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Old El Paso enchiladas - mmm,,I'll paso these around the table!
Old El Paso Enchilada Dinner Kit
Member Name: geodougal
Old El Paso Enchilada Dinner Kit
Advantages: full of flavour, mild and cheesy!
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.
Summary: Old El Paso my friend, you have done it again! DELICIOUS!
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