Product Type: Old El Paso Ready Meals
Newest Review: ... can find fajitas that are delivered temptingly on sizzle plates. So now to the Old El Paso Fajita kits. The basic kits themselves inclu... more
I once wrapped up a Mexican and held him rather tightly!
Old El Paso Fajita Dinner Kit
Member Name: Emma1973
Old El Paso Fajita Dinner Kit
Advantages: Has practically all the ingredients in one place.
Disadvantages: The advert is completely misleading.
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.
Summary: One stop kit to create the perfect fajita.
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