“ Brand: Asda / Type: Sauces „
A taste of something different was the order of the day. Something spicy, tasty, quick and filling. I could just have easily nipped into McDonald's but I'm afraid that the criteria stated above was not met by any meal on offer there so I finally had a shifties round ASDA and came out with their Fajita seasoning mix after parting with 69p
The packaging, which contained the Fajita seasoning mix, was none to impressive, but could probably at a push be described as adequate. There was a picture on the front, which indicated the contents, and the finished meal.
For your Fajita meal you will also require
Chicken breasts or strips
1 pkt Flour tortilla's 99p ASDA
1 pkt of Salsa 69p ASDA (optional)
and of course the Fajita seasoning
The back of the packet was even less impressive than the front, being that it held in its print the necessary instructions to complete the task in hand. It also had a list of ingredients and the usual nutritional information.
The cooking of the meal was simplicity itself. Add a little oil and cut the chicken into cubes about ¾ inch thick and wide. Fry the Chicken in the oil turning regularly. I found a Wok to be ideal for this purpose. When almost cooked add the seasoning and mix in well, and continue to cook for a few more minutes. It is at this point that I usually add a little water, which is not mentioned in the instructions. I find this makes the dish less dry, which it can be sometimes. I did of course not realise this until my second attempt at these, which will now have given you a clear indication that they are OK or I would not be having them again.
Just before the end of cooking place the tortilla's in the microwave at full power for 1.5 minutes to warm them through. We usually also grate some strong cheddar at this point and chop a few tomatoes into smallish chunks. You will notice whilst doing this the fantastic aroma coming from your WOK, the type of smell that just stimulates the taste buds.
Take one tortilla at a time and add some of the seasoned chicken along with a generous amount of cheese and chopped tomato. Roll the tortilla into a sausage shape and serve with a nice crispy salad and some of the Salsa.
Now having made and devoured the offering I guess I'll have to attempt to tell you how it tasted. Well in brief it was Blinking great. The spicy chicken was quite nippy and has a kind of smoked flavour, there was also a very nice contrast going on between the cold cheese and tomato and the hot chicken which had the peculiar sensation of switching the taste buds off and on, which was perhaps not a bad thing since the Fajita seasoning can get quite hot in bits. Not hot enough to spoil it just hot enough the make you grateful for that bit cold tomato. It does taste very Mexican, but it is the smell that seems to get the taste buds dancing. Smokey and hot just brilliant.
All in all I was very satisfied with this meal and I shall definitely be having it again, it made a delicious change and the various spices and seasoning were excellent together. I have noticed that that other brand "El Paso " have a similar product on the market so I might give that a go, just to compare it with ASDA's own make. Having said this ASDA's is cheaper and taste wise I have no reason to change, as I said it was both delicious and tasty, and on the shopping list for the future. The packaging is no big deal since at the end of the day the most exotic and fancy packaging could still contain an inferior product. I was well chuffed with this seasoning.
I love fajita's and in the past have tended to buy those fajita 'dinner kits', which usually include a pack of tortillas, seasoning mix and salsa. Considering I don't like salsa, unless I'm eating with a friend who does like it, I end up throwing it away. Obviously this is a total waste of money, so I decided to start buying the fajita mix and tortillas separately to save a few pennies and stop being so wasteful. I usually buy the Old El Paso stuff, but again with saving money in mind, I decided to give ASDA's own brand a try.
The seasoning comes in a yellow packet, which has a picture of some fajitas on the front of it, along with a 'V' symbol telling me this is suitable for vegetarians. Fair enough, but once you've added the chicken, surely it won't be!? Anyway, the pack also tells me that this contains paprika, cayenne and cumin, and the back of the packet has full instructions on how to make fajitas, so great if you've never done it before, or aren't confident cooking unless you have a recipe in front of you.
The directions for use state that the seasoning mix should be 'sprinkled over the sliced meat and mixed with 2 tbsp of oil.' It then goes on to say that you should heat a pan and add the chicken. Normally with these mixes you either sprinkle over once the meat is in the pan, or mix with water then pour over.
I didn't think the directions were completely clear, but what I did was place the chicken on a plate, and coat it in the seasoning mix. I'd already got ahead of myself and put oil in the pan by this point, and so didn't mix the oil in whilst the chicken was on the plate as I think I was supposed to do.
The powder itself is a rich orangey brown colour, and smells lovely and spicy. Unusually these mixes smell quite strong, and although there is certainly a quite noticeable scent, it wasn't as strong as with some others I have used.
Once the fajitas were made, it was time to taste them. I do like spicy food, but sometimes I think the spiciness of the seasoning can overpower the rest of the flavours meaning it's so hot you can't really taste it. I needn't have worried about that here. I don't know if it's the fact that only the chicken was coated in the powder, and the vegetables weren't, but the spicy flavour was very mild. It was pleasant enough, and you could certainly taste the spices, but I don't think you could go as far as calling it hot. You couldn't really taste one particular spice in there either, it was a very generic sort of spicy taste if that makes sense, and I thought it was overall a little disappointing really, as I could probably have put plain chicken in there and wouldn't have noticed too much difference!
A 30g pack of this mix costs 55p from ASDA.
If you only like a mild spiciness then I would recommend giving this a try. For me though, I thought perhaps it was a little too mild, and would have preferred it to have been a bit hotter.