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!

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

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.

Old El Paso Let's Taco 'Bout It, Chapter Four — Everyone Wins With Burrito Bowls! — Old El Paso at a Christmas Party

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?