“ Type: Other Ready Meals „
WHAT ARE NACHOS?
Nachos are salted chips with tomato salsa and cheese baked in the oven.
OLD EL PASO
Old El Paso is a range of make your own mexican food available to buy from most supermarkets.
The one I'm reviewing today is the Old El Paso nachos.
These nacho's come in a bright cardboard yellow box with the usual Old El Paso brand on them. They also have a picture of the cooked ready nachos on the front.
Inside the cardboard box there are separate plastic packets for the nacho crisps and the salsa.
PREPARING THE NACHOS
Making them couldn't be easier. They can either be eaten as a snack or as a main meal.
For just a snack you lay out some of the crisps in a baking dish and then pour some of the salsa over them along with some cheese. Then another layer of each, put in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
If you want to have these as a more substantial meal you can add some chilli con carne to the layers. and bake the same.
Or you could just add whatever you fancied!
Either as a snack or a meal, these nachos are delicious! I really love them but also make sure I have them with some fresh soured cream. Makes them taste even better!
The salsa has a slight tang to it but is not overly spicy.
The crisps are lightly salted and stay crispy even when cooked with the salsa.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
These nachos (along with all the other Old El Paso kits) are available from most supermarkets. They are usually £3.22 from Tesco but are often on offer. They are currently on offer for £2 in Tesco and Sainsburys (Jan 2014). So it is best to wait till an offer comes up.
I really do love all the Old El Paso kits and that definitely includes this nacho kits. I think it is so quick and easy to make, and so tasty.
I would definitely recommend these!
Thank you for reading my review
xx Mrs K xx
Old El Paso Nacho kit comes in a bright yellow box, with a red top. There is a small picture of cacti with mountains in the background which I am assuming is for a Mexican theme seeing as Nachos are considered to be a Mexican dish. There is a picture of Nachos on the front, along with a bowl of salsa and guacamole. The kit I am basing this review on is a 520g box. On the front and back of the book, there is a list of the items included in the kit. Also, on the back of the box are directions for cooking in English and also in two other languages although I am not sure as to what the other languages are. Included in the kit are Nachos which come in a large packet similar to a crisp packet and also the salsa sauce which comes in a large sachet with two portions (the sachets are slit in the middle so you can use half at a time if you wish)
HOW TO PREPARE
This is really down to personal choice. The idea is that you put an even layer of nachos in a fairly deep oven proof dish. You then put an even layer of salsa sauce over the top followed by a layer of cheese (although the cheese does not come in the kit which is a bit of a pain). The cheese is optional and as I have already said, it does not come in the packet but they do suggest you including cheese in your recipe. Personally, I think the Nachos would be quite ordinary without the cheese. So... back to preparing them... you put a layer of nachos, a layer of salsa sauce and a layer of cheese and then repeat the process until the dish is full.
HOW TO COOK
The thing I like about these Nachos is that they can be cooked in the microwave as well as they oven. To cook in the oven, preheat the oven to 100C / Gas mark 4 while you are preparing the Nachos. Once you have prepared the Nachos, pop them in the oven for 5 minutes. The packet recommends cooking them for 5 minutes but personally I cook them for 10 minutes as I like to make sure that all the Nachos are hot and all the cheese has melted.
For the microwave, it's the same sort of principle, the packet that once you have prepared the Nachos, you put them in the microwave on a high setting for 2 minutes. Again, if you put cheese with them, leave them in the microwave until the cheese has melted and the salsa sauce is warm/hot.
The Nachos themselves are quite salty although not unpleasantly so. The Nachos are nice and crunchy, and the salsa sauce goes very well with the Nachos. I always use mild cheddar with Nachos and I think the mildness of the cheese works very well with the tangy salsa sauce. The salsa sauce is fairly mild so would be great for people who don't like their food too spicy, just with a little kick to it. For those people who enjoy spicy food, you could chop up some jalapeño peppers and add them to the salsa sauce.
Personally I prefer to cook Nachos in the oven as on the couple of occasions that I have cooked them in the microwave, I find that the Nachos tend to go a bit soggy where as they stay crunchy when I put them in the oven.
This particular box was bought from Tesco and cost £2.50 which I think it fairly reasonable. My boyfriend and I share a packet and it does for a meal although is not as filling as a proper dinner. Asda and Sainsbury also sell these although I am not sure of the prices as I tend to shop mainly at Tesco.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
I would highly recommend these Nachos, they are quick and easy to make, and very tasty as well. The only downside is that they are probably quite fattening what with the main ingredients being crisps and cheese.
After eating these Nachos quite a few times, I have noticed a few things which I thought I would share with you. Make sure you don't put too much salsa sauce over the Nachos, or else that Nachos go soggy and I don't think they are as enjoyable when they are soggy.
If, like me, you intend on putting lots of cheese on them, you will probably need to cook them for about 15 minutes in the oven to ensure that the cheese on the bottom layers melts properly.
These Nachos are very easy to spice up. You can add all sorts of ingredients to the salsa sauce such as mushrooms, onions, peppers etc.
These Nachos can be eaten as they come in the kit and you can also add a few more ingredients such as guacamole and sour cream. Using this Nacho kit and adding sour cream and guacamole makes a delicious meal.
I've recently developed a real craving for mexican food. It's not new to me, I've occasionally had the odd item in a restaurant or at home etc but recently and for no particular reason I've been really enjoying this type of food. My favourite at the moment is Nachos. I know exactly where this has come from-TGI Fridays! They do the most amazing nachos so recently I decided I wanted to try some at home.
I looked in my local Asda for different Nacho kits and was suprised to find very little choice. The only two options were an Asda own brand and these Old El Paso Original Nachos. I'm not picky with brands so my choice came down to price. I bought this kit for £1.50 as it was on offer. Usually it should be priced £2.49 and the Asda own brand was £1.89 so on this occasion I went for the branded kit.
The packaging is bright and colourful and very appealing. It really gets you in the mood for mexican food! And the trusted Old El Paso logo topped with a mexican style house roof always makes me feel I'm in for an authentic treat. The box itself is quite large and shows some very delicious looking nachos! It also says that these are the 'mild' version of their range. Which is rated on a three step rating.
Included in the kit are nacho chips and nacho topping. The size of the box is a little misleading as it's quite large and you only get two items but non the less for £1.50 you can't grumble. In order to create the perfect nachos you need to add the following (optional) cheese, sour cream, jalapenos and/or guacamole. The dips/sauces can now be purchased seperately ina trio pack in the dip/cream isle at the supermarket (also by Old El Paso) and cost between £1.70 and £2.40 depending on the supermarket. However you can also get supermarket own brand varieties for less.
The nacho chips come in a foiled bag and the idea is you lay half of them out in a baking tray and cover with half of the tomato puree style topping and then add grated cheese. It recommends about 75g of cheese at this stage however I've found this isn't enough and you are best lashing it on! Then you repeat the same process nachochips, topping and cheese to create a dual layer effect of nachos. Then you pop them in to a pre heated oven for ten minutes or so until the cheese is bubbling away. It's very simple you just pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees (the same for fan assisted ovens too) leave for ten minutes of so and then serve. The packaging suggest 3-4 servings however me and my partner find this pack is perfect for just us two for lunch if we aren't having anything else.
I must say these are delicious! I can't fault the nachochips! They are lightly flavoured and salted and I assumed they would be quite tasteless at first but they are actually really quite nice and could be eaten alone, not that you would want to! The shape also suprised me and they are rounded chips and quite a good size each. They crisp nicely in the oven and the flavouring mixes with the cheese and topping too to create a really tasty flavour. The only thing I didn't rate quite as highly was the topping sauce. It was just plain tomato puree really with no 'bits' but it did have a nice texture. It's best spread thinly though not glooped together as it is quite thick.
I totally recommend these nachos and would deffinately buy them again. Considering the on offer price and the offer price of the accompanying dips we managed to create a delicious nacho meal for two for under £3 which I was thrilled with both taste wise and with it's value for money as we both had lots and still some left over! Of course you can create your own nachos-just buy tortilla chips and puree but hey where's the fun in that?! Especially when this one little box provides you with that marraca style rattle...well in the back of your mind anyway!
I really enjoy eating Mexican food at home as well as when out in restaurants and pubs and one thing that I really enjoy in particular is a hearty plate of nachos. I have bought some supermarket-own branded nacho dinner kits in the past which usually contain a bag of nacho or tortilla chips and a couple of sachets of sauce, cheese or tomato salsa. I had never tried out the nacho dinner kit from the 'Old El Paso' range before but bought it recently to try it out. I paid around £1.50 for the 520g kit, from a local branch of The Co-operative supermarket recently and I believe this price was part of a special promotion running in-store at the time.
When it came to trying out the Old El Paso nachos, I opened the rather bulky cardboard box and inside I found a foil bag containing a portion of crispy tortilla chips, or 'Nachips' as they are branded from this particular manufacturer. There was also two square-shaped foil sachets of 'Nachos Topping' contained in the box, and I assumed this would be a salsa-like sauce to put on top of the chips themselves.
The Old El Paso Nachos kit serves 3-4 persons according to the packaging, but I would whole-heartedly disagree with this statement personally. My husband and I usually share a boxed nachos dinner kit such as this one between us and it serves us both sufficiently, but I can not really see how it would stretch to feed three, much less four people comfortably, unless it was used as an accompaniment or side dish perhaps.
The Old El Paso nachos were very easy to prepare. All I had to do was layer the Nachips on the bottom of a plate and spread the tomato-flavoured Nachos Topping over them, then top with grated cheese. I then (according to the instructions on the box) had to repeat this process so there was two layers of nachos on the plate.
What struck me firstly as I layered the admittedly crispy, quite delicious-looking Nachips on the plate was concern as I didn't think there was enough chips provided in this particular kit to provide two servings. This turned out not to be the case, and both my husband and I did manage to get our own plateful from the kit, however, I have to be honest and say that the Old El Paso Nachos kit does not seem to contain as much within it as alternatives that I have tried in the past.
The second thing that I noticed as I was preparing this snack for us was the appearance of the 'Nachos Topping' as I spread it over the Nachips spread on our plates. To me, a tomato-like topping of this kind should be a sort of salsa-like topping and I have to be honest here and say that the appearance of the topping in the Old El Paso kit really looked to me like some sort of baby food. There was absolutely no consistency to it, and it looked to me like something that had been liquidised. This was an alien concept to both my husband and I, as we eat Mexican food regularly and had never come across anything like this before. Nevertheless, I continued to spread a full sachet of the topping over our Nachips, but instead of using the second sachet as instructed on the box for the dinner kit, I opted instead to use a jar of Salsa dip that I had at home, to provide a bit of 'bite' to the plate of Nachos as it were.
The overall taste of the Old El Paso Nachos was a very pleasant one, regardless of my initial misgivings about the topping and the Nachips. Both my husband and I enjoyed the snack for the most part, although I have to admit that I probably wouldn't buy it again. The main reason for this is the Nachos Topping that is supplied with the dinner kit as I feel it is not at all authentic and it really looked quite sloppy and extremely unappetising.
The taste of the Old El Paso Nachos Topping really didn't fare much better to my mind, and although it had a pleasant spice to it's flavour, the overall taste was really quite bland and generic. I felt too that the consistency was so sloppy that it made my chips go slightly soggy quite quickly and towards the end of my plateful I simply couldn't stomach eating any more of it and resorted to trying to scrape it off the remaining Nachips on my plate.
For these reasons, I probably wouldn't buy the Old El Paso Nachos Kit again as I feel it is over-priced considering the generic, rather measly contents, and in terms of taste and flavour it didn't really work for me. In addition, I feel that the Nachos kit has put me off from trying alternative products from the range as it was such a let down.
The nutritional information on the cardboard box informs me that 100g of the Old El Paso Nachos will provide 244 calories and 10.3g of fat. There is no indication on the packaging to indicate whether the product is suitable for a vegetarian diet.
There is a range of foodstuffs from the Old El Paso brand than can be purchased in all good supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda.
I love Mexican food and I have tried the 'Old el Paso Tacos' which I thought were amazing. I wanted to try something else from the 'Old el Paso' range so I thought I would try the Nachos.
I was having a girly night in so I thought that the Nachos would be a good thing to get out because they are nice to snack on whilst you are chilling out with your friends or watching a film. They are great because you can put them all in one big dish so everyone can dig in and help themselves.
The Nachos come in a bright yellow box and they contain a big bag of nacho crisps which are quite salty. In the box there is also two sachets of a salsa sauce. The salsa sauce is quite mild which is good because not everyone likes hot and spicy food. The only ingredients you have to add yourself is cheese and if you want to you can add jalepenos and re-fried beans. I have never added the jalepenos or re-fried beans but I expect that they taste nice and may give the nachos an extra kick!
On the back of the box there is directions on how to prepare and cook the nachos. However all I do is stick the nacho crisps and the salsa in a dish or a tray and then put them in the oven for 10 mins.
The nachos are a nice quick and light snack. You can even turn this snack into a quick and easy meal by just adding some chicken or mince meat which is very nice.
I would definately recommend this Nacho kit to anybody who enjoys Mexican food.
i Buy these on a weekly basis, they are very tasty and quick to make.The packaging is easy to spot in the typicall old el paso yellow.In the box you get a decent amount of nachos and two pouches of salsa sauce.Sometimes there has been a recipe card in there but not every purchase.You will need to buy the other bits to go to go with them, mozzarella,sour cream, jalapenos etc.This however is a good thing as you ar not left over with ingrediants you do not like or require.They are extremley tasty and only take about ten minutes to cook.I do find that the salsa sauce is a little strong for my taste and i never use all of the sauce provided,but i guess that just comes down to personal preference.The Nachos are nice and crunchy and fairly salty although not unpleasantly so. I am always careful not to use too much salsa sauce in each layer otherwise it can make the Nachos soggy and I prefer them to stay crunchyI also add more cheese then is stated on the box,as i dont feel the amount they suggest is enough.
The price, they are generally priced at around £2.50 a box, which is quite pricey but you are paying for quality here as they are full of flavour.
The amount you get is quite alot.I normally share a box with someone,as i can not eat a whole box i have tried on many occasions.
preperatin is quick and simpl.You layer half the nachos in a baking tray,place the desired amount of sauce and chesse oin top, then relayer the other half of the pack on top,and put the rest of your desired ingrediants on top.
Overall they make a quick,easy and tasty snak although not to healthy.
The box is easy to spot as it is bright yellow, with a picture of a bowl of nachos on the bottom. It has a roof on the top of the box with Old El Paso since 1938 written underneath. It then tells you on the right hand side what the kit contains and what to add. It also has the weight of the product which is 520g and the nutritional information for half a box. On the side of the box are the ingredients, full nutritional information, address, phone number and website. On the back are more pictures of different ways to eat the nachos, information about the product and how to cook them.
This is for the people who like to know how bad there food really is. This information is just the nachips and nacho topping. For a quarter of this pack this is how naughty you will be
Calories 304 15%
Sugars 5.3g 6%
Fat 13.4g 19%
Saturates 6.1g 30%
Salt 1.3g 22%
I bought these nachos as I trust the brand and I wasn't disappointed once I got them home and opened the box. I came home with the original ones as I knew the spicy kit would be too much for me. Ok so you do have to buy the cheese to go with it but that's fine as most of the time we have cheese in our fridge and I expect most people are the same. These are very easy snack to make, especially when you have friends round but I have been known to eat a whole box to myself. They are easy to put together just layer half the nachos, one sachet of sauce and half the grated cheese and repeat put in the oven for ten minutes and your done. I like it when things are this easy especially when I have a toddler running around. Once out the oven the smell of melted cheese and the sauce is great and not unpleasant in the slightest. The nachos have a good flavour and stay crunchy; the sauce is thick and tastes tomato with a hint of heat. I am not a girl you likes a lot of heat in my food. You can add extra toppings like sour cream, jalapenos or guacamole but I like them as I come. I have tried other versions of nachos but they just don't have the right taste, too spicy or crunch factor. I usually buy these when there on offer or like at the moment whilst I'm expecting and craving them.
Price and Availability
Old El Paso nachos are available in most supermarkets and are priced from £2.81.
I have previously written this review on www.ciao.co.uk under the same username.
So we got this the other day from Tesco as part of a mexican theme evening and it was yummy!!
It is basically a sort of cook yourself kit which consists of a big bag of nachos, and a pouch of refried beans salsary stuff. You are supposed to add cheese (a neccesity) and then jalepenos, sour cream and guacamole and salsa (all reccomended on the packet) but being poor and lazy students, we only had the bog standard cheese to add.
What you do is in an oven dish, put half the chips, then add half the topping, then the other half of crisps, the other half of topping, and in our case, a whole packet of cheese (grated). Then its basically 12 minutes (ish) in the oven at about 180 just to melt the cheese and get everything hot.
This dish went down a storm and it was soon polished off. Everything was yummy, even without the extra things added on. It was salty and greasy and cheesy and beany and crunchy yes - but to be honest even though you knew it wasnt good for you, you still ate it because it was that good.
I can't tell you all about the nutritional info because the good housemates that they are actually put the packet in the bin but it can't be good for you.
we also made the fajitas which were yummy so we were really full - check out my review on these if you like?!
I did like it and it was really yummy but we have kind of decided that in future, to make it a bit cheaper (and so we can have the extra money for sour cream maybe?) we would do the same process but with tesco value tortilla chips, a can of refried beans maybe with some salsa/ketchup mixed in, and just the same cheese we allready ha to buy as an extra as the kit was nice, but not really worth the money.
If you're thinking about buying it, I would just do the above instead!
I bought these recently as they were on special offer. I am generally a great lover of mexican food but had always been put off by the nacho dinner kits because I couldnt understand how all the ingredients were to keep fresh in a long life off the shelf product. Nevertheless, during an online shop, I ordered them.
Whats in the box: You get a bag of tortilla chips, a pouch containing the 'nacho topping' which is basically a form of refried beans and bag of salsa.
What else do you need: Technicallly, the only other thing you need is cheese, but without another sauce such as sour cream or guacamole the nachos can be a bit boring so I would suggest picking up at least one of these as well.
How to cook: Simply layer the nachos in an oven proof dish, add some of the beans and cheese add more chips and the remainder of the beans and cheese and put in the oven for 12-15 mins. When the beans are hot and the cheese is melted, and the salsa (and other toppings) and serve.
The Cost: I think the price is rather expensive for what you get. If you were to buy all of the ingredients individually, it would probably cost you less and you would get a lot more food - the fact that you have to buy the cheese and additional toppings yourself because they are not included in the box bumps up the price by at least £1.50.
They do taste amazing, and provided you are too generous with the cheese are not particularly unhealthy provied you eat them in moderation. I would wait until this product is on special offer though, or use the recipe idea to get the items individually to get more food for your hard earned pennies!
I was served these Nachos by a friend and they were so tasty I now give them to anyone that comes to my house. The packaging is in the usual garish Old El Paso yellow, and inside the box you get a large pack of Nachos and a pack of salsa which has been divided into two pouches (so you could save one if you didn't want to use it all there and then). Extra ingredients you will need are 150g of grated cheese and then anything else you care to add such as sour cream (which the kit recommends you use), jalapenos, chillis etc.
Preparing and cooking these Nachos is dead simple. You need a large-ish oven dish (I use a lasagne dish for this which does the job really well) and you layer half of the Nachos in the bottom, cover with half of the salsa and half of the cheese, then layer the rest of the nachos on top of that and cover them with the remaining salsa and cheese. You then whack the whole thing in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes et voila!
The Nachos are of a really crunchy consistency, although they will go soggy wherever you've put salsa, but the crunchy/soggy combo just adds to the experience. The Nachos are also quite salty but once you've smothered them in topping then it'll just blend in with all the other flavours.
Serving-wise I usually find that one kit does really well for 3 or 4 people as just a snack. Or you could split it between just two people and it would be like having a full meal. You should expect to pay about £2.30 for the kit, depending on where you buy it, and they're available in most supermarkets.
One of my favourite meals has to be nachos, I could eat them anytime of anyday but due to the calorific toppings I try to keep to a fortnightly treat, and after a whole week at work I thought a Friday night could be reserved for a naughty dinner.
Luckily I always seem to have a box sat in my cuboard, however you do need a few extra ingredients. Inside the box you do only get a foil packet of nachos (thick round tortilla chips) and the salsa, so not much of a kit. I have found that with other brands such as Discovery you do get a seperate tin of refried beans, or 2 different types of salsas. However the Old El Paso box was on offer at Tesco so I go with the cheaper deal :)
You can heat the nachos in the oven but im quite impatient and prefer using the microwave. I lined a microwavable dish with some nachos, covered with some salsa, topped with the rest of the nachos, added the salsa to the top and covered with grated cheese, jalepinos and cooked chicken pieces. Then cooked for 3 minutes until the cheese was melted and all the nachos hot.
This is probably not the easiest of meals to eat and can get quite messy towards the bottom of the bowl, but arm yourself with napkins and you will be fine. This suggests serves 3-4 as a snack but is enough as a main meal for 2 people....or by yourself if your feeling a bit greedy.
I do find the salsa to be a bit bland, but I like the nachos as they are quite thick and dont flop under the heat ;) I personally prefer the Discovery Nacho kit. If you consider you can buy a tub of salsa and some nachos relatively cheap these kits do tend to be quite expensive (usually around the £3 mark) but since they tend to be on offer it makes it more reasonable. But when thinking about the price take into consideration you need to buy other ingredients seperately...definately not a cheap meal.
Old El Paso is a well known brand which specialises in Mexican food, and can be found in the majority of Supermarkets, usually there is some sort of offer on so keep an eye out. The possibilities of what topping you can add is endless so can keep a quick and easy meal varied, try guacamole, sour cream, onions, peppers, sweetcorn etc etc.
Serves 3-4? 3-4 what, hamsters?
OK, so I have a hearty appetite, but I would say that this is a good size portion for two. It could serve three to four people as an accompaniment as part of a larger meal though.
Here's the facts:
> Price (Asda) £2.72
> Weight 520g
Here's the Review:
This kit contains a silver foil wrapped bag of Old El Paso Nachips (which are like round tortilla chips). These a lightly salted and quite thick which makes them crunchy and they go well with the sauce, tasting great. The pack also contains two individual sachets containing a tangy bean and tomato salsa which (in my opinion) isn't that spicy.
The steps are simple, basically put half the nachips in a bowl, cover with one of the sachets and anything else you want (cheese, guacamole etc.), then pour on the remaining nachips, the other sachet and any other cheese etc.
You then microwave or oven bake the bowl and enjoy!
I enjoyed this kit but had to add hot sauce to spice it up a little. I'd also say that if you want your nachips crunchy, you may prefer to put the bowl in the oven!
Saturday night is treat night in our home, I get a night off from the cooking, the kids get McDonalds and my husband and I usually have a pizza or some other takeaway. However sometimes we like to have something spicy, satisfying and easy to prepare, and my husband even cooks it, we would go for Nachos, tacos or tortillas, usually the Nachos. We tend to have a Nachos kit from Old El Paso in the cupboard.
Each kit can serve 3-4 and can be ready in ten minutes, I must admit we are greedy and have the kit between the two of us. The kit contains all the basic ingredients and you can add extras according to what you like. Inside the kit there is a large foil bag of nachips (tortilla crisps) 200g, and the nachos topping 340g, basically a tomato salsa. There is very little preparation required depending on what sort of toppings you want to add, we usually add onion, cheese and jalapenos but sometimes we add lardons which I grill first and then add to the nachos just before they are finished cooking.
The packet instructions advise:
Heat the over to 180c,
spread half the nachos over the base of an oven proof dish,
cover with a sachet of the salsa and then spread over half the cheese,
spread the remaining nachos over the top and again cover with a sachet of the salsa and add cheese.
When we make ours we only do one layer of nachos, cover with the salsa and some extra onion, mix the cheese with jalapenos and spread on top. If I am adding bacon lardons I grill these and then put on top of the cheese just before the cooking time is up.
The nachos take about 10 minutes in the oven but may need a little more time if you are adding extra toppings, or if your dish is not very large and you have more than 2 layers. The packet also says that you can cook these in the microwave on high for 2 minutes, I have never tried to cook nachos in the microwave and would imagine that the nachos would not be as crispy as they would in the oven.
The nachos themselves just taste like plain tortilla chips, quite salty and you get the taste of corn but very pleasant, my children eat them out of their hands with no toppings added. The tomato topping is not too spicy and you could add some chilli peppers to it. You could include other ingredients to add to the flavour such as peppers, onions, jalapenos, the nachos would also be good served with dips.
I do find they can be quite messy to eat, but tasty and fun, it is also best to let them cool a bit when they come out of the oven as the cheese holds the heat and they can burn your mouth. I would recommend these as a tasty, occasional snack, easy to prepare and widely available to purchase from supermarkets.
I am a big big fan of Mexican food and having had it in Mexico and Southern California/Arizona where it is very authentic and great tasting I was a bit sceptical about Mexican food from a box but I was pleasantly surprised and am now definitely a fan of these nachos.
Old El Paso describe their experience with Nachos as this, "There's nothing more neighbourly than sharing good food with a friend or two and a plate of loaded nachos is one sociable amigo, perfect whatever the occasion."
Nachos are basically just tortilla chips covered with a variety of topping, usually beans, tomatoes and melted cheese but you can really add a lot of your own ingredients and really go to town with your dish. I have to agree with Old El Paso, Nachos are a really great snack to have in the house. I tend to keep a box or two spare so if people do drop round unexpectedly then I can whip these up really quickly. I also find they work great as a starter if you are planning to serve and entire Mexican meal for dinner. You can put these out on a table and people can just pick and help themselves whilst waiting for the main course.
These packs include Nacho chips and the nachos topping which is basically just a fresh sealed pack of a tomato based sauce. I suppose in some ways you don't really need to buy the kit, you can just buy the ingredients separately and make your own but it's handy to have the ingredients just in case. The nice thing is that the expiration date lasts quite a while so you can just store in your cupboard and forget about them. The only downside with these is that you do have to provide your own cheese and toppings but it still does make for a really quick, easy dinner. I like to add jalapeños, sour cream, beans and guacamole to mine but you can really add anything you want.
The Nachos are extremely quick and easy to make which is nice. You basically just put a layer of the chips into an oven proof dish, the cover these with one sachet of the topping. I then like to add some cheese to make sure I have a good layering of cheese throughout the dish. You then add the rest of the chips on top, add the other sachet of topping, more cheese and then heat in the oven for about 10 minutes and hey presto, they are done. Once they come out of the oven the cheese will be lovely and melted and then whole dish nice and hot. It's then that I add the rest of the ingredients. I do like this kit. I have always found the chips to be nice and crunchy and then have a really nice flavour to them. The salt on the chips is nice and spicy but not too hot. The Nachos sauce topping is good too. It's not that hot either but it has a nice tang to it and is quite tomato based. It is a nice thick sauce and has lots of nice chucks of tomato as well which I like. It does compliment the chips very well.
I bought one of these kits for £2.55 in Sainsburys the other day which even with having to buy the other ingredients you could still have a good home cooked meal for about £5 as this kit serves 3-4 people and the great thing is that it is ready in about 10 minutes.
All in all Mexican food even Mexican people would eat.
Sometimes, like everybody else, I just can't be bothered to make dinner from scratch and that's when I tend to buy an Old El Paso dinner kit, they come in a wide variety of foods, mostly foreign and with a salsa taste which is fantastic. My husband & I love salsa so they are always the first company we think of then buying a kit.
Old El Paso specialise in making Mexican foods in easy to cook forms which are sold all over the world. Because of their unique taste and easy to cook style they have become immensely popular among many people, even those who wouldn't normally eat Mexican food are more likely to try it after buying one of these kits because they look so appetising.
Old El Paso Nacho kit can be bought from most major Supermarkets. I got my 520g kit from Tesco's for just £2.60 which is quite cheap considering that it'd probably cost about £4 to make from scratch. It comes in a bright yellow box with the Old El Paso logo on the front and the picture of the red roof of a Mexican house which they put on top of all of their boxes. There is a also a large picture of the Nacho's when they are cooked and a check list to show you what the pack contains. On the back are the ingredients, nutritional information and cooking instructions.
Inside the packet are the Nacho's which are inside a big bag to keep them fresh and the salsa topping which is split into 2 sections in case you are the only one eating it and therefore wouldn't want to eat it all at once, I think half a packet would definitely be enough for one person. The only trouble with Old El Paso kits is that they don't contain the necessary fresh ingredients but I guess that's so you can store them for longer which is a good thing. According to the packet you should also buy 150g and Guacamole or Sour Cream or Jalapenos. Personally, as I don't really like cheese I added some sliced red and green peppers, some mushrooms and a little bit of sweet corn and it tasted great to me.
The ingredients are:
Corn Flour (75%), Vegetable Oil, Salt
Per 100g there are:
7.0 g of Protein
61.0g of Carbohydrate
26.0g of Fat
Cooked Pinto Beans (40%), Water, Tomato Paste (16%), Onions, Seasoning (Sugar, Corn Starch, Salt, Wheat Flour, Spices, Flavouring), Red Peppers, Vinegar, Green Peppers, Citric Acid, Dried Jalapenos, Contains Wheat Ingredients
Per 100g there are:
3.0g pf Protein
13.0g of Carbohydrate
0.5g of Fat
This kit is really simple to make, anybody could do it, except maybe a young child as they do need to be cooked and therefore will get very hot. To cook them you simply have to:
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/360F/Gas Mark 4.
Spread half of the nacho's onto the bottom of a baking tray.
Cover with 1 of the salsa sachets and half of the topping.
Spread the other nacho's on top.
Add the other sachet and the remaining topping.
Cook for 10 minutes, or if you have cheese on them, until it melts..
If you don't want to use the oven then do exactly the same as you did above except place them into a microwavable dish rather than a baking tray then place them in the centre of the microwave and cook for about 2 minutes, or as before, until the cheese melts.
These nachos are great to eat and I suggest that you do it whilst they are still warm as they taste best this way. The Nacho's taste really salty which is nice in comparison to the salsa sauce which is nice and spicy but not to hot, like most El Paso dinner kits it's suitable for those who don't like things that are very spicy. I think that the topping I choose added a nice bit of flavour as peppers go really well with salsa sauce, to be honest I think that cheese would have drowned the taste of the Nacho's and the cheese but I know most people like them with cheese. Also I really like the smell of the salsa sauce, it's very appetising and I wouldn't want to cover that up with cheese.
Overall I think that this is a great meal and there is enough there for two people so it's pretty good value for money as well. You can get other brands, Tesco's for example for about half the price but Old El Paso has the most taste. Plus they are suitable for vegetarians, well as long as you don't add any meat. I really do recommend these as they make a wonderful change from everyday meals. I give them 9 out of 10 because you will still have to buy more ingredients as well as the kit itself.