This week I was gifted a fajita kit for 2 from Capisicana to review. I’d never heard of these makers of Latin American flavours, but Dan is a huge fan so I thought I’d treat him.
We’re sometimes partial to an Old el Paso kit on Friday night with a few beers. Usually because they’re less fuss and we’re tired at the end of the week.
However, we usually end up making our own accompaniments (guac, salsa etc.), buying extras to add in (mostly cheese) so it’s not always the quick and easy cheat I think it’ll be.
Capsicana intrigued me because of the flavours of each box. The fajita kits are available in Mexican Chilli and Honey and Latin Fusion Tomato and Coconut. We were sent the latter along with a pouch of their Ultimate Refried Beans.
You tend to find the tex-mex style kits come in one flavour but different levels of spice; cool, mild, hot…
In the kit you’ll get:
- 4 Tortilla Wraps
- Tomato and Coconut Cooking Sauce
- Chipotle and Mango Salsa Mix
And it states you’ll need:
- 400g Chicken, cut into strips
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 1 Pepper, chopped
- 1 Tomato, diced
The Capsicana Fajita Kit takes around 15 minutes to knock up. Not bad.
And it’s really straightforward. Add your chicken, onion and peppers into a pan and cook for 8-10 minutes before adding the cooking sauce.
I also added 150g diced chorizo into mine for the last 3 minutes which I’d highly recommend doing. (See my Cuban Picadillo recipe for more Latin American dishes using chorizo…)
As soon as you open the cooking sauce you can smell the sweet coconut, which I’m a huge fan of. But I was worried it would be too overpowering as the strong smell remained throughout cooking.
After stirring in the sauce, leave your chicken to simmer for 1 minute. Whilst you’re waiting, you can add your diced tomato to the salsa mix provided in the fajita kit.
I really liked this added extra. I never enjoy shop bought salsas and prefer to make my own but it kind of adds time to the quick meal you planned.
This was really tasty too, a subtle kick from the chipotle and lots of sweetness and tang from the mango. Personally, I’d have liked more of this.
There’s only enough for 1 tomato and it didn’t go very far when sharing between two.
If they sold this mix separately, I’d definitely buy it. Perfect for a nacho dip.
The wraps will need a quick 30 seconds in the microwave too before serving.
Then, you’re ready to plate up.
The Capisicana fajita kits are delicious. The sauce is definitely not too sweet, as I anticipated, but you can still really taste the coconut which was so different. It made for a really good balance of flavours teamed with the chorizo too.
Rated 3 out of 5 in terms of heat, Capsicana have focussed on vibrant, authentic flavours.
The taste is apparently inspired by the Bahia classic fish stew, Moqueca, which the company founder discovered whilst travelling the Americas.
Ben fell in love with Latin American food when he realised chillies weren’t just about the fierce heat.
And so, Capsicana was born.
They also make a Mexican Chilli Con Carne Kit and pouches of Refried Beans that take just 90 seconds in the microwave.
We tried the refried beans and I have to admit, I’m just not a fan. Dan always gets them in a tin and it reminds me of dog food.
This version looked and smelled a lot better but I still wasn’t sold when I tried them. I think it might be the texture…
Dan, however, loved them. I don’t think he’ll be going back to his tins anytime soon…
And I don’t think I’ll be picking up anything else for a quick and easy Friday night tea either. There’s so much more flavour packed into these fajita kits, which are now stocked in Sainsburys stores across the UK.
The Capsicana Fajita Kits RRP at £3.60, which when compared to similar products is only about 40p to 60p more expensive, depending on your supermarket. But you do get more servings out of other kits.
For me, it’s still worth it. There’s only ever two of us and although I could have done with more salsa, there was just the right amount of everything else.
As a family of four, you could stretch the kit. Serving up some Mexican style rice alongside a fajita kit wrap each and some refried beans.
The refried beans are £2.40 and also serve 2, which I think is a little expensive but Dan reckons they too are worth it. He single-handedly ate the lot.
I’d really like to try the Mexican Chilli and Honey fajita kit. It’s slightly more mild (2 out of 5 chilli rating) but again, the flavours sound so good.
I’d like to see something with a 5 out 5 chilli rating in this range too, it’d be interesting to see what they come up with!
I’ll let you know how I get on…
Lots of love, LB x