We live at the Tex-Mex border just 12 miles from Matamoros, Mexico and we love Mexican food. One of the joys of living in this culture has been learning to make homemade Mexican foods and learning how to make homemade tortillas. So I was excited when Old El Paso offered me the opportunity to try their new frozen entrees. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical also though because while we love Mexican foods, I am not a huge fan of frozen entrees. When the package arrived in the mail, it was huge and I was so excited to see they had sent me a few extras with the new coupons.
They sent a beautiful blue pitcher and 2 melamine margarita glasses. Now we don't keep alcohol in our home but we will enjoy using the pitcher to keep lemonades and tea in the fridge. The kids enjoyed drinking Sunny D out of the new glasses at breakfast and have used them almost everyday as their "glass of the day". See, you can do more with a pitcher and margarita glasses than you think!
They also included this gorgeous melamine chip and dip plate. The colors are so bright and vibrant and the pattern looks like something you would see in Mexico. We enjoyed putting fresh salsa and tortilla chips on this plate and eating them with our meal when we ate the new frozen entrees.
They sent me some coupons to try their new frozen entrees. We purchased the Chicken Quesadillas, Steak Quesadillas and Beef Enchiladas. These are found in the freezer section of most grocery stores nationwide. We purchased ours at Walmart. The first thing I noticed was the packaging sizes. The Quesadillas only came 4 to a pack and the Enchiladas only had 6. Now we have 5 people in our family and even our kids will eat 2 each so we would have to buy several packs to feed our family. I hope that Old El Paso will eventually make larger packaging sizes better suited for families. The Enchiladas were cooked via Micro-Bake which means you microwave them for 3 minutes and then bake them in the oven for 20-25 minutes. The Quesadillas are only able to be microwaved and they take just 2 minutes each.
We loved the ease of these items. As a busy family, on nights when homecooking isn't an option, this is a fantastic way to make a meal our entire family would enjoy. It took less than 30 minutes from start to finish to provide a yummy meal for our family. The Beef Enchiladas were mine and my husband's favorite. They had a little "kick" of spices to them and they were delicious. They cooked up beautifully and tasted really good too. The only thing we wish is that there was a little more red sauce on them (or maybe they could provide an extra packet of red sauce for those of us who like more). The sauce seemed to really bake into the enchiladas so you didn't have much actual sauce. The Quesadillas were good but honestly the microwaving them make the tortillas really chewy and the edges of them were hard. The meat filling was great in both the chicken and the steak. I wish the steak meat had been strips (more like fajita meat) rather than diced pieces of steak. The kids preferred the chicken quesadillas over the steak also. We all added sour cream to ours also (but we like sour cream on all our Mexican foods). Maybe Old El Paso can come up with a different way to cook the quesadillas. They were delicious tasting but the microwaving them ruined the tortilla part of the meal.
Would we buy them again?! Probably not the quesadillas but definitely the enchiladas! Now I should say one pro to the quesadillas is they are packaged individually making it easy to fix just the number you need or to pack for a lunch at work. If the tortilla hadn't been chewy and tough, the quesadillas would have been amazing! The Old El Paso frozen entrees are a great way to get good tasting Mexican food for your family when you need a quick meal and don't have a lot of time to cook it yourself. You can learn more about Old El Paso's products by visiting their Facebook page too!
Disclaimer: Platefull CoOp provided me with the above mentioned products for review purposes only. No monetary compensation was received. The opinions expressed here are my own and your thoughts, feelings and results may vary from mine.