I was recently sent a few recipe kits from the new Old El Paso Restaurante range. There are four Mexican inspired flavours available; Chicken Tinga, Baja Fish, Steak Carne Asada, and Pork El Pastor. I received the first two kits and decided to give the chicken one a go first. Chicken Tinga or "Tinga de Pollo" is inspired by a local street-food recipe from the Puebla region of Mexico. The Tinga flavour is a delicious combination of tomatoes, onions, garlic and chipotle chillies.
The Chiken Tinga kit comes with 10 mini flour tortillas as well as a Tinga Chiken seasoning and a Chipotle sauce. It also needs a few fresh ingredients; 500g chicken breasts and 1 onion. You can also add avocado, shredded lettuce and chopped coriander as suggested toppings.
The recipe itself is quite interesting compared to similar meal kits I've tried before. To get the shredded chicken needed for the finished tacos, the chicken breasts are first cooked whole in the sauce (yay - no chopping required!). Once cooked, the chicken breasts are then shredded with forks and added back to the sauce which then needs to be reduced down for a few minutes. It's all very quick and easy and creates a really succulent and flavourful chicken that tastes as if it's been marinading for ages!
The flour tacos are small but quite thick, and unfortunately they're not curved as they appear on the box. I'm sure there is some way to warm them up so they curve but I just served them as wraps. The Chicken Tinga flavour is really smokey and delicious, and combined with the chipotle sauce, creates a lovely zingy and flavourful meal. Everyone enjoyed the flavours and this will certainly be a meal kit I would buy in the future.
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Grocery Gems Review: Old El Paso Restaurante Chicken Tinga
RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes - I'm looking forward to trying the Baja Fish next!
Purchased: Available at Asda, Sainsbury's, Waitrose Morrisons and Tesco.
Price: RRP - £3.79p .