I often buy a lot of Old El Paso Mexican kits such as the fajitas and enchiladas, and sometimes as a bit of a weekend treat, we'll have a Mexican themed night and start with nachos as a starter. I must admit, this is quite a lot of food to have in one night and we have been known to have these nachos for tea on their own as they are quite filling!
The nacho kit is available from Tesco (obviously) and at this moment in time costs £1.80. This is in comparison to the Old El Paso version which costs £2.50. It comes in a yellow box, which is very similar in style to the Old El Paso version so you don't have to feel like a bit of a cheapo when you get to the till! The box has red writing and a picture of the very tasty looking nachos with various toppings.
The kit contains corn tortilla chips, spicy tomato salsa, and spicy bean salsa. The tortilla chips are wrapped in cellophane to keep them fresh, and the salsas come in packets that you might need scissors to open. You will also need grated cheese (the packet advises 75g but you can use as much or little as you like) to melt on top, and obviously you can add optional extras like jalepenos, sour cream or guacamole.
The nachos are very easy to make, you just layer them up in an ovenproof bowl, starting with half the nachos on the bottom, then you cover with the spicy bean salsa, then the remaining nachos and the spicy tomato salsa goes on top. You then grate some cheese on top and they're ready to go in the oven or microwave. I always do ours in the oven because they only take 10 minutes and I don't think this is too long to wait. But if you're mega impatient or in a hurry, you can microwave them and this takes between a minute and a half to two minutes depending on the power of your microwave.
If you're cooking for one or doing these as a starter so don't need to use the whole pack, the salsas can be stored for up to three days in the fridge, and the nachos will keep for three days if they're stored somewhere cool in an airtight container.
Nutritionally, a quarter of a pack of these nachos contains:
Calories - 290
Sugars - 5.5g
Fat - 12.1g
Saturates - 5.4g
Salt - 0.9g
These nachos taste just as good as the branded ones, they go a bit soggy when the salsa is on top of them which I quite like otherwise it just feels like you're having crisps for tea! The edges that aren't covered in salsa stay quite crispy though. The bean and tomato salsas are extremely tasty, and I don't find them particularly spicy so they should suit all tastebuds. The melted cheese on top usually goes a bit crispy and just finishes this meal off. It's quite a messy meal as there's no way to eat them except with your fingers, so probably not the best meal for when you're in polite company.