“ Type: Other Ready Meals „
I first tried these a few months ago and I have to say this is now one of my favourite teas, whenever I am stuck for something to make or just don't have a whole lot of time I reach for these.
The pack costs between £2-3 depending where bought and it contains tortillas, spice mix and salsa. They are fairly spicy but not overly so, though if you prefer your food a bit on the mild side they may be too spicy for you (so possibly skip the salsa or use a mild salsa instead).
I have found them pretty easy to make; cook up the chicken, add the spice, then remove from pan (put it in a bowl whilst you do the next part, or you could simply take it off the heat and use another pan for the next bit).......then put a tortilla in the pan, sprinkle some cheese in, spoon over the chicken mixture, add some salsa (only onto one half) and then flip the other half over the top to make a kind of sandwich. I know some of the reviews have said they are tricky to make but I haven't found that and the tortilla does only need cooking on one side.
Once this is done the tortilla is nice and crispy and can be cut in half to form two triangular shaped Quesadillas! The crispy tortilla along with the spicy chicken and the cheese is just delicious! I normally serve them with a few chips or potato wedges, but the quesadillas are pretty filling on their own.
My only criticism is that if you are making these for 3 or 4 of you someone has to either have theirs a bit cold or you all have to eat them at different times, as you can only really do one in the pan at once, but if you want, like I say, you could use two pans - if you don't mind the washing up!
Having not written a review for several years **bows head in shame** finding inspiration on what to write my first review about again was very difficult... so as my mind generally is ruled by my tummy my thoughts turned to yesterday evenings tea.
Im a big fan of all mexican food, but as a general rule tend to avoid the Old El Paso kits as I see them as being quite overpriced as you can get the components cheaper from the supermarkets own brands, however having no idea what to include to create a quesadilla I decided to give it a go.
All mexican food is quite similar, some form of tortilla whether it be fried/baked/sliced, chicken or mince, peppers, onions, cheese, salsa and the possibility of gaining an extra roll on my tummy, and this was no exception. The pack contained 8 tortillas, salsa, and spice powder (in my opinion not really worth the £3 paid for it) and to make the meal you needed cheese and chicken.
To cook you needed to chop the chicken into small chunks, fry until starting to brown and then add the powder along with 100ml of water. Whilst this was simmering you had to eat some oil in a pan, pop in a tortilla, sprinkle over some cheese, then add some chicken mix and top with salsa. Then as I learnt fairly fast, flip it in half and make sure the tortilla didn't burn. This is fairly easy to cook, BUT it didn't mention how fiddly it was and how to avoid the first ones cooked going cold as they needed to be done individually. Luckily I had the oven on baking the jacket potato I decided to have to accompany it so kept them warm in there whilst was making the next quesadilla.
So aside from the cost being a bit overpriced for what you got, and them being a bit of a pain to make what did i think of the taste......
Well they were nice, quite spicy and generally what I would expect from a home made mexican meal from a pack. I added a bit of soured cream to counteract the spice and to add to the flavour, the salsa you top with was quite bland so If i was to make again I would buy the powder, salsa and tortillas separate, that way you could buy (or make) a better quality salsa.
I think 8 tortillas was a bit too much, I understand that the pack is meant for 4 people but I used the seasoning on 2 chicken breasts and cooked 4 of the tortillas (for 2 people not just myself) and found the salsa sachet only just enough for these.
So overall was tasty and filled a hole, but unless on offer or was the first time you are making them I would suggest buying the bits separate and adding a few extra ingredients such as some rice, sour cream and some veggies.
I decided to review these Quesadillas because I only had them for the first time a few weeks ago, and although I've heard of them I'd never made them at home and would have found a review useful before going ahead and buying them.
The Quesadillas come in the yellow and red vibrant packaging which is associated with the Old El Paso range. They cost £2.50 but you do have to add chicken (or vegetables for a vegetarian option) and cheese so make sure you factor this in if you're pricing it up within your weekly budget. They are currently on offer with the other items in the Old El Paso range at Tesco, on a 3 for the price of 2 offer which can be a good way of trying these out if you're not sure you'll like them.
The pack contains 8 tortillas, a spice mix for the Quesadillas, and a packet of salsa. The Quesadillas are quite fiddly to make, but I think they're worth the effort once you get used to the cooking method. There's also a bit of trial and error to get the method right but after a few times of making them they do get a lot easier.
This dish begins with cutting the chicken into small cubes, and pan frying it in a hot pan until thoroughly cooked. This is important because the chicken doesn't get any extra cooking time in the oven as it would do with enchiladas. You then add the spice mix and 100ml of water to get the chicken nice and spicy, and let this simmer for a couple of minutes. You remove the chicken from the pan and clean it with a paper towel (careful as it'll be hot), then add more oil to the pan, put it on the heat and add a tortilla. Sprinkle some grated cheese on the base, add some of the chicken mix, then top it with some salsa. Lay another tortilla on top then cook both sides until it's toasted. The idea is that it should be firm enough for you to pick up with your hands. This probably won't happen the first time you cook this and all the filling will fall out but if you persevere, practise makes perfect.
Taste wise, these Quesadillas are a lovely change to the usual fajitas or burritos, as they contain the spicy chicken, cheese and salsa, but the crispy tortilla is a nice contrasting taste for the taste buds. The spice mix isn't overly hot, so although it might get your nose running a bit you won't be dashing off for a glass of water or anything! The cheese and salsa ooze out of the tortilla, and the tortilla has a nice crispy bite if it's cooked right. These are ideal if you like Mexican and spicy food, but prefer drier meals than things that are swimming in sauce or salsa. They're similar to fajitas but you have the added taste of the salsa, and the tortillas are crispy rather than soft. They're a bit like an extra tasty cheese toastie with a spicy chicken filling.
The only issue I find with this meal is that it's a bit of a mission to make and not one to do if you're in a hurry. This is because you have to create each one in the pan individually, so you tend to find that it gets quite time consuming and unless you keep them warm under the grill by the time you've finished the last one, the first one has gone cold! We tend to eat these one by one as they come out of the pan (like when your mum made pancakes when you were little!), so they're not a sociable sit down meal, unless you make them all and keep them warm which I'm usually too impatient to do.
The other thing is, you'll use a lot of plates and bowls for this meal, because you have to remove the chicken from the pan, and store it somewhere, so you find you'll end up with dishes everywhere by the end of the meal. Also, if you're doing these for the first time, be careful when you turn the Quesadilla over because you'll more than likely lose some filling and wish you'd never bothered trying to make this meal!
Overall, these are a bit of an effort but definitely worth it and they make a nice change from fajitas and enchiladas. The first time I tried them I wasn't convinced because cooking was a bit of a trauma, but after a bit of practise they get easier and taste better each time as I'm starting to get the level of crispiness right on the tortillas.
Nutritional information per each half of a quesadilla is as follows:
Calories - 148
Sugar - 4.5g
Fat - 4.8g
Saturates - 1.4g
Salt - 1.8g
They are suitable for vegetarians (you just use vegetables or Quorn to fill them), but they do contain wheat. Enjoy!
I saw these on offer in Asda so thought we would give them a whirl. We often eat the Fajitas and find them yummy.
The kit contains 8 Corn Tortillas, 1 Quesadilla Spice Mix, 1 Mild Original Salsa. You then need to add cheese and chicken (or Quorn or vegetables if you are a vegetarian like me).
They are relatively easy to make - you lie one tortilla in a frying pan add the spice mix, salsa chicken and cheese then the other tortilla and fry. You do need to turn over to fry the other side which is tricky and requires a couple fo spatulas.
This is recommended for sharing however we found 1 is enough for just 1 person really and unless you have a couple of frying pans on the go at the same time then you can only make one at a time. So we have 1/2 each followed by another half each. Good if your after just nibbly food but not good if you want a sit down meal altogethor or don't want to get back up again. I found it also went cold pretty quick so you couldn't really just leave one on the side whilst you made the other.
Overall, to be honest, I found them disspointing. They were fairly bland and not ideal as a meal as you have to keep getting up and down to make more. If you wanted an afternoon snack or evening snack then yeah I could see the appeal but I doubt we would buy them again. I have had far tastier in resteraunts so in this case I will leave this dish to the professionals.
Nutritional Information >
Nutrient (per 100g) Each 1/2 quesadilla contains
Energy 985 kJ / 234 kcal 622 kJ / 148 kcal
Protein 7.6 g 4.8 g
Carbohydrate 34.1 g 21.5 g
of which sugars 7.2 g 4.5 g
Fat 7.6 g 4.8 g
of which saturates 2.2 g 1.4 g
Fibre 1.2 g 0.8 g
Sodium 1.13 g 0.71 g
Salt Equivalent 2.8 g 1.8 g
Old El Paso / kit to make quesadillas.