Old El Paso(R) Introduces the First Flavored Hard Taco Shell

New Old El Paso(R) Salsa and Nacho flavored Stand 'N Stuff(TM) taco shells and Old El Paso(R) Taco Toppers(TM) sauces

MINNEAPOLIS--()--Aug. 17, 2006--Pleasing everyone at the dinner table just got easier. New Old El Paso(R) Salsa and Nacho flavored Stand 'N Stuff(TM) taco shells with Old El Paso(R) Taco Toppers(TM) sauces can help you create a meal that pleases all the individual tastes in your family. These new products are convenient and easy to put together and make mealtime fun for the whole family.

"Our new nacho and salsa flavored shells offer fun, tasty alternatives to plain corn shells," say Luis Sanchez, Old El Paso marketing. Pair these new flavored Stand 'N Stuff shells with Taco Toppers sauces to bring even more flavor options to a meal. Taco Toppers sauces are available in two flavor varieties - Mild Taco and Zesty Ranch.

Stand 'N Stuff taco shells are easy to fill, serve, hold and eat. No more tipping tacos - Stand 'N Stuff shells stand alone. Stuff the shell with your favorite combination of meat, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Add that final touch of zesty ranch or mild taco sauce, along with a dollop of guacamole - all without fear of tipping over your perfect, made to order, mouth-watering creation. And, Taco Toppers sauces' inverted easy-squeeze bottles offer a no-mess way to add the final touch to your taco masterpiece.

Making tacos is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. So, why not try Chicken Ranch Tacos tonight? The recipe starts with rotisserie chicken and seasonings. Fill Old El Paso Stand 'N Stuff taco shells with the seasoned meat mixture and then let everyone add their fillings of choice. Pass around the mild taco and zesty ranch Taco Toppers sauces to cap off the tacos and give everyone the chance to add their own final flavor sensation.

Old El Paso(R) Salsa and Nacho flavored Stand 'N Stuff (TM) taco shells are available nationally. The taco shells come in a 5 oz. box and contain 10 shells at a suggested retail price of $1.89. Old El Paso(R) Taco Toppers(TM) sauces are offered in Mild Taco and Zesty Ranch flavors. The 13.4 oz and 12.8 oz inverted easy-squeeze bottles are also available nationally at a suggested retail price of $2.49.

For more information, visit www.oldelpaso.com

                          Chicken Ranch Tacos

                           Prep Time: 25 Min
                        Start to Finish: 25 Min

    1 box (5 oz) Old El Paso(R) Stand 'N Stuff(TM) Nacho or Salsa
      taco shells
    3 cups cut-up deli rotisserie chicken (from 2 to 2 1/2-lb chicken)
    1 package (1.25 oz) Old El Paso(R) taco seasoning mix
    1/2 cup ranch dressing
    1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
    1 medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)
    1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
    1/4 cup sliced green onions
    Additional ranch dressing, if desired

Heat taco shells in oven as directed on box. Meanwhile, in medium microwavable bowl, place chicken. Sprinkle with taco seasoning mix; toss gently to coat. Microwave uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes or until hot. Stir in 1/2 cup of the dressing. Spoon warm chicken mixture into heated taco shells. Top with lettuce, tomato, cheese and green onions. Drizzle with additional dressing.

5 servings (2 tacos each) High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change. Tips: Instead of rotisserie chicken, use any diced cooked chicken. Try Old El Paso(R) Taco Toppers(TM) Zesty Ranch sauce in place of the ranch dressing. (C) 2006 General Mills

About General Mills

General Mills is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods products, with annual worldwide net sales of $12.5 billion. Its global brand portfolio includes Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Haagen-Dazs, Old El Paso, Bugles and more. It also has more than 100 U.S. consumer brands, more than 30 of which generate annual retail sales in excess of $100 million. Included in the U.S. portfolio are some of the nation's most popular brands including Cheerios, Wheaties and other Big G cereal brands; Yoplait and Colombo yogurts, Betty Crocker desserts and dinner mixes; Betty Crocker and Nature Valley snacks; Totino's frozen pizza and snacks; and Progresso ready-to-serve soups. General Mills is also a leader in the bakeries and foodservice business.

Old El Paso is a registered trademark of General Mills.


General Mills
David Witt, 763-764-2487


General Mills
David Witt, 763-764-2487