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Cooking like a #mexicanchef with Old El Paso Restaurante

Disclosure: I received product and a gift card to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

In a house full of picky eaters, there is one type of food we can all agree on – Mexican! There is no complaining about what’s for dinner or pushing food around the plate when it’s Mexican night. The brand, Old El Paso, has been a pantry staple of mine for many years. I can always count on my girls and John eating their delicious tacos or fajitas and even asking for seconds – a rare occasion! I saw their new premium Restaurante product line at the grocery store recently and was curious to see if these new flavours would be a hit with my family.

Now Canadians have the opportunity to make restaurant-style tacos in authentic Mexican flavours right in the comfort of their home.

The Old El Paso Restaurante product line up features three new modern Mexican dishes: Baja Fish, Steak Carne Asada and Chicken Tinga. The tough part was deciding which one to try first.

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Since I already had chicken breasts and onions, I decided to make Chicken Tinga. The Tinga flavour is a blend of tomatoes, onions, garlic and chipotle chiles – yum! It includes 10 soft tortillas, chicken tinga seasoning mix and chipotle taco sauce. All you need is chicken and onions. They also have suggested avocado, lettuce and cilantro for toppings. I had some fresh cilantro already so I chopped some up to serve with our meal.

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It was easy to prepare. After heating my thinly sliced onions, chicken breasts, chicken tinga seasoning mix and a cup of water to a boil on the stove, I lowered the heat to simmer and covered. The chicken breasts cook in the seasoning which permeates the flavour throughout.

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The directions said to make three deep cuts in each chicken breast. It allows the spices to go throughout and makes it easy to shred.

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The box said the chicken will cook on the stove for 12 to 15 minutes. Make sure you check it with a meat thermometer to make sure it’s cooked to the right temperature. I was flipping my chicken every few minutes so it would cook evenly.

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Once the chicken was cooked, I removed it from the pan and shredded it with two forks and back it went to simmer for another couple minutes. My kitchen smelled SO GOOD! I couldn’t wait to see how it tasted.

I warmed the tortillas in the microwave and then loaded our tacos with the chicken mixture, a sprinkling of cilantro and chipotle taco sauce. It’s on the spicier side so have a glass of water nearby. My mouth was bursting with heat and spices. I can see why Chicken Tinga is a popular street food in Mexico – it’s delicious!

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I’m looking forward to trying out the other two flavours and having more Mexican nights. Look for Old El Paso Restaurante kits in your local grocery and give them a try. I can see them easily becoming a regular on our dinner rotation!

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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