Product Type: Old El Paso Ready Meals
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This could be a mexican disaster
Old El Paso Quesadilla Dinner Kit
Member Name: cocopop1509
Old El Paso Quesadilla Dinner Kit
Advantages: Easy to follow instructions
Disadvantages: Overpriced for what you get
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.
Summary: Good as a last minute meal, takes minimal preparation and cooking
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