Monday, November 18, 2013

Celebrate Mexico (GIVEAWAY too)

Today, is the public holiday "Revolution Day Memorial" for our Mexican readers. This day turns out to be great for a feature review we are doing combining homemade mole sauce with a frozen entrée from Old El Paso. Not only will I be trying a recipe and a product but we'll be sharing this gift package (see photo) with one lucky reader.  This gift package includes a coupon for a FREE Old El Paso frozen entrée, a $10 Visa card, and a lovely chip and dip serving tray.  To enter the giveaway keep reading and then follow the directions at the end of the post.  Sadly the company will only ship within the USA but please do spread this post around even if you can't enter yourself.  Don't put this off because the winner will be chosen on November 25, just one week from now.

Clearly this is The Chocolate Cult so how could I do this testing and giveaway with chocolate?  Easy because there is mole sauce after all!  I made a very simple, probably many of you would say fake mole sauce by mixing together 1 cup chicken soup stock, 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate, and 2 tsp of cocoa chile blend powder.  I whisked the cocoa chile into the stock then slowly melted and mixed in the chocolate.  Then I let it simmer on medium for 25 minutes stirring off and on but making sure to scrap the bottom and sides as I did so.  Simple, not too spicy for my tastes, and very fast but also very low in sodium and not too bad in terms of calories.

I didn't use the mole sauce on the Chicken Enchiladas, 20oz box which serves two people.  I found Old El Paso frozen entrees in two of my nearby grocery stores and I recommend you price this around because the difference in price is normally $2 but the week I bought and made this to test there was a sale and the difference in price was $4 -- well within the range on the coupon.  I made the chicken enchiladas in the oven according to directions on the box but as you can see here even before being baked the six enchiladas were really one large mass that you could sort of see the ends of.

After 45 minutes (yes the oven was preheated) I took them out and separated them onto two plates.  I had the left hand half and my tester had the right hand side.  He said it was just spicy enough and had a lot of cheese and sauce but I found mine to be too onion heavy for my taste so we switched.  The meals were not the same even though they had come from the same box!  His half had less chicken and almost no onions than mine had.  The corn tortillas were soft, very soft and I had to slide them out of the baking pan that comes in the box because I couldn't get them out in one piece.  Had I used the microwave directions I would have expect this but not from the oven which I expect at least firm if not somewhat crispy tortillas.  Perhaps there was too much sauce?

I used the simple mole sauce to dip my multi-grain tortilla chips into and they tasted great this way!

There are many ways to enter this great giveaway, Sisters and Brothers, and since you get three different gifts I want to see dozens of entries so please pass this around.  Sadly the company can only ship within the USA but even if you live elsewhere please spread this giveaways post around.

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17 comments:

Anjala said...

I love Mexican food. It's one of the foods I could never live without.

Ariyana said...

I serve Mexican food often. Tacos are on the menu for dinner tonight. But I do not often buy frozen versions though my teenage son has on occasion

Elena said...

I serve Mexican food once a week. I have not tried the Old El Paso products, but I would love to try them

freebiequeen15 said...

I have an Old El Paso frozen entree in my freezer but I haven't tried it yet

Debbie Jackson said...

I have not tried the entrees but i serve mexican a couple of nights a week and use their seasoning, enchilada sauce and taco sauce.

H said...

We eat Mexican food a few times a month. Use Old El Paso beans and taco seasonings.

liquidj said...

I'll have to gove this a try... sounds interesting!

June Lisle said...

My family has Mexican style food a few times a week. I haven't enchiladas from Old El Paso yet.

Allisha Gold said...

We haven't tried any of Old El Paso's foods before, but they look delicious! We usually have Mexican food several times a month

Manda said...

We have not tried the product but have tacos about once a week.

Kalona Elaine said...

i love mexican food. especially when i get to include avocadoes :). i haven't tried a lot of old el paso foods but i am hoping that i can soon!

1froglegs said...

I have eaten the Chicken Enchiladas before. I used the pre-microwave directions in order to cut down the cook time. We eat Tex-mex a couple times a month.

karmakaytlyn said...

WE eat tacos a few times a month and I cook beans about once per week.

Alexis said...

I have not tried these, but we eat Mexican food at least once a week

kathy dalton said...

i love Mexican and usually do tacos once a week.

Susan C said...

I cook Mexican food twice a week and eat Mexican food in restaurants at least once a week, sometimes more. I've tried all kinds of Old El Paso products, but not the one reviewed.

Kathleen Richardson said...

We eat Mexican food once a week and I have not tried this product from Old El Paso but I have tried other Old El Paso products.