it in a pan while you are also mixing the tomato puree sachets with the spice and some water. Pour half the sauce mix over the chicken then add half the 150g grated cheese to this mixture and your filling is ready to go. The tortillas come in a plastic pack that needs to be pierced and microwaved for 30-45 seconds and then each tortilla is spread out to be filled before being wrapped up and placed in a dish. Once the tortillas are all filled pour the rest of the sauce on top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for 10 minutes in a moderate oven (180 degrees). That's it job done.
Per tortilla the nutritional stats are: 163 calories, 5.2g protein, 24.7g carbohydrates of which 5.8g sugars, 5.0g fat of which 1.4g saturates, 0.9g fibre and 0.58g sodium. This sounds fine except it doesn't include the chicken or cheese! That makes them pretty high in fat and calories once the cheese is on so remember that if you're watching your intake.
You can replace the meat with mushrooms, peppers and beans which would make it a higher fibre dish or you can add those to the meat and have both. We stuck to the meat because we were having ours with a large salad.
Making the Enchiladas proved to be a bit of a phaff if I'm honest with jugs, pans and dishes all coming into play and I get bored if there's lots of little bits of mixing things involved. I found it a bit of a drag that we used a pan and the oven and the microwave just to create these Enchiladas but you can heat the tortillas in the oven to cut out the microwave if you choose. It took us about half an hour to prepare them to go into the oven which isn't bad but I'm such a bad cook and not really an enthusiastic cook either that it felt like longer!
Once we came to filling the tortillas we found the mixture doesn't go as far as you think and adding some veg is probably a good idea, we filled 6 of the tortillas and then we'd run out even though we were being a bit frugal with the filling. The sauce is nice and you think it's only a bit spicy until you've eaten a few mouthfuls then you realise it's hotter than you thought! It does go well with the cheese though.
I've only really had tortillas in wrap style before and I like them like that so I was surprised to find they go really soggy in the oven under the sauce but the edges go solid where the sauce doesn't reach so I wasn't keen on the soggy bit, it reminded me of pancakes.
You can add less spice mix to these or add creme fraiche or something similar to cool them down but as we didn't choose to buy these we weren't really prepared so we did neither of these things. If I bought one of these kits again I would add less spice and lots of vegetables to make it more "me friendly". My partner didn't find them too hot but he's a fan of spice anyway.
The kits are normally about £3 but are on offer at Tescos at the moment for £1.48 which is very cheap. They have full instructions on the back and are a nice way to have Mexican food at home. We managed to eat 2 of the Enchiladas each and they were pretty filling but I found they were a bit lacking in complex carbohydrates for me (I have hypoglycaemia and need lots of complex carbs) so I felt a bit low in the blood sugar department afterwards and had to eat something else even though I wasn't hungry.
Overall I don't think I'd buy these again unless my other half requested them, they are a bit of a phaff and although I quite liked them I doubt I'll be craving them. If you really like Mexican food though these are pretty convenient and not a bad price even at full price. I'm going to give them 3 stars and recommend you try them once if you like Enchiladas.
Making Mexican has never been easier! Old El Paso Dinner Kits put your favorite Mexican meals in one convenient package.