“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Fajita's are a restaurant favourite of mine. They generally consist of a fried mix of Cajun/spicy meat (chicken or beef are the standards, but refried beans are in place for the veggies), onions and peppers, which is served with a bunch of flour tortillas and guacamole, sour cream and salsa. You put a dollop of the sauces in a tortilla, add a layer of the fried meat and veg, maybe sprinkle on some grated cheese - then roll up and stuff your face. The reason I like them is that if I am in an untried restaurant, there isn't much a chef of any proficiency can mess up.
So there are several of these home fajita kits on the market - to save a few pennies I skipped the Old El Paso one, which is my usual choice, but at around £3 double the price, and opted for Tesco's own one, which comes in a remarkably similar box.
It may be my memory or maybe I should have read the packaging, but when I got home I realised you only got the salsa in the Tesco's pack when I seem to remember getting all three sauces in the Ll Paso one. But the tortilla and cooking spices were present, so that was the main concern dealt with.
The prep and cooking was as easy as you would expect. And the taste was very pleasing - a bit more BBQ and a bit less Cajun than my usual choice, but this wasn't a bad thing. The salsa had a mild zing to it, which was nice and I didn't miss the other ingredients too much.
Overall a nice quick, easy meal for cheap - what more do you want?!!
Walking around the supermarket, I was looking for something for a quick and tasty meal. I regularly cook fajitas, although both my husband and I like mild versions - however I usually buy the ingredients separately like the salsa and fajitas etc.
However during my supermarket visit I noticed that Teso did their own version of a fajita mix, which at £1.50 was firstly, cheaper than some of the big brand dinner kits, but also, it was bound to be more economical to purchase this kit, rather than buy all the items I needed to this meal individually.
You could easily miss this kit, as I have obviously done in the pass, since the packaging is a similar colour to some of the other big brands of fajita kits. On the front of the packaging, as can be seen from the picture at the top, there is a rather tempting photographs of some cooked fajitas, with the chicken and peppers pouring out - making any hungry shopper even hungrier.
This meal kit contains 8 flour tortillas, a spicy tomato salsa and fajita seasoning. The 8 tortilla's were of a good size, and we found that the salsa, although said to be spicy, was actually quite mild, which is perfect for both of us. What I actualy found to be a lot spicier was the fajitas seasoning, and I was careful not to season my meat too much with this, however the choice is yours, you can add as much as you like, and make it as spicy as you like. I found the fajita seasoning, the little that I gave it, was enough to give the chicken a lovely authentic flavour.
On the front it states that you just need to add chicken, onions and peppers, however I know that I have made fajitas using mince before, and they have been equally good.
There is also some nutritional information on the front, stating that per 1/8 of a pack contains 125 calories, 3.2g of sugar and 2g of fat - which would suggest that this is a relatively healthy dinner.
The back of the packaging contains instructions on how to make the fajitas, using the various items provided.
All in all, I was very impressed with this kit. Not only was it of excelltn value, and much more economical to purchase tham buying the items separately, but the items inside were great, and really gave the meal its authentic mexican taste - and you had the freedom to make it as spicy as you liked with your own packets of fajita seasoning and salsa. I wil definitely be purchasing this kit again. Highly recommend for those who like making fajitas!!
I wanted a quick meal to make on a Friday after work and I came across this fajita kit at Tesco. It costs £1.76 and you get 8 fajitas, one pack of salsa and one pack of seasoning. To make the rest of the meal it was recommended you add 450g of chicken, one onion and two peppers. I also bought some guacamole and sour cream to compliment the meal.
I cut the chicken, onion and peppers into strips and once all this was prepared it was time to cook. The instructions say to cook the chicken first with the seasoning for five minutes. I have done it this way before but found the chicken had dried out by the time the rest of the vegetables had cooked.
I fried the onion first so it was soft and then added the peppers and fried them for a couple of minutes so they were less crunchy but not soft. I then added the chicken and seasoning and cooked everything for about 10 minutes. By doing it this way the vegetables get seasoned as well. You can choose how much of the seasoning to add as some may find the whole pack quite strong. I added the whole pack and it wasn't too bad. I did add a bit of water to the mix to water it down a bit.
The fajita wraps were then taken out of their pack and warmed up in the microwave for about 45 seconds and then it was time to eat.
I found the Tesco own fajita kit just as tasty as the leading brand. The spices came through very well and I found adding a few mushrooms to the mix added extra bulk and was just right to fill all 8 fajitas. I made this meal stretch over two meals for me and my boyfriend (each having two fajitas) and everything still tasted just as good on the second day. The guacamole and sour cream are a must to make this a proper mexican meal but I found the salsa very strong and left it out.
This turned out to be a cheap meal and I could imagine it being a great meal to share between friends. This is definitely a great alternative to using the leading brand as it is cheaper but the downside is that there is only one flavour so not much choice if you don't like the original taste.
These are my new quick meal favouite!
I bought the Fajita Meal Kit because I fancied something quick, inexpensive and tasty for dinner one night and this leapt out at me from the World Foods aisle at Tesco. This kit only costs £1
The kit comes with most of the ingredients you need to make tasty fajitas. Each kit contains:
- a sachet of medium spicy salsa
- 8 medium sized fajita wraps
- a sachet of lovely seasoning
You then need to buy your filling and any other sauces you might like with them.
The reason I really love this is the seasoning sachet. You get a large sachet of mildly spicy seasoning to add to your chosen filling (chicken, veg, whatever) during cooking. Not sure exactly what the ingredients are, but they taste delicious! And much better than my previous attempts at seasoning... It basically cuts down the hassle of trying to season things yourself, saving you time. You don't need the whole sachet really so you have some left over for other dishes.
Depending on your choice of filling, the whole process takes no more than 15 minutes, and comes it at around £8 in total I think. Though obviously, this would vary depending on what you bought for fillings so please don't quote me!
As for how many people it feeds, I'd say allow for 3 wraps per adult, but they are really filling! This kit is perfect for 2 people I'd say, 3 at a push if one of you has a smaller appetite.
I definitely recommend this, I have no negative points!
No Mexican evening can be complete without fajitas, and with a few different makes available what do you do?
Well first of all check out the Tesco fajita kit, ( and nachos kit) an easy way to make some great food quickly!
The box is very Mexican, being yellow and orange in colour with an appetising picture of what you all aspire to make!
So in the box you get 8 flour tortillas, this is the same as with all kits. Spicy tomato salsa and fajita mix seasoning, again the same as many other kits. But this ones cheaper!! Everyone loves a bargain.
So fry up your chicken, peppers and onion or whatever you use in fajitas. Then add your fajita seasoning. There are a couple of ways of doing this.
1) Mix the seasoning with some oil and cover the chicken with it, then fry as normal.
2) The way I do it is cook the chicken pieces first then sprinkle the powder seasoning all over it, continuing to fry. Done
So microwave your tortillas for 30-40 seconds and they will be ready to be filled.
Get the chicken into the tortillas, add you salsa and if your like me a heap of grated cheese, fold the tortilla and enjoy!
So for £1.99 you get a great kit, which is cheaper than buying it all separately. Its of great value and the stuff in the box is really really tasty. The tortillas are not too floury and are lovely and soft. The seasoning is not too spicy, but the more you add the hotter its going to be. The salsa is also quite mild, which is the idea but is nice and smooth too. Not too many huge lumps of tomato or anything here!
I know there are other ingredients required for this, such as chicken, pepper, etc. But for what you do get its brilliant.
Treat yourself, or partner to a Mexican night in!
I got home from a long day at work yesterday and didn't want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking up a meal. I fancied something quick and easy to make and always have a fajita meal kit in the house for days like these.
The kit comes in a cardboard packaging with everything inside separately wrapped (tortillas and salsa in a clear plastic wrapping and seasoning in a paper wrapping) The tesco fajitas meal kit is great value for money. It only costs £1.90 for for the kit which includes 8 flour tortillas, spicy tomato salsa and fajita seasoning and compared to other fajitas kits on the market for example, Old El Passo costing around £2.80 it's excellent value for money. Keep a look out for Tescos special offers, I've seen this kit on sale for 2 kits for £2! The tortillas, seasoning and salsa can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days but I always use them for one meal.
There are some other ingredients which you'll need to buy such as chicken, onions and peppers and depending on how much filling you want will depend on how much you buy. For two people I tend to use 2 chicken breasts, 1 onion and a packet of red, green and yellow peppers, this gives a lot of veg to the meal but I prefer this. Fresh peppers are much nicer than frozen peppers but I do buy a pack of frozen peppers if I'm on a budget and it works just as well.
The fajitas take about 20 minutes to cook, firstly you need to dice your chicken and place in a pan with with the seasoning with a small amount of oil and cook for 5 minutes (the seasoning makes the dish hot), slice the peppers and onion and add them to the chicken and fry for 2-3 minutes. Separate the tortillas and warm them in the microwave on full power for 45 seconds. Once cooked, spoon filling into the middle of a tortilla and top with salsa sauce (included in the kit) fold over the bottom and then both sides and eat with your fingers. If you like hot dishes then you'll like this but I find it a bit too hot like this so I add some sour cream to the filling which makes it cooler and very tasty.
Overall, this is a great fajitas kit, it's such an easy meal to make and if very filling. The kit is suitable for vegetarians (just replace chicken with Quorn or have just with vegetables) so are an easy meal to make for anyone. 5 stars for this product, it's yummy!
Whenever we have a family gathering we seem to grab a box of Mexican cook as much as we can and then just lump it on the table for everyone to have a go! This craze started with Fajitas and they are still our favorite as a family.
We always buy the kit of the fajitas. I have priced it up separately several times in the supermarket before and it works out cheaper to buy it all in a box than in all the individual parts by themselves.
The box is cardboard and therefore it is a bonus as it is recyclable. Inside the box you get a tightly sealed pack of wraps (which is great it keeps them fresh for ages). You also get a bag of salsa, again well sealed to keep it fresh. The last but not least thing you get is a bag of spice mix that you add to the chicken (or whatever you are replacing it with) whilst you are cooking it.
I find fajitas quite easy to cook. I just cut up the chicken and veg (sometimes I swap the chicken for mushrooms and spinach) cook it for a few minutes, then add the spice mix as desired then cook for a little longer. I often add some salad and some grated cheese to the table for everyone to pick at.
Fajitas are a really fun tasty meal and this kit is a great and cheap way to indulge. I have tried this kit and the more expensive branded one and I can honestly say I can't notice a difference, other than the price obviously!
Probably one of my favourate types of cooking has to Mexican and the Tesco Fajita meal kit is a simple, quick and easy way to have mexican cooking on your table in 20 minutes. Having tried the more expensive branded types of fajita kits, namely Old El Paso and Discovery, I have to say I far prefer the Tesco own brand version, and for the price, a mear £1.90 as opposed to ~£2.60 for the branded kits it is far better value.
The pack comes in a standard square cardboard box with all the instructions for cooking on the rear in 4 simple steps. The front of the packaging has all the nutritional information, what is contained within the pack (which varies between the branded and non-branded so be careful not to buy the same items twice) and what is required as an extra, namely Chicken, onions and peppers. However, in my experience a nice dollop of sour cream within each wrap is a must, not only to add flavour, but to stop your mouth from catching fire!
The kit comes with all the seasoning powder you need in the pack to coat the chicken pieces in, this is done once the chicken has been fried in a pan and cooked throughout, I usually leave some of the seasoning until the peppers and onions have also been added to give those a covering as well, but it depends on how spicy you like them.
The salsa comes in a plastic pouch inside the pack but from my experience it is never enough for the number of tortillas that are provided, so you may wish to buy extra before making the Fajitas.
The pack contains 8 flour tortillas inside and these are sealed in a plastic wallet. 8 is generally an amount for 2 or 3 people, so if your eating alone, don't throw the excess away, they are perfectly capable of being frozen and saved for another day. In the Old El Paso kits, the Tortillas can stick together and may end up torn when trying to separate them before eating, this has never once happened with the Tesco Fajita Kit and is therefore not a problem.
If your trying to cook on a budget like me, a tip that I've picked up is, to keep the costs down, instead of buying fresh peppers to cook with which cost ~£1.50 for 3, Tesco also sell in the frozen vegetables section a back of pre-sliced Frozen mixed Peppers. Only half a bag of these mixed peppers is needed which will equate to about 3 fresh peppers, as they are frozen, the remainder will last for another Fajita session in the future, and they only cost 85p for the whole bag making it 43p instead of £1.50!
This kit will provide a superb meal for a couple of people and is tasty and filling without too many calories. It can also be cooked for vegetarians by using Quorn chicken instead of the real deal.
My other half and I decided to make a Mexican themed meal for tonight and therefore opted for Nachos & Fajitas as they were nice and easy and we are quite lazy on Saturday nights!
Within the kit we received 8 flour tortillas, spicy tomato salsa & fajita seasoning.
The flour tortillas are easily cooked on a plate in the microwave for 45-60 seconds (depending on the wattage) the tortillas are lovely and soft and easily to fold over when filled.
The spicy tomato salsa is for putting on top of your chicken before you fold the fajita. There is really nothing spicy about this salsa and I found it to be very pleasant. I am not normally a big lover of salsa but I found this to be mild enough for me to enjoy.
The fajita seasoning is also very mild and therefore very pleasant. I would usually use just half a packet for around 500g of chicken but on this occasion I used the whole amount and I did not find the taste to be overpowering at all although my eyes/chest were hurting a little when I was doing the actual cooking (no - I wasn't burning anything!).
This kit is currently available for 88p in Tesco stores (until 10/05/2009) and it's regular price is £1.99. I was very pleased with this bargain price when we did our shopping today and I thought that the whole meal was delicious. I usually buy an Old El Paso fajita kit but I enjoyed this just as much and it's currently around a third of the price so it's a fantastic way of saving some more money on my shopping. I would highly recommend the kit as it's very simple to cook and readily available in Tesco stores. I am rating this kit 5/5 as it's fantastic and the fajitas tasted gorgeous when I added some mayonnaise and grated cheese.
TESCO FAJITA KIT
I am not the most adventurous cook, pretty standard and boring really. Every time I try something new, for example a chinese stir fry, it is never as nice as the take away and I fell disappointed. Having said this, at the moment I am fed up with cooking the same thing, so I asked my daughter what she would like for a change. She said she had chicken fajitas at school last week and it was really good, so I decided to give this a spin.
***What is the kit like?***
I am sure with a bit of research I could have put this together with bare ingredients, but I thought there was less chance of it going wrong if I bought it all in one place. So I went to my local Tesco's and bought this kit. It contained 8 tortillas, a sachet of spice and a packet of salsa dip. There were full instructions on the back and a suggested recipe.
I bought extra ingredients of peppers, chicken and onion separately. As this was only for myself and my daughter I managed to make this meal stretch to two nights. It would easily be enough for a family of four.
The cooking process was really quick, I warmed the flour tortillas in the oven for only 10 minutes and fried the seasoned chicken in oil for around 5 minutes. I then added the other ingredients and cooked for a further 3 minutes or so.
I served it up with a green salad, some grated cheese and spicy potato wedges that my daughter had learned how to make at school.
Well, I was really impressed. In the packet the flour tortillas appeared tough and hard, but after they had been warmed they were soft and fluffy. The chicken was nicely spiced, but not too hot. With the peppers and onions added, this was a really filling meal - I couldn't eat both tortillas as the salad and wedges filled me up.
In fact the spicy taste was as good as any I have tasted when eating out. I felt like a really accomplished cook and my daughter asked if we could have it the next night - which we did!
The tomato salsa was a little too tangy for me - but it didn't take away my overall enjoyment of the meal.
I was really pleased with the results and I will be buying again. In fact, I may experiment and buy some other items from the same range - tacos etc. I don't think I will bother with the branded version as the Tesco version was more than good enough.
I appreciate that many people will buy all the items separately, but I am happy to pay a few pennies more, in the knowledge that I can be sure it will taste great. The cooking instructions were clear and easy to follow and the photographs on the back, were also useful. The front of the packaging is also clear in terms of what is included and what you need to buy yourself additionally.
One eight of a pack contains 125 calories, 2g of fat (1.1g saturated), which doesn't seem too bad. Having said this, I am not 100% sure that this includes the chicken or just the ingredients of the pack. I think it is for everything as the protein content is listed too. Perhaps someone will come along who knows this.
Only from Tesco of course for £1.99 at current website prices, although I am sure that I only paid £1.84 at the week-end. Recommended.
I am a huge fan of the El Paso Fajita Kit and was happy to see Tesco bring out a cheaper Version. My favourite Mexican food.
The Kit contains 8 Flour Tortillas, Spicy Tomato Salsa, Fajita seasoning and costs just £1.99 compared to the El Paso version which is currently £3.29
However you must remember on top of this you need to add chicken, onions and peppers. The Total cost of the meal will be considerable higher. I love the convenience of buying this product in a pack but I must admit is often cheaper to buy the items separately as the Fajita spice can last a long time.
So the meal itself. You cook the chicken (or no chicken for a vegetarian option) into a pan with onions and peppers and cook. Then you add the Fajita spice and any additional vegetables you wish to add.
You can warm the Tortillas under the grill, in the oven or microwave. You place the Fajita mix on the Tortilla, add the salsa and fold into a wrap. You can add cheese if you want.
Overall one serving contains 110 calories.
So the Tesco version is cheaper and great value for money. If I am completely honest I cannot taste the difference. I think the El Paso version is spicier. However that can be fixed with a few fresh chillies.
I do think that the Tortillas in the Tesco version are smaller (although I have not measured them) However this meal does fill me up. I usually cook for two. We will eat 2 each. Then save the Tortillas in the bread bin and reheat the extra mixture in the Microwave.
I would defiantly recommend this product as a cheaper alternative.
****What is a fajita?****
A Fajita is a Mexican dish consisting of meat cooked in 'spices' with red and green peppers and onion served in a tortilla wrap. Some people like to add sour cream, guacamole and grated cheese, although this is subject to taste.
****Why Tesco's own brand fajitas?****
My other half loves international cuisine and since being with her I have found that my taste buds and pallet has changed no end. It was a trip to Pedros (a Mexican restaurant in Chapel Field Park, Norwich) that persuaded me to try a chicken fajita.
I really enjoyed the taste so went looking for ways to replicate this dish at home. Our first choice was the Old El Paso fajita kit, but at nearly £3 (excluding the meat and other vital ingredients) it turned out to be quite expensive and more of a 'treat' dish.
Whilst in Tesco found their own brand fajita kit on special offer for £1.50, nearly half the cost of an Old El Paso kit so I thought I'd give it a try.
****What's in the box?****
The box contains 8 flour tortillas, spicy tomato salsa and the fajita seasoning.
The box does not contain the meat, peppers, onion, sour cream, guacamole or cheese. This applies to all fajita kits though.
Considering the 'filling' is not included fajitas end up being quite a costly meal.
****What do I do with it then?****
Making fajitas is simple and you can use a variety of meat for the filling, although the most common is chicken. I always make mine with turkey since it is not only cheaper (great for the credit crunch and the difficult economic environment) but it seems to pick up the flavour of the spice so much better.
Put a small amount of oil in a pan, add the meat, add the fajita seasoning and stir fry. Once the meat is browned add freshly chopped onion rings, sliced red pepper and sliced green pepper and continue to cook for a further 2 - 3 minutes. Make sure that the onion and peppers are not cut up too small as they will not roll easily.
Warm the tortillas by micro-waving on full power for 45 seconds - 60 seconds or by wrapping them in foil and putting in a pre-heated oven (150 degrees Celsius) for 10 minutes.
Spoon in the filling, add some salsa, the sour cream, guacamole and grated cheese and bon appetite!
What could be more simple?
The fajita kit is suitable for vegetarians so non meat eaters can still enjoy the wonderful taste of fajitas, obviously the filling will need to be changed.
A suggested filling for vegetarians is to replace the meat with mushrooms and spring onions. I cannot comment on the taste of vegetarian fajitas, or how the mushrooms would pick up the flavour of the fajita seasoning since I am not vegetarian.
One turkey fajita (excluding the sour cream, guacamole and cheese) will provide 110Kcal, 3.2g of protein, 19.9g of carbohydrates, 1.8g of fat, 1.1g of fibre and 0.7g of sodium.
Whilst the above does not sound too much it should be noted that one of the Tesco fajitas is very small (the tortillas are much smaller than the Old El Paso version) and you are likely to eat more. My other half does not have a very big appetite and she can manage 3.
There is an allergy advice in that the product includes wheat, gluten and mustard.
****How much does it cost?****
The normal price of the Tesco fajita kit is £1.67, although they are often on special offer where they can be had for as little as £1.50.
The Tesco fajita kit is a lot cheaper than competitive products.
***How does the Tesco version compare to other versions?****
The Tesco version is much cheaper and is very good value for money.
I find that the fajita spice flavour is very different to the fajita spice mix included in the Old El Paso version in that it is much sweeter and a lot more spicy. This is great for me since I have a sweet tooth and like spicy food.
If you prefer a milder fajita then the Tesco version will not be suitable.
The Tesco tortillas are a lot smaller than those included in the Old El Paso version, which is a shame. This means that the meat, onion and peppers have to be cut smaller to fit. It also means that you will need more per person. My other half and I find that we will eat all 8 of the tortillas, whereas when we used to have Old El Paso kits we would only eat 6. This is not such a bad thing since the amount of calories is about the same it's just that there is no wastage (the other 2 tortillas (when using the Old El Paso kit) used to get put in the bread bin, go hard and then get thrown away).
****Would I recommend it?****
If you like spicier fajitas then I would recommend the Tesco kit. The tortillas are not as big, nor as tasty as those in the Old El Paso kit (although there is not much in it in the taste) the Tesco kit is a lot less than the Old El Paso kit and it is much better value for money.
Personally, I prefer the fajita spice mix of the Tesco kit since it is sweeter and spicier.
In an ideal world I would prefer the Tesco fajita mix and the Old El Paso tortillas but you have to take the rough with the smooth.
Unfortunately Tesco does not sell the fajita spice mix on its own which is a shame as it does not allow the consumer to mix and match. I have tried to make my own fajita spice seasoning but there are so many ingredients included that I have not been able to produce a mix with the right quantity of each ingredient and the resultant spice mix is awful.