What to feed my kids during the week is a mystery to me. We’re always rushing off to dance lessons, leaving me with very little time to cook. We often end up eating at different times as the boys have to go off to an activity before my daughter is home from hers! Midweek meals tend to come largely from the freezer (pizza or fish fingers with potato waffles) or involve pasta, pesto and grated cheese.
So I was very pleased to be asked to test an Old El Paso Stand ‘n’ Stuff Soft Taco Kit. The kits contain the ingredients for an easy, quick and tasty meal. So how would we get on with it?
We tried the Smoky BBQ flavour, which includes eight of the unique flat-bottomed flour tortillas, Smoky BBQ seasoning mix and a tasty Taco Salsa. The kit serves 3-4 and Old El Paso suggests you add 500g minced beef, plus diced tomatoes, lettuce and grated cheese.
As there’s five of us, we added an extra pack of eight Stand ‘n’ Stuff Soft Flour Tortillas so there was enough to go around! As two of us are vegetarian, we split the mixture to make 250g of minced beef and 250g of Quorn mince. We also added onions to the meat/ Quorn just to sneak some more vegetables into the kids (who wouldn’t add tomatoes or lettuce to their finished tacos!).
To prepare the tacos:
- Simply brown the meat, then add the Smoky BBQ seasoning and 50ml cold water
- Simmer for 10 minutes
- While the meat is simmering, warm up your tortillas in the microwave
- Chop your tomatoes and lettuce and grate your cheese
- Stuff your tacos and add Taco Salsa to taste
(If cooking with Quorn, you will need to add more liquid, either more water or some tinned tomatoes/ tomato sauce.)
As soon as the seasoning was added, the barbecue smell was delicious and all of the kids were keen to try them (this is unusual as my kids are notoriously fussy!). I wouldn’t usually say barbecue was one of my favourite flavours, but they tasted as good as they smelled.
The tacos were very easy to fill, hold and eat and all of the kids really enjoyed eating them. It was great that they could get the balance of ingredients just right – probably with a bit less of the Taco Salsa and a bit more of the cheese than the adults!
We will definitely be trying Stand ‘n’ Stuff Soft Tacos again for week day meals. They are no harder to prepare than spaghetti bolognese (although having to make both vegetarian and meat varieties makes them slightly harder for us than other people), but a bit harder than shoving fish fingers in the oven!
There’s no reason why we couldn’t vary the vegetables or even the meat in the tacos – I’m sure they would work well with chicken too.
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