Product: Old El Paso Mexican food
Price: Around £2 to £3
Age Range: n/a
Manufacturer’s Description: We’ve created our products with vibrant tastes and mouth- watering aromas, bringing you the hands-on fun of Mexican eating – so that you can get friends and family together for fun, informal shared meals. From brilliant boxed meal kits to deliciously different cooking sauces, from crunchy taco shells to soft flour tortillas – plus all the salsas, dips and extra bits – you’ll find plenty of inspiration to design your own mouth-watering Mexican meals.
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: We were sent a range of Old El Paso products to try out, and have been enjoying having a taste of Mexico in our house. James and I honeymooned in Mexico so it was lovely to have an edible reminder of that most special holiday, too.
Original Taco Kit – with the taco kit you get tacos, spice mix, and salsa. You need to buy some mince, lettuce, tomato & cheese to go with this kit. The mince is cooked up with the spice mix, the taco shells warmed in the oven, and the other ingredients cropped & grated to pile into your taco shells with your mince.
These were really tasty & I was impressed with how well the taco shells were packed – none of them were broken in the packaging and they were really nice. The kids enjoyed this meal as much as we did, although they didn’t really understand the concept of eating the food inside the taco shells, and just had everything piled up, eating the shells like crackers instead. I would imagine older children would love the concept of having all the ingredients out on the table and putting them together as they eat.
Roasted Tomato & Pepper Fajita Dinner Kit – with the fajita kit you cook up chicken breast chunks, sliced peppers & an onion, and add their spice mix to give the boost of flavour. You also get a salsa to top off your fajitas, which is very yummy, although quite spicy.
As “medium”, this is the spiciest dish we’ve tried and to be honest, it was too spicy for me and for Georgie & Lydia’s taste too. James enjoyed it, but was defeated by the end of the meal and poured himself a glass of milk. I would buy this again, but add less of the spice mix to the dish when cooking, or opt to buy the more mild alternatives Old El Paso have in their fajitas range. Despite the spiciness it was very tasty and the tortillas were delicious.
Chilli and Garlic One Pan Rice Meal & Extra Mild Super Tasty One Pan Rice Meal – These kits include seasoned rice, sauce & a spice mix, and you add chicken breast & various veg to the box contents to cook up a tasty rice dish.
We’ve eaten both of these meals and really loved them both. Being mild & extra mild, neither of them were too spicy for my tastes, or for the girls. They are super simple to cook and the fact they only need one pan to cook makes washing up much easier too.
Squeezy Sweet Corn Relish – James has tried this relish and declared it to be “nice” – and the kids really enjoy it too. I haven’t tried this one myself but I’d better try some quick as it’s being gobbled up by everyone else!
We’ve yet to try the Fiery Jalapeno and Tomato Casserole Recipe Mix and Warming Paprika Casserole Recipe Mix, or the Squeezy Zesty Red Jalapeno Relish – but if they’re anything like the rest of the range they are sure to be yummy, if a little spicy for my taste occasionally!
Overall we have been very impressed with the Old El Paso range and we will certainly be buying more in future – especially the one pan rice meals which the whole family loved.
The instructions are fairly clear and well written, although you do have to check the photos and illustrations on the packaging for clues to what goes where or how to chop this occasionally! I think the packaging is attractive and the branding is very consistent – the Old El Paso section always stands out in the supermarket.
I really like the way all of the kits have a section on the front of the packaging with all the key information; the spiciness level, what is included in the kit, how long it takes to cook, how many it serves, and what you need to buy to go with the kit. We found both the cooking time estimate & portion sizes to be fairly accurate.
Overall we have been really pleased with these kits, and think they are fairly good value too. You can have a quick, easy & tasty meal – and they cater for milder tastes like mine as well as spicier preferences. 4 stars.