Product Type: Old El Paso Ready Meals
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Old El Paso Original Smoky BBQ Fajitas
Member Name: vickijohn2012
Old El Paso Original Smoky BBQ Fajitas
Advantages: Tasty and simple to make.
Disadvantages: Can get a bit messy
I had never tried fajitas before until about four years ago whilst at my ex boyfriends house, his sister was making dinner and she said she was making fajitas. I didnt even know what they were let alone had trying them. Anyway she brought out chicken in sauce, some wraps, salsa, soured cream and beansprouts. The last of which I found slightly weird but they tasted amazing on the fajita none the less. But nowadays I dont make mine with beansprouts, as I have tried different things which work a lot better.
The packaging of the fajitas looks quite retro, the packaging is a standard cardboard box and is meant to depict mexico by having a red tiled roof along the top of the box, and yellow and green colours, which are supposed to depict mexico. It does however have a small wild west scene at the top of the box with hills and cactuses. It also has pictures on the box of the perfect fajita, which the kit will help you make. Old El Paso, I am assuming comes from the town of EL PASO in Texas, which was fought over with the mexicans for years.
The instructions on how to use this kit are clearly written on the back of the box and it gives you a step by step guide on how to create your perfect fajita. The front of the box also has information about what is included in the kit and what you need to add yourself, along with nutritional information as well as the spice content of the fajita kit, as you can get mild, medium and hot. So included in the kit you get tortillas in a plastic wrapping, you get 8 tortillas in the kit.
You get two sachets of salsa, which are joined together, so you can choose how much or little you want, I tend to use both sachets as I like the salsa, the mild, medium and hot ratings also tell you what spice level of salsa you have. In the kit you also get a spice mix, which is quite spicy but I still however use the whole packet, it has a slight BBQ flavouring which tastes brilliant. The packet for the salsa is a yellow packet with red writing saying Old El Paso on the foil. The Spice mix resembles the box as it has the yellow packet with the red slate roof along the top of the packet.
On the box it recommends that you add Onions, Chicken, A Red Pepper and A Green Pepper. This is what I add altogether to make the chicken sauce mix. I also add creme fraiche (or soured cream) to my fajita, as well as cheese, as it melts and tastes nice. Unlike my ex's sister I do not add beansprouts as I prefer cheese.My boyfriend however does not like creme fraiche so he eats mayo on the fajita instead. I like to buy the Old El Paso soured cream in a bottle as it lasts longer than the typical fresh. You can also buy jarred jalapenos which I buy for my boyfriend to put on his fajitas as I dont like jalapenos. (YUK).
To make the perfect fajitas, I fry three chicken breasts which have been diced in oil, I fry these until they are brown and then I take them out into a bowl and kitchen towel to soak up the extra grease. I then fry the peppers and the onion in the chicken oil until the onions are brown and the peppers are soft. I then add the chicken back into the frying pan and let them cook together for a bit longer. Meanwhile I take the salsa out the packets and tip both into a bowl, I grate some cheese into a bowl and put the creme fraiche on the table as well. I take the tortillas out the packaging and heat in the microwave for about a minute until they are soft, but dont stick together.
I then add the spice mix to the chicken and veg mix, I stir until the chicken becomes coated and smells barbequey. (SP). I then take the tortillas and put them on the table and carry the pan onto the table so people can help themselves. I find this is a good food to bring people together over food, as you can talk, help yourselves, there is no pressure.
For my perfect fajita I get my tortilla, spread a line of salsa up the middle, add my chicken, peppers and onions, drape a line of creme fraiche up the centre of my fajita over the chicken and then add the cheese. I then fold the bottom of the wrap up and fold in the sides so it is like one neat package with the top open. Be careful though as the sauces from the chicken can sometimes leak out the bottom.
If you have any left just pop it into a sealable box and pop it into the fridge, the salsa will keep till the next day as will the creme fraiche, I then have a couple of fajitas the next day as well, as they say waste not want not, and why waste something as tasty as a fajita, especially a fajita from an Old El Paso kit.
You can get Old El Paso fajitas in different types such as red pepper, mild, BBQ, Crispy coated chicken, but BBQ is by far my favourite as the BBQ flavour gives it something a little extra. You can buy them from ASDA for around £3.22 at the moment, which to me is quite expensive, even for ASDA. Brands such as discovery and ASDA own brands also make these types of fajitas, but nothing compares to the BBQ Old El Paso.
Overall if you fancy something tasty, spicy and different then try an Old El Paso dinner kit tonight, dig out the sombrero and the tequila, once you go mexican you wont go back. The fajita is definitely one of my favourite foods in the world and I prefer Old El Paso to any kit which can be purchased, get to ASDA and release your Mexican side.
Summary: Great food to have with friends and family
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