TRY YOUR LUCK: Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Six — How We Celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Old El Paso Broccoli Slaw!

Cinco de Mayo’s such a strange celebration—it’s often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day (actually celebrated on September 16th); it’s not widely celebrated in Mexico at all (except for Puebla City, population 2.5 million); in fact—I’m not entirely sure most people know what it’s for (celebrating the Mexican Army’s victory over the ever-powerful French in 1862’s Battle of Puebla. The more you know, right?)

But though Cinco de Mayo isn’t exactly what we think it is, we shouldn’t let that put a damper on things—there’re plenty of ways to still celebrate it, including some delicious options from Old El Paso!

The theme for the sixth and final Let’s Taco ‘Bout It post from this year spent with Old El Paso is celebrating Cinco de Mayo—because tacos make the fiesta better! Here in Toronto, we take this sentiment to heart as we start consistently seeing temperatures that support this city’s visceral craving for patio season. With our days of warm weather as limited as they are, we take this season seriously and have culture and cuisine that go right along with it.

This in mind, to rise to the challenge at Casa de Palmer we put a little Quick Broccoli Slaw together to ring in the season!

Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Five — Of Sweet Treats, Toddlers and Tortilla Bowls.

I don’t know how to cook.

Well, that’s not entirely accurate—I don’t enjoy cooking. I’ve never found the kitchen a domain I called my own—growing up in restaurant culture, I always cooked to the beat of someone else’s drum. Chop these faster. Make sure that’s on the stove. It was a mechanical relationship, not one inspiring any love for the craft. And even now, years later, you’ll rarely catch me in there cooking food—between taking things at my own slow pace and the… particular approach Sarah prefers with respect to cooking, I’m rarely inspired to go in there and experiment. My skills feel better suited to other tasks in Casa de Palmer.

That said, this isn’t an attitude I want my boys to inherit. We need to eat to survive, yes, but preparing that food should be something we enjoy doing, putting a bit of ourselves into our cooking (metaphorically speaking, of course). We should ultimately benefit from food we can appreciate.

So perhaps it’s not a tradition, per se, but my promise to myself is to make sure my sons don’t end up like me. I need to roll my sleeves up, get out of my comfort zone, and start cooking with my boys now to make their lives far better later.

And what better way to do it than with Old El Paso, with flexible products that’re as simple or complicated as you need them to be?

Life is a Party’s Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls and Grilled Pineapple Sundaes — Old El Paso ain’t JUST for Dinner!

GIVEAWAY: Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Four — Everyone Wins With Burrito Bowls!

With the Christmas decorations down and the credit cards painfully paid off, it’s time to turn our heads to more pleasant thoughts. As we creep up on February, a whole lot comes with it:

  • Valentine’s Day for you die-hard romantics and people with obscene amounts of disposable income
  • Family Day, ‘cuz y’all know we couldn’t handle the New Year’s-Easter stretch without a long weekend
  • And of course, for a good chunk of North Americans who keep their eyes glued to the screen all Sunday for weeks on end, the grand spectacle we al know as Super Bowl Sunday.

Now, ain’t no secret—a huge sports fan I am not—but a delicious spread is well within my abilities! Whenever I throw down, there’s all sorts of delicious goodies on the table, and Old El Paso wanted in on the spread for my fourth post in the Let’s Taco ‘Bout It series!

Old El Paso — Even for those of us a LITTLE too familiar with cooking FAILS.

So I decided to take adulthood a little more seriously in 2017.

I mean, you make some decisions as an adult because you have to—going to the job to put food on the table. Making sure your kids are clean, fed and healthy. Some things you know you need to do to keep life moving in a positive direction, but others tend to feel so much more… optional. Like going to the gym regularly. Taking your vitamins every day. Or, in my case, making cooking a part of your regular routine, no matter how much you might not feel like it.

When I put my 2017 resolutions together, I knew I’d need to deal with the elephant in the room. I always find plenty of things to fill my time—even now, I’m working on extensive content for Black History Month and Canada’s sesquicentennial—but focusing on these things alone would just be selfish. Who am I to deny my family delicious and nutritious food just because I don’t feel like it? And that’s why I took this Old El Paso challenge on with gusto.

With Old El Paso involved in the picture, we’ve found more and more ways to incorporate them in our spreads—build-your-own tacos at Christmas parties, double-layer tacos at toddler birthday parties… it always proved a recipe for success, so why not keep the good times rolling with a recipe for Black Bean Burrito Bowls courtesy of the good people at Simply Recipes?

Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Three — Double the Delicious with Double Layer Tacos!

The holiday season’s a not-so-subtle reminder that my hectic life’s about to get decidedly more so.

I’m a glutton for punishment—despite already having entirely too much on my plate at my 9-5, somehow I thought it a good idea to take the photos for our Halloween party and help choreograph a group dance for a Diwali celebration. And if the Christmas season wasn’t already busy enough, three years ago we were blessed with our elder son in mid-November—one who’s now old enough to know how he’d like to celebrate with parents willing to jump through hoops to make it happen. Any logical adult would put blogging on the backburner so they could handle the rest of their lives, but those adults obviously never met me—the holiday season’s the busiest time for the #BloggerLife, so ain’t no sleep on this side of the city this season!

But we’ve still gotta eat.

Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Two — Whatchu Know ’bout Taco Tuesday???

Toddlers wouldn’t know good food if it hit them in the face. (And if you’ve ever seen a toddler eat, you’ll know that’s exactly what it usually does.)

I mean, sometimes it’s a struggle to get this guy to eat, but tortilla bowls proved interesting enough for him to give it a try!

Feeding kids ain’t as simple as it used to be. Back in my day (I cringe that I’m old enough to say that), I remember plenty tuna casseroles, stir-fries and macaroni and cheeses. No one had the time to slave over stoves like Moms did in the ’50s and ’60s, so quick and easy were the name of the game after a hard day’s work. And even though parents have less time than ever in 2016, we’re a lot more discerning in what we eat. We scrutinize nutritional guides. Scour ingredient lists. We do everything in our power to make sure we’re not giving our families food we’ll come to regret later.

So you’ll need meals that’re both quick to produce and good for you—good thing Old El Paso’s dinnertime options provide just that!

Though the little ones are too young to appreciate theme days like Taco Tuesday, Sarah and I appreciate planning our meals well in advance. Nothing’s worse than hearing “What’s for dinner?” before you’ve even had a chance to think about the answer.

And so our second Old El Paso dish was Skinnytaste’s Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup in Old El Paso Tortilla Bowls—a meal with minimal cleanup! Being the efficient chefs that we are, we used much of the chicken from our last recipe for the meal! Interested in how we made them? Check out the recipe below: