“ A convenient and clear meal kit, it is easy to prepare and the end result is great tasting fajitas. However, the same meal could be made for considerably cheaper if the ingredients are bought seperately. „
Ok, so we are all busy nowadays, right? Well, these kits just go to show that you can still have a great meal, for yourself or for a family, at a low price and in well under half an hour.
Although fajitas have been around for ages and were at one point one of the mainstays of cowboy food they really become popular in the 70's. The word 'fajita' actually means little strap or little belt to show how they tortillas keep the meat together inside (that having been the main reason for eating them, back in the day- a quick way to eat meat on the move).
Whilst in the UK we may not be as ensconced in the whole Mexican food culture, fajitas are still very popular here on menus when they do appear and that popularity is growing. In most places that offer a wide selection of meat dishes you can find fajitas that are delivered temptingly on sizzle plates.
So now to the Old El Paso Fajita kits. The basic kits themselves include 8 tortillas (although you can buy bigger sizes for families), a sachet of salsa and a sachet of fajita seasoning. There are millions of recipes around but if you are stuck, the Old El Paso website also has a great selection to browse through. My favourite recipe though just to simply fry off some onions, red and green peppers and chicken strips (although beef, turkey and pork work equally well, as do meat substitutes), add the seasoning and serve up on freshly warmed tortillas with generous helping of salsa, re-fried beans, spicy rice, grated cheese, salad and sour cream. That way I can easily feed 3 of us until we pop. The rest of the Old El Paso range also covers a lot of the ingredients I mentioned as well as things like guacamole (not for me) and sliced jalapeños.
The kits have proven to be very useful time and time again and the fajitas always go down well. If I had to be picky, all I could moan about would be that the tortillas are often so tightly packed that they stick together and can rip but still well worth the money at under £2 a kit usually.
Have fun eating!
You want to treat the family to a nice Mexican meal and you know fajitas are a favourite. You may have seen the adverts on telly, suitably cheerful person holds a tortilla on his outstretched hand, some chicken and onion gets chucked on it, he squeezes it together with one hand and takes a big mouthful. Yeah, well good luck with that, all you and I would end up with is a pile of fajita mix in our laps.
But by the time you've bought the tortillas, then the fajitas mix and the salsa you may as well have bought a kit to make them. Old El Paso is the original but is it still the best?
The premise is easy, cook the chicken and peppers you provide yourself. Sprinkle in the mix provided, put it in a tortilla, add toppings, wrap it up and eat! Nothing easier. I could end the review here but I guess you guys would like to know a bit more!
Quite often these mixes tell you to mix the chicken breast with oil and spices before frying but I prefer to get the pan hot, add the oil, then chicken and sprinkle the mix on. This means when you add the peppers (1 red, 1 green) they also get coated in the spices.
15 minutes and the main part of the dish is done. Now of course is the perfect opportunity to taste. If you equate Mexican food with spiciness then you're going to be a little disappointed. It has chilli's certainly, but a tickle on the tonsils rather than a torrent on the tongue. I'm sure they used to be hotter than this and its a shame they changed. You can now get an Extra Hot version, and even if this is too spicy there's a mild version. And when it says Mild, it means mild, no taste at all.
The tortillas have also changed, they've gotten smaller. They are still quite thick which once you've totally prepared the fajitas means they don't get sodden.
They do provide the salsa, two whacking great bags of it actually. Far too much to be honest. Its quite a nice chunky salsa as well with just about the right amount of seasoning. Make sure you take from the top of the bowl though as you'll soon see the watery liquid you don't want in the fajitas
Cheese is also required, a nice sprinkling, preferably not overwhelmingly matures so you can still taste the tomatey salsa and spicy chicken.
My grip is that the amount of ingredients they say you require. We have double the chicken, onions, the peppers, and mushrooms if we have them. Then we get to have decent size fajitas for 4 of us and that's at 2 each.
I have to say when you have the full caboodle, chicken, salsa, cheese and sour cream they are one of the most delicious things on earth. Oh, and the sour cream doesnt come with it, you do have to buy that as well.But the Old El Paso version only get bought now when the supermarket doesn't have their own version. The price can come in at over £3, but then if you bought the tortillas, salsa and flavourings seperately it also comes to more than the kit price. This at least a £1 more than the supermarkets own version and tasting much the same they don't always represent great value.
My husband and I are both big lovers of Mexican food. We live in a small town with only a handful of restaurants, but luckily one of these few is a very good Mexican so when we go out for dinner locally this is always our first choice. However, when we fancy something spicy without the restaurant price tag our standard go to is the Old El paso range. Well, when I say range, I mean their fajita kits! They also do enchilada kits and burrito kits, as well as selling the separate elements of their kits individually. But our favourite is the fajita kit.
These kits are readily available in supermarkets and even most small corner shops now stock them due to their ever-increasing popularity. They are generally priced between £3.25 and £3.50 but are one of those things that are often to be found on special offer. Recently the Co-op has had them on a half price offer at only £1.64 so my cupboard is now well and truly stocked up with them!
The fajita kit comes in a flat box, much like a frozen pizza box, around 9 or 10 inches square. The branding is unmissable on a supermarket shelf as the box is bright yellow in colour with lots of red and bright green contrasting pictures and wording. The front of the box has a tempting looking picture of some finished fajitas ready for devouring and tells us what is included in the pack. It also tells us what flavour that particular kit is. This is where the "discussions" start in our house as my favourite is the Original Smokey BBQ flavour but my husband likes the Tomato and Pepper. As I tend to do 99% of the shopping guess which one makes it into my basket most often?! Yes, selfish of me, I know!
The back of the box gives instructions for cooking and making fajitas and also provides alternatives if you're vegetarian or don't like chicken such as adding butternut squash or chickpeas for a veggie option of steak or beef if you're a red meat eater. It also offers various additions for fajitas like sour cream, guacamole and grated cheese. On various other parts of the box there is the standard contact information for the manufacturers, the nutritional information (althogh this is very unhelpful if you're trying to follow a calorie controlled diet as it only gives the calorie count/fat content etc for what is actually included in the kit rather than taking into account the chicken and vegetables you need to complete the kit, let alone the sour cream and grated cheese it recommends!
So what do you actually get in the kits? The answer to that is simple. 8 soft flour tortillas, 1 packet of spice mix and 1 sachet of thick and chunky salsa. This doesn't actually sound like you're getting very much for your money and, to be fair, you're not really. I once added up the costs of the individual items and you can buy all three separately for around the same price, and for much less if you go for the supermarket own brand products. This is another reason why I only ever buy them when they're on special offer.
The front of the box tells us that all we need to add to the kit is 500g chicken breast, 2 peppers and an onion. I generally use slightly less chicken (normally 2 breasts), one red and one green pepper, two onions and a tub of closed cup mushrooms (all of these things need to be sliced and then stir-fried). As the kit is really intended to feed a family of four - but not a family of four with a father who eats like my husband! - they usually last us for a dinner and then leftovers for lunch the next day, which is why I like to bulk it up with more veg. If we were a family of four, however, there is no way that one kit woould feed us all. My hubby could easily polish off 4 fajitas in one sitting and, to be honest, I could manage 3! Piglets!!!
Making fajitas couldn't be easir or quicker. Slice your chicken and stir fry it, meanwhile slice the rest of your veg and add to the pan after the chicken is thoroughly cooked along with the packet of spice mix. I personally don't like salsa so I also add the sachet of this to the pan to cook down with the rest of the ingredients. Once the vegetables are cooked pop the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds and then take everything to the table. This meal is definitely a table meal rather than a sit on the couch with it on your knees meal! As extras we always have sour cream, grated cheese and occasionally shredded lettuce and cucumber but everyone that we've ever had fajitas with all serve them differently. Some friends of ours always have chopped jalapenos with theirs and another couple we know have guacamole. So they really are quite versatile and easily adapted to your own personal preferences.
I really like this Old El Paso Original Smoky BBQ fajita kit. The spices included in it make your chicken and veg nice and spicy without being too hot so there's lots of flavour to it without it blowing the top of your head off. My mum still finds this quite spicy (it says it's "mild" mum, and only has one out of three chillis on the front coloured in - man up!) but with the addition of the sour cream and the lettuce she finds it much more palatable.
The kit itself makes it easy to make fajitas and know that you haven't forgotten any of the ingredients and it's handy for storage in the cupboard that they're all contained within one box. Obviously there is quite a lot of packaging included with this product as each element is also individually wrapped within the box, but I've seen much much worse culprits of excess packaging and the box can, of course, be recycled, being made entirely from cardboard.
We used to have fajitas religiously every week until I sat down and worked out the full cost of them. When everything's full price and you have the chicken, peppers, sour cream, cheese etc I worked out it was costing close to £10 for us to have fajitas. Now we have them maybe once a month as a Saturday treat and when i see the kits on special offer I stock up. When you also get the chicken on offer it makes it much more cost effective, although still more than I would expect to spend on a dinner (but having leftovers for lunch the next day effectively means we're getting two meals for the price of one).
*One of our very favourite things to do, if I'm feeling exceptionally organised, is to cook the fajitas filling in advance then take all the other ingredients in a cool box along with our camping stove andreheat them to have them as a picnic by the side of a lake somewhere after a hard hike or bike ride...what a reward for all that hard work!*
All in all I really like these fajita kits. The flavours are delicious and spicy without being too hot and they are a very convenient way of making fajitas. I would definitely recommend them but my recommendation would come with the following warnings:
-only buy them when on offer, otherwise you're better off buying the separate items individually
-if you don't like hot food keep an eye on the chilli rating on the front of the box to make sure you don't get one that will be too much for you
-if you're on a diet you're probably better off leaving out the sour cream and cheese, but they won't be nearly so delicious!
There are other brands of fajita kits available, including supermarkets own ones which are obviously much cheaper and we've tried several of them but, to be honest, the flavours of the Old El Paso ones are by far the best so we always stick to this brand now - even if my hubby doesn't get his tomato and red pepper one as often as he'd like!
I have been a fan of these Old El Paso dinner kits since I was at university (all those years ago! lol) - I picked one up as I fancied a wee change from constantly grilling chicken in the George Foreman!
This dinner kit retails at £2.98 at my local supermarket and it contains 8 tortillas, a spicy mix for your contents and a zingy salsa to add to your contents inside the tortilla. All you need to add yourself is your meat (beef or chicken), an onion and a pepper. As I live on my own, all of the above would cost (inclusive of the kit) around £8-£10 and I would get two to three dinners from it.
The spicy taste is excellent and really gives chicken or beef another dimension if you get bored with grilling or roasting. Also, the vegetarians out there could replace the meat with another vegetable (broccolli perhaps?) and this would actually make it cheaper as the chicken is the most expensive part of the meal!
It is also so, so easy to make - you just have to chop your onion and pepper, cook the chicken/beef and add your spice and mix and place it into your tortilla. It is also excellent value for money as you can get either two to three dinners for yourself for £8-£10 or a meal for the whole family for the same price. If you source the chicken at a good price or buy it in bulk then you can get it even cheaper.
The other point worth noting is that sometimes the supermarkets do deals (2 for £4) or special offers (kit for £2) on the kits - this can make you an even bigger saving if you constantly shop around.
I would definitely give the product five stars as it is convenient, good value for money (better value when on special offer), tasty and easy to use.
Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone that wants an easy new recipe that is also convenient, tasty and that doesn't break the bank!
After working in the Mexican food stand at Legoland, which was sponsored by Old El Paso - I used this kit (in bulk) every day for a year and I have to admit, they are the best fajita's I have ever tasted!
Fajitas are so quick and easy to make. I have to say because of the fact it all gets cooked individually and then put together - its perfect for a family meal! Once you've got the know-how, you'll be well on the way to being a top chef!
Personally I prefer the original chicken fajita kit, but you can but it in Smoky BBQ too. I will be reviewing the Original as this is what I usually buy (its cheaper than buying lots of the original sized and lasts a long time). The kit costs about £3.50 in Tesco but the price will slightly vary between different supermarkets.
In your kit you will find a packet of 12 tortilla wraps, 1 sachet of chunky salsa and 1 sachet of fajita spice mix. The front of the box gives you a sort of mini shopping list of the other items you will need to make your fajitas (all can be brought cheaply so it isn't bank breaking). The other items include 2 onions, 750g of chicken breast and 1 red, 1 green peppers - although I prefer to use one of each: red, yellow and green. To be honest, there is no set guidelines that you 100% need all of these but this is what they recommend.
The kit serves 4 people, but depending on your portion sizes I would say it can stretch to 6 if you dont stuff your fajita to the brim - they are very filling!
The box as you can see from the image is the 'Old El Paso' signature colours with an image of fajita's on the front. As I mentioned previously, there is also the mini shopping list and all nutritional information, recipe and ingredients on the back. The recipe being on the back is so helpful as it tells you what to do first and how much. I got a bit too excited the first time and did the chicken last which probably wasn't a good idea.
The calories etc would be hard to count in each fajita due to the fact you add your own ingredients and different amounts to each. But for the calories, sugar, etc of the individual products they are listed on the back of the box.
Getting back to the fajita's themselves..
In preparation: Cut up your onions and peppers putting them into a bowl ready to add to your chicken.
The first thing you need to do is cut your chicken into strips and cook until they are ready (heat depends on time). Next add the onions and peppers to the mix and pour on the spice mix to add flavour. RECOMMENDED - if you like spice I would say use the whole sachet, if not use about half as it gives quite a kick.
Cook for a further 5 minutes and heat tortilla wraps for 30 seconds in the microwave. If you keep them in the bag they heat quicker.
After this quick preparation you simply need to sit down, add your mix and salsa then wrap & enjoy!
The tortilla wraps are really quick to heat up and stay really soft. They are quite filling though which means after one or two fajita's you tend to feel ready to burst. Although I think the spice mix has a lot to do with the fullness, like I said above be careful with the amount you use as it does tend to be quite spicy.
The chunky salsa blends so well with the other ingredients but I prefer to add sour cream as it gives the spice a tone down and changes the flavour up a bit.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a delicious meal that is prepared quickly and easily.
First off in this review I should really apologise for the terrible title. Congratulations if you got it, it was the only remotely witty thing I could think of at the time! (And it still almost fails!)
Old El Paso Fajita Dinner Kits are a remarkably easy way to create a Mexican dish in your very own kitchen, resulting in a culinary experience like no other!!! This particular version is the classic fajita recipe, but they are also available as a crispy chicken version, an extra mild version and also in a larger family pack (which is 50% larger than the classic packet), and a tomato and pepper pack, with flavoured tortillas. In my opinion this classic version is by far the best and most tasty of the options.
For those who are not familiar with Mexican cuisine, fajita is the name given to a dish that involves wrapping meat and/or vegetables in a tortilla, and then adding other toppings such as a salsa sauce or sour cream. They are then picked up and eaten using your hands, hopefully not creating as much mess as I normally do :) and by the way a tortilla is just a term for flour based, round thin base, made from dough, which is used to wrap the meat/vegetables in, reminiscent of a pancake.
Now the product comes in a brightly coloured square box. The main colours are yellow and red, however the front of the box also contains a wonderful picture of the final product, which for once looks realistic. On the reverse of the box are the ingredients, cooking instructions and contact details. Unfortunately, they do not provide any nutritional information on the product, which is very disappointing for anyone interested.
Inside the box we are provided with several ingredients, however you have to provide further ingredients yourselves, which does add to the total cost of this product as a meal, and thus I only ever have these with my wife occasionally, and especially when found on special offer. You are provided with 8 flour tortillas, a sachet of fajita seasoning mix and a sachet of mild thick 'n chunky salsa sauce. You have to add some chicken/beef, a large onion and some mixed peppers to get the best results.
Although I am not an expert in this field, I would suggest that these would be suitable for vegetarians if you simply replace the meat element with additional vegetables such as butternut squash. In addition, we have just cooked these in the past with the peppers and onions to save money on meat, and they are just still a tasty meal then.
Cooking the product is very simple indeed, requiring little time. Simply stir fry the chicken/beef pieces until brown, then add the onion and peppers (all ingredients cut up into strips) and finally add on the fajita seasoning which at first seems very strong, but is actually very nice once mixed with the other ingredients. The tortillas can either be cooked in the microwave for a minute or alternatively placed in some foil and cooked in the oven for about 10/15 minutes. If you prefer a slightly less spicy option, then you can simply reduce the amount of the fajita seasoning mix that is added, which again I have done on occasions when I'm not feeling like spicy food.
The smell of the food is absolutely wonderful. From the scent of the fresh ingredients being cooked and then the seasoning mix on top, Old El Paso provide us with a complete culinary experience, and by the time you come to eat the product your taste buds are salivating in anticipation.
The taste itself is fantastic. The vegetables are left quite crisp giving a wonderfully crunchy yet spicy feeling in the mouth, and then the salsa sauce gives even more heat to them. If they are too hot, you can add sour cream or the like to them, but in my view this would be quite criminal! (Mainly because I hate sour cream though!) Cheese can also be added for extra flavour as well. The heat and flavour of these stay with you for a while after eating, making these an ideal food for any chilly nights in. It should also be pointed out for those nervous about spicy food, that although they are quite hot, it is definitely not one of those dinners in which the heat obliterates the taste of the fresh ingredients, and so should appeal to most palates. As an added tip, we have found that the addition of a few mixed salad leaves into the fajita when wrapping it up also adds an extra flavour and texture to the fajita, and also helps to cut through the spiciness.
To sum up, Old El Paso Fajita Dinner Kits are a great idea for an easy to cook, yet posh dinner. Best eaten as a treat from time to time due to the price, the pack itself costs £2.89 in Simsbury's but is currently on special offer at £1.85, which is good value. It is possibly cheaper in some of the other supermarkets or local convenience stores, and is well worth keeping an eye out for, as they do tend to be on special offer quite often. You may think that this sounds like quite a cheap dinner, however you must remember to factor in the price of the vegetables and importantly the chicken/beef, meaning that the true price of the dinner is probably closer to £10!!! I think that this offers good value to a couple, as it is too much food for a single meal, and doesn't really reheat or store very well and are well worth buying at least once in a while.
Thanks for reading this review, and it also appears on Ciao under my same username.
the old El Paso fajita kit looks like a lot of money for barely anything, as you only realy get a sachet of spices, a packet of fajitas and a sachet of salsa. However it's not the amount of things in the packet that is important, it's what it allows you to do with things that you have in your fridge and freezer.
I've found that the cheaper brands of fajita kit are not as nice - the spices in the El Paso version really make a meal and it can actually save you money because for just a bit of meat and some odds and ends of vegetables, you've got a really delicious meal for 3 or 4 people! I've literally used it to get rid of bits and bobs of food that otherwise wouldn't have been enough to make a full meal. Plus a meal made with this kits is very moreish!
I'm quite picky with food, especially meat, but this kit is realy simple, really quick and very delicious.
Mexican and Tex-Mex food is a big favourite in our house. I make quesadillas for lunch instead of sandwiches these days and regularly do fajitas when we have friends round for dinner. However, on days where I can't be bothered putting much effort into dinner, the Old El Paso fajita set does most of the work for me!
There are 5 different options but I generally go for the Tomato and Pepper or BBQ kit as they are the most commonly found in supermarkets!
- Extra Mild, Super Tasty Fajita kit
- Original Smoky BBQ Fajita kit
- Crispy Chicken Fajita kit
- Roasted Tomato & Pepper Fajita Dinner Kit
- Big Family Size Fajita Kit
In the box
8 Soft Flour Tortillas
1 Original Smoky BBQ Fajita Spice Mix
1 Mild Original Salsa
The box says that you will need 500g chicken breast, 1 x red pepper, 1 x green pepper, 1 x onion, however I often end up replacing these things with others when I don't have them in the house. It is also possible to use beef or mince or a vegetarian option as the main filling. I also have cheese in mine too! The box says that it serves 3-4, however big eaters like my partner and I need one pack between the 2 of us, mainly because the wraps are quite small.
Old El Paso also have other products in the range that would be perfect to serve with these fajitas. They have jalapenos, guacamole and sour cream as well as extra wraps and salsa, all available in most supermarkets.
The set is often on offer in the supermarkets. At the moment Tesco have it at £1.87 which is £1 cheaper than usual. Sainsbury's have it at £2.19. The normal retail price is £2.84 which is quite expensive, however when you add the cost of the individual items, this is a saving.
The barbecue spice mix is my favourite. It gives the chicken (or alternative) a distinctive, tasty flavour and you can use as much as as you like to flavour to taste I use about half the packet on the chicken and keep some back to use at a later date! If I'm making potato wedges (which I often do as an accompaniment to Mexican food) I sprinkle the spice over them or mix it with mayonaise to make a tasty dip. The salsa has a really nice texture with real tomatoes in it. I hate when a salsa is just a sweet tomatoey puree. I have tried Tesco's own brand fajita kit and also the Discovery one. They are all quite similar except the salsa is much nicer in this set and the spice mix is definitely the best.
The main plus is that this set ensures a yummy set of fajitas! The spice is great, salsa delicious and the wraps (despite the size) are really tasty. Just add other products to your own taste and you're sure to have a yummy dinner!
There's not much wrong with this set. I would say that the flour wraps are too small, especially if you're making enough for more than two people. However, after doing a bit of research for this review it appears there is a larger set available which I'll be looking for next time.
It is slightly expensive too so always worth stocking up when the offers are available!
Overall, great product - better than rivals! 9/10 :)
I've been eating Fajitas for some years now and must admit that we have used Old El Paso products when making them in the past.
The fajita kit costs £2.85 (Sainsburys) and with it you get 8 flour tortillas, 1 spice mix and 1 sachet of Salsa. All you need to add is either chicken or beef, peppers and onions... Although I've also used it just to make vegetarian fajitas with peppers, onions and mushrooms and then added lettuce and tomato...
If you've never made fajitas before, the kit does give instructions on the back as to what you need to do. It literally takes about 20 minutes to prepare and cook so a very simple and easy dish to make.
The sauce mixture pictured is roasted tomato and pepper which is mild. They also do a smokey flavour too which is actually my favourite out of the two and is also mild. I must admit that the Old El Paso seasoning mixes are the best I've tried and I find them really flavoursome..
The torillas are not too bad quality but there are larger varieties out there if you find them too small.
I have this with my boyfriend as a main meal and we have 4 tortillas each which fills us up... I think if you were cooking for a family of four you would need to bulk it up a bit with a side dish or just buy more tortillas and meat!
It's not too bad price wise, however I have found recently that if you buy buy it seperately it works out cheaper in the long run. If you buy the sachet (£0.60) and some tortillas (£1.50 although discovery tortillas are cheaper and better quality) it works out £0.75 cheaper.
We then bought some discovery squeezy salsa which keeps for longer so whilst the salsa sauce is around £1.90, it will last for more than 3 'rounds' so it works out cheaper! Alternatively Sainsburys also do their own tub of salsa for £0.69 so again you could use this and get more for your money each time...
Wow! We love this in our house. Our favourite has to be the Roast Tomato & Pepper which is actually quite spicy (Just how we like it). We actually have this once a week as a main meal. It consists of a vacuum sealed packet of 8 flat wraps, a sachet of seasoning & a sachet of tomato salsa. You have to add chopped peppers, onions & Sliced chicked breast. We usually add long red peppers and a packet of chopped onion from asda to speed up the process. Served with a cripsy salad, jalepeno peppers & a cool drink. It costs usually about £2.70 a box although it is sometimes on offers such as buy one get one free, it is also possible to buy every element seperate which some times works out better if they are on offer. Only problem for us is that there isnt enough wraps in it so we usually end up buying extra ones. Its healthy and really tasty and can be cooked in about 25 mins tops.
I love Mexican food but find it quite difficult to replicate at home. This set provides a quick and great tasting way of doing this and whilst I'm not usually a fan of packet food these are a definite exception to that. I'm actually slightly addicted! Each set contains one packet of spice mix, a sachet of salsa and eight tortilla wraps. Unfortunately you do need to purchase a few extra items but this is made clear on the front of the packaging. I usually just add chicken, an onion and a green and red pepper but it's also possible to make a vegetarian version and the packaging suggest extra items you can add such as sour cream. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and the most time consuming element of the whole process is cutting the vegetables and the chicken. Altogether the process takes about 15 minutes which makes it perfect for after work if you don't want to be messing about in the kitchen for too long but fancy something a bit more exciting than beans on toast.
Each set provides enough for four portions but I usually make it for two and just save the rest of the spice mix and wraps to make it more economical. The spice mix is quite spicy so if you are cooking for children or someone with a more delicate palate it is probably a good idea not to use the full packet. The sets are available from most supermarkets and smaller grocery shops and are usually over £3 each. They are quite expensive but they are often on offer so I usually stock up on them then - not that they last long!
I've tried other brands of these sets but have never found one I like as much as Old El Paso. I'm not sure what they do to the spice mix but I can't recommend it enough I would quite happily live off these fajitas!
I love mexican food, and these packs from old el paso make it so simple to cook.
The packs are fairly expensive, and I suspect if you got all the sainsburys basic range of the ingredients that come in the pack, you could do it a bit cheaper, but I still think these packs are great. They cost about £2.80 from sainsburys.
There are a range of fajita packs that are available, the one pictured is roasted tomato & pepper, but there is also a barbecue favour and a couple of others that I can't remember, but I usually go for this one. You can also get different heat varieties, I usually go for medium, so I can add more heat if necessary and the hot one isn't always available, but I haven't tried the mild one.
In this kit you get 8 flour tortillas, a spice mix packet and a packet of salsa. I find that for a family of two, 8 tortillas is too many and we have either 4 or 6 between two of us, but you can use the spare tortillas for the next days lunch box so they don't go to waste. They are always good quality tortillas, that just need a small amount of heating up and they are soft enough to roll.
The spice packet is the main ingredient that gives the fajitas their flavour. I'm sure you could probably make it yourself if you had all the spices at home, but I have found getting the combinations and quantities correct is very tricky. The medium spice mix is fairly hot, but nothing too bad, I actually add chilli powder to mine, but that might just be me. It recommends to add chicken or beef to the spices but I am vegetarian so tend to use mushrooms, peppers and onions and sometimes even baked beans to pad it out. The salsa I would say is more of an extra, and is never very hot but still good quality and very tasty, it is mainly tomatoes and doesn't really taste of much else, but it's still nice.
The best way to serve these I find is to make the filling with the spice mix, and then put it in a bowl in the middle of the table along with the salsa, and some sour cream guacamole and cheese. That way people can add how much and the fillings that they like.
I still haven't quite mastered the art or rolling these properly so that nothing falls out, I'm sure it an art, but I still enjoy them as this particular box of ingredients is very tasty.
I love Mexican food, and Fajitas are up near to the top of my favorite Mexican dishes of all time.
I used to eat Fajitas with minced beef in them, but my boyfriend introduced me to chicken fajitas, and I fell in love with them!
Fajitas are a relativley simple meal to make, especially when you buy a Fajita kit. These kits usually come with Approx. 8 flour tortilla wraps, salsa and a packet of Fajita seasoning powder.
To cook them, just fry up some chopped chicken (or quorn! or beef) in a pan with some onions and peppers, when cooked sprinkle on the fajita seasoning, and serve in warm, microwaved tortilla wraps with some salad, salsa and cheese. You can add pretty much anything to them that you like, I sometimes add Mushrooms and Sweetcorn to the pan as well, and my partner loves to load his wraps up with sour cream. I have also been known to put in some leftover brown rice into the pan, which adds a great extra taste and texture to the fajitas.
All in all, these takes about 10-15 minutes to make, and one pan is all you need to make them. Fajita dinner kits from Old El Paso come in a few different varities, you can get them in original, smoky barbeque and roasted peppers and tomato flavours. Each one of these tastes great, and usually you can buy them in all leading supermarkets for just under £3.00.
The Old El Paso kits are simple to use, and the boxes have a cool, authentic Mexican look to them, and they usually fit in the kitchen cupboard quite nicely.
For a simple meal that tastes great but won't take hours to cook, grab yourself an Old El Paso Fajita dinner kit, and get munching.
I've purchased these Old El Paso kits many times since being introduced to them round a friends house a year ago.
Depending on where you shop you can expect to pay around £2.50 to £3.00 for a kit, the kit consists of:
1 sachet of spice mix or 1 sachet of spicy bread crumbs.
1 pack of salsa
1 mixer bag
These are quite simple to prepare, even a novice cook would have no problems creating something that everyone would enjoy in about 20 minutes.
Depending on the pack you buy, you just need to add some chicken, salad and sour cream.
We always buy a pack of Uncle Bens Mexican microwave rice and include this in the tortilla, tastes great.
They also now sell a Family pack which has an extra few tortillas and a bigger pack of salsa and spice.
I don't know how close these are to the real thing, but its inspired me to experiment with some Mexican cooking, and i am just trying to locate a decent Mexican restaurant to visit.
Tesco offer there own brand version for £1.50, might try that soon to see if there up to scratch, look out for a future review.
Old El Paso Fajita Dinner Kit
i love mexican food and so does the rest of my family so as you can probably guess the old el paso range is very popular in my house hold. The fajita dinner kit is one of my favourites though for three main reasons, its quick and easy to cook, its a cheap meal, and it does taste great.
The kit itself usually costs about 2 pounds 50 and can be up to 3 pound however tesco and asda do seem to put the old el paso range on offer quite a lot so its best stocking up when you see that, its usually 2 dinner kits for 3 pounds ! all you need to add to the kit is chicken and veg and this will then feed four people so its a bargain meal an should only cost about £5.
The food its self is really easy to make, cook your chicken, add the veg and the spice mix, warm up the tortillas then add the salsa and your mix, onlt takes about 20 mins and its really good food.
The taste is great too, obviously it can vary depending on what veg you use and if you add other sauces but the tortillas are soft and tasty and the chicken spice mix really is so tasty i can eat that alone!!!
Defiantly worth buying!
Fajitas are a traditional family favorite and we've provided the tortillas, fajita seasoning and salsa. Just add your own chicken and vegetables for delicious, easy-to-prepare fajitas.