Our Story

It all started in 1917...

When The Mountain Pass Canning Company was established by A.C. Powell in New Mexico. Powell was a farmer and grew his successful enterprise from an original 7 acre farm with as much help as he could muster from his family and neighbours. The company was one of the first to can tomatoes but it also produced pinto beans, corn, chile and alfalfa, all grown on the expanding farm.

Then in 1938...

The Mountain Pass Canning company launched the Old El Paso brand, which was soon well known for its fiery Taco Sauce.

From our humble beginning making canned beans and taco sauce, we’ve always been here to offer you the best Mexican recipes that the whole family will LOVE!


SINCE 1938, we’ve made it our mission to bring the traditions of Mexico to your home.