“ Type: Other Spices „
This simple fajita spice mix is something I always pick up in the supermarket as I am a big fan of Mexican food and find that Fajitas make a relatively healthy and filling meal. This little packet of seasoning powder costs on average 60-70p which I think is fair enough value.
It is possible to be alternitives to this product in the form of what is known as a Fajita Dinner Kit, in this kit which is made by a few different companies, you get a packet of the seasoning, a pouch of salsa and some tortilla wraps, however they do then to be quite expensive so in my opinion, it is cheaper to get the ingredients individually - especially if you want to make your own salsa! [fell free to pm me for a recipe]
So, preparing you fanjitas is easy. You simply fry up some vegetables (or meat/chicken if you're so inclined) in a pan, when they are cooked add full contents of the fajita mix, and hey presto - you're half way there. Simply place the mixture into tortilla wraps, add all of the 'optional extras' such as salad, sour cream, salsa, guacamole and wrap up! Dinner is served!
The seasoning itself is simply a powder, so there is no nutritional value per se, so if you keep the oil and sour cream to a minimum this is a pretty healthy meal. The flavour that comes off them is amazing, quite smoky and spicy but tasting rather authentically Mexican... even though I didn't notice it being either very limey, or having much of a coriander flavor. I was worried when I first bought this that the powder would remain on the vegetables making them gritty, however, don't worry as it actually mixes with the vegetable juices in the pan to form a type of paste which magically manages to coat the veg.
Five Stars for a great dinner!
My other half saw this on special offer in our local Co-Op recently where everything from the Discovery range was on half price, it was therefore only 35p for the packet instead of the usual 70p. This made for a cheap meal with a packet of flour tortillas and we usually love fajitas so I was keen to try this new flavour.
I am disappointed to say that actually I really disliked this version of the fajita spice mix. To me it tastes overwhelmingly of lime and salt and is not pleasent to eat. It reminded me of a recent mistake I also made in ordering a Piri Piri pizza from dominos having never tried anything piri piri flavoured before, again this tasted like lime and salt and from the moment I started cooking these fajitas the smell was bringing back memories of the pizza experience.
In terms of cooking with this product it is very simple to use, you simply shake the packet over your chicken (or in my case quorn) chopped onions and peppers with some oil to wet the mixture and stir until everything is cooked and seasoned. Fajita mixes work well with quorn because it soaks in the flavouring very well and this variety was no exception.
Unfortunately for me I found the actual taste of this version disgustingly lime heavy, it was the only flavour I could actually taste and it was also incredibly salty tasting, I almost felt obliged to tip a shot of tequila over my dinner to complete the experience. I ended up not eating very much of mine although my other half finished his.
I do think if you enjoy Piri Piri flavouring then this may be a product for you and I am sure some people will enjoy it very much. For me however, fajitas have a distinctive spicy, tomatoey flavour and taste nothing like this, I certainly will be avoiding buying this product again. Even when loaded with sour cream and salsa, the lime still came through too strong for my palate.
Not very nice in my opinion!
This is a mild spice mix for coating chicken and/or vegetables to make Mexican Fajitas. It comes in a 30g sachet, enough to make 4 portions.
Ground chilli pepper, Salt, Sugar, Lime extract, Onion Powder, Cilantro, Ground Cumin, Granulated Garlic, Oregano Flakes, Lemon Powder, Smoke Flavour Mesquite, Ground Cinammon, Ground Nutmeg, Ground Cayenne Pepper, Flavour.
It states on the packet that it contains no artificial preservatives, colourings, or flavourings, which is great, as I don't like things full of monosodium glutamate. The salt content amounts to 1.4g for a quarter of the sachet, so it can work out quite high if you're eating more than that.
The instructions on the packet suggest frying sliced onions and peppers in 1 tablespoon of oil then removing from the pan. Then coat 450g chicken strips in the spice mix and another tablespoon of oil and fry until the meat is cooked. Then add the onion and peppers and heat through.
The chicken and vegetables can then be used to fill tortillas, with side dishes of your choice such as salsa, soured cream, jalapeno peppers, guacamole and grated cheese.
I followed the instructions, although I used about half as much oil as suggested and it turned out fine. I just add a little water if the pan starts to get too dry and that simmers off as I cook. Fajitas in restaurants always seem to be dripping with way too much oil for my liking.
I served this with corn tortillas, refried beans, grated cheese, and Old El Paso Tomato Bean and Sweetcorn Salsa. I found the spice mix gave a warm spicy flavor without too much chilli heat. I like chilli, but some of the fajita spice mixes pack a powerful kick, and I wanted to try something milder. I wasn't detecting much of a lime flavor though, and if I used this again, I would add a dash of lime juice just to give it a bit more tang. The Old El Paso salsa I used was only a medium heat, so they went quite well together.
This is a good spice mix if you're cooking for family members who can't cope with hot chilli. Then if anyone does want more heat, they can always pile on some jalapeno peppers. On the packet it also suggests using this mix for making Mexican burgers, spicy nachos or creamy dips, so if you don't use a whole packet there are other ways of finishing it off.
Morrisons stock this at 73p per sachet.