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On my weekly shopping trip, I now frequently buy tortillas. I am finding them quite versatile, as a saturday afternoon tea, which we frequently do as a "help yourself" type affair. With bowls of spicy chicken, mince meat etc, and then big bowls of lettuce, cucumber, peppers, onions, tomatoes, grated carrot, raw white cabbage. Even more frequently the children create different school lunches, which saves worrying about is their enough bread defrosted as they come in a heat sealed package.
Many nice recipes can be found on the El Paso website
These Old El Pas Soft Flour Tortillas come in packs of 8 and are currently selling in Asda for £1.38. They come in a distinctive yellow packet, with red wording. A picture of the flour tortillas on the front. If you turn it over, you can see your tortillas through the transparent wrapper.
Ingredients include Wheat Flour, Water, Stabiliser (Glycerol), Vegetable Oil, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate), Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Dextrose, Salt, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)]
These Tortillas are suitable for Vegetarians.
El Paso recommend storing in a cool, dry place. Once opened, close pack, refrigerate and consume within 3 days, I find that if the wrapper is left open (by the children) the tortillas go very hard overnight. I personally have never frozen but they are suitable for home freezing. The packaging recommends that you freeze immediately and use within 3 months. Ensuring that they are fully defrosted before use.
Nutritional Values for these 28g tortilla are
Energy 366 kJ / 87 kcal Protein 2.3 g
Carbohydrate 14.6 g of which sugars 0.6 g
Fat 2.0 g of which saturates 0.8 g
Fibre 0.6 g Sodium 0.15 g Salt Equivalent 0.4 g
The tortillas are distributed by: General Mills UK
P.O. Box 363
So what do I think, I personally can't tell much difference between this brand and others of a similar price in terms of taste and to be honest, although these are regularly chosen, I tend to pick up whats the cheapest on that visit. They make a nice and easy quick meal, eaten or cold depending on what intend to eat with them. They taste fresh but definitely would ensure if not using all 8 that you seal the packet as definitely not as nice when been open overnight. I'm scoring a 4,
A quick breakdown of what the product actually is:
6 soft flour tortillas, circular shaped tortillas that you fill up with your choice of filling and wrap up and munch on. A Mexican sandwich if you will. They are marked as 'mild' which means their spice level is considered mild (bit self explanatory, I know but though I'd explain in case you weren't aware.) I didn't notice their mildness at all and I am not one for spice. I've ate them with nothing spicy inside and haven't noticed the mild flavour at all.
They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans (it doesn't mention being suitable for vegans, but I have done the necessary checks.)
These are usually in Asda or Tesco for under £2 and I've even bought them on special offers for £1 or 2 packs for £2.
Nutritionally, they are not the best. But white flour is essentially flour with the nutrition stripped out - so what can you expect, right? ;). At 0.8g of salt per tortilla, I think you're safe from developing heart disease , but they're not the best type of tortilla you could buy. Wish to eat more healthily for 2012? Buy wholemeal tortillas.
If you over-stuff your tortilla then there is going to be some issue with over spill when they split open ;). I've done this many times and it drives me mad! It just makes things messy and isn't the best if you're heading out somewhere after dinner! Fill from the centre and don't over do it and you're fine - no splits, no spills (hopefully) and I suppose the one saving grace about these tortillas versus the wholemeal ones are that these will hold pretty well together, whereas the wholemeal ones do not.
What else haven't I covered? There is only so much I can say about tortilla's so I'll end with my summing up: overall these probably aren't the best for health reasons, but they are not the worst. For a Mexican treat and something spicy to eat - fill these tortillas up with your filling of choice (mine is usually beans of some kind, salsa, guacamole and plain soya yoghurt) and enjoy. I'd give them 3/5 just simply because I think the wholemeal tortillas are better for my body but otherwise I'd give them full marks because they hold together very well.
In my attempts to minimise the amount of food we waste in our household, I'm trying to stock up on long-life storecupboard items, particularly those that can be adapted for a number of different meal ideas. Tortillas or mexican style wraps are now something that I always try to have in stock as they are so just so versatile.
Old El Paso are one of many brands of flour tortillas widely available but they are my personal favourite (although I will switch allegiance if I find other comparable brands on offer.) The Old El Paso tortillas tend to be more expensive than the 'fresh' supermarket own brands of wraps but I personally prefer them and think they are worth paying the extra for. The fact that they are sold vacuum packed with a decent use by date several months after purchase is a major advantage as these can sit happily in a cupboard until they are needed and I don't end up throwing a mouldy pack of tortillas in the bin!
These particular tortillas are slightly smaller and a little thicker than other brands (such as Discovery) and are generally sold in packs of 8. Tastewise, they are not overly salty and have a pleasant, fairly bland taste and texture which means they go well with any number of fillings or toppings, depending on the method of serving. I find these are ideal to use as wraps for packed lunches or picnics. They are extremely soft and malleable (when freshly opened) but because they are quite thick they maintain their shape when wrapped and don't try and unravel themselves! They are also sufficiently flexible that they don't tend to rip or split during the folding process which can be very irritating. I like to spread them with a layer of mayonnaise before adding the rest of my filling as they can be a little dry in texture, unless the filling is quite moist in itself. I do find that I need at least three of these for a packed lunch though as they are relatively small so not as filling as some of the jumbo sized wraps available.
The packaging recommends these are served warm (which can be done in 30 seconds in the microwave) and each pack features a tempting recipe or serving suggestion, such as fajitas or enchiladas. My husband prefers making these into fajitas but I enjoy filling them with some veggies and then topping them with a chunky tomato salsa and lots of grated cheese before baking them in the oven. Old El Paso also produce a range of kits which generally include their own brand tortillas as well as several other components. I find these work out a lot more expensive than just buying the tortillas and other elements separately, particularly as most of the kits need extra ingredients anyway so aren't particularly good value.
The only disadvantage to these tortillas is that they do go stale quickly and need using up within 3 days of opening. Because they are so versatile and adaptable, that is rarely a problem for us. The small size of the tortillas mean they fit perfectly into a small/medium sized frying pan making them ideal for cheese-filled quesadillas (and these still taste fine even when the tortillas have been open for slightly longer and have dried out a little.) Slightly stale tortillas can also be grilled and then cut into slices to accompany chunky dips such as guacamole or houmous.
If need be, the tortillas can even be frozen, although I find that this affects the texture slightly making them dryer and more prone to splitting. They can still be perfectly adequate for dishes where they are covered in sauce and oven baked but not really suitable for wraps.
I am a total convert to tortillas in general but Old El Paso are my brand of choice. These are widely available from most supermarkets for around £1.50 for a pack of 8 and have so many different uses, they should be in everybody's storecupboard as far as I'm concerned.
I had a yummy tortilla for my tea tonight, I usually buy the Discovery ones but they didn't have them in so I got a pack of Old El Paso thinking they would be exactly the same.
The thing is these are actually a bit nicer and are thicker so held the filling a lot better.
The Old El Paso tortillas are a bit smaller than the ones from Discovery and like I said they're also thicker so the weight of each one is probably the same. I like them being smaller anyway because they roll up easier and it's also more simple tucking the end in under the filling because they hold their shape better.
They have got a nice floury taste and you can use them straight out of the packet or warm them up a bit in the microwave. Because of them being quite thick I thought it was easier to warm them before starting to roll them up to stop the very outside of the tortilla cracking a bit, they don't crack all the way through but it makes them look a bit tatty.
The taste of them goes good with everything you put in them, tonight I had spicey chicken and added some salsa and a bit of mayo. The tortillas didn't have any trouble holding it all and none of the wet dressings slid out or anything.
You can use these tortillas instead of bread to make a normal wrap meal or use some sort of fajita seasoning to make something a bit Mexican. I like these better than the thinner Discovery tortillas and think the light floury taste is wicked, I think it helped cool the spice of the chicken a bit because of the tortilla having that nice thick texture.
I paid £1.28 for a pack of 8 Old El Paso Soft Flour Tortillas, they're also available in different flavours like garlic or corn.
Although I am not a fan of Mexican food, I do love tortillas and buy them about once a fortnight. I have tried a few brands but have found Old El Paso to be the best and they are the only ones I buy now.
Old El Paso tortillas come vacuum packed in plastic. The package has a cardboard insert which prevents the tortillas being broken. They always taste very fresh when you remove them from the pack. The only problem I ever have is when the tortillas stick together. If they are too tightly packed on the shelf or squashed against other shopping when packed in bags, they do tend to stick together. This results in the tortillas being ripped apart when you try to seperate them.
I use tortillas for lunch time snacks and as part of a main meal. They can be eaten cold or you can warm them up.
As I do not like spicy food, I love to add different sauces and also mayonaisse to the main filling ingredients. My favourite filling is fried onions, peppers, chicken style Quorn with Sharwoods Hoi Sin and Spring Onion sauce. I also love Quorn with fried onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and mayo. This tastes delicious when cold and they are so quick and easy to make.
Tortillas provide you with a healthy snack. The following nutritional information is taken from the packet:
Per Serving (1 tortilla)
of which sugars: 1.1g
of which saturates: 2.0g
Salt equivalent: 0.6g
Old El Paso tortillas are good value at £1.39 for a packet of eight. They have a long shelf life of around 6 months and can also be frozen.
I am more than happy to give them 5 stars because they are good value and taste great.
My fiancée is a big fan of Mexican, so tortillas are a frequent dish in our house. She usually does them with spicy chicken, peppers and onions. But every so often I find tortillas in my packed lunch, with left over chicken or ham and cheese in. Tortillas are great as a truly versatile food, and a lot less heavy (and lower in calories and carbohydrates) than bread. I've used tortillas before to make Mexican enchiladas, wraps, sandwiches, cut them up and put seasoning on them and made wedge crisps from them, or torn them up and used them as a topping for stews and bakes.
Old El Paso is the most common brand in our house, and until recently I never thought there was any difference between them, how wrong was I!
For £1.42 you get 8 soft tortilla wraps in a packet. At under 18p per tortilla this is roughly the same as the two slices of bread needed to make a sandwich. This will usually serve 4 people for dinner as I tend to like 2 of these filled up with chicken rather than overstuffing one. There is very often an offer on, buy one get one free or two for £2, and as they are freezable we'll tend to get a few extras to throw in the freezer.
These are quite minimally packaged, all 8 wraps are in a plastic with the traditional Old El Paso yellow colouring. The packet is decorated with images of cacti and mountains. The packaging is quite see through in places so you can clearly see what you are buying. The back of the packet has nutritional information, as well as recipe ideas for traditional fillings.
These tortillas are very simple, just pop them one at a time in the microwave for 35 seconds, or 5 minutes in the oven. It states up to 10 minutes, but I find they get really crispy and impossible to use as wraps! I tend to turn the oven off after making dinner and just throw them in the still warm oven as needed throughout dinner.
Once cooked they will be lovely and warm (although loose the heat quickly), so pile high with your fillings. Lay the ingredients in a line down the middle, fold one end up about 1/3 of the way up, then roll either edge over to make a parcel - voila, a leak free wrap!
This is what sets Old El Paso apart. A bit bigger than most wraps, these are amazingly soft and have a slightly doughy taste. They are lovely and really compliment the food. They are also a bit thicker than most tortillas, so do not burn or get crispy as easily.
Old El Paso also do these in wholemeal, but it's just not the same. These are lovely as they are, and the wholemeal ones are a bit crumbly and nowhere near as soft. Also as they are nowhere near as thick as bread I don't get as drowsy as I often do when eating white flour.
Despite loving these they are a nice accompaniment, I wouldn't really recommend eating one on its own as it would be a bit bland.
The nutritional info (per 100 grams) is:
5.1g of fat
0.7g of fibre
0.2g of sodium,
Which makes each tortilla a saintly 63kcals. This is great for anyone craving bread on a diet but needing something to hit the spot and take the place of sandwiches in their packed lunch. The tortillas are suitable for vegetarians.
There are the crème de la crème of tortillas, soft, squishy, thick and luxurious, I can think of no better accompaniment to my fiancées delicious spicy chicken.
I wanted to write this review because these are one of my favourite lunch ideas as well as some tasy dinner ideas. These flour tortillas are sold in nearly every Supermarket along with other El Paso accompaniments.
You get 8 soft tortilla wraps to a packet (326 grams) and they retail at around £1.50 although quite often you can find them on special. The nutritional info (per 100 grams) is as follows:-
3.8 grams protein
19.8 grams carbohydrates
5.1 grams of fat
0.7 grams of fibre
0.2 grams of sodium
These are also suitable for vegetarians.
They are really easy to prepare too. It's a choice of either 35-40 seconds in the microwave or 10 minutes in the oven. Once the tortilla's are warmed you lay the tortillas flat and fill with either chicken, beef or any other number of things you like. Wrap the tortilla around the filling and you are ready to go.
The most common dish to use these for is Fajitas and Old El Paso do a jar of ready made fajita mix you just add to chicken or beef and you have your fajitas without too much stress and strain.
I also tend to use these as lunches to replace sandwiches. As much as I like sandwiches bread can get very boring very quickly. With the wraps they aren't too heavy and the fillings you can use are unlimited.
Old El Paso also do wholewheat version of these Tortillas as well as Salsa Tortillas. All in all I think these make for a really easy, fuss free dinner and they are a bargain at £1.50.
I often have a tortilla wrap for my lunch as I find bread rather stodgy to eat so early in the day, up until recently I have eaten either Tesco Light Choices or Discovery tortillas. It was only because these Old El Paso ones were on special offer in my local shop that I decided to try them, thinking that really one tortilla wrap is very much like another and it's the filling that makes all the difference.
I was wrong. These wraps are absolutely delicious and superior in quality to others I've eaten, they have a lovely rounded flavour that is both floury and slightly doughy and really adds to the flavours of the fillings.
They're slightly smaller in diameter than other wraps but are a little thicker, I prefer this as I often use wet or saucy fillings in my wraps and the thickness of these does hold any sauce better than my usual Discovery wraps and prevents any seepage.
Like most other wraps, they are rather bland on their own but this is natural and expected. This is actually one of the things I like about wraps in general as Mexican food is spicy by its very nature and when preparing this style of food you do need a bland accompaniment to help neutralise the heat. These Old El Paso tortillas are perfect for this as the thickness of the wrap and soft floury flavour compliments beautifully anything I add to it.
This afternoon I ate the last of a Bolognese I'd prepared yesterday wrapped up in one of these tortillas and, surprisingly, when I'd finished I hadn't dropped as much as a drip of sauce down me - unheard of for a mucky pup like me! Another lovely filling for these wraps is grated cheese and thinly sliced spring onions mixed up in mayonnaise, again the flouriness of the wraps compliments the cheese beautifully and held together really well while I was eating it.
Once you've opened a packet of Old El Paso tortilla wraps you have three or four days in which to eat them before they begin to go off. This is no problem for a wrap loving person such as me and I tend to keep mine in the fridge anyway to keep them as fresh tasting as possible, it's rare I have to throw any away but they do freeze well so if you're concerned that you're not going to be able to eat all eight wraps so quickly then simply wrap them in clingfilm and pop them in the freezer.
These cost around £1.39 from all the major supermarkets and I think that is definitely money well spent for such a versatile and very tasty wrap.
Old El Paso Flour Tortillas were designed to aid people in the making of Mexican foodstuffs such as Fajitas, Burritos and Enchiladas. Little do Old El Paso know though, that they have provided at least one customer who has found a use for these flour tortillas for just about anything. I eat these things all the time and although these are absolutely perfect for Mexican food, I regularly find myself holding a wrap of simple chicken and mayonnaise, or even just eating one by itself if I'm peckish. They are perfect if you want a sandwhich but with a bit of a twist.
Packaging wise these are also very interesting, with the traditional Old El Paso yellow colouring with some outlines of cacti and mountains signifying Mexico. "Old El Paso" is printed in a Mexican type of font curved over the images of cacti. There is a small clear area of the cellophane packaging showing you the contents of the wrapping. On the back of the package they have included recipes for Fajitas, Burritos and Quesadillas which I always like when I buy food.
Although you don't usually eat these by themselves, if you do nutritionally they are pretty good for you. Each 100g serving, which is just over 2 tortillas, contains 8.7g of protein, 51.1g of carbohydrates and 11.7g of fat.