Mexican Independence Day with Old El Paso

I’m so pleased to be writing my 1st post on here and I’m even more excited that its on one of my favourite cuisines; Mexican food! Mexican Independence day was on September 16th and I spent the evening at the London Underground Cookery School with Old El Paso cooking some amazing recipes which I’ll be sharing with you today.

oepccimg_8169So before I get cracking with the Menu and all the new things I learnt, I’ll start by telling you about the brand. El Paso is a city in Texas which is close to the Mexican Border and it’s often referred to as the Mexican food Capital of the World. It started in 1938 but between 1948 and 1969 Mexican food became increasing popular and Old El Paso went Global.

Old El Paso is well known for their meal kits which started in 1969 and by 1970 they had their own section in stores. If you haven’t tried anything from the Old El Paso range I highly recommend giving it a go, especially if you’re looking to eat delicious food but also looking for something super quick to cook and fun to eat.

Onto the evening’s events…

img_8170We were welcomed into the London Underground Cookery school with a lovely glass of Presseco. Once settled in and seated we all introduced ourselves and we got the chance to officially meet the Old ElPaso team. The lovely ladies from Old El Paso; Laura and Rachel gave us an introduction talk, we were split into groups and the cooking commenced!

 First, we started by making our Dessert; Chocolate Torte. Anthony from the London Underground Cookery School guided us through the steps and I learnt how to correctly separate eggs for the best results. The star of the dessert for me was the quality chocolate we used which had 70% cocoa solids. Good chocolate makes all the difference when it comes to dessert. I was surprised to see how easily it came together and I can’t wait to recreate this fab dessert at home. If you’re interested in making this check out the recipe here

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Next, we made the main; Smokey BBQ Chicken Fajitas using Old El Pasos smokey BBQ seasoning and some olive oil. I posted a picture on Instagram saying that it was out of this world, I’ve never tasted anything so good! lol! Honestly the best chicken fajita I’ve ever had.

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Lastly, we made Guacamole with help from Martin from the London Underground Cookery school guiding us through the steps. To a large bowl, we added avocados, diced red onions, tomatoes, coriander, garlic, lime juice & zest and seasoned it with salt, pepper and paprika. Mixed and mashed a little and we were done! Amazing recipe for Guac!

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One of the things I was most excited about trying was the new Stand ‘N’ Stuff Tortilla Shells.(genius idea) I’m sure you’ve all seen the adverts Starring Danny Trejo. They’re funny and have a good sense of family meal times made easy and fun. Back at the dining table we got stuck in and loaded up our Stand ‘n’ Stuff tortillas with the chicken fajita, mixed Mexican beans, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and cheese; heavenly.

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I had such a lovely evening in such great company and it was a real treat meeting all the other bloggers. I learnt new cooking techniques & skills which will make a world of difference to the way I cook now. Hope you liked this post and I’ve inspired you to check out some Old El Paso recipes.

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Happy Cinco De Mayo!

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