Now it’s pretty well-known that when it comes to cooking, baking and pretty much any kind of creating in the kitchen, I’m definitely a “from scratch” girl! Sauces, mixes, dips, sweet, savoury… our cupboards are bursting with every kind of ingredient, herb and spice. Yet, the only thing that we still indulge in a packet for is a good old mexican meal.
Now don’t ask me why, as I really don’t know why. I’m sure that amongst everything in the cupboards we have the spices to put together the seasonings. I suppose I could say that we don’t eat mexican food very often, but actually we do. There’s always a packet of tortillas in the cupboard or freezer for a quick lunch or supper, and they’ve become our staple “run-to” meal when something is needed fast.
And so there was a little squeal of delight, when a packet from the lovely people at Old El Paso, landed on my doorstep filled to the brim with a selection of goodies, old and new, for us to try out. And with this little lot, Ian and I will be enjoying mexican for a couple of weeks.
I was very kindly sent the following:
- Extra Mild, Super Tasty Enchilada Kit
- Original Smoked BBQ Fajita Kit
- Chili & Garlic One Pan Rice Meal for Chicken – new product
- Extra Mild, Super Tasty One Pan Rice Meal for Chicken – new product
- Smoky Chipotle Chilli and Honey Casserole Recipe Mix – new product
- Creamy Poblano Casserole Recipe Mix – new product
- Original Mild Fajita Cooking Sauce
- Original Mild Enchilada Cooking Sauce
First up we decided to give the enchilada kit a try; and here goes another confession… I’ve only ever enchiladas in mexican restaurants, and is something so relatively simple I’ve never made at home; kit or no kit. So we thought we’d rectify that issue!
The kit was really easy to use, and having prepped the bits and pieces that I needed to add and getting everything sorted before I started, it came together nice and quickly, and was on the table in about 30-40 minutes (if you take into consideration faffing time for pouring a glass of wine and then taking terrible photos because the light was pants and I had to use a flash. PS I hate using a flash and not shooting in natural light, so there’s a mixture of Instagram and camera shots… boo. Note to self: learn to use the flash properly).
The enchilada kit recommends that you add chicken, onion and pepper; but I decided to add a little extra of the veggies and some extra mushrooms in there to bulk them out a little; it’s the Weight Watcher in me, although the cheese probably is a sticking point on the diet front. However, I did substitute the full fat cheese for a half fat and they still tasted great.
As there is only two of us; we decided to split the kit and do half one night, and popped the rest of the sauces in the fridge for another night. It worked out just right, with 2 enchiladas each accompanied with a little fresh green salad. I definitely know I have a “cheese-tooth” as well as a sweet-one, as the crowning glory of these was the cheese sauce and added cheese on the top.
We also gave one of the new casserole mixes a try; the chipotle chilli and honey mix. I meant to take photos but we got home late and the light was worse than for the enchiladas; so you’ll have to trust me when I say it was really quite good and certainly had a little kick. This time we’d made the full packet serving and we popped half into the freezer for a later date. I can see it going really well with some jacket potatoes.
The second casserole mix, the creamy poblano, we’re going to give a go in the slow cooker this week so it’s ready when we get home, apart from finishing it off with the cream. So I’ll let you know how we get on.
Overall, of the products that we’ve tried so far, the kits are definitely great for the getting home and throwing something together whilst the casserole mixes need a little more time planning as they take a while in the oven (hence the slow cooker test). However, I’m thinking that knowing what ingredients and spices we have stashed in the cupboards that when these are all devoured, a from scratch mexican is on the cards!
Old El Paso enchilada kits and the new casserole mixes are available in most supermarkets between £1.29 and £3.22. With thanks to Old El Paso for the product selection for review.