“ Brand: Old El Paso / Type: Dip „
I bought this in Tesco earlier in the week, after having recently eaten some while out for dinner. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. The guacamole I ate while out was gorgeous and tasty - this was a step up from mushy peas with a hint of chilli. Though, in saying that - I like mushy peas - this was beyond awful!
I suppose that the bright green colour should have indicated what I was letting myself in for. The consistency was a bit runny, the smell was indeterminable. But the taste was awful. I found myself checking the ingredients list - because I thought I was imagining the pea taste - but there is was, second largest ingredient - peas. I will never again buy this product, but will instead make my own - this does not even rate as a reasonable substitute when you don't have time to make it. This is a product aimed at people who have never actually tried the real thing - something which would make people wonder what the fuss is all about. Guacamole is a wonderful thing - but this feeble attempt is nothing like guacamole.
I am a big fan of mexican food, I've had the priveledge to try all sorts of dishes and a good mex is my prime choice. Eye on the 'good' factor..now lets see, once upon a time people cooked, bought vegetables made things from scratch, don't you miss those ole days..... I tried this at a friends house, together with nachoes and..I have to say had trouble with the first swallow. It is quite smooth in texture, and really I can't catch the taste of advocadoes in it at all which one should as this is an advocado sauce.... I don't know, maybe someone who hasn't tried the real thing wouldn't find it too bad, but luckily I have tried the real thing , made from scratch and that was a completely different story. The more we get lazy and bring up the good old excuse of ' I have no time', the more we will buy ready made rubbish in the 'super'market, the more money the people that toss out this 'sauce' will make. Looking at the miniscule print on the back of this pot , or any other ready made potion for that matter, lets face it, do we really know what were eating here?
Does it taste good enough to buy and probably make our insides disolve?
My suggestion: Make it yourself. Tastes better and much, much healthier.
The other night me and me my mate who I am staying with at the moment decided to have a fajita night! Course the kit I purchased never had guacamole with it and to me a fajita with no guacamole and soured cream on it is like a nun without a habit!
So when in Asda I picked us up one of these and to my surprise my mate (who is such a fan of avocados she has them mashed up on bread with olive oil) admitted she'd never tasted it before and me, well I was surprised!
320g Glass jar that has a twist on/off yellow and green lid to the top top it and on that lid I'm told that it is Old El Paso 'Mild'. Around the jar there is a yellow and red label and on that label I'm told on the front of it that it is Old El Paso Guacamole and again that it is mild in flavour and there is photograph of an avocado and of the dip. On the back of the jar other information listed includes being told a bit about the guacamole, ingredients are listed, there is a full nutritional chart on the back, the size is stated as is the Vegetarian symbol and contact details for Ol El Paso are also given. Nice enough jar which is informative enough, this is.
A Bit About The Guacamole According To The Information Given On the Back Of The Jar:
We've combined creamy avocado, juicy tomatoes, tangy onions and just a hint of chilli to create this classic guacamole. Delicious spooned over Nachos, crunchy Tacos or sizzling Fajitas just before wrapping, and it makes a great dipping sauce too!
The Guacamole Itself:
Bright green and in a paste, this smells really garlicky with a hint of lime to it. It really is rather stinky actually and off put us before we tasted it!
Taste wise well it tastes smooth on the tongue and none oily and really is like sludgy avocado with bits of tomato and onion blended well within it and me and my mate hated it!
It was very salty and slimy in taste and simply didn't look very pleasant at all! It ponged too and was too garlicky for us and that garlic overpowered the rest of the ingredients used in it. On the upside the jalapeños gave it a nice and noticeable kick and it was a well blended guacamole but for us like I said it was too over seasoned and the zest of lime in it was just too overpowering on foods we added it to. We didn't like this one bit and won't be buying it ever again lol.
Nutritional Information Per Tablespoon:
Energy: 13 Kcal
of which sugars: 0.3g
of which saturates: 0.1g
Salt equivalent: 0.2g
Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at around £1.64 a jar.