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Old El Paso Enchilada Dinner Kit
Member Name: vickijohn2012
Old El Paso Enchilada Dinner Kit
Advantages: Tasty, simple, a great meal.
Disadvantages: All components can be a bit pricey!
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!
Summary: Mouthwatering and tasty mexican meal for the whole family.
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