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Mexican Inspired Stuffed Courgettes and Old El Paso Stand n Stuff Soft Tacos Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

I love a challenge, so when Old El Paso were looking for bloggers to create a fun and exciting recipe to celebrate the Mexican Cinco de Mayo holiday, my hand went straight up. Mexican tortillas are a great food for sharing with friends and family, perfect for a party and it gets everyone involved. It is easy to create your ideal    stuffed tortillas using the Old El Paso Stand 'n' Stuff soft taco kit. 
Cinco De Mayo Stuffed Zucchinni Courgettes
Young or old, get create and be as brave as you dare, from slightly spicy too super hot. The moment you add the spicy and flavoursome sauce from the Stand n Stuff kit into the pan the kitchen in filled with amazing aromas that will transport you to Mexico, and make your appetite grow. 
Old El Paso Stand n Stuff Taco Kit
Old El Paso Stand n Stuff Taco Kit
The Stand and Stuff kit comes in mild and smokey barbecue varieties. I found the mild to be just as it said the perfect balance of spice and heat for those of us with delicate taste buds. Use a jar of Old El Paso Jalapeños to add extra heat. The accompanying soured cream and chunky guacamole toppings balance the heat perfectly. To accompany the dishes we enjoyed glass of a chilled Grapefruit Quencher, a refreshing and cooling for those of us that chose to go hot and spicy. 
Mexican Tortillas and stuffed courgettes Old El Paso Kit
Mexican Tortillas and stuffed courgettes cooking with Old El Paso
British Inspiration to a Mexican Meal
So we Brits are known for our traditional roast dinners, inspired by this and looking to save a few pennies I decided to use leftover cooked turkey. But you could easily use chicken. I also decided I wanted to incorporate more vegetables into the meal and decided on a great way to use courgettes.  This recipe will come in handy through the year too, as it will help me manage my anticipated courgette glut I currently have growing in the garden.

Creating Your Old El Paso Stand n Stuff Mexican Meal (serves 3-4)

Old El Paso Stand n Stuff kit 
130g leftover cooked Turkey
small tin of sweetcorn
diced red pepper
50g grated cheese
If you are making the stuffed courgettes you can also add the inside  of the courgettes, chopped.

Toppings for your Stand n Stuff Soft Tacos
Old El Paso Jalapeños 
Tomatoes quartered
Jar of Old El Paso soured cream with cool herb mix
Jar of Old El Paso Guacamole 
Shredded lettuce
50g grated cheese

Old El Paso tortilla blogger recipe

If you are going to create the stuffed courgettes, prepare your courgettes first.  See my Mexican Inspired Stuffed Courgettes recipe below.

Prepare your Mexican Tortilla Filling

Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil into a pan on a low heat add the peppers. 
After a few minutes add the turkey meat, sweetcorn and courgette. After a few minutes of cooking add the spiced tomato salsa mix from your Stand n Stuff kit. 
Cook until thoroughly heated through then stir in the grated cheese.

I also used some of this mixture to stuff some courgettes to accompany our tortillas. I took the mixture off the heat whilst my courgettes cooked through. 

The enjoy the tortillas at their best heat them through in the oven for 9 minutes, wrapped them in foil to prevent them drying out. You can warm them in the microwave, but as my oven was already on for the Mexican Stuffed Courgettes, I placed my Stand n Stuff Tortillas at the bottom of the oven.
Cinco De Mayo Party food

Get into the Cinco de Mayo Party Spirit
Why not enjoy some fun games and really get into the spirit of Cinco de Maya. I have put together a Pinterest Pin Board with lots of fun party ideas for all the family.



Mexican Stuffed Courgettes Recipe
  • Wash and cut in half (length ways) your courgettes.
  • Scoop out the inside, use a spoon or melon baller. 
  • Wipe the base of a oven proof dish with vegetable oil, place your courgettes inside.
Mexican Inspired Stuffed Courgettes Zucchinni
Mexican Inspired Stuffed Courgettes 

  • Create your Mexican spiced filling as above.
  • Use some of the filling and stuff the courgettes
  • Sprinkle a little cheddar cheese on the top
  • Bake for 20 mins oven temp 195 degrees C fan oven.
A minute before your courgettes are ready ensure your pan of Tortilla filling is heated through, and you have heated through your Stand n Stuff tortilla.


Now let the fun begin! Be warned you will over fill the lovely soft tortilla, no matter how hard you try you can not stop yourself adding a little extra. But oh my they tasted so good and the stuffed courgettes were a real winner too.


Mexican soft Tacos stuffed courgettes recipe Cinco De Mayo
Old El Paso Stand n Stuff Taco Kit and stuffed courgettes


If you have any of your Mexican Tortilla Stuffing remaining your can freeze it. Or make a batch in advance for the freezer. Or if you have a busy family day planned make the filling the night before and keep in the fridge. It will be ready to heat through when you get  back from your day out.

This post is an entry to the HIBS100 Cinco de Mayo recipe challenge sponsored by Old El Paso. The range of Old El Paso products is available in all major supermarkets. To find out more, visit www.oldelpaso.co.uk 

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