There are a few dinners that I can always be sure my boys will eat and Old El Paso tacos are a meal choice that Zackary and Benjamin always devour. They would happily eat tacos every day if I let them, but I like a little more variety in my meals. And while I enjoy a tasty ground beef taco as much as anyone, I do often crave something more gourmet for dinner.
Now, Old El Paso has a new line of spft taco kits that satisfy both my boys and me. Old El Paso Restaurante soft taco kits feature restaurant-style flavour with at-home convenience. There are three delicious kits to choose from: Steak Carne Asada, Baja Fish and Chicken Tinga. And recently I received all three so that I could create my own Mexican feast.
I decided to make the Steak Carne Asada kit since it featured seasoning to make guacamole and I am a huge fan of anything involving avocados. I mashed the seasoning with one ripe avocado, set the finished guacamole aside and started making the steak. With just the seasoning pouch, water, oil and vinegar, this marinade couldn’t be easier. The smell had my mouth watering even before the meat was cooking!
It was when I started cooking the meat that I really fell in love with these kits, though. I used a cast iron skillet and sautéed the meat at medium high as the instructions stated. The marinade created the perfect bit of charring on the beef for an authentic grilled look and the flavour of the steak was absolutely incredible!
With the steak and guacamole finished, I was ready to assemble the tacos. Rather than microwaving or baking the tortillas to warm them, I followed a tip on the package and toasted them lightly in a dry cast iron skillet. I loved how quick and easy this method was and the lightly browned tortillas looked fabulous too! Then I filled each tortilla with steak, guacamole, chopped tomato, chopped white onion and a sprinkle of cilantro. The finished soft taco was every bit as delicious as any I’ve had in a restaurant!
Best of all, the boys loved the tacos as well. While they decided to just have steak and lettuce in their tortillas, they both enjoyed the rich flavour of the beef and the lightly toasted tortillas. Being able to enjoy a gourmet-style Mexican meal that my boys were willing to eat as well was such a treat!
If you’d love to try these new kits, Old El Paso is here to help! The company is very generously offering one lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader a Mexican Dinner Essentials prize pack containing the three new Old El Paso Restaurante soft taco kits and a $75 Visa gift card, a $100 total value! To enter to win, just Tweet or Instagram a photo of your favourite Mexican-inspired dish using the hashtag #MexicanChef and then leave a blog comment with the link to your post so I can check it out!
I can’t wait to try the other two varieties of Old El Paso Restaurante soft tacos now that I’ve seen for myself how delicious they are. And the chef-inspired tips on each kit let me make an already delicious meal even more special with a few simple tricks. Old El Paso Restaurante kits are available at grocery stores across Canada now, so pick one up and give it a try to see what you think. Making premium Mexican cuisine at home has never been easier!